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  • January 12, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Names versus numbers: The great referencing battle

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

Academic writing is set apart from almost all other writing by its obsession with citations.

Mike Taylor hates numbered references. He notes that numbered referencing saves space in print journals journals where space is at a premium. For journals on the web, there are no space constraints, and thus no reason to use numbered references.

I want to dig down into reference styles a little. I think I can show why professional scientists are more likely to prefer references using author and year (a........ Read more »

Gregory M. (1992) The infectiousness of pompous prose. Nature, 360(6399), 11-12. DOI: 10.1038/360011a0  

  • January 12, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

How to Prevent Childhood Obesity?

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

While the growing concern about childhood overweight and obesity has spawned a wide-ranging discussion on the causes and approaches to best tackle this epidemic, evidence to support actions that will demonstrably reduce childhood obesity remain hotly debated.
In the light of this discussion, it is not only important to better understand the determinants of childhood obesity [...]... Read more »

Kuhle S, Allen AC, & Veugelers PJ. (2010) Prevention potential of risk factors for childhood overweight. Canadian journal of public health. Revue canadienne de sante publique, 101(5), 365-8. PMID: 21214049  

  • January 12, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Voir Dire Tip: Are you ‘transported’ by a good story?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

As a kid, I loved a good story, especially scary or suspenseful ones. And I still do. It’s just that now I tend to listen to them on my iPod while driving or flying across the country.  As a trial consultant, it’s part of the job to help craft a case narrative into a really good [...]

Related posts:The story of the numbers behind the story
You’re not too old for a story (but you might be too young!)
Voir dire lesson: “I don’t believe everything I hear”
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Mazzocco, PJ, Green, MC, Sasota, JA, & Jones, NW. (2010) This story is not for everyone: Transportability and Narrative Persuasion. . Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1(4), 361-368. info:/

  • January 12, 2011
  • 06:44 AM

The speed of cities, part II

by Jason Collins in Evolving Economics

As I described in my last post, there is a strong relationship between the size of cities and the residents’ speed of walking. The larger the city, the quicker its residents scamper from A to B. A number of studies have confirmed this relationship and have broadened the relationship to the speed of other activities [...]... Read more »

Levine, R., & Norenzayan, A. (1999) The Pace of Life in 31 Countries. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 30(2), 178-205. DOI: 10.1177/0022022199030002003  

  • January 12, 2011
  • 06:30 AM

Injury-adjusted Mortality of Patients Transported by Police Following Penetrating Trauma

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

What this study does examine is the policy of having police transport patients with penetrating injuries to the head, neck, torso, upper arm, or thigh, rather than wait for EMS. Since the staffing problems seem to have continued to deteriorate after the completion of the study, the policy probably leads to a significantly higher percentage of police transports now, than when the original study was done.... Read more »

Band RA, Pryor JP, Gaieski DF, Dickinson ET, Cummings D, & Carr BG. (2010) Injury-adjusted Mortality of Patients Transported by Police Following Penetrating Trauma. Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. PMID: 21166730  

  • January 12, 2011
  • 06:01 AM

When genes matter for intelligence

by Razib Khan in Gene Expression

Image credit: Aleksandra Pospiech One of the interesting and robust nuggets from behavior genetics is that heritability of psychological traits increases as one ages. Imagine for example you have a cohort of individuals you follow over their lives. At the age of 1 the heritability of I.Q. may be ~20%. This means that ~20% of [...]... Read more »

Tucker-Drob EM, Rhemtulla M, Harden KP, Turkheimer E, & Fask D. (2010) Emergence of a Gene x Socioeconomic Status Interaction on Infant Mental Ability Between 10 Months and 2 Years. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS. PMID: 21169524  

  • January 12, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

If Earth’s Spin Speeds Up We’ll All Get Fat and Uninhibited

by Sharon Neufeldt in I Can Has Science?

Almost all plants and animals have an internal “clock” – called a circadian clock – that synchronizes our biological rhythms with Earth’s cycle of day and night. Conveniently, our biological clocks are best at synchronizing to a 24 hour day, … Continue reading →... Read more »

Karatsoreos IN, Bhagat S, Bloss EB, Morrison JH, & McEwen BS. (2011) Disruption of circadian clocks has ramifications for metabolism, brain, and behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 21220317  

  • January 12, 2011
  • 05:30 AM

Not sisters, under the skin

by Becky in It Takes 30

Ever since we’ve been able to look at the internal components of cells, we’ve become more and more fascinated by the fact that individual cells are — well — individual.  Two genetically identical cells sitting next to each other in a dish may harbor very different sets of messenger RNAs and proteins (or other components), [...]... Read more »

  • January 12, 2011
  • 04:39 AM

Supply Chain Disruptions and Operating Performance

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

I just realized, that up to now I have not written much about why Supply Chain Risk Management should be an important factor many more companies.

Hendricks and Singhal wanted to understand this as well and researched on what effect a missing supply chain risk management can have on a company's performance. They therefore started a research series, the first article was on the "Effect of Supply Chain Glitches on Shareholder Wealth" (mentioned here). And today I have a look at their second a........ Read more »

  • January 12, 2011
  • 04:14 AM

Hotheads by nature

by Kevin Mitchell in Wiring the Brain

If some guy spilt your beer by accident, would you punch him in the face? If he was unapologetic, you might at least consider it – you might in fact feel a pretty strong urge to do it. What stops you? Or, if you’re the type who acts on those urges, what doesn’t stop you? New research has found a mutation in one gene that may contribute to these differences in temperament. Self-control is the ability to inhibit an immediate course of action in the pursuit of a longer-term goal or to c........ Read more »

Verweij KJ, Zietsch BP, Medland SE, Gordon SD, Benyamin B, Nyholt DR, McEvoy BP, Sullivan PF, Heath AC, Madden PA.... (2010) A genome-wide association study of Cloninger's temperament scales: implications for the evolutionary genetics of personality. Biological psychology, 85(2), 306-17. PMID: 20691247  

Bevilacqua L, Doly S, Kaprio J, Yuan Q, Tikkanen R, Paunio T, Zhou Z, Wedenoja J, Maroteaux L, Diaz S.... (2010) A population-specific HTR2B stop codon predisposes to severe impulsivity. Nature, 468(7327), 1061-6. PMID: 21179162  

  • January 12, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

Links between alcohol consumption, our perception of others and increased levels of aggression

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Effects of acute alcohol consumption on the perception of eye gaze direction From Journal of Psychopharmacology This article explores the link between alcohol and increased aggression by assessing differences in how people look at others. The study uses a gaze perception task to monitor the response of participants to stimulus faces to gauge if they [...]... Read more »

Penton-Voak, I., Cooper, R., Roberts, R., Attwood, A., & Munafo, M. (2010) Effects of acute alcohol consumption on the perception of eye gaze direction. Journal of Psychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1177/0269881110385599  

  • January 12, 2011
  • 01:48 AM

Personality and academic success in med school

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

If you can predict academic success by personality factors, then med schools should consider including measures of these personality factors during their selection process. Mental toughness and stress tolerance are just two that came up. A recent systematic review looked at prospective cohort studies since 2000 on the subject of medical students’ scores on valid [...]

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  • January 11, 2011
  • 11:14 PM

Cleanternet vs The HPV Vaccine, A Cost Benefit Analysis

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

This video was made in... Read more »

  • January 11, 2011
  • 11:00 PM

Protein Crystallization, biologics style

by Peter Nollert in Protein Crystallization Blog

Looking beyond your typical day-to-day work and finding out what ‘the rest of the world’ is doing can be a lot of fun. This is one of the reasons I’m enjoying myself so much at the PepTalk 2011 meeting that is currently taking place in San Diego. As I’m learning about the unique challenges faced in protein drug formulations I am quite surprised at the arsenal of analytical techniques that are available to investigate the ‘health’ of a protein prep.
With respec........ Read more »

  • January 11, 2011
  • 09:43 PM

Who is a scientist, I am a scientist: the bees of Blackawton

by Marc Cadotte in The EEB and flow

In discussions of the larger societal implications of scientific findings, the question of who is a scientist is frequently asked. I've talked with with creationists who invoke the authority of someone who has a PhD in a scientific discipline and happens to share their belief of supernatural origins, as a scientific authority. Does the fact that I have a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology make me scientist or is being scientist something more?This is an important question. It goes to the co........ Read more »

Blackawton, P., Airzee, S., Allen, A., Baker, S., Berrow, A., Blair, C., Churchill, M., Coles, J., Cumming, R., Fraquelli, L.... (2010) Blackawton bees. Biology Letters. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.1056  

  • January 11, 2011
  • 07:08 PM

Own Your Actions to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

New Year’s Day is really nothing more than an arbitrary day on the calendar, but it does allow people a chance to reflect on their life and their accomplishments. Many people, in turn, promise to change behaviors or circumstances they don’t like in the year ahead. While a lot of resolutions are aimed at living [...]... Read more »

Koestner R, Lekes N, Powers TA, & Chicoine E. (2002) Attaining personal goals: self-concordance plus implementation intentions equals success. Journal of personality and social psychology, 83(1), 231-44. PMID: 12088128  

McManus C. (2004) New Year's resolutions. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 329(7480), 1413-4. PMID: 15604158  

Sheldon, K., Elliot, A., Ryan, R., Chirkov, V., Kim, Y., Wu, C., Demir, M., & Sun, Z. (2004) Self-Concordance and Subjective Well-Being in Four Cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 35(2), 209-223. DOI: 10.1177/0022022103262245  

  • January 11, 2011
  • 05:44 PM

Lupus May Involve Brain Long Before CNS Symptoms

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

The brain manifestions of systemic lupus erthematosis can be quite variable.  Many patients do not experience any central nervous system symptoms.  Others can be quite disabled by their CNS symptoms including severe depression, psychosis and delirium.  This variability in the brain is not surprising given that lupus involves a variety of other organ systems (i.e. cardiac) with a range of effects specific to individuals with the disorder.  A group of Chinese radiologists and r........ Read more »

  • January 11, 2011
  • 05:36 PM

Eta Carinae: Nature’s own Large Hadron Collider

by mithy in The Enlightenment Junkie

To say that Eta Carinae is one of the most remarkable and marvellous stars in the sky is probably an understatement of hyperbolic proportions. It is one of the most fascinating objects in the universe. Not only is it one of the most massive stars in the Universe (weighing approximately 100 solar masses), it is also amongst the [...]... Read more »

Farnier, C., Walter, R., & Leyder, J. (2010) Eta Carinae: a very large hadron collider . Astronomy and Astrophysics. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201015590  

  • January 11, 2011
  • 03:40 PM

The Statistical Mechanics of Money

by Joseph Smidt in The Eternal Universe

Yesterday I listened to a talk by Victor Yakovenko of the University of Maryland about the physics of money and it was quite interesting. I think that after this talk I am finally beginning to understand economics while at the same time I suspect that most economists don't.

In his talk he said that back in 2000 he published a paper on how to apply statistical mechanics to free market economics.... Read more »

XI, N., DING, N., & WANG, Y. (2005) How required reserve ratio affects distribution and velocity of money☆. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 357(3-4), 543-555. DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2005.04.014  

  • January 11, 2011
  • 03:09 PM

The Genetical Book Review: Middlesex

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription

So, welcome to the first installment of Lost in Transcription's newest feature: The Genetical Book Review. For the maiden voyage, we'll cover the 2002, Pulitzer-prize-winning Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

You're surprised? Because you assume that an eight-year-old Pulitzer winner must already have been reviewed?

Fair enough. But, here's the gimmick: we'll use the genetics angle to talk about some things that have not already been covered extensively elsewhere.

First, tho........ Read more »

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