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  • November 25, 2010
  • 07:01 PM
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Who writes health news?

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

In times of financial difficulties, health reporters are usually the first to be let go. This is especially true if they actually know something about health (it makes them more expensive). Financial cutbacks mean that media outlets have to rely on news agencies or have non-specialist journalists report health. The authors of "Does it matter who writes medical news stories" are familiar with such problems (and their consequences), since they are reviewers of health news stories for the Australia........ Read more »

Wilson, A., Robertson, J., McElduff, P., Jones, A., & Henry, D. (2010) Does It Matter Who Writes Medical News Stories?. PLoS Medicine, 7(9). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000323  

  • November 25, 2010
  • 03:24 PM
  • 1,035 views

Oil-eating bacteria

by Lab Rat in Lab Rat

Oil is formed from hydrocarbons: organic compounds which consist soley of the elements hydrogen and carbon. There are many, many different types of hydrocarbons, all of varying lengths and shapes, and pretty much all of them can in some way be consumed as an energy source by bacteria.Hydrocarbons, in both ring and chain form, taken from a mix of sourcesThe general rule is that the shorter and fewer rings present, the more toxic the compound to bacteria (ethalon, for example, is deadly) however t........ Read more »

Lena Ciric. (2010) A natural solution: how bacterial communities can help clean up oil spills. Microbiology Today, 229-231. info:other/

  • November 25, 2010
  • 03:05 PM
  • 791 views

Fishistory

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Sometimes it pays to blow the dust off those old archives. An Italian research team has been able to reconstruct how fish stocks in the Northern Adriatic Sea have changed over the last 200 years thanks to a creative method for transforming the diaries of long-dead naturalists and fishmongers into crunchable data. These long-ignored “eyewitness […] Read More »... Read more »

  • November 25, 2010
  • 01:49 PM
  • 806 views

Thanksgiving and Football: Why you should always go for it on 4th and short

by Brad Walters in Cortical Hemming and Hawing

Today being Thanksgiving, it's pretty reasonable to assume (if you live in the U.S.) that you will likely be sitting down to a large meal involving lots of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.  It is also pretty likely, that somewhere in the house, football games will be on the television.  Which brings us to one of the quintessential questions in football: It's 4th down, your team is on the opposing team's 30 yard line and they have only one yard to go to get a first down.  Sho........ Read more »

  • November 25, 2010
  • 11:00 AM
  • 1,614 views

All the lonely beetles, where do they all come from?

by davesbrain in Dave Hubble's ecology spot

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  • November 25, 2010
  • 06:21 AM
  • 724 views

Common ancestry of life – Q.E.D?

by Tara Cronin in BioMed Central Blog

The proposition that “all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth descended from some one primordial form”, first put forward by Darwin, and central to modern evolutionary theory, is a commonly held biological view.An attempt by Douglas Theobald, described in a letter to Nature as a ‘formal test’ of the universal common ancestry (UCA) hypothesis, stirred considerable interest recently - whilst the universality of the genetic code and evidence from comparative genomics prov........ Read more »

  • November 25, 2010
  • 06:18 AM
  • 1,398 views

Using beauty as an advertising tool - does it always work?

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Announcing that neuroscience writer Jonah Lehrer had been listed as one of Salon's sexiest men of 2010, psychologist and uber-blogger Vaughan Bell joked that an aftershave would soon follow. Vaughan was referring, of course, to the widespread tendency for marketeers to use beautiful people to promote products. The rationale of the tactic is obvious. By pairing a product with an attractive model, hopefully people will come to find the product attractive too. A new study by Debra Trampe and collea........ Read more »

  • November 25, 2010
  • 06:00 AM
  • 1,672 views

High-Protein-Low-GI Diet Helps Keep Weight Off?

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

Today, the New England Journal of Medicine publishes the results of a large European multicentre trial called the Diet, Obesity, and Genes (DIOGENES) Project, showing that eating slightly more protein and slightly fewer high-glycemic-index foods may make it easier to keep weight off.... Read more »

Larsen TM, Dalskov SM, van Baak M, Jebb SA, Papadaki A, Pfeiffer AF, Martinez JA, Handjieva-Darlenska T, Kunešová M, Pihlsgård M.... (2010) Diets with high or low protein content and glycemic index for weight-loss maintenance. The New England journal of medicine, 363(22), 2102-13. PMID: 21105792  

  • November 25, 2010
  • 05:14 AM
  • 1,314 views

Navigating by the (dead) stars

by Niall in we are all in the gutter

Until the last century, astronomy had one very practical purpose, navigation. Ancient mariners used stars such as the North Star and the Southern Cross to work out where in the ocean they were. With the advent of modern methods (the most up to date of which is GPS) navigating by the stars fell by the wayside. Now a new method that combines the ancient idea of stellar aids to navigation with some of the principles of GPS has been suggested to accurately determine the position of spacecraft, and i........ Read more »

Mike Georg Bernhardt, Tobias Prinz, Werner Becker, & Ulrich Walter. (2010) Timing X-ray Pulsars with Application to Spacecraft Navigation. Proceedings of Science. arXiv: 1011.5095v1

  • November 25, 2010
  • 04:42 AM
  • 846 views

Should we close the Climategate?

by Jörg Friedrich in Reading Nature

Phil Jones has put on weight again. He must also not take drugs anymore; he looks almost as healthy as a year ago. In general, he believes the worst is behind him. This you can read at the first anniversary … Continue reading →... Read more »

Adam D. (2010) Climate: The hottest year. Nature, 468(7322), 362-364. PMID: 21085150  

Nature Editorial. (2010) Closing the Climategate. Nature, 468(7322), 345. PMID: 21085128  

  • November 25, 2010
  • 04:40 AM
  • 600 views

Renewed interest in criminal careers

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Special issue From European Journal Of Criminology This ‘criminal careers’ special issue showcases some of the best studies by respected European researchers exploring engagement in crime over the life course. Attention to the subject has been prompted by renewed interest in why people stop offending, and the processes by which they are rehabilitated or resettled [...]... Read more »

  • November 25, 2010
  • 04:18 AM
  • 950 views

A typology of crises

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

What defines a crisis? Are there different types of crises? In this article, crises are classified according to how predictable and influenceable they are. This generates four types of crises: Conventional, Unexpected, Intractable and Fundamental crisis. » Read more » » »
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Gundel, S. (2005) Towards a New Typology of Crises. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 13(3), 106-115. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5973.2005.00465.x  

  • November 25, 2010
  • 02:14 AM
  • 1,788 views

Empathy in Medicine

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD


This is part of a title of a commentary in the JAMA. Would have reacted in the JAMA but found my blog more appropriate. The subtitle is a neurobiological perspective. This commentary does provide an update on the neurobiological findings on empathy but they’re not new and can also be read on this blog. What [...]


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Riess, H. (2010) Empathy in Medicine--A Neurobiological Perspective. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 304(14), 1604-1605. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2010.1455  

  • November 24, 2010
  • 10:28 PM
  • 993 views

San Antonio Statement on Brominated and Chlorinated Flame Retardants

by Ashartus in exposure/effect

A group of nearly 150 scientists has signed a statement about brominated and chlorinated flame retardants (BFRs and CFRs), essentially asking for some serious thought to be given about whether we really need to be using them the way we are. BFRs and CFRs have been used in a wide range of products due to [...]... Read more »

DiGangi, J., Blum, A., Bergman, �., de Wit, C., Lucas, D., Mortimer, D., Schecter, A., Scheringer, M., Shaw, S., & Webster, T. (2010) San Antonio Statement on Brominated and Chlorinated Flame Retardants. Environmental Health Perspectives, 118(12). DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1003089  

  • November 24, 2010
  • 08:34 PM
  • 622 views

Irony Alert: Marc Hauser on moral judgments

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription

This PNAS article shows the effects of serotonin on moral decision making.... Read more »

Crockett MJ, Clark L, Hauser MD, & Robbins TW. (2010) Serotonin selectively influences moral judgment and behavior through effects on harm aversion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(40), 17433-8. PMID: 20876101  

  • November 24, 2010
  • 07:35 PM
  • 813 views

We were all Africans…before the intermission

by Razib Khan in Gene Expression

Quick review. In the 19th century once the idea that humans were derived from non-human ancestral species was injected into the bloodstream of the intellectual classes there was an immediate debate as to the location of the proto-human homeland; the Urheimat of us all. Charles Darwin favored Africa, but in many ways this ran against the [...]... Read more »

Jinchuan Xing, W Scott Watkins, Ya Hu, Chad D Huff, Aniko Sabo, Donna M Muzny, Michael J Bamshad, Richard A Gibbs, Lynn B Jorde, & Fuli Yu. (2010) Genetic diversity in India and the inference of Eurasian population expansion. Genome Biology. info:/10.1186/gb-2010-11-11-r113

  • November 24, 2010
  • 04:42 PM
  • 799 views

Playing God with Fruity Flies

by Brit Trogen in Science in Seconds

Picture a manly male. He's a little aggressive, the first to initiate courtship. And of course he's got a nice row of sexcombs to go with that black patch on his abdomen.

What female could resist a stud like that?

Courtship in flies involves a series of well-documented behaviors, mostly initiated by the male.... Read more »

Fernández, M., Chan, Y., Yew, J., Billeter, J., Dreisewerd, K., Levine, J., & Kravitz, E. (2010) Pheromonal and Behavioral Cues Trigger Male-to-Female Aggression in Drosophila. PLoS Biology, 8(11). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000541  

  • November 24, 2010
  • 03:13 PM
  • 532 views

How Echolocating Bats Recognize Water

by Michael Long in Phased

If an extended surface is determined to be smooth via acoustic signaling, echolocating bats innately view it as water, often overriding other sensory cues.... Read more »

  • November 24, 2010
  • 03:02 PM
  • 546 views

Can you name that tune? Song Recognition without Identification

by Psychology 379 bloggers in Cognition & the Arts

Have you ever heard a song on the radio that you recognize but you can’t pinpoint the name of the song? From personal experience, I know this happens to me a lot! I can hear a song on the radio and know I have heard it before but I cannot recall the name the song. It is common for people to recognize a song but how much or how little of the song do you need to hear to recognize it? Do you think you could recognize a song if you just heard a fragment of the song, the rhythm or if you just h........ Read more »

  • November 24, 2010
  • 02:53 PM
  • 1,757 views

The Social Cognition of Your Thanksgiving Dinner

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal



Even still, we tend to think of the turkey as a fairly unintelligent bird, skilled at little more than waddling around, emitting the occasional "gobble," and frying up golden-brown-and-delicious. But...what if I told you that the domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) could actually be quite clever, at least when it comes to social cognition? Apocryphal or not, Ben Franklin may have been on to something with the "Bird of Courage."

Head on over to Scientific American to catch my latest contribu........ Read more »

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