A new study was recently published in JOSPT by my friend Rafael Escamilla to assess core muscle activation during Swiss ball and and traditional abdominal exercises. This is a great research topic as the Swiss ball (or physioball, exercise ball, etc.) is widely believed to enhance core EMG. Selecting core exercises is typically more complicated than most people think. Sometimes I worry that too many people just try to create...
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Escamilla, R. (2010) Core Muscle Activation During Swiss Ball and Traditional Abdominal Exercises. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. DOI: 10.2519/jospt.2010.3073
The Allen Institute for Brain Science initiated the Allen Brain Atlas in 2003 with a goal to create a genomic map of the mouse brain. The mouse brain atlas was successfully completed in 2006 using 85 million images containing 600 terabytes of data and identifying 21,000 active genes in the mouse brain. The atlas has [...]... Read more »
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Davis FP, & Eddy SR. (2009) A tool for identification of genes expressed in patterns of interest using the Allen Brain Atlas. Bioinformatics (Oxford, England), 25(13), 1647-54. PMID: 19414530
On July 29th 2008, the day I turned 21 years, I received the best thing I could ask for: a birthday gift from Poseidon. I was living in Newport, OR at the time. After a long morning of observing nesting seabirds through a telescope, I returned home for what I presumed to be a long [...]... Read more »
Carr, S., Marshall, H., Johnstone, K., Pynn, L., & Stenson, G. (2002) How to Tell a Sea Monster: Molecular Discrimination of Large Marine Animals of the North Atlantic. Biological Bulletin, 202(1), 1. DOI: 10.2307/1543217
Pierce, S., Massey, S., Curtis, N., Smith, G., Olavarria, C., & Maugel, T. (2004) Microscopic, Biochemical, and Molecular Characteristics of the Chilean Blob and a Comparison with the Remains of Other Sea Monsters: Nothing but Whales. Biological Bulletin, 206(3), 125. DOI: 10.2307/1543636
Human beings give their attention readily to people who already have it. It doesn't matter if a guy won fame for his action movies, people will listen to his advice on carbon sequestration, and go out an buy his brand of shoe. That's not logical, but it does follow a predictable rule, which is that being famous, "cool" and/or prestigious gives you ready access to the minds of others. That bias may have evolved a very long time ago, according to this paper in the journal PLoS One last w........ Read more »
Why is overhearing another person’s phone conversations so darned annoying? Cornell researchers site attention demands of "halfalogues" as the answer.... Read more »
Horrey, W., & Wickens, C. (2006) Examining the Impact of Cell Phone Conversations on Driving Using Meta-Analytic Techniques. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 48(1), 196-205. DOI: 10.1518/001872006776412135
While heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's continue to grab the headlines, malaria and tuberculosis continue to quietly do their deadly work behind the scenes. Diseases that disproportionately affect sub-Saharan Africa are not exactly priorities for drug companies. But they pose a tremendous unmet need. Especially malaria, which kills an unbelievable 800,000 people every year, has fought back against almost every traditional drug. The fight against the disease has boiled down to one class of dr........ Read more »
Guiguemde, W., Shelat, A., Bouck, D., Duffy, S., Crowther, G., Davis, P., Smithson, D., Connelly, M., Clark, J., Zhu, F.... (2010) Chemical genetics of Plasmodium falciparum. Nature, 465(7296), 311-315. DOI: 10.1038/nature09099
Gamo, F., Sanz, L., Vidal, J., de Cozar, C., Alvarez, E., Lavandera, J., Vanderwall, D., Green, D., Kumar, V., Hasan, S.... (2010) Thousands of chemical starting points for antimalarial lead identification. Nature, 465(7296), 305-310. DOI: 10.1038/nature09107
Cooperation is seen not only in humans, but in societies formed by organisms from ants to baboons. But in many cases, it’s difficult to figure out why any individual would want to cooperate. Wouldn’t it be easier just to take what you want without doing any work? While cooperation is good for the group, why [...]... Read more »
Boyd, R., Gintis, H., & Bowles, S. (2010) Coordinated Punishment of Defectors Sustains Cooperation and Can Proliferate When Rare. Science, 328(5978), 617-620. DOI: 10.1126/science.1183665
Video of a talk on Language Evolution and Bilingualism from the University Of Edinburgh's LEL Postgraduate Conference... Read more »
Frank MC, Goodman ND, & Tenenbaum JB. (2009) Using speakers' referential intentions to model early cross-situational word learning. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 20(5), 578-85. PMID: 19389131
Hunag, Y. (2009) Supporting Meaningful Social Networks. Technical Report, ECS, University of Southampton. info:/
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Far, far away, in the land of eternal darkness along the base of the deep sea hydrothermal vents of the Juan de Fuca Ridge lie stretches of surface covered by 'blue mats'.(Kouris et al. 2007 Mar Ecol)These blue mats are produced by yet another tube-forming denizen of the hydrothermal vents. To non-tube-dwellers like us they may even look vaguely reminiscent of the much more famous giant tube worms, and the concept is quite similar up until that point.However, if you look inside a tube with its l........ Read more »
Ji, D., Lin, X., & Song, W. (2004) Complementary notes on a ‘well-known’ marine heterotrichous ciliate, Folliculinopsis producta (Wright, 1859) Frauré-Fremiet, 1936 (Protozoa, ciliophora). Journal of Ocean University of China, 3(1), 65-69. DOI: 10.1007/s11802-004-0011-1
Kouris, A., Kim Juniper, S., Frébourg, G., & Gaill, F. (2007) Protozoan?bacterial symbiosis in a deep-sea hydrothermal vent folliculinid ciliate (Folliculinopsis sp.) from the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Marine Ecology, 28(1), 63-71. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0485.2006.00118.x
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Depression is a common finding in overweight and obese patients trying to lose weight. So is obstructive sleep apnea.
Unfortunately, the symptoms of sleep apnea can mirror those of major depressive disorder: tiredness and low energy levels, lack of interest and motivation to pursue your favourite activities, trouble with concentration, memory or decision making, and weight [...]... Read more »
Habukawa M, Uchimura N, Kakuma T, Yamamoto K, Ogi K, Hiejima H, Tomimatsu K, & Matsuyama S. (2010) Effect of CPAP treatment on residual depressive symptoms in patients with major depression and coexisting sleep apnea: Contribution of daytime sleepiness to residual depressive symptoms. Sleep medicine. PMID: 20488748
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Smith, L., & Chow-Fraser, P. (2010) Impacts of Adjacent Land Use and Isolation on Marsh Bird Communities. Environmental Management, 45(5), 1040-1051. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-010-9475-5
An oft-repeated message from scientists involved with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), mapping the human genome, the search for extraterrestrial life and other vast scientific projects, such as supercomputing experiments is that the tera-bytes, peta-bytes, perhaps even the yotta-bytes of data generated by large-scale projects is hard to handle, to say the least.
Not only has [...]Wheels within wheels – the scientific lifecycle is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Mattoso, M., Werner, C., Travassos, G., Braganholo, V., Ogasawara, E., Oliveira, D., Cruz, S., Martinho, W., & Murta, L. (2010) Towards supporting the life cycle of large scale scientific experiments. International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 5(1), 79. DOI: 10.1504/IJBPIM.2010.033176
No worries, I am already holding my ears to avoid the screams of protest that I expect to get in response to this post.
But the idea that working moms may well play a noticeable role in the development of childhood obesity is indeed one that is suggested by Angela Pinot de Moira and colleagues from University College [...]... Read more »
de Moira AP, Power C, & Li L. (2010) Changing Influences on Childhood Obesity: A Study of 2 Generations of the 1958 British Birth Cohort. American journal of epidemiology. PMID: 20488872
Even if you don’t follow materials research closely you may have come across the amazing properties of spider silk. The stuff is stronger than steel, yet more elastic than most artificial fibres, despite being made of proteins only. It owes its remarkable strength to hydrogen bonds and its microstructure of amorphous and crystalline domains. But [...]... Read more »
Askarieh, G., Hedhammar, M., Nordling, K., Saenz, A., Casals, C., Rising, A., Johansson, J., & Knight, S. (2010) Self-assembly of spider silk proteins is controlled by a pH-sensitive relay. Nature, 465(7295), 236-238. DOI: 10.1038/nature08962
Can dreaming up alternatives to what actually happened ever be anything more than a waste of time and effort? ... Read more »
McCrea SM. (2008) Self-handicapping, excuse making, and counterfactual thinking: consequences for self-esteem and future motivation. Journal of personality and social psychology, 95(2), 274-92. PMID: 18665702
Stewart, A., & Vandewater, E. (1999) "If I had it to do over again..": Midlife review, midcourse corrections, and women's well-being in midlife. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76(2), 270-283. DOI: 10.1037/0022-3522.214.171.1240
A focus group study of parents' attitudes towards interventions promoting uptake of the MMR vaccine suggests it is better for health advice to be seen as independent from government. The findings come after the General Medical Council ruled yesterday that Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who first suggested a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, was guilty of serious professional misconduct.The MMR vaccine protects children against measles, mumps and rubella. Unfortunately the number of UK paren........ Read more »
Gardner B, Davies A, McAteer J, & Michie S. (2010) Beliefs underlying UK parents' views towards MMR promotion interventions: a qualitative study. Psychology, health , 15(2), 220-30. PMID: 20391239
Scientists have presented an interesting method for measuring the success of ecological restoration. The basic concept of the habitat affinity approach is that it assesses the degree to which the species composition at a restoration site reflects that of the target habitat community...... Read more »
Déri, E., Magura, T., Horváth, R., Kisfali, M., Ruff, G., Lengyel, S., & Tóthmérész, B. (2010) Measuring the Short-term Success of Grassland Restoration: The Use of Habitat Affinity Indices in Ecological Restoration. Restoration Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2009.00631.x
In reality then, we have trouble differentiating uni-dimensional stimuli such as audible tones played without reference to each other, but we can differentiate more than seven tones when played in a sequence, or separately when multiple dimensions such as loudness and pitch are varied. Further, we are able to remember more then seven things within a list especially if those things are related or can be judged relatively, or occur as part of a sequence.... Read more »
MILLER GA. (1956) The magical number seven plus or minus two: some limits on our capacity for processing information. Psychological review, 63(2), 81-97. PMID: 13310704
Regular readers know that I have a tendency every so often to whine about when writing about the antics of the anti-vaccine movement seems to engulf this blog. Yes, it's true. Every so often I get really, really tired of the bad science, pseudoscience, magical thinking, misinformation, and even outright lies that emanate from various anti-vaccine websites and blogs. This week, I promised myself I would try not to do it. There are times when duty calls, and this is one of those times. For better ........ Read more »
Michael J. Smith, MD, MSCE, Charles R. Woods, MD, MS. (2010) On-time Vaccine Receipt in the First Year Does Not Adversely Affect Neuropsychological Outcomes. Pediatrics. info:/
I'm taking a miniscule break away from revision to quickly write my thoughts about the news thatt Craig Venter has finally made a 'synthetic cell' or, as Psi Wavefunction more correctly pointed out, a synthetic genome inside a normal cell. It's quite a landmark for synthetic biology; not only has an entire genome been constructed from scratch, but it's also able to replicate and make new bacteria with the same genome.
What the researchers did was to synthesise an enti........ Read more »
Gibson DG, Glass JI, Lartigue C, Noskov VN, Chuang RY, Algire MA, Benders GA, Montague MG, Ma L, Moodie MM.... (2010) Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome. Science (New York, N.Y.). PMID: 20488990
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