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  • March 10, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Whatever happened to the audiophile?

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Back in the 1970s my parents had friends who had stacks of hi-fi separates with gold contact wiring and speaker stands on metal spikes. They were only playing Perry Como on vinyl, but that was their idea of fun, so good luck to them. When the CD emerged on to the market with its claims [...]Whatever happened to the audiophile? is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Jerald Hughes. (2009) Emergent quality standards for digital entertainment experience goods: the case of consumer audio. Int. J. Services and Standards, 5(4), 333-353. info:/

  • March 10, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Rattling neuroethology’s windows

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

As I’ve written recently, I don’t feel all that at home and comfortable in the field of neuroscience. I feel much more at home in the discipline of neuroethology, which investigates the neural bases of naturally occurring animal behaviour. It is populated by people who still appreciate diversity.

Having said that neuroethology is my intellectual home, I would like to rattle the windows in my own house a bit.

Neuroethology has a bunch of great people working on cool stories. And yet it is n........ Read more »

Bullock, T. (1999) Neuroethology has pregnant agendas. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology, 185(4), 291-295. DOI: 10.1007/s003590050389  

  • March 10, 2010
  • 06:15 AM

Vaccinia virus in Brazil: What a long, strange trip

by iayork in Mystery Rays from Outer Space

Krishna, milking a cow

Vaccinia virus is a widespread virus whose natural host remains unknown.  It turns out to be pretty good at jumping across species.
Vaccinia, of course, is the vaccine against smallpox.  Even though smallpox is eliminated in the wild,1 vaccinia is still very widely used in research and even, to some extent, in [...]... Read more »

Moussatché N, Damaso CR, & McFadden G. (2008) When good vaccines go wild: Feral Orthopoxvirus in developing countries and beyond. Journal of infection in developing countries, 2(3), 156-73. PMID: 19738346  

Alzhanova, D., Edwards, D., Hammarlund, E., Scholz, I., Horst, D., Wagner, M., Upton, C., Wiertz, E., Slifka, M., & Früh, K. (2009) Cowpox Virus Inhibits the Transporter Associated with Antigen Processing to Evade T Cell Recognition. Cell Host , 6(5), 433-445. DOI: 10.1016/j.chom.2009.09.013  

Essbauer, S., Pfeffer, M., & Meyer, H. (2010) Zoonotic poxviruses☆. Veterinary Microbiology, 140(3-4), 229-236. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2009.08.026  

  • March 10, 2010
  • 05:18 AM

Are emotions in music universal?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

While there are plenty of theories on how music and emotion might be related (see Juslin & Västfjäll, 2008 for a overview), there is still little empirical support to decide on how far music and specific associated emotions - such as happiness, fear, sadness or anger - are merely a result of association and/or culturally determined, or in fact shared and a result of brain mechanisms that we all share. Last year Current Biology published an interesting study on the recognition of three basic em........ Read more »

Fritz, T., Jentschke, S., Gosselin, N., Sammler, D., Peretz, I., Turner, R., Friederici, A., & Koelsch, S. (2009) Universal Recognition of Three Basic Emotions in Music. Current Biology, 19(7), 573-576. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2009.02.058  

  • March 10, 2010
  • 05:11 AM

Self-Evident Victor of the Invert War

by Sam in Oceanographer's Choice

Invert war has been declared. Personally, I consider myself a lover, not a fighter. And all the inverts are worthy of love in my book. But, knowing that tempers may flare as biologists across the blogosphere come to the defense of their preferred spineless taxa, I thought it would be worth injecting a [...]... Read more »

  • March 10, 2010
  • 05:09 AM

Bridging the intention behaviour gap: Planning, self-efficacy, and action control in the adoption and maintenance of physical exercise

by PhD Blogger in Exercise Psychology

In this paper from 2005 Sniehottaet al. examine why although some people develop an intention to change their health behaviour many do not follow through from intention to action. The gap between the intention and behaviour has been called the ‘‘intention–behaviour gap.’’ The authors examine factors which can be used to reduce the gap. They examine action planning, perceived self-efficacy, and self-regulatory strategies to investigate what effect these can have on reducing disparity........ Read more »

  • March 10, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

'Sunday Protist' - Sorogena: A ciliate 'slime mould'!

by Psi Wavefunction in Skeptic Wonder

I realise it's not anywhere near Sunday anymore, but I'm rapidly approaching Busy Threat Level Red, at which point I'll just hide in my "No Zone" and refuse to do anything beyond the bare minimum to get by... I really shouldn't be doing this right now, but the poor protists have been neglected for a while. Mostly. You should go check out Saccamminid forams at the Catalogue of Organisms, but not at the expense of reading my post, of course ^_~Remember the tricky Mystery Micrograph #10? Probably n........ Read more »

  • March 10, 2010
  • 04:07 AM

“Cracked cancer code”? Not just yet

by Cancer Research UK in Cancer Research UK - Science Update

The Sunday Express has run a front page story stating that scientists have made a major breakthrough in cancer treatment “after cracking the ‘code’ behind the disease.”   Sadly the story is actually only based on a theory rather than on concrete scientific evidence.
The story comes from a paper in the Journal of Translational Medicine written [...]... Read more »

  • March 10, 2010
  • 12:31 AM

The remote rural community that thinks letting someone die is as bad as killing them

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

In recent years cognitive scientist Marc Hauser has gathered evidence that suggests we're born with a moral instinct. This moral intuition has been likened to the universal grammar that Chomsky famously suggested underlies our linguistic abilities - certain principles are set in stone, whilst the precise parameters can be set by culture. Thousands of people from multiple countries and different religions and demographic backgrounds have given their verdict on fictional scenarios presented online........ Read more »

  • March 9, 2010
  • 07:39 PM

Resting Metabolic Rate and Aging, Another of Metabolism's Complexities

by Reason in Fight Aging!

Metabolism, which might be broadly defined as the biochemical process of living, is absurdly complex. The way in which metabolism varies between individuals, and then changes over time with aging? Even more complex. This is one of the reasons why slowing aging by changing metabolic machinery - in effect creating a new human metabolism - looks very much like an inferior, harder path in comparison to attempts to restore the metabolism we have to the way it operates in youthful bodies. Complexity i........ Read more »

  • March 9, 2010
  • 07:24 PM

A Worm Free World

by Pamela Ronald in Tomorrow's Table

Check out this great post by Mary M on biofortifed. In it she reviews a new research paper that describes how the use of Bt could potentially save the lives of millions.

You can download a video about the researchers and their work here.

From Mary's post: "For some people, a great deal of the conflama around genetically-engineered (GE) crops has to do with the presence of a pesticide in the plant material--mainly the Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt protein--rather than coating the surface of t........ Read more »

  • March 9, 2010
  • 06:01 PM

Pyramidal thoughts

by Jan Husdal in

A promising title with promising content? Perhaps. If you are a supply chain or logistics professional, looking for a paper that discusses the intricacies of  managing a supply chain in a disaster area, how to prepare and how to recover, this is NOT it. However, if you are a supply chain or logistics academic or [ ... ]... Read more »

  • March 9, 2010
  • 05:30 PM

Trust in the Face(width)

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

It seems odd, but stable facial cues, such as the width-height ratio of a man's face, may be decent predictors of trustworthiness. Less strange is that we apparently use face-width when intuitively judging a strangers' trustworthiness...... Read more »

  • March 9, 2010
  • 04:52 PM

Landscape approaches for the study of aquatic ecosystems

by JL in Analyze Everything

Well, I'm trying to read a paper a day (this can be really hard with 2 kids and a job that doesn't encourage it), and today I randomly pulled up this paper: Johnson and Host "Recent developments in landscape approaches for the study of aquatic ecosystems" (full cite below). Let's just say that there's a lot here. Basically, this paper is part of a big-time retrospective done by J-NABS in ... Read more »

Johnson, L.B. and G.E. Host. (2010) Recent developments in landscape approaches for the study of aquatic ecosystems. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 29(1), 41-66. info:/10.1899/09-030.1

  • March 9, 2010
  • 04:39 PM

Darwin and Spencer in the Middle East

by Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries

It is a common argument by those who are opposed to evolution's implication for religious belief to label Darwin as a social Darwinist and a racist. Adrian Desmond and James Moore's book Darwin's Sacred Cause has gone a long way towards dispelling any claims that Darwin sought to justify black inferiority (in fact, as they show, it was just the opposite). However, the claim that Darwin inspired social Darwinism is a persistent argument and those that proffer it will stoop to any level in order........ Read more »

Elshakry, Marwa. (2003) Darwin's Legacy in the Arab East: Science, Religion and Politics, 1870-1914. Princeton University D.Phil. Thesis. info:/

  • March 9, 2010
  • 04:14 PM

Regular use of common painkillers is associated with hearing loss in middle aged men

by Helen Jaques in In Sickness and In Health

A study has found that regular use of common painkillers – such aspirin, paracetamol, and ibuprofen – increases the risk of hearing loss in men aged 40-74 years.
Using aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, or paracetamol twice a week or more over a 20 year period increased the risk of hearing loss by 12%, [...]... Read more »

Curhan, S., Eavey, R., Shargorodsky, J., & Curhan, G. (2010) Analgesic Use and the Risk of Hearing Loss in Men. The American Journal of Medicine, 123(3), 231-237. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2009.08.006  

  • March 9, 2010
  • 03:40 PM

Where are the rats at the cage fights

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind

I sometimes wonder if we have all been hoodwinked about the whole Roman Colosseum stories of thousands of supposedly normal everyday Romans, presumably wearing sandals (not that that is important to this), cheered on as their fellow humans were slain, eaten, speared and mutilated. Then again, cage fighting, described by Senator John McCain as human [...]... Read more »

  • March 9, 2010
  • 03:23 PM

Beyond Borders

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Rich countries import substantial carbon dioxide emissions

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Davis, S.J., & K. Caldeira. (2010) Consumption-based accounting of CO2 emissions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.090674107

  • March 9, 2010
  • 03:09 PM

Screening probes and probing screens

by The Curious Wavefunction in The Curious Wavefunction

High Throughput Screening (HTS), with all its strengths and limitations, is still the single-best way to discover novel interesting molecules in drug discovery. Thomas Kodadek of Scripps Florida has an interesting article on screening in the latest issue of Nat. Chem. Biol which is a special issue on chemical probes. Kodadek talks about the very different properties required for drugs and probes and the limitations and unmet needs in current HTS strategies. He focuses on mainly two kinds of scre........ Read more »

Kodadek, T. (2010) Rethinking screening. Nature Chemical Biology, 6(3), 162-165. DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.303  

  • March 9, 2010
  • 02:56 PM

White-nose syndrome still devastating bats and challenging scientists

by Katie Kline in EcoTone

In an effort to conserve and research the endangered Virginia big-eared bat, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo took in 40 bats in November 2009. The goal was to establish a security population and to scientifically develop husbandry practices in a subspecies that researchers have not attempted to conserve before. ... Read more »

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