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  • February 14, 2011
  • 03:52 PM

Repost – Q: How do you sex a Smilodon? A: Very carefully

by Laelaps in Laelaps

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 »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 03:36 PM

Strategic plans and genome sequencing

by Sandra Porter in Discovering Biology in a Digital World

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  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 02:46 PM

‘You had me at hello’ – Love at First Sight

by Ben Good in B Good Science

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  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 01:30 PM

Inadequate needle thoracostomy rate in the prehospital setting for presumed pneumothorax: an ultrasound study – Full paper

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

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  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 12:52 PM

Phantom orgasms, masturbation, and the female "problem"

by Bradley Voytek in Oscillatory Thoughts

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 »

Graber B, Rohrbaugh JW, Newlin DB, Varner JL, & Ellingson RJ. (1985) EEG during masturbation and ejaculation. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 14(6), 491-503. PMID: 4084049  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 12:41 PM

NHS could save millions on heart disease drugs

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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  • February 14, 2011
  • 12:08 PM

Love, Hate… What’s the Difference?

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 »

Zeki S, & Romaya JP. (2008) Neural correlates of hate. PloS one, 3(10). PMID: 18958169  

Berntson GG, Norman GJ, Bechara A, Bruss J, Tranel D, & Cacioppo JT. (2011) The insula and evaluative processes. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 22(1), 80-6. PMID: 21148459  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

The Great Epidemic

by Merry Youle in Small Things Considered

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 »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 11:43 AM

When It Comes to Your Greatest Case Weakness, Steer Into the Skid

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 »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 10:54 AM

Science and data

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

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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Kahn, S. (2011) On the Future of Genomic Data. Science, 331(6018), 728-729. DOI: 10.1126/science.1197891  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 10:47 AM

Metalheads, we have a good mental health

by Hel in Substantia Innominata

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 »

Recours R, Aussaguel F, & Trujillo N. (2009) Metal music and mental health in France. Culture, medicine and psychiatry, 33(3), 473-88. PMID: 19521752  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 10:44 AM

Is a Kiss Ever Just a Kiss? Decoding the Art of Flirtation

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

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

  • February 14, 2011
  • 10:07 AM

How Parasaurolophus Set the Mood

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

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 »

Hopson, J.A. (1975) The Evolution of Cranial Display Structures in Hadrosaurian Dinosaurs. Paleobiology, 1(1), 21-43. info:/

  • February 14, 2011
  • 09:14 AM

Was Dr. Crippen Innocent After All? New Forensic Evidence 100 Years After his Execution

by Terri Sundquist in Promega Connections

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  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 09:10 AM

The snood of the turkey, the wires and rackets of the motmot, the face of the rook

by Darren Naish in Tetrapod Zoology

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 »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 09:06 AM

Strategic Supply Chain Design and the Product-Relationship Matrix

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

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 »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 08:09 AM

Sexual selection on the American frontier

by Jason Collins in Evolving Economics

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 »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Religious Orthodoxy Does Not Protect Against Disordered Eating

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

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 »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 07:54 AM

(un)Happy Valentines day in space

by Stuart Lynn in we are all in the gutter

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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