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  • January 31, 2011
  • 11:16 AM

Effects of Process Maturity and Uncertainty on SC Performance

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Process orientation may or may not be a very hip topic right now. Nevertheless effective processes are a foundation for company performance. Lockamy, Childerhouse, Disney, Towill and McCormack (2008), analyze and explain the impact of process maturity and uncertainty on supply chain performance, the full paper can be obtained here free of charge.

In close collaboration with several businesses they conducted an empirical study on this topic, which I present in the following.

Business Proce........ Read more »

Lockamy, A., Childerhouse, P., Disney, S., Towill, D., & McCormack, K. (2008) The impact of process maturity and uncertainty on supply chain performance: an empirical study. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 15(1), 12. DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2008.018237  

Christopher, M., & Peck, H. (2004) Building the Resilient Supply Chain. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 15(2), 1-14. DOI: 10.1108/09574090410700275  

  • January 31, 2011
  • 11:04 AM

The Bank Account for Childhood Sleep

by Rob Mitchum in ScienceLife

It’s a fight all parents are familiar with: the nightly battle to get their children to bed. Kids will try almost any tactic to avoid being tucked in for the night, and even then have long found ways to delay sleep with under-the-cover flashlights. But the deficit of sleep for today’s children and the degree [...]... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 10:58 AM

I Smell a Rat.. and it Smells Your Lung Infection

by Eva Gusnowski in Science in Seconds

Tuberculosis is a bastard. Approximately 1/3 of the human population is infected with the mycobacteria that causes tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, with new infections thought to occur once every second.

However, many of the people that are infected do not show disease symptoms, resulting in a latent (asymptomatic) infection.... Read more »

Poling A, Weetjens BJ, Cox C, Mgode G, Jubitana M, Kazwala R, Mfinanga GS, & Huis In 't Veld D. (2010) Using giant African pouched rats to detect tuberculosis in human sputum samples: 2009 findings. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene, 83(6), 1308-10. PMID: 21118940  

  • January 31, 2011
  • 10:56 AM

When ‘Us vs Them’ Becomes ‘Us and Them’

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Being treated differently because you’re a foreigner doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Research published in Psychological Science found that in just and fair organizations,  local employees were more ... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 10:54 AM

How many leucines?

by Richard Grant in Faculty of 1000

Removal of neurotransmitter from the synaptic cleft is accomplished by a class of transporter called Neurotransmitter/sodium symporters (NSSs). These couple the uptake of neurotransmitter (including dopamine, GABA, serotonin, noradrenaline) with sodium ions. They’re the target of pharmaceutical interventions, particularly antidepressants … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 10:54 AM

How many leucines?

by Richard Grant in Naturally Selected

Removal of neurotransmitter from the synaptic cleft is accomplished by a class of transporter called Neurotransmitter/sodium symporters (NSSs). These couple the uptake of neurotransmitter (including dopamine, GABA, serotonin, noradrenaline) with sodium ions. They’re the target of pharmaceutical interventions, particularly antidepressants … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 10:46 AM

The Great Triceratops Debate Continues

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

What is Nedoceratops hatcheri? That depends on whom you ask. For over 120 years the problematic skull of this horned dinosaur has been bounced around the literature under different names and attributions. While it was originally described as a distinct genus, Diceratops, some paleontologists later lumped it under Triceratops, at least until recent work raised [...]... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 10:15 AM

WHO’s Sick? The WHO and cross-cultural mental health surveys

by Ida Salusky in ionpsych

As a student of clinical psychology I think it is important to have an understanding of what mental illness and wellness looks like in my own country as well as in other societies. Cross cultural research on mental health disorders … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 10:02 AM

Common Neuropsychiatric Problems in Epilepsy

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Epilepsy represents a complex neuropsychiatric condition with significant public health impact.  The prevalence estimates of active epilepsy range from about 1 to 4% of the general population.  Like other medical conditions, epilepsy appears to increase the risk for a variety of secondary (or cormorbidity problems).  Understanding these related risks can aid patients, families and clinicians in understanding symptoms, common presentation conundrums and best treatment approaches. A........ Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 09:05 AM

Kadiskos the symbols of Zeus Ktesios

by Nikolaos Markoulakis in Tropaion

I would like to start a series of brief posts that will present in detail the ancient Greek household worship and religious practice. One, major, problem that exists when a research is been conducted for the ancient Greek world and especially the ancient Greek religion is generalization. As it has been identified by a great number of scholars for every aspect of ancient Greek religious practice, generalization is in fact an error which has been occurred as soon as omissions and over-simplificati........ Read more »

Nilsson, M., P. (1940) Greek Popular Religion. Lectures on the history of religions. n.s. info:other/608793

Rose, H.J. (1957) The religion of a Greek household. Euphrosyne, 95-116. info:/

  • January 31, 2011
  • 08:30 AM

Most people are a bit crazy, and believers are a bit crazier than most

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Full-blown delusions are thought to be pretty rare. By that I mean the truly bizarre delusions, like Capgras syndrome (when you think that relatives or close friends are sometimes replaced by identical-looking impostors), or Subjective Doubles (a belief that there is another person who looks and acts like you) and Controlled Thoughts (that your thoughts are not fully under your control).

It's actually quite difficult to find out just how common these kinds of delusions are. You can't just ask p........ Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 07:48 AM

With eyes closed

by Janet Kwasniak in Thoughts on thoughts

Do we think differently with our eyes closed or closed? Apparently we do. And it is not just a simple difference like the brain having more to do when it is processing vision compared to when it is not receiving visual input. There is a difference in how we react to music with our eyes [...]... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 07:25 AM

Fishing for unusual DNA could help to tackle cancer

by Cancer Research UK in Cancer Research UK - Science Update

Think of DNA and you probably think of a double helix – the spiralling ladder shape made famous by Crick and Watson. But DNA can also exist in a number of other, rarer, forms. Led by Professor Shankar Balasubramanian, scientists at our Cambridge Research Institute embarked on a molecular ‘fishing trip’ inside our cells. They [...]... Read more »

Müller, S., Kumari, S., Rodriguez, R., & Balasubramanian, S. (2010) Small-molecule-mediated G-quadruplex isolation from human cells. Nature Chemistry, 2(12), 1095-1098. DOI: 10.1038/nchem.842  

  • January 31, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Does ‘death qualification’ systematically bias our juries?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Despite reports that death penalty use and support continue to decline and stories of freed innocent prisoners,  researchers continue to explore the impact of ‘death qualification’ on the makeup of American juries. Recently, a study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, examined whether the ‘death qualification’ process in jury selection systematically excludes jurors based [...]

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Propaganda, Dogmatism & B........ Read more »

Summers, A., Hayward, RD, & Miller, MK. (2010) Death qualification as systematic exclusion of jurors with certain religious and other characteristics. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40(12). info:/

  • January 31, 2011
  • 07:00 AM

January 31, 2011

by Erin Campbell in HighMag Blog

When many people think of membrane fusion, they often think of endocytosis and vesicle trafficking. Membrane fusion is a fascinating and dynamic process that is involved in so many processes in the cell, including nuclear envelope formation.... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 06:48 AM

Seed dispersal: how far is far enough?

by Jeremy in Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

This barely merits the Research Blogging tag, because all I want to do here is raise a possibility, and a tenuous one at that. I confess that I was attracted in a high-speed scan of headlines, by this one: Leaving home ain’t easy: non-local seed dispersal is only evolutionarily stable in highly unpredictable environments. The [...]... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Article Review: Morbidity and Mortality Conferences in EM

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

Residency training programs are required to have Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conferences, as mandated by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). These conferences were originally designed to look at medical errors and unforeseen complications in patient care.Traditionally, Surgery programs focus on medical error and complications in their conferences. In contrast, Internal Medicine programs tend to focus more on cases because of their intrinsic learning value. Erro........ Read more »

Seigel, T., McGillicuddy, D., Barkin, A., & Rosen, C. (2010) Morbidity and Mortality Conference in Emergency Medicine. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 38(4), 507-511. DOI: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2008.09.018  

  • January 31, 2011
  • 03:35 AM

Closing our eyes affects our moral judgements

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

We experience emotion more intensely with our eyes closed
The simple act of closing our eyes has a significant effect on our moral judgement and behaviour. Eugene Caruso and Francesca Gino, who made the observation, think the effect has to do with mental simulation, whereby having our eyes closed causes us to simulate scenarios more vividly. In turn this triggers more intense emotion.

Throughout the study, Caruso and Gino concealed the true aim of the research from participants by telling the........ Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 01:02 AM

An unhealthy glow: Parasites may equip hosts with warning colors

by Neil Losin in Day's Edge

Earlier this month at ScienceOnline2011 (a professional meeting of science bloggers and others using the web to communicate about science), Brian Malow – aka. the Science Comedian – gave a wonderful impromptu performance. On the topic of viruses, Brian described a viral infection as “Your cells: Under new management.” It’s a clever but quite apt [...]... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 12:55 AM

Do fruit flies dream of electric bananas?

by Björn Brembs in

That's the title of my 'Thought Experiment' column in the next issue of 'The Scientist', due to appear on February 1. Sarah Greene from The Scientist approached me in my role as F1000 faculty member at this year's SfN annual meeting in San Diego and asked me if I didn't want to write something for The Scientist.The short article is about visualizing neuronal activity in small brains. I've recently applied for a starting grant at the European Research Council to develop a microscope which can rec........ Read more »

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