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  • February 10, 2011
  • 08:54 AM
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Phrenology, Then and Now

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

In the November 2010 issue of Perspectives in Psychological Sciences, a Special Section on "Neuroimaging: Voodoo, New Phrenology, or Scientific Breakthrough?" (Diener, 2010) looks back at the infamous paper by Vul et al. (2009) and forward into the future. In one of the articles, an extended analogy is made between modern neuroimaging and the phrenology of yore (Poldrack, 2010):Imagine that fMRI had been invented in the 1860s rather than the 1990s. Instead of being based on modern cognitive p........ Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 08:04 AM
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A spectacular new fossil provides insight on the sex lives of pterosaurs, part I

by Darren Naish in Tetrapod Zoology



We know all too little about the biology and behaviour of the pterosaurs, the amazing, often bizarre flying reptiles of the Mesozoic Era. Most of our ideas - about feeding behaviour, locomotion, physiology and social and sexual behaviour - are inferences based on bones, or inferences based on interpretations of the bones. A new paper - published just a few weeks ago by Junchang Lü, David Unwin and colleagues in the journal Science - describes what might be one of the most interesting pterosau........ Read more »

Lü J, Unwin DM, Deeming DC, Jin X, Liu Y, & Ji Q. (2011) An egg-adult association, gender, and reproduction in pterosaurs. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6015), 321-4. PMID: 21252343  

  • February 10, 2011
  • 08:00 AM
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It Will Take More Than Information To Change Behaviour

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

Yesterday, I applauded the announcement by Canada’s leading beverage producers to clearly post calories on their products.
But I also warned that without educating Canadians on how to use this information, this ‘clarity on calories’ (as this initiative is called) may not quite produce the expected results.
So how effective are education campaigns on eating healthier and [...]... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 08:00 AM
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Breaking down technology transfer barriers

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Breaking down the technical and legal barriers are essential if technology transfer from academia to industry is to be done efficiently and effectively, according to researchers in Spain. Antonio Hidalgo, Professor of Technology Strategy at the Technical University of Madrid and José Albors, Professor of Business Administration at the Technical University of Valencia explain that [...]Breaking down technology transfer barriers is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Antonio Hidalgo, & José Albors. (2011) University-industry technology transfer models: an empirical analysis. Int. J. Innovation and Learning, 9(2), 204-223. info:/

  • February 10, 2011
  • 08:00 AM
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What big eyes you have!

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

“My goodness, Gammarus, what big eyes you have!”

There are a lot of possible answers to Red Riding Hoods question. You might have big eyes to help you navigate in the world, to find resources, mates, and all sorts of things. If you see variation in eye size in populations, it will be tricky to figure out what the selection pressure on eye size is, because eyes do so many different jobs.

In the case of one amphipod crustacean, the answer to Red’s question seems to be:

“All the better ........ Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 07:30 AM
  • 1,217 views

Just a heartbeat away from one’s body

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind

Body image means different things to different people. To many it refers to how one feels about one’s body.  To us, it refers to how one’s body feels to oneself and how one perceives its shape, orientation, agency and ownership.  Hopefully you can see that body image is critical to pain, because pain is, we [...]... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 07:00 AM
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February 10, 2011

by Erin Campbell in HighMag Blog

There are times when you finish reading a paper and you push it in front of your labmates and ask, “Did you seeeeee this?!” Hopefully, your labmates will indulge you as you do an interpretive dance explaining the coolness of the paper. If I were still in a lab, the images and paper in today’s post would be thrust in front of my labmates….great results and killer microscopy! Focal adhesions are cellular structures that connect a cell to the underlying extracellular matrix, and play imp........ Read more »

Kanchanawong, P., Shtengel, G., Pasapera, A., Ramko, E., Davidson, M., Hess, H., & Waterman, C. (2010) Nanoscale architecture of integrin-based cell adhesions. Nature, 468(7323), 580-584. DOI: 10.1038/nature09621  

  • February 10, 2011
  • 06:56 AM
  • 1,058 views

QCD at strong magnetic fields

by Marco Frasca in The Gauge Connection

Today on arxiv it is appeared the contribution to the conference “The many faces of QCD” of my friend Marco Ruggieri. Marco is currently a postdoc student at Yukawa Institute in Tokyo and has been a former student of Raoul Gatto. Gatto is one of the most known Italian physicists that had as students also [...]... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 06:50 AM
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Physicians on Twitter

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD


In the latest issue of the JAMA the results of a survey is published. The authors did a search on physicians using twitter. They extracted the public profile pages of the physicians using twitter with 500 or more followers between May 1 and May 31, 2010. They analyzed the tweets of these professionals.
Of the 5156 [...]


No related posts.... Read more »

Chretien KC, Azar J, & Kind T. (2011) Physicians on twitter. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 305(6), 566-8. PMID: 21304081  

  • February 10, 2011
  • 06:44 AM
  • 1,124 views

The Molecular Domestication of Amphibian Retroviruses - Do They Play a Physiological Role?

by Connor Bamford in The Rule of 6ix

Viruses aren't all bad; endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) make up a lot of host genome sequences and in some instances they may even benefit the host, allowing functional adaptation. A recently identified frog ERV may facilitate frost-resistance in a number of species and here a recent study describes its discovery and characterisation in vivo... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 06:39 AM
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The molecular domestication of amphibian retroviruses - do they play aphysiological role?

by Connor Bamford in The Rule of 6ix








Xenopus tropicalis - do recently identified ERVs play a functional role?


We mostly think of viruses of being ‘bad’ and ‘dangerous’ yet there are countless examples of viruses playing a positive role in their host’s life. These symbiotic agents have been co-opted by the host to do something good; some viruses have even been inserted into our genomes and thus are forever tied to our germline and our descendants - sometimes even these viruses can do good. This is the kind of game........ Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 06:30 AM
  • 1,469 views

Can’t Read Minds? Blame The Testosterone.

by Sharon Neufeldt in I Can Has Science?

Wearing your heart on your sleeve is merely an adage, but most people do display their emotions – even if unintentionally – on their faces. Women tend to be better than men at reading other people’s subtle facial cues, especially … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 06:14 AM
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If you are a headbanger, you should listen to Céline Dion

by Hel in Substantia Innominata

I am a metalhead girl and I like headbang my head in rhythm of good black/death metal songs. My favorite headbang technique is called Windmill! \,,/ Generally headbanging is not really dangerous. According the amount of metal concert that I did, I have never had severe trouble or loss of consciousness, same for other metal [...]... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 03:21 AM
  • 2,719 views

It’s Criminal – Press Release Misrepresentation

by Ben Good in B Good Science

  You are sat at a table in a dark room, handcuffed. One police officer is shouting in your face, swearing and appears very angry. The other is stood in the corner watching and interjects saying that maybe a cup of tea is in order. Who is more likely to make you talk? Well, new … Read more... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 02:00 AM
  • 568 views

”My mother’s keeper”: the effects of parentification on black female college students

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Journal of Black Psychology The Black family—both nuclear and extended—has been responsible for the survival of Black people in America. Despite shifting dynamics due to the evolution of the family structure during the past 50 years, the family is one of the most important and strongest institutions in the Black community.  This paper illustrates [...]... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 12:19 AM
  • 2,817 views

Warming Associated Range Shifts – King Crabs in Antarctica

by John Carroll in Chronicles of Zostera



Well I haven’t done a Research Blogging post in a very long time.  But I was inspired by this news release I read today about crabs spilling onto the Antarctic peninsula with warming waters.   On a recent voyage to Antarctica, marine biologists collected digital images of these deep water predators moving closer to shallow coastal . . . → Read More: Warming Associated Range Shifts – King Crabs in Antarctica... Read more »

Aronson, R., Thatje, S., Clarke, A., Peck, L., Blake, D., Wilga, C., & Seibel, B. (2007) Climate Change and Invasibility of the Antarctic Benthos. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 38(1), 129-154. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.38.091206.095525  

Aronson RB, Moody RM, Ivany LC, Blake DB, Werner JE, & Glass A. (2009) Climate change and trophic response of the Antarctic bottom fauna. PloS one, 4(2). PMID: 19194490  

Thatje, S., Anger, K., Calcagno, J., Lovrich, G., Pörtner, H., & Arntz, W. (2005) CHALLENGING THE COLD: CRABS RECONQUER THE ANTARCTIC. Ecology, 86(3), 619-625. DOI: 10.1890/04-0620  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 11:22 PM
  • 1,105 views

Play and pornography

by Smart Dogs in SmartDogs' Weblog

Like pornography – while I can’t really define exactly what play is, I’m pretty sure I’ll recognize it when I see it. An article over at The Scientist where Jef Akst writes about play in “lower” animals caught my eye a while back. Akst discusses controversy over what play is and why it evolved. There’s no broad [...]... Read more »

Akst, Jef. (2010) Recess. The Scientist, 24(10), 44-44. info:/

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:08 PM
  • 1,779 views

Epidemiological evidence that UV exposure & vitamin D independently may reduce multiple sclerosis risk

by Colby in nutsci.org

Last year, I wrote about a mouse study that suggested UVB exposure suppressed a model of multiple sclerosis (MS) independent of vitamin D production.  So I was excited to see media reports this week covering another study, this one epidemiological … Continue reading →... Read more »

Lucas RM, Ponsonby AL, Dear K, Valery PC, Pender MP, Taylor BV, Kilpatrick TJ, Dwyer T, Coulthard A, Chapman C.... (2011) Sun exposure and vitamin D are independent risk factors for CNS demyelination. Neurology, 76(6), 540-8. PMID: 21300969  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 09:05 PM
  • 1,766 views

Taking methimazole for 10 years

by gravity in Graves' Disease Research

In the US, most Graves’ Disease patients get herded into either radioactive iodine treatment (RAI treatment) or surgical thyroid removal.  These are seen as “definitive” treatments, meaning permanent fixes.  There is some truth to this as it is impossible to … Continue reading →

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  • February 9, 2011
  • 08:00 PM
  • 1,157 views

What came first - the chicken's DNA or the chicken's proteins?

by Brooke N in Smaller Questions

A brief look at the RNA World hypothesis & new data that approaches its understanding.... Read more »

Lincoln, T., & Joyce, G. (2009) Self-Sustained Replication of an RNA Enzyme. Science, 323(5918), 1229-1232. DOI: 10.1126/science.1167856  

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