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  • May 25, 2010
  • 11:15 AM

Core Muscle Activation During Swiss Ball and Traditional Abdominal Exercises

by Mike Reinold in

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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  • May 25, 2010
  • 10:16 AM

Mapping the Human Brain

by avi_wener in American Biotechnologist

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 »

Lein, E., Hawrylycz, M., Ao, N., Ayres, M., Bensinger, A., Bernard, A., Boe, A., Boguski, M., Brockway, K., Byrnes, E.... (2006) Genome-wide atlas of gene expression in the adult mouse brain. Nature, 445(7124), 168-176. DOI: 10.1038/nature05453  

Jones AR, Overly CC, & Sunkin SM. (2009) The Allen Brain Atlas: 5 years and beyond. Nature reviews. Neuroscience, 10(11), 821-8. PMID: 19826436  

  • May 25, 2010
  • 10:13 AM

Molecular biology and globsters: dashing cryptozoologists’ dreams

by Hannah Waters in Culturing Science – biology as relevant to us earthly beings

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 »

  • May 25, 2010
  • 09:13 AM

New Study: 'Celebrity Endorsements' Sway Chimps, Too

by David Berreby in Mind Matters

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 »

Horner, V., Proctor, D., Bonnie, K., Whiten, A., & de Waal, F. (2010) Prestige Affects Cultural Learning in Chimpanzees. PLoS ONE, 5(5). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010625  

  • May 25, 2010
  • 08:39 AM

‘Halfalogues’ Demand Attention

by agoldstein in WiSci

Why is overhearing another person’s phone conversations so darned annoying? Cornell researchers site attention demands of "halfalogues" as the answer.... Read more »

  • May 25, 2010
  • 08:34 AM

A shot in the arm for antimalarial drug discovery?

by The Curious Wavefunction in The Curious Wavefunction

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  

  • May 25, 2010
  • 08:32 AM

ResearchBlogCast #7: Why would we ever cooperate?

by Dave Munger in News

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 »

  • May 25, 2010
  • 08:26 AM

Evolutionary approaches to Bilingualism

by Sean Roberts in The Adventures of Auck

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:/

  • May 25, 2010
  • 08:09 AM

Sunday Protist -- Blue Mats of the deep sea: Folliculinopsis

by Psi Wavefunction in Skeptic Wonder

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 »

  • May 25, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Resistant Depression? Screen for Sleep Apnea

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

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 »

  • May 25, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

The impact of wetland isolation and adjacent land use on bird communities

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

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  • May 25, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Wheels within wheels – the scientific lifecycle

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

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  

  • May 25, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Are Working Moms Driving Childhood Obesity?

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

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 »

  • May 25, 2010
  • 06:38 AM

The amazing spider silk

by Lars Fischer in EuCheMS 2010 Blog

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  

  • May 25, 2010
  • 06:00 AM

What might have been

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

Can dreaming up alternatives to what actually happened ever be anything more than a waste of time and effort? ... Read more »

  • May 25, 2010
  • 05:57 AM

The psychological barriers facing MMR promotion campaigns

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

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 »

  • May 25, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Using a habitat affinity approach to assess restoration success

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

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 »

  • May 25, 2010
  • 04:44 AM

That Pesky Number 7

by Simon Harper in Thinking Out Loud

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 »

  • May 25, 2010
  • 03:58 AM

No difference between "too many too soon" and "too few too late" when it comes to vaccines

by Orac in Respectful Insolence

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:/

  • May 25, 2010
  • 01:07 AM

Craig Venter's Synthetic Genome

by Lab Rat in Lab Rat

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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