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  • February 9, 2011
  • 02:50 PM

A deadly heat wave is finally hindcasted

by Maria José Viñas in GeoSpace

In 2003, an extreme heat wave in Europe brought record temperatures that lasted throughout the summer and killed tens of thousands of people. Since then, a number of meteorological studies tried unsuccessfully to re-forecast – or forecast in hindsight – that summer's extreme weather, but none were able to create a totally accurate model of the event. Scientists ultimately hope to be able to predict such scorchers before they hit. A research team now says that it has succeeded in re-forecasti........ Read more »

Antje Weisheimer1, Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes, Thomas Jung and T.N. Palmer. (2011) On the predictability of the extreme summer 2003 over Europe. Geophysical Research Letters. info:/

  • February 9, 2011
  • 01:24 PM

Neuroplasticity, trivia and a sprinkling of Twitter

by Caroline Sober in Promega Connections

Without really trying to be, turns out I’m kind of wired for trivia. My brain seems to reserve lots of little nooks and crannies for bits of information that are probably entirely useless to my day-to-day life or career, but man, are they fun to pull out at parties. I can’t tell you why it’s [...]... Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 01:03 PM

Current Cosmology From Supernova Data.

by Joseph Smidt in The Eternal Universe

Ariel Goobar and Bruno Leibundgu have recently submitted an article to Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science summing up our current understanding of physics from the current set of supernova data. We have accrued quite a lot of supernova data over the years and so it is interesting to take a look at how much we have learned. I will not report everything but will post a few interesting

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Ariel Goobar, & Bruno Leibundgut. (2011) Supernova cosmology: legacy and future. To Appear In Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science. arXiv: 1102.1431v1

  • February 9, 2011
  • 12:16 PM

Mate Choice: when Mr Right isn't good enough

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

Hypothesis: female birds in monogamous mating systems with incompatible partners have higher stress hormone levels and are slower to reproduce than those with compatible partners ... Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 11:31 AM

One database to hold them all

by Daniel MacArthur in Genetic Future (Wired)

Regardless of your stance on the hyping of genomic medicine over the last decade, there is one small but important group of patients – those suffering from rare, severe diseases – for whom the unravelling of the human genome and subsequent advances in genetic technology have unambiguously changed lives. The genetic map provided by the [...]... Read more »

Bale, S., Devisscher, M., Criekinge, W., Rehm, H., Decouttere, F., Nussbaum, R., Dunnen, J., & Willems, P. (2011) MutaDATABASE: a centralized and standardized DNA variation database. Nature Biotechnology, 29(2), 117-118. DOI: 10.1038/nbt.1772  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 11:29 AM

Mate Choice: when Mr Right isn't good enough

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

Hypothesis: female birds in monogamous mating systems with incompatible partners have higher stress hormone levels and are slower to reproduce than those with compatible partners... Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 11:26 AM

Risk, Information and Incentives in Telecom Supply Chains

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Supply chains risks can also be analyzed in a specific industry context and this is exactly what Agrell et al. (2004) did with telecom supply chains. They used a three tier SC (2nd tier supplier, EMS, OEM) to include the selection, coordination and motivation of independently operating suppliers in the model.

In terms of risk handling and sharing the telco industry is to some extent unique as well; there are several possible complications, like
differing business logic in the different sta........ Read more »

Agrell, P., Lindroth, R., & Norrman, A. (2004) Risk, information and incentives in telecom supply chains. International Journal of Production Economics, 90(1), 1-16. DOI: 10.1016/S0925-5273(02)00471-1  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:39 AM

Schistosomiasis may be protective against Auto-Immune Disease

by ABK in Environment and Health

Following up here on the associations between parasite infection and reduced incidence of autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, arthritis and possibly asthma, this time with a specific focus on Schistosome infection. Schistosomias is a common infection in many areas of the developing world, and is thought to be the second most important human parasite after malaria. Infection may be sub-clinical with little or no indication of infection. Osada et al. (2009) reported on lowe........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:22 AM

Tapuiasaurus Gets a Head

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Sauropod skulls are rare. As big as impressive as these long-necked giants were, they often lost their heads after death. There were decades of confusion over what the skull of Apatosaurus looked like. This makes the discovery of any complete sauropod skull cause for celebration, and I was delighted to hear that an international team [...]... Read more »

Zaher, H., Pol, D., Carvalho, A., Nascimento, P., Riccomini, C., Larson, P., Juarez-Valieri, R., Pires-Domingues, R., da Silva, N., & de Almeida Campos, D. (2011) A Complete Skull of an Early Cretaceous Sauropod and the Evolution of Advanced Titanosaurians. PLoS ONE, 6(2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016663  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:21 AM

Ezekiel's Merkabah | Knowing, Part 3

by Michael Lombardi in a New Life in the Sea

For this last installment of our review of the film 'Knowing', we will discuss the reference to Ezekiel's Chariot, and the prophecy that it conveys.
Some background - Ezekial is the author and central protagonist of the Book of Ezekial in the Hebrew Bible which goes on to discuss his prophecies of the destruction of Jerusalem. In 592 BCE, Ezekiel describes an encounter where is is visited by God appearing in "the likeness of man" who is riding a Chariot (or Merkabah in Hebrew) accompanied ........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:20 AM

Smoke screen: new study sheds light on will power, anti-smoking ads and quitting cigarettes.

by richardfmasters in Elements Science

Are you giving up the fags? Richard Masters looks at why brain scans can show how likely you are to quit, whether you realise it or not.

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Soon, C., Brass, M., Heinze, H., & Haynes, J. (2008) Unconscious determinants of free decisions in the human brain. Nature Neuroscience, 11(5), 543-545. DOI: 10.1038/nn.2112  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:19 AM

Beer could be good for bones

by Hel in Substantia Innominata

Guys, I already told you that beer might be good for your health because it contains flavonoid like Xanthohumol. Now I am just writing a brief post about alcohol and bones. Several studies point the fact that beer is good for the bone mineral density in men and at least postmenauposal women. In fact not [...]... Read more »

Wosje KS, & Kalkwarf HJ. (2007) Bone density in relation to alcohol intake among men and women in the United States. Osteoporosis international : a journal established as result of cooperation between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA, 18(3), 391-400. PMID: 17091218  

Tucker, K., Jugdaohsingh, R., Powell, J., Qiao, N., Hannan, M., Sripanyakorn, S., Cupples, L., & Kiel, D. (2009) Effects of beer, wine, and liquor intakes on bone mineral density in older men and women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 89(4), 1188-1196. DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.2008.26765  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:19 AM

Even in science, sometimes it really seems there is nothing new under the sun

by Björn Brembs in

In this week's journal club, we talked about an old paper from 1918! "The reactions to light and to gravity in Drosophila and its mutants" by Robert McEwen, in the Journal of Experimental Zoology.As the title says, the author studied how the fruit fly Drosophila responds to light and gravity. He tested this in walking flies and compared flies both with intact wings and clipped wings, wing mutations, clipped antennae, glued wings or clipped middle legs. He discovered that flies without wings or ........ Read more »

Chiappe, M., Seelig, J., Reiser, M., & Jayaraman, V. (2010) Walking Modulates Speed Sensitivity in Drosophila Motion Vision. Current Biology, 20(16), 1470-1475. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.06.072  

Haag, J., Wertz, A., & Borst, A. (2010) Central gating of fly optomotor response. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(46), 20104-20109. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1009381107  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:00 AM

Competence, Participation, Opportunity in Science Communication

by Janet Krenn in Talking Winston

“…the main concern of community activities is now increasingly about public participation, rather than public competence [of science].”

A recent study in Public Understanding of Science reveals that individuals that report “high” interest in science and technology make up a majority of the members of the general public who participate in science/policy decision making. Yet some that are very interested actually may lack a basic science competence, and what good is any discussion w........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 09:43 AM

Spray on some stem cells and grow your own skin!

by Katie Pratt in

Ok. Bits of this film are little grim, but it’s worth it. Well, go on then! Amazing right? And yes, it’s real! I have to admit I double-checked the date when my friend forwarded me the National Geographic link, but April first it was not. Researchers at the University of Pittsburg’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative [...]... Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 08:53 AM

Old and Dizzy: The Profile of Dizziness After 65

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Dizziness is a common symptom that increases in frequency with age.   Patients, family members and primary care physicians encounter this symptom.   Dizziness as a symptom is endorsed by up to 30% in older populations surveys. A recent primary care study looked at a large series of adults 65 and older presenting to their physicians.  This study was conducted in 45 group practices in the Netherlands is published in the readily accessed PLOS One.  The authors had........ Read more »

Dros J, Maarsingh OR, van der Horst HE, Bindels PJ, Ter Riet G, & van Weert HC. (2010) Tests used to evaluate dizziness in primary care. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal , 182(13). PMID: 20643840  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Do stromal endothelial cells directly influence cancer progression?

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

Endothelial cells block proliferation and invasiveness of breast & lung cancer cells in vitro by reducing cellular signaling via intracellular pro-tumor & inflammatory pathways. Continue reading →
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Franses, J., Baker, A., Chitalia, V., & Edelman, E. (2011) Stromal Endothelial Cells Directly Influence Cancer Progression. Science Translational Medicine, 3(66), 66-66. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3001542  

Sherwood, L., Parris, E., & Folkman, J. (1971) Tumor Angiogenesis: Therapeutic Implications. New England Journal of Medicine, 285(21), 1182-1186. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM197111182852108  

Kerbel, R. (2008) Tumor Angiogenesis. New England Journal of Medicine, 358(19), 2039-2049. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra0706596  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

We pray with closed eyes

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve talked about the “look inside yourself” strategy in case presentation before.  It’s a deceptively simple strategy to minimize bias and to help jurors get in touch with their moral center rather than operating blindly on pre-existing assumptions. Okay, so part of it may be in the delivery by our client Richard– who has a [...]

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  • February 9, 2011
  • 05:05 AM

The Andromeda Strain (1971) Photoincineration

by Manuel Sánchez in Bugs and Movies

The "Andromeda Strain" is a 1971 science-fiction film, based on the novel published in 1969 by Michael Crichton. Probably is the best "microbiological" movie. The film is about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that causes rapid, fatal blood clotting. But Andromeda has other surprises. In this fragment, we can see the different sterilization and aseptic procedures taken as a precaution to avoid external contamination. Nowadays we know that some of ........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 04:00 AM

Introducing a truly global genomic diagnostic platform

by avi_wener in The European Biotechnologist

In May, 2010 a truly international and collaborative genomic diagnostic tool was launched. MutaDATABASE is a publicly available, open access, free, online database that provides standardised information on human disease genes, including disease-causing variations. According to a recently published article in Nature Biotechnology: The unprecedented speed and scale with which human sequence variants are being [...]... Read more »

Sherri Bale, Martijn Devisscher, Wim Van Criekinge, Heidi L Rehm, Frederik Decouttere, Robert Nussbaum, Johan T Den Dunnen, & Patrick Willems. (2011) MutaDATABASE: a centralized and standardized DNA variation database. Nature Biotechnology, 117-118. info:/doi:10.1038/nbt.1772

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