Hypothesis: beating tired racehorses with a whip stimulates them to run faster ... Read more »
Evans, D., & McGreevy, P. (2011) An Investigation of Racing Performance and Whip Use by Jockeys in Thoroughbred Races. PLoS ONE, 6(1). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015622
DEUEL, N., & LAWRENCE, L. (1988) Effects of urging by the rider on gallop stride characteristics of quarter horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 8(3), 240-243. DOI: 10.1016/S0737-0806(88)80016-9
An animal of such habits [as Smilodon] might fulfill the legendary requirements of the ‘King of Beasts’ more nearly than does the lion. It would be bold and fearless of the most powerful, and it might well be thought to exercise a ‘magnanimous’ forbearance toward the small and weak ones, since they [...]... Read more »
Meachen-Samuels, J., & Binder, W. (2009) Sexual dimorphism and ontogenetic growth in the American lion and sabertoothed cat from Rancho La Brea. Journal of Zoology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2009.00659.x
This morning I attended a "bloggers-only" conference call with Dr. Eric Green and the folks from the NIH Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to hear about NHGRI's new strategic plan. The new plan represents a shift away from viewing the genome through a lens marked "for research use only" and towards the goal of making the genome useful as a clinical tool. As a consequence, we will see a greater emphasis on funding activities that support clinical work. For example, it's not always clear ........ Read more »
Green ED, Guyer MS, National Human Genome Research Institute, Overall leadership, Green ED, Guyer MS, Coordination of writing contributions (see Acknowledgements for list of other contributors), Manolio TA, & Peterson JL. (2011) Charting a course for genomic medicine from base pairs to bedside. Nature, 470(7333), 204-13. PMID: 21307933
Valentine’s day is upon us. With love hearts adorning every shop window, radio stations playing non-stop love songs and an army of loved up teddy bears invading homes there is never a better time to look at the science of love. A recent meta-analysis has indicated that falling in love can take a little as … Read more... Read more »
Ortigue S, Bianchi-Demicheli F, Patel N, Frum C, & Lewis JW. (2010) Neuroimaging of love: fMRI meta-analysis evidence toward new perspectives in sexual medicine. The journal of sexual medicine, 7(11), 3541-52. PMID: 20807326
Should we assume that a tension pneumothorax is subtle?
I don't think so.
Why do we teach about tension pneumothorax as if it is the same as an easily missed simple pneumothorax?
I think it is because we don't realize just how unsubtle a tension pneumothorax is.
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Blaivas M. (2010) Inadequate needle thoracostomy rate in the prehospital setting for presumed pneumothorax: an ultrasound study. Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, 29(9), 1285-9. PMID: 20733183
Happy Valentine's Day! So I know it's all the rage to take a popular culture topic and write science-y about it. So I'm doing it to. Whatever. I like to indulge once and a while.To celebrate the love and intimacy of this beautiful day, we're gonna talk about some nice, classic, sex studies from days gone by. There've been some... interesting hypotheses and theories about sex, sexuality, and orgasm over the years, which have produced some good, chuckle-worthy studies (and quite a few serious ones........ Read more »
Marmor J. (1954) Some considerations concerning orgasm in the female. Psychosomatic Medicine, 16(3), 240-5. PMID: 13167252
Money J. (1960) Phantom orgasm in the dreams of paraplegic men and women. Archives of General Psychiatry, 373-82. PMID: 13772009
by Lorna Powell in Elements Science
As the purse strings tighten the NHS has to find economies. Lorna Powell reports on one cost saver that seems a no-brainer
Related posts:GlaxoSmithKline, Avandia and multi-billion dollar legal fees
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Grosso, A., Bodalia, P., MacAllister, R., Hingorani, A., Moon, J., & Scott, M. (2011) Comparative clinical- and cost-effectiveness of candesartan and losartan in the management of hypertension and heart failure: a systematic review, meta- and cost-utility analysis. International Journal of Clinical Practice. DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2011.02633.x
by Melanie Tannenbaum in ionpsych
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to take a quick look at one of the most fundamental human emotions — hate. Wait, that doesn’t seem right. Hate? On Valentine’s Day? Isn’t V-Day supposed to be about love, Hallmark, and … Continue reading →... Read more »
Felmlee, D. (1995) Fatal Attractions: Affection and Disaffection in Intimate Relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 12(2), 295-311. DOI: 10.1177/0265407595122009
When you read the title—The Great Epidemic—what came to mind? The Black Death (Yersinia pestis) that in two years killed 20 million people in Europe—approximately 30-60% of the population? The 1918 flu pandemic with its tally of 50 million dead in three years? AIDS, with a death toll projected to reach 200 million by 2025? Or perhaps that 20th century epidemic that struck down over three and a half billion in North America in the space of a few decades—the American chestn........ Read more »
Dawe AL, & Nuss DL. (2001) Hypoviruses and chestnut blight: exploiting viruses to understand and modulate fungal pathogenesis. Annual review of genetics, 1-29. PMID: 11700275
by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator
By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - With our current nationwide surplus of wintry weather, it has become a familiar feeling: The car you are driving loses traction and starts to slide. Your every impulse is to wrench the steering wheel hard in the opposite direction. Then the voice of your long-ago high school drivers' ed teacher enters your brain: "No," he says with an unnatural calm that only high school drivers' ed teachers and Buddhist monks are capable of, "first steer into the the skid, regain tracti........ Read more »
Correll, J. (2004) An affirmed self and an open mind: Self-affirmation and sensitivity to argument strength. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40(3), 350-356. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2003.07.001
Science magazine takes a broad look at the issues surrounding the huge volume of research data. The articles highlight the challenges posed by the data deluge and opportunities that can be realised if the data is better organised and accessed. Continue reading →
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Metalheads, we have a bad reputation in the world! People think that we are Satanist (did they know that a style of metal is called White Metal?), people think that metal is only noise with puking-pig-horrible-voice (This is the grindcore! There are many many many kind of metal which are really different each other, including [...]... Read more »
A lingering look. A coy smile. Standing just a bit too close. An accidental brush.
Flirtation is an art. It is also a deftly employed social tool. It marks an exploratory, transformative stage—in a first meeting or an existing relationship—when interested parties look toward a tantalizingly unknown future. We flirt to establish a connection, and to gauge the interest of others in reciprocating that connection. While not all flirting is done with the aim of establishing a romantic or sexual ........ Read more »
Hall, Jeffrey A., Carter, S., Cody, M., and Albright, J. (2010) The Communication of Romantic Interest: Development of the Flirting Styles Inventory. Communication Quarterly, 58(4), 365-393. info:/10.1080/01463373.2010.524.874
La France, B., Henningsen, D., Oates, A., & Shaw, C. (2009) Social-Sexual Interactions? Meta-Analyses of Sex Differences in Perceptions of Flirtatiousness, Seductiveness, and Promiscuousness. Communication Monographs, 76(3), 263-285. DOI: 10.1080/03637750903074701
Perper, T. (2009) Will She or Won’t She: The Dynamics of Flirtation in Western Philosophy. Sexuality , 14(1), 33-43. DOI: 10.1007/s12119-009-9060-3
It’s Valentine’s Day, and that means that millions of people will be riffling through their record and CD collections to find the right music to set the proper mood with their special someone. Seventy five million years ago, though, there was no Barry White, and so some deep-voiced dinosaurs made beautiful music together in their [...]... Read more »
Evans, D., Ridgely, R., & Witmer, L. (2009) Endocranial Anatomy of Lambeosaurine Hadrosaurids (Dinosauria: Ornithischia): A Sensorineural Perspective on Cranial Crest Function. The Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, 292(9), 1315-1337. DOI: 10.1002/ar.20984
Hopson, J.A. (1975) The Evolution of Cranial Display Structures in Hadrosaurian Dinosaurs. Paleobiology, 1(1), 21-43. info:/
Vergne, A., Pritz, M., & Mathevon, N. (2009) Acoustic communication in crocodilians: from behaviour to brain. Biological Reviews, 84(3), 391-411. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-185X.2009.00079.x
The past few decades have seen amazing advances in forensic science that are instrumental in analyzing DNA evidence to put perpetrators of crimes behind bars and exonerate people convicted of crimes that they did not commit. [Read William Dillon's story of wrongful conviction]. Unfortunately for some people, these techniques were developed too late. One of [...]... Read more »
Foran DR, Wills BE, Kiley BM, Jackson CB, & Trestrail JH 3rd. (2011) The conviction of Dr. Crippen: new forensic findings in a century-old murder. Journal of forensic sciences, 56(1), 233-40. PMID: 20735704
I love turkeys, and here I specifically mean the so-called Wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo and its domestic variants, not the Ocellated turkey M. ocellata (though - don't get me wrong, Ocellated turkeys are great too). Herewith a brief excursion into the world of turkeys (part of it recycled from Tet Zoo ver 1)... and with an excursion on motmots and rooks. I was going to finish up on the whole pterosaur reproduction thing, but I can't. I'll explain why soon enough. [Composite below incorporat........ Read more »
Murphy, T. (2009) Tail-racket removal increases hematocrit in male Turquoise-browed Motmots (Eumomota superciliosa). Journal of Ornithology, 151(1), 241-245. DOI: 10.1007/s10336-009-0449-4
Yet another case study. This time on strategic network design. Why? A major problem for businesses is to find the right strategy for a given situation. And "right" here means optimal (for a given KPI).
Research question might be: Are there general categories which can be used to make different decision situations comparable? And if yes, what would optimal strategies under these circumstances be?
Seuring (2009) tries to answer the first research question using case studies. From........ Read more »
Seuring, S. (2009) The product-relationship-matrix as framework for strategic supply chain design based on operations theory. International Journal of Production Economics, 120(1), 221-232. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2008.07.021
It seems obvious that having multiple wives is a good thing for the fitness of a man. Similarly, having the women in a population monopolised by a small number of men is not good for the fitness of those men who miss out on a mate. In such a society, the large difference in fitness [...]... Read more »
Moorad, J., Promislow, D., Smith, K., & Wade, M. (2011) Mating system change reduces the strength of sexual selection in an American frontier population of the 19th century☆☆☆. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32(2), 147-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.10.004
One of the most persistent and pervasive beliefs amongst experts in eating disorders is that much of this problem in “western” society is promoted by the focus on thinness in popular media and weight-obsessed societal norms.
It is therefore interesting, when researchers find that actual data to support this commonly held notion may not be all [...]... Read more »
Feinson MC, & Meir A. (2011) Disordered eating and religious observance: A focus on ultra-orthodox Jews in an adult community study. The International journal of eating disorders. PMID: 21312205
Its the 14th of February, or at least thats what the calendar on the wall says, you have been out in deep space heading towards that new colony for so long each day pretty much blurs in to the next. Despite how cold it is outside (and believe me its cold), today is a day [...]... Read more »
Tore Straume, Steve Blattnig, & Cary Zeitlin. (210) Radiation Hazards and the Colonization of Mars: Brain, Body, Pregnancy, In-Utero Development, Cardio, Cancer, Degeneration. Journal of Cosmology, 3992-4033. info:/
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