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  • January 4, 2011
  • 04:51 PM

Happy New Year, Self-Repair, Bananas, and Remembering the Future!

by Paul Vallett in Electron Cafe

Happy new year! I hope 2011 brings us everything 2010 promised but failed to deliver. Namely jetpacks and first contact. But in the meantime we will have to enjoy these other exciting discoveries! Self-repairing solar cells. One of the advantages that plants have over man-made solar cells is that whenever one of the dye molecules [...]... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 03:51 PM

Around the web: cognitive sex differences

by Kate Clancy in Laboratory for Evolutionary Endocrinology

A dissection and link round-up about cognitive sex differences.... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 02:47 PM

John Everett, part 4.4: Has this happened before?

by csoeder in Topologic Oceans

Last time we looked at Dr. Everett’s testimony, we examined his claim that, because carbon dioxide levels have been higher in the past, increasing levels are not alarming now. His argument is flawed, because although CO2 levels have changed, they usually change only very slowly. Now, they’re changing abruptly. Graphs of Deep Time can be [...]... Read more »

Lee R. Kump, Timothy J. Bralower, & Andy Ridgwell. (2009) Ocean acidification in deep time. Oceanography, 22(4), 94-107. info:/

Pelejero C, Calvo E, & Hoegh-Guldberg O. (2010) Paleo-perspectives on ocean acidification. Trends in ecology , 25(6), 332-44. PMID: 20356649  

  • January 4, 2011
  • 02:25 PM

The Real Drugs Crisis: The top secret database worth $35,000,000,000 in blood money, that you didn’t even know existed

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A look at how the rapidly increasing fake medicines market could be prevented with open data and how the problem is inextricably linked to the underground generic pills trade.... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 02:17 PM

Legend of the Killer Storks

by Laelaps in Laelaps

What makes a monster? Godzilla, Medusa, Frankenstein’s monster, Fáfnir, the ALIEN, – all these fictional fiends have disparate origins, attributes, and motivations, but they are tied together by their disregard for what we perceive as the natural order. Each is an aberrant creation – something from an earlier age, or something corrupted – that disrupts [...]... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 11:37 AM

Mr. Sandman Bring Me a...Smart Kid?

by Amy Webb in The Thoughtful Parent

As parents we know that sleep is important for our kids and ourselves. One of the biggest struggles many parents face is getting their little ones to sleep through the night consistently. Many times, we may think this is a selfish goal since that means we will get more sleep too, but new research is showing once again that nighttime sleep is important for young children's cognitive development. This study appeared in a recent edition of the journal Child Development and was conducted by research........ Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 10:51 AM

NAR Database issue…get it while it’s hot!

by Mary in OpenHelix

Ok, it’s hot now–but it’s something we refer back to all year long, actually. For people who don’t know about the NAR Database Issue, since the mid-90s Nucleic Acids Research has been collecting bioinformatics databases and tools that are of use to a huge range of researchers. We’ve watched it grow over the years and we’ve even graphed it. We’ll have to update that graph with the new data point for this year.  But here’s the graph as we published ........ Read more »

Williams, J., Mangan, M., Perreault-Micale, C., Lathe, S., Sirohi, N., & Lathe, W. (2010) OpenHelix: bioinformatics education outside of a different box. Briefings in Bioinformatics, 11(6), 598-609. DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbq026  

Gaudet, P., Bairoch, A., Field, D., Sansone, S., Taylor, C., Attwood, T., Bateman, A., Blake, J., Bult, C., Cherry, J.... (2010) Towards BioDBcore: a community-defined information specification for biological databases. Nucleic Acids Research, 39(Database). DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkq1173  

Roberts, R., Chang, Y., Hu, Z., Rachlin, J., Anton, B., Pokrzywa, R., Choi, H., Faller, L., Guleria, J., Housman, G.... (2010) COMBREX: a project to accelerate the functional annotation of prokaryotic genomes. Nucleic Acids Research, 39(Database). DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkq1168  

  • January 4, 2011
  • 10:26 AM

A Giant From New Mexico: Titanoceratops

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Many unknown dinosaurs await discovery in rock formations all over the world, but some new species are hiding in plain sight. One such animal, described in an in-press Cretaceous Research paper, had one of the largest heads of any dinosaur. As recounted in the study by Yale paleontologist Nicholas Longrich, in 1941 the partial skeleton [...]... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 09:05 AM

Mutualist matchmaking made simple

by Jeremy Yoder in Denim and Tweed

Back in September, I wrote about a new economic model of mutualism that proposed mutualists could keep their partner species from cheating—exploiting the benefits of a mutualistic relationship without returning the favor—without explicitly punishing them, so long as failure to play nice led to a reduction in mutualistic benefit [$a]. Now the same research group has published an elaboration of the economic approach to mutualism in the January issue of The American Naturalist, which suggests t........ Read more »

Archetti, M., Úbeda, F., Fudenberg, D., Green, J., Pierce, N., & Yu, D. (2011) Let the right one In: A microeconomic approach to partner choice in mutualisms. The American Naturalist, 177(1), 75-85. DOI: 10.1086/657622  

Weyl, E., Frederickson, M., Yu, D., & Pierce, N. (2010) Economic contract theory tests models of mutualism. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 107(36), 15712-6. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1005294107  

  • January 4, 2011
  • 09:00 AM

Retroviral integration and the XMRV provirus

by Vincent Racaniello in virology blog

A strong argument that the novel human retrovirus XMRV is not a laboratory contaminant is the the finding that viral DNA is integrated in chromosomal DNA of prostate tumors. Why does this result constitute such strong proof of viral infection? Establishment of an integrated copy of the viral genome – the provirus – is a [...]... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Differential Gene Response to High-Fat Diets in Obesity

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

Yesterday, as part of the kickoff of Live Right Now, CBC News published an extensive interview with me on why obesity is not simply a matter of “lifestyle choice”. As I point out in the the interview, “There’s a huge variability in how people can cope with extra calories…”
Indeed, we have long known that people [...]... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 05:45 AM

Cancer: the wound that never heals?

by Becky in It Takes 30

The interaction between the immune system and cancer is a complicated and puzzling one. On the one hand, there’s evidence that the immune system can help to get rid of tumors.  On the other hand, there’s also growing evidence that an inflammatory environment is important for tumor survival and metastasis.  A recent paper (Feng et [...]... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 04:59 AM

A psychological problem with snacking in front of the telly

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

TV snacks are easily forgotten
Besides how hungry we feel, all sorts of other factors also affect how much we eat, including portion size and social convention. Another factor is memory for how much we've already eaten. The much-studied amnesic H.M. readily sat down to eat a second meal having just finished one, presumably because he'd forgotten he'd already eaten. Now Dolly Mittal and her team have shown that snacking while watching TV, as opposed to snacking while not watching TV, can lead u........ Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

Attorneys briefs have the ability to influence Supreme Court opinions and consequently the law

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

The Supreme Court and Opinion Content: The Influence of Parties’ Brief From Political Research Quarterly It is argued in this paper that there are reasons to believe that parties’ briefs can influence Supreme Court opinions. Attorneys are trained to write persuasively and are told that judges will use the briefs to justify and explain decisions. [...]... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 01:50 AM

The Neurobiology of Anhedonia

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

In simple terms anhedonia is an important symptom of depression. The DSM IV states that individuals having this anhedonia “may report feeling less interest in hobbies, ‘not caring anymore,’ or not feeling any enjoyment in activities that were previously considered pleasurable”. For the diagnosis of depression either this symptom or low mood is required together [...]

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  • January 4, 2011
  • 01:48 AM

Alien hand

by Janet Kwasniak in Thoughts on thoughts

A recent study of a Parkinson patient with alien hand syndrome has been published by Schaefer, Heinze and Galazky (citation below). This patient offered an interesting opportunity because his left hand made both involuntary and voluntary (but with effort) movements. What is more, a particular sort of involuntary movement could be triggered in a [...]... Read more »

  • January 4, 2011
  • 12:30 AM

RCT of Palliative Medicine Consultations on Admission

by Brian McMichael, M.D. in Pallimed: a Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog

In the current issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, under the category, "Health Care Reform" is a Research Letter entitled, Hospital-Based Palliative Medicine Consultation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. It is brought to you by the good folks at UCSF. It was a 2-year, randomized, prospective, clinical trial of patients 65 years or older with heart failure, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or cirrhosis, who were able to give informed consent, and who spoke English.Patients were r........ Read more »

Pantilat, S., O'Riordan, D., Dibble, S., & Landefeld, C. (2010) Hospital-Based Palliative Medicine Consultation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Archives of Internal Medicine, 170(22), 2038-2040. DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2010.460  

  • January 3, 2011
  • 07:03 PM

Are autistic people lost in space?

by Michelle Dawson in The Autism Crisis

In one short paper, Elizabeth Pellicano and colleagues claim to demolish Simon Baron Cohen's systemizing account of autism. They also conclude that autistics' strong visual search and probabalistic learning abilities fail in large-scale space, ergo in the real world. The press release starts by declaring that autistic children "lack visual skills required for independence" and does not exaggerate the claims in the paper, which merit a lot of scrutiny. So bear with me, this is not going to be sho........ Read more »

Pellicano E, Smith AD, Cristino F, Hood BM, Briscoe J, & Gilchrist ID. (2010) Children with autism are neither systematic nor optimal foragers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 21173235  

  • January 3, 2011
  • 03:01 PM

Tracking the ‘Impulsivity Gene’

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

Yeah, this is late. Sci’s STILL ILL (ARGH!!!) and also has a lot on her plate. But nothing holds back the blogging! I WILL GO ON. (My blog will go oooonnnnn…I swear I didn’t even LISTEN to that because the song sucks THAT MUCH. Bet I gave you an earworm, though!!) For today, I’d like [...]... Read more »

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 3, 2011
  • 01:51 PM

Teacher Student Relationship: Not a One-Way Street

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

As a teacher, you have the opportunity to impact many lives—but less often is the focus on how students affect teachers. Challenging students take up more of their teachers’ time—and ... Read more »

Houts, R.M., Caspi, A., Pianta, R.C., Arseneault, L., & Moffitt, T.E. (2010) The challenging pupil in the classroom: the effect of the child on the teacher. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 21(12), 1802-10. PMID: 21078897  

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