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  • February 21, 2011
  • 12:48 AM

Sunday Protist – Gromia: beautiful predatory grapes of the sea

by Psi Wavefunction in Skeptic Wonder

And we're back. The protists and I, that is. Well, the protists never quite went anywhere but you know what I mean...You may have heard of Gromia a couple years ago when it hit the news by leaving tracks on the ocean floor resembling Ediacaran trace fossils (tracks). Or perhaps not; I tend to get overly excited the one time a year some protist makes the news. The giant (3cm) track-leaving Gromia in question sounded even cooler as it came from the great deep sea; other species of Gromia are in fa........ Read more »

  • February 20, 2011
  • 11:46 PM

Did the Red Fox Predate the Dog as Man's Best Friend?

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Pets have longed played a role in human companionship.  Wild animals were primarily a source of food (and danger) in early human development.  Later in evolution,  animals began to serve a more complex role.  Domestication of a variety of animals served a more utilitarian role.  For example, domestication of horses allowed for extended travel, improved efficiency of hunting and provided a strategic advantage in battle.The domestications of wild wolves has been felt to be........ Read more »

  • February 20, 2011
  • 11:40 PM

Supermassive black hole in a dwarf galaxy

by Charles Daney in Science and Reason

Supermassive black hole in a type of galaxy where nobody expected to find one? Henize 2-10 is a small, mostly unremarkable compact dwarf galaxy. Its estimated dynamical mass is about 1010 M⊙, only a few percent of our galaxy's mass, and its distance from us is about 30 million light years. It is irregular in shape and does not fit in any category of the standard Hubble sequence.The only respect in which Henize 2-10 has attracted attention – for several decades – before now is a........ Read more »

  • February 20, 2011
  • 10:30 PM

Is Romantic Love a Western, Heterosexual Construct?

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

ROMANTIC LOVE WAS INVENTED TO MANIPULATE WOMEN-Jenny Holzer, TruismsDoes romantic love manipulate women into providing free domestic labor and sexual favors for men? Some feminist views of romantic love [and the institution of marriage] portray it as controlling and oppressive (Burns, 2000):‘STOP HUMAN SACRIFICE. END MARRIAGE NOW.’ ‘IT STARTS WHEN YOU SINK IN HIS ARMS AND ENDS WITH YOUR ARMS IN HIS SINK.’ From a feminist perspective, romantic love was, and is, seen to obscure or disguis........ Read more »

  • February 20, 2011
  • 06:01 PM

Supply Chain Turbulence

by Jan Husdal in

The norm in supply chain management is that variability is detrimental to performance as it causes cost in the form of stock-outs, poor capacity utilisation, and costly buffers. This paper questions this approach and argues that in the light of increasing turbulence a different approach to supply chain management is needed. [ ... ]... Read more »

Christopher, M., & Holweg, M. (2011) “Supply Chain 2.0”: managing supply chains in the era of turbulence. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 41(1), 63-82. DOI: 10.1108/09600031111101439  

  • February 20, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Language metaphors and time

by Stas Sajin in Raving Psychology

Pinker and Chomsky might not like Whorf’s theory, but it is essential to remember that Whorf came up with it when psycholinguistics was largely non-existent and when there was not a lot of data from which one could derive plausible hypotheses. Therefore, it is important to keep a non-judgmental attitude and give Whorf the proper credit for at least asking the question, “Does language influence thought?”.... Read more »

  • February 20, 2011
  • 09:09 AM

“The virus is ‘dead’. Long ‘live’ the virus.” – what does history say about how virology should develop in the future?

by Connor Bamford in The Rule of 6ix

In the modern world, we are continuously challenged by viral disease; well established pathogens such as the measles and mumps viruses alongside recently (re)-emerging viruses such as ebola-virus and even those viruses which we currently know little about (XMRV?) all represent a continuous threat to human health and well-being. Yet how can this be true when we have been developing anti-viral vaccines for half a decade – surely we should be good at it by now? And, is this idea that we c........ Read more »

Mueller S, Coleman JR, Papamichail D, Ward CB, Nimnual A, Futcher B, Skiena S, & Wimmer E. (2010) Live attenuated influenza virus vaccines by computer-aided rational design. Nature biotechnology, 28(7), 723-6. PMID: 20543832  

Wimmer E, Mueller S, Tumpey TM, & Taubenberger JK. (2009) Synthetic viruses: a new opportunity to understand and prevent viral disease. Nature biotechnology, 27(12), 1163-72. PMID: 20010599  

  • February 20, 2011
  • 07:00 AM

Does This Light Make Me Fat?

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

In 2003, a group of Italian university scientists and public health officials began sifting through the health records of shift workers at a factory in Apulia, Italy. The scientists had designed a cross-sectional study of 319 male workers with normal glucose and insulin levels, and were looking for metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors. Their study, [...]... Read more »

Arble DM, Bass J, Laposky AD, Vitaterna MH, & Turek FW. (2009) Circadian timing of food intake contributes to weight gain. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 17(11), 2100-2. PMID: 19730426  

Di Lorenzo L, De Pergola G, Zocchetti C, L'Abbate N, Basso A, Pannacciulli N, Cignarelli M, Giorgino R, & Soleo L. (2003) Effect of shift work on body mass index: results of a study performed in 319 glucose-tolerant men working in a Southern Italian industry. International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders : journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, 27(11), 1353-8. PMID: 14574346  

Fonken LK, Workman JL, Walton JC, Weil ZM, Morris JS, Haim A, & Nelson RJ. (2010) Light at night increases body mass by shifting the time of food intake. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(43), 18664-9. PMID: 20937863  

  • February 20, 2011
  • 06:30 AM

Prehospital Intravenous Fluid Administration is Associated With Higher Mortality in Trauma Patients – Part I

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

We expect the PubMed abstract to provide the important information.

In this case, we would be wrong.

This study does not look at Prehospital Intravenous Fluid Administration.... Read more »

  • February 20, 2011
  • 05:53 AM

I saw a new Earth

by Jörg Friedrich in Reading Nature

Typically it takes quite a few months before a submitted article in nature has passed the peer review process and has been accepted – and then until it is actually printed, it usually takes even more then a quarter of … Continue reading →... Read more »

Lissauer JJ, Fabrycky DC, Ford EB, Borucki WJ, Fressin F, Marcy GW, Orosz JA, Rowe JF, Torres G, Welsh WF.... (2011) A closely packed system of low-mass, low-density planets transiting Kepler-11. Nature, 470(7332), 53-8. PMID: 21293371  

Editorial. (2011) Earth 2.0. Nature, 470(7332), 5. PMID: 21293328  

Reich ES. (2011) Astronomy: Beyond the stars. Nature, 470(7332), 24-6. PMID: 21293349  

Billings L. (2011) Astronomy: Exoplanets on the cheap. Nature, 470(7332), 27-9. PMID: 21293350  

  • February 19, 2011
  • 06:33 PM

What do you see when you look into a squid’s eye?

by Mike Mike in Cephalove

If the squid had her way, nothing! Cephalopods are good at camouflage – their color and texture-changing skin is one of their claims to fame. This is all well and good for species of animals who live on or near the ocean floor, where there are things to blend in with – in the open [...]... Read more »

  • February 19, 2011
  • 02:43 PM

Is our self nothing but reward?

by davejhayes in neurosphere

In a new article entitled “Is our self nothing but reward?“, Georg Northoff and I discuss the potential relationship between reward and self.... Read more »

Northoff G, & Hayes DJ. (2011) Is Our Self Nothing but Reward?. Biological psychiatry. PMID: 21276963  

  • February 19, 2011
  • 02:06 PM

The Web of Morgellons

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

A fascinating new paper: Morgellons Disease, or Antipsychotic-Responsive Delusional Parasitosis, in an HIV Patient: Beliefs in The Age of the Internet“Mr. A” was a 43-year-old man...His most pressing medical complaint was worrisome fatigue. He was not depressed...had no formal psychiatric history, no family psychiatric history, and he was a successful businessman.He was referred to the psychiatry department by his primary-care physician (PCP) because of a 2-year-long complaint of pruritus [i........ Read more »

  • February 19, 2011
  • 12:54 PM

“What a tuuune!” – A Scientifically Good Song

by Ben Good in B Good Science

It’s a Saturday night, you are about to hit the town. There are many things that can affect how good the impending night out is going to be, the quality of the company, amount of alcohol consumed, making it home with all your possessions. The music also obviously plays a key part in the night and scientists have … Read more... Read more »

  • February 19, 2011
  • 10:42 AM

Elements of style: How science informs fashion design

by Audrey Lustig in ionpsych

Are there objective, perceptual rules that good fashion adheres to? Or do you have to be a fashion expert to "know it when you see it?"... Read more »

Elliot AJ, Kayser DN, Greitemeyer T, Lichtenfeld S, Gramzow RH, Maier MA, & Liu H. (2010) Red, rank, and romance in women viewing men. Journal of experimental psychology. General, 139(3), 399-417. PMID: 20677892  

Elliot, A., & Niesta, D. (2008) Romantic red: Red enhances men's attraction to women. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95(5), 1150-1164. DOI: 10.1037/0022-3514.95.5.1150  

Beck, D.M., Emanuele, B., & Savazzi, S. (2010) Why women wear heels: a new size illusion?. Journal of Vision, 10(7). info:/10.1167/10.7.965

  • February 19, 2011
  • 08:17 AM

Mindful Parenting: How To Stop Reacting To Your Child

by Brandon in Notes on Parenting

Mindful parenting can be defined as when "parents intentionally bring moment-to-moment awareness to the parent-child relationship" or "acting with awareness." There are certain qualities and skills that must be developed in order to accomplish this, but it is worth it. Mindfulness in general has been associated with:
More positive emotion
Less anxiety and depression
Greater relationship satisfaction
Less relationship stress
Brain activity associated with greater emotion regulation.
There are ........ Read more »

  • February 19, 2011
  • 07:00 AM

Cartoon – Alcohol and Aggression

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

Judging by all the destruction caused by the test subject, drinking more does make one more aggressive. A recent study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found a positive correlation between alcohol dose and aggression in human subjects. Aggressiveness was measured by shock intensity and duration administered to one’s “opponent” in [...]... Read more »

Duke AA, Giancola PR, Morris DH, Holt JC, & Gunn RL. (2010) Alcohol dose and aggression: another reason why drinking more is a bad idea. Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, 72(1), 34-43. PMID: 21138709  

  • February 19, 2011
  • 01:28 AM

Out of my mind: the tendency to ruminate about the past may have upside

by Keith Bredemeier in ionpsych

Think about a time when you did something that you really regretted… Now try to stop.  When we think about something that happened to us in the past, the emotions that were originally elicited by that event come rushing back.  … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 18, 2011
  • 10:11 PM

Third hand smoking - Can we ban this poison already?

by James Byrne in Disease Prone

I’m not going to write a post on why smoking is bad, it’s too obvious and if you don’t understand why then your probably never going to find this post anyway. I’m not even going to talk about second hand smoking, ie. blowing your death cloud at me on the street. Again it’s obvious why it’s bad and may even be worse than smoking the cigarette itself as second hand smokers don’t get the benefit of a filter. No, this post is about third hand smoking, a fun new way smokers can harm th........ Read more »

Avol EL, Gauderman WJ, Tan SM, London SJ, & Peters JM. (2001) Respiratory effects of relocating to areas of differing air pollution levels. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, 164(11), 2067-72. PMID: 11739136  

Sleiman M, Gundel LA, Pankow JF, Jacob P 3rd, Singer BC, & Destaillats H. (2010) Formation of carcinogens indoors by surface-mediated reactions of nicotine with nitrous acid, leading to potential thirdhand smoke hazards. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(15), 6576-81. PMID: 20142504  

  • February 18, 2011
  • 08:00 PM

Y chromosome reveals more about the Filipinos

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

“There is a great difference of opinion among ethnologists who have seen these Negritos, as to the race to which they belong”, S. Kneeland writing in 1883 for Science [1]. He further adds that “they are not far above such an ape as might have been the ancestors of man, with the cerebral convolutions of the orang, [...]... Read more »

Delfin F, Salvador JM, Calacal GC, Perdigon HB, Tabbada KA, Villamor LP, Halos SC, Gunnarsdóttir E, Myles S, Hughes DA.... (2010) The Y-chromosome landscape of the Philippines: extensive heterogeneity and varying genetic affinities of Negrito and non-Negrito groups. European journal of human genetics : EJHG. PMID: 20877414  

Reich D, Green RE, Kircher M, Krause J, Patterson N, Durand EY, Viola B, Briggs AW, Stenzel U, Johnson PL.... (2010) Genetic history of an archaic hominin group from Denisova Cave in Siberia. Nature, 468(7327), 1053-60. PMID: 21179161  

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