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  • April 20, 2010
  • 06:00 AM
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Using DNA barcoding to conserve tropical freshwater fish

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

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  • April 20, 2010
  • 06:00 AM
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Does self awareness make for quicker decisions?

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

Stimulating self-awareness can lead to reduced conflict in decisions, but does it lead to better choices?... Read more »

Nakao, T., Mitsumoto, M., Nashiwa, H., Takamura, M., Tokunaga, S., Miyatani, M., Ohira, H., Katayama, K., Okamoto, A., & Watanabe, Y. (2010) Self-Knowledge Reduces Conflict by Biasing One of Plural Possible Answers. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36(4), 455-469. DOI: 10.1177/0146167210363403  

  • April 20, 2010
  • 05:04 AM
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'My son could be the next prime minister': How indirect bragging backfires

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

You want to impress but you realise that bold-faced bragging can backfire. So instead you highlight the achievements of those close to you - perhaps your son or daughter's success, or even a colleague's - with the hope of basking in the reflected glory. 'I'm a lecturer at Neverland University,' you say, 'our head of department just won a Nobel Prize.' Bad move. According to Nurit Tal-Or's latest research on the psychology of boasting, this form of indirect self-promotion, known as 'burnishing', ........ Read more »

  • April 20, 2010
  • 01:55 AM
  • 1,198 views

Is Memory for Music Special?

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD


Unfortunately not. After reviewing the literature the author of the review: Is Memory for Music Special, hesitantly had to admit that memory for music is not special. Popular music is not better remembered than other kinds of stimuli learned in young adult hood. Setting text or lists to music is not a better way to [...]


Related posts:How does short-term memory work in relation to long-term memory?
The Neuroscience of Music Enjoyment and Depression
Memory psychology for a general audience
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Schulkind, M. (2009) Is Memory for Music Special?. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169(1), 216-224. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04546.x  

  • April 20, 2010
  • 01:55 AM
  • 803 views

Is Memory for Music Special?

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD


Unfortunately not. After reviewing the literature the author of the review: Is Memory for Music Special, hesitantly had to admit that memory for music is not special. Popular music is not better remembered than other kinds of stimuli learned in young adult hood. Setting text or lists to music is not a better way to [...]


Related posts:How does short-term memory work in relation to long-term memory?
The Neuroscience of Music Enjoyment and Depression
Memory psychology for a general audience
... Read more »

Schulkind, M. (2009) Is Memory for Music Special?. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169(1), 216-224. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04546.x  

  • April 19, 2010
  • 10:44 PM
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City dwellers of the future: Urban heat island warming may be as large as doubling CO2

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture


In 1990, I remember driving on a freeway in Phoenix after midnight.  The temperature was a cool 102 degrees F after breaking the all time heat record of 126 F that day.  Deserts are good at cooling off at night.  But with all of the built environment in Phoenix storing heat from the day, the [...]... Read more »

Mark McCarthy, Martin Best, and Richard Betts. (2010) Climate change in cities due to global warming and urban effects. Geophysical Research Letters. info:/10.1029/2010GL042845

  • April 19, 2010
  • 07:44 PM
  • 507 views

In the Red

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Ecolabelling may not be worth it for Maine lobster fishery

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  • April 19, 2010
  • 06:08 PM
  • 985 views

Gloomy Octopii LOVE their HDTV!

by Dr. Carin Bondar in Dr. Carin Bondar - Biologist With a Twist

I’ve got a special place in my heart for the Cephalopods.  These invertebrates have brought the spineless into the realm of charismatic megafauna, and this is not just because of their size.  Cephalopods, and octopii in particular, have large brains and complex visual capabilities.  Although the octopus eye evolved independently of the human eye, [...]... Read more »

Pronk, R., Wilson, D., & Harcourt, R. (2010) Video playback demonstrates episodic personality in the gloomy octopus. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213(7), 1035-1041. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.040675  

  • April 19, 2010
  • 06:01 PM
  • 785 views

Biodiversity, globalization and shifting disease ecologies

by DeLene Beeland in Wild Muse

As I was researching a story for the Observer, I had to go poking through the December 2009 issue of BioScience, and I stumbled across an interesting article reviewing biodiversity declines and global disease ecology. The authors assert that multiple factors working synergistically are leaving humans more at risk of contracting infectious diseases — [...]... Read more »

Pongsiri, M., Roman, J., Ezenwa, V., Goldberg, T., Koren, H., Newbold, S., Ostfeld, R., Pattanayak, S., & Salkeld, D. (2009) Biodiversity Loss Affects Global Disease Ecology. BioScience, 59(11), 945-954. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2009.59.11.6  

  • April 19, 2010
  • 05:30 PM
  • 964 views

Faulty input makes you feel funny, but doesn’t hurt

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind


There is a really attractive theory that has been used to explain why some people have chronic ongoing pain even though there is nothing wrong in the body part that hurts.  The theory suggests that the pain occurs because motor commands don’t match proprioceptive feedback from the body.  The name often given to this theory [...]... Read more »

  • April 19, 2010
  • 03:53 PM
  • 1,200 views

How giant anteaters duke it out

by Laelaps in Laelaps



Two giant anteaters fight it out. On the left, the individuals lash out at each other with their enormous claws, and on the right they posture at each other (with the dominant animal, with the upright and puffed-out tail, on the right). From Kruetz et al 2009.




In the northern state of Roraima in Brazil, small plantations of the black wattle tree (Acacia mangium) serve up plenty of food to carpenter ants and other insects, and the variety of six-legged pests has attracted numerous giant ant........ Read more »

  • April 19, 2010
  • 02:27 PM
  • 769 views

Aspirin Endorsed as Effective Agent in Migraine

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Migraine headaches are a common type of severe headache that can cause significant episodic disability. The one-year prevalence for migraine is estimated to be 18% for women and 6% for men in the U.S. Headaches typically last from four to 72 hours and can interfere with work and interpersonal function.A recent Cochrane Review examined the effectiveness of aspirin. The review included a comparison between aspirin and more recently developed triptan drugs such as sumatriptin (Imitrex). Thirtee........ Read more »

Kirthi V, Derry S, Moore RA, & McQuay HJ. (2010) Aspirin with or without an antiemetic for acute migraine headaches in adults. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online). PMID: 20393963  

  • April 19, 2010
  • 02:14 PM
  • 622 views

ResearchBlogCast: Can changing diet improve real-world health?

by Dave Munger in ResearchBlogging.org News

Each week, Research Bloggers Kevin Zelnio, Razib Khan, and I will choose a journal article to discuss in podcast form. We’ll make sure it’s an article that we or someone else has covered on their blog, so ideally, you’ll read the blog post first to get a general understanding of the research, then listen to [...]... Read more »

Fung, T., Chiuve, S., McCullough, M., Rexrode, K., Logroscino, G., & Hu, F. (2008) Adherence to a DASH-Style Diet and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke in Women. Archives of Internal Medicine, 168(7), 713-720. DOI: 10.1001/archinte.168.7.713  

  • April 19, 2010
  • 01:10 PM
  • 1,293 views

Rapidly mobilizing ecological research after natural disasters

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

Unexpected natural disturbances like forest fires, tsunamis, and volcanoes can provide unparalleled research opportunities for gaining resource management and ecological insights. Yet these research opportunities create a formidable challenge. Natural disturbances generally occur without much warning...... Read more »

Lindenmayer, D., Likens, G., & Franklin, J. (2010) Rapid responses to facilitate ecological discoveries from major disturbances. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1890/090184  

  • April 19, 2010
  • 01:00 PM
  • 1,155 views

Autumn Leaves

by Merry Youle in Small Things Considered

Each autumn, as the leaves on the apple trees in the Loire Valley turn from green to gold, observant orchardists notice islands of healthy green within the otherwise yellow leaves. These islands coincide with the site of leaf mines created by the larvae of a small moth, the apple leafminer Phyllonorycter blancardella. A group of French researchers have been taking a closer look at this for some years, and they have recently struck gold.

First a little background. Each apple leafminer begins ........ Read more »

Kaiser W, Huguet E, Casas J, Commin C, & Giron D. (2010) Plant green-island phenotype induced by leaf-miners is mediated by bacterial symbionts. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society. PMID: 20356892  

  • April 19, 2010
  • 11:12 AM
  • 1,323 views

Cape Coloureds: an instance of a generality

by Razib Khan in Gene Expression

Several months ago I put up a post which reviewed the geographical connections within the total genome content of the Cape Coloureds of South Africa. These peoples (plural because distinctive ethnic groups such as the Griqua were subsumed into this category in the 20th century) are of diverse origin, though generally their African and European [...]... Read more »

Quintana-Murci, L., Harmant, C., Quach, H., Balanovsky, O., Zaporozhchenko, V., Bormans, C., van Helden, P., Hoal, E., & Behar, D. (2010) Strong Maternal Khoisan Contribution to the South African Coloured Population: A Case of Gender-Biased Admixture. The American Journal of Human Genetics, 86(4), 611-620. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2010.02.014  

  • April 19, 2010
  • 10:00 AM
  • 1,383 views

Is That A T. rex Up Your Nose? New Species of Nose-dwelling Leech Discovered

by GrrlScientist in Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

tags: evolutionary biology, evolutionary biogeography, molecular biology, medicine, ectoparasite, orificial hirudiniasis, mucosal leech infestation, hirudinoids, leech, Tyrannobdella rex, public health, zoology, PLoS ONE, anatomy, phylogenetic analysis, taxonomy, bpr3.org/?p=52,peer-reviewed research, journal club






Figure 1. Mucosally invasive hirudinoid leeches. Known from a wide variety of anatomical sites including eyes (A) as in this case involving Dinobdella ferox (B), mucosal leech sp........ Read more »

Phillips, A., Arauco-Brown, R., Oceguera-Figueroa, A., Gomez, G., Beltrán, M., Lai, Y., & Siddall, M. (2010) Tyrannobdella rex N. Gen. N. Sp. and the Evolutionary Origins of Mucosal Leech Infestations. PLoS ONE, 5(4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010057  

  • April 19, 2010
  • 09:50 AM
  • 1,119 views

When Clinical Trials Go Too Well

by Rob Mitchum in ScienceLife

Typically, when a clinical trial is stopped early, it’s bad news. The drug being tested may show unexpected side effects too harmful to continue, the trial may fall short of its patient recruitment goals, or the early results may reveal too marginal a benefit to make the study worth the cost and time. But good [...]... Read more »

  • April 19, 2010
  • 09:01 AM
  • 707 views

Telling Lies: Email versus Pen and Paper

by Daniel Hawes in Ingenious Monkey | 20-two-5

Nice use of the dictator game in a series of studies, showing that emailing lies feels different from writing lies on pen and paper. ... Read more »

Naquin, C., Kurtzberg, T., & Belkin, L. (2010) The finer points of lying online: E-mail versus pen and paper. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95(2), 387-394. DOI: 10.1037/a0018627  

  • April 19, 2010
  • 08:05 AM
  • 703 views

Neural Correlates of Being a Total Bad-Ass

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

A new fMRI study in PLoS reports Differential Brain Activation to Angry Faces by Elite Warfighters, the elite warfighters being US Navy SEALs.SEALs are indeed pretty elite. This being a British blog, I wouldn't want to say that they're the world's elitest naval special forces unit. That's the British Special Boat Service. But they could still kill you ten times before you knew they were there (unless you're in the Special Boat Service.)Anyway, San Diego researchers Paulus et al scanned 11 SEALs........ Read more »

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