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  • March 7, 2010
  • 04:33 AM
  • 1,766 views

Let's Make Scotland More Active!

by PhD Blogger in Exercise Psychology

I thought i would post the Scottish Physical Activity strategy to demonstrate that a good strategy requires effective implementation. The document Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Scotlandidentified that Scotland was the third most obese country in the world after the USA and Mexico. This may actually be progress as until the report we were usually named as the second! Let's Make Scotland More Active is actually a very good strategy document. It was published in 2003 but progress has bee........ Read more »

The Scottish Government. (2003) Let's Make Scotland More Active. Government Paper. info:/

  • March 6, 2010
  • 11:30 PM
  • 1,240 views

From the Literature: Beetles that breathe through their shells!

by dragonflywoman in The Dragonfly Woman

I wrote my last three posts on insect respiration specifically because I wanted to talk about a paper that was published in the Journal of Morphology in November 2009 that deals with aquatic insect respiration.  Since this is my personal area of expertise, I find this paper fascinating!  I hope you find it as interesting [...]... Read more »

  • March 6, 2010
  • 10:18 PM
  • 867 views

Brain Scans Confirm: Men Like Curves in Women

by Wayne Hooke in The Psychology of Beauty

Platek & Singh (2010) report that stimuli depicting optimal waist-hip ratios (~0.70) activate the “reward center” in men’s brains; while stimuli depicting body mass index do not. They conclude that BMI preferences are therefore more culturally determined and, by suggestion, that WHR preferences are the result of evolved psychological mechanisms. I will point-out at the [...]... Read more »

Fliessbach, K., Rohe, T., Linder, N., Trautner, P., Elger, C., & Weber, B. (2010) Retest reliability of reward-related BOLD signals. NeuroImage, 50(3), 1168-1176. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.01.036  

Steven M. Platek, & Devendra Singh. (2010) Optimal Waist-to-Hip Ratios in Women Activate Neural Reward Centers in Men. PLoS ONE. info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0009042

  • March 6, 2010
  • 09:45 PM
  • 644 views

Climate communication: Is fear collective action a winning strategy?

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture


In a previous post from my series on why people don’t engage climate change, I described my interpretations of work by Susanne Moser and Lisa Dilling1, which suggested that the use of fear can be a poor way to motivate behavioral changes to deal with climate warming:
Challenge 6: Fear can change perception but not willingness [...]... Read more »

Martijn van Zomeren, Russell Spears, Colin Wayne Leach. (2010) Experimental evidence for a dual pathway model analysis of coping with the climate crisis . Journal of Environmental Psychology. info:/10.1016/j.jenvp.2010.02.006

  • March 6, 2010
  • 08:55 PM
  • 489 views

Secure Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in Volcanic Rock

by Michael Long in Phased

Dennis Kent (Rutgers University) and coworkers have investigated the potential of underground porous basalt formations along the east coast of the United States for secure, long-term storage of carbon dioxide. This news feature was written on March 6, 2010.... Read more »

  • March 6, 2010
  • 08:31 PM
  • 1,315 views

Nativism and Empiricism

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

Nativism and Empiricism
Do we come into the world with an innate understanding of the world, like baby geese seem to (for navigation)? Are the incredible navigational skills of ants and gerbils and other animals learned with experience, or are those animals born with those cognitive constructions of the world? What about for humans?
The fourth fifth [...]... Read more »

  • March 6, 2010
  • 08:22 PM
  • 621 views

Availability decay of Bioinformatics web resources : Yes widgets can change it

by Abhishek Tiwari in Fisheye Perspective

Quality and availability of bioinformatics resources is always a matter of great debate. HTTP 404 not found is quite frequent phenomenon for bioinformatics researchers looking to use some published web accessible database or analysis tool. A 4-year follow-up survey on the lack of persistence of bioinformatics resources was published in year 2008 by Jonathan D. Wren suggests that approximately 20% of URLs published in MEDLINE abstracts are now inaccessible, and the most common types of inaccessi........ Read more »

Bourne, P., Beran, B., Bi, C., Bluhm, W., Dunbrack, R., Prlić, A., Quinn, G., Rose, P., Shah, R., Tao, W.... (2010) Will Widgets and Semantic Tagging Change Computational Biology?. PLoS Computational Biology, 6(2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000673  

Wren, J., & Bateman, A. (2008) Databases, data tombs and dust in the wind. Bioinformatics, 24(19), 2127-2128. DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btn464  

  • March 6, 2010
  • 08:22 PM
  • 450 views

Availability decay of Bioinformatics web resources : Yes widgets can change it

by Abhishek Tiwari in Fisheye Perspective

Quality and availability of bioinformatics resources is always a matter of great debate. HTTP 404 not found is quite frequent phenomenon for bioinformatics researchers looking to use some published web accessible database or analysis tool. A 4-year follow-up survey on the lack of persistence of bioinformatics resources was published in year 2008 by Jonathan D. [...]... Read more »

Bourne, P., Beran, B., Bi, C., Bluhm, W., Dunbrack, R., Prlić, A., Quinn, G., Rose, P., Shah, R., Tao, W.... (2010) Will Widgets and Semantic Tagging Change Computational Biology?. PLoS Computational Biology, 6(2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000673  

Wren, J., & Bateman, A. (2008) Databases, data tombs and dust in the wind. Bioinformatics, 24(19), 2127-2128. DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btn464  

  • March 6, 2010
  • 05:33 PM
  • 1,554 views

From Conducting Polimers to First Organic Superconductors

by Olexandr Isayev in olexandrisayev.com

This week, I returned from the historic 50th Sanibel Symposium. Over 350 chemists and physicists gathered together to celebrate half-centennial success of quantum and computational chemistry. One lecture that caught my attention was a plenary talk “Conducting Polymers: a saga of more than 50 years” by professor Jean-Marie Andre. Professor Andre emphasized a role [...]... Read more »

Su, W., Schrieffer, J., & Heeger, A. (1980) Soliton excitations in polyacetylene. Physical Review B, 22(4), 2099-2111. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.22.2099  

Mitsuhashi, R., Suzuki, Y., Yamanari, Y., Mitamura, H., Kambe, T., Ikeda, N., Okamoto, H., Fujiwara, A., Yamaji, M., Kawasaki, N.... (2010) Superconductivity in alkali-metal-doped picene. Nature, 464(7285), 76-79. DOI: 10.1038/nature08859  

  • March 6, 2010
  • 04:51 PM
  • 672 views

Ooze like an amoeba, float like a bird - wish we could still do that when stressed!

by Student @ Fresno State in Darwin's Bulldogs


Here's another fun weird science story from NPR, about a creature that might be in the dirt in your own backyard:




20100305 Me 03 by Npr
Download now or listen on posterous
Naegleria-NPR.mp3 (1426 KB)






Courtesy of Lillian Fritz-Laylan
Naegleria gruberi grows a pair of flagella when under stress. But unlike a sperm tail, it puts these appendages out front, and swims by breast stroke. The organism is stained to emphasize its anatomy.



If you prefer to read the story rather th........ Read more »

Fritz-Laylin, L., Prochnik, S., Ginger, M., Dacks, J., Carpenter, M., Field, M., Kuo, A., Paredez, A., Chapman, J., & Pham, J. (2010) The Genome of Naegleria gruberi Illuminates Early Eukaryotic Versatility. Cell, 140(5), 631-642. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2010.01.032  

  • March 6, 2010
  • 04:34 PM
  • 902 views

Preparedness: Bioterrorism

by C. Julian in The Swarm


Last post I briefly typed about Ebola virus as a potential bioweapon. With the ongoing advances in genetics research and technologies, biological weapons does not looks anymore as a promising movie plot (The zombie nation!) or the higher level weapon in a video game. Even so, manufacturing an effective weapon using germs (viruses, bacteria, fungi or other) would require advanced knowledge and ... Read more »

  • March 6, 2010
  • 03:04 PM
  • 697 views

Fossilisation and Vegetation Patterns: Another Study of Decay and its Implications

by Isabelle Winder in Going Ape

Following on from my recent post about the decay of chordate animals, I have encountered a related paper, this time from Quaternary Research and focusing on the preservation of plants in middens (rubbish dumps) constructed by woodrats. This paper, written by Nowak et al. (2000), explores the question of how well these middens represent the vegetation surrounding them, by developing a method which calculates the probability that species that are missing from the midden are actually not present in........ Read more »

  • March 6, 2010
  • 02:45 PM
  • 686 views

Happiness opposed to despair/ennui; sadness to anger/irritability

by sandygautam in The Mouse Trap






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We normally view happiness and sadness to be opposites on a single continuum, but I propose that it is time to change the textbooks and view happiness as opposed to ennui/despair and sadness as opposed to anger/irritability when it comes to basic opponent affects.
But before we go down that path first a detour.
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Related posts:Am happy, will be selfish; Am sad, will be fair. Oh Really?!? Image via Wikipedia Many a times, rese........ Read more »

  • March 6, 2010
  • 02:02 PM
  • 770 views

A River Runs Higher

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Trees and shrubs don’t diminish streamflow after all

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Wilcox, B.P., & Y. Huang. (2010) Woody plant encroachment paradox: Rivers rebound as degraded grasslands convert to woodlands. Geophysical Research Letters. info:/10.1029/2009GL041929

  • March 6, 2010
  • 02:00 PM
  • 503 views

Neury Thursday (Weekend Edition): Neuronal Origin of Handedness

by Allison in Dormivigilia

In this week's Journal of Neuroscience, European researchers have recognized that though humans are innately endowed with handedness, owing to a greater, hemispheric-specific distribution of cortical matter within the premotor cortex, this unequal cortical distribution can be modified post-birth through deliberate practice, producing either ambidexterity or anti-handedness (if of course, practice is maintained).... Read more »

Stefan Klo¨ppel, Jean-Francois Mangin, Anna Vongerichten, Richard S. J. Frackowiak,and Hartwig R. Siebner. (2010) Nuture versus Nature: Long-Term Impact of Forced Right-Handedness on Structure of Pericentral Cortexand Basal Ganglia. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(9), 3271-3275. info:/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4394-09.2010

  • March 6, 2010
  • 01:24 PM
  • 1,820 views

Black men in women’s work do not get to ride the glass escalator

by Christina Pikas in Christina's LIS Rant

This post reviews a fairly recent article that examines the experiences of black men in nursing and asks whether they experience the "glass escalator" effect or if the work is racialized as well as gendered.

As requested by some fellow Sciblings, I recently blogged about an older article* that coined the term glass escalator. In my post I was uncertain about how the findings from the study were viewed by experts familiar with that body of work. In the comments, Kris D, who identifies........ Read more »

  • March 6, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 104 views

Succès hollywoodiens et transformée de Fourier

by Dr. Goulu in Pourquoi Comment Combien

James E. Cutting, professeur de psychologie à Cornell a mesuré la durée des plans de 150 films tournés entre 1935 et 2005. Première chose étonnante : ces films d'une durée moyenne de 126 minutes contiennent de 231 plans pour "Seven Year Itch" (1950) à 3099 pour "King Kong" (2005) , et en moyenne 1132 plans d'une durée toujours aussi moyenne de 6.68 secondes seulement... Read more »

Cutting JE, DeLong JE, & Nothelfer CE. (2010) Attention and the evolution of Hollywood film. Psychological science, 21(3), 432-9. PMID: 20424081  

  • March 6, 2010
  • 09:39 AM
  • 605 views

Institute of Physics S&TC evidence submission – what’s actually wrong with it?

by Andy Russell in Our Clouded Hills

There’s clearly some interest in the IoP evidence submission and my original letter to the IoP didn’t really go into my objections in great detail. I thought I should go through the evidence submission in one place instead of explaining my views in response to blog comments.
Overall, I’m not objecting to the statement because [...]... Read more »

Anonymous members of the Institute of Physics Science Board. (2010) The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Memorandum. info:/

  • March 6, 2010
  • 06:36 AM
  • 869 views

Masculine Deficiency, Liquid Courage, and Partner Violence

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Research by Peralta et al. (2010) into the possible reasons why some men drink to excess, and then become violent toward their partners and others. The essential role played by masculine ideals is explored. ... Read more »

  • March 6, 2010
  • 03:22 AM
  • 670 views

Blowing molybdenum sulfide bubbles

by Lars Fischer in EuCheMS 2010 Blog

There has been a veritable hype around fullerenes and carbon nanotubes in recent years, so this modification of carbon has extensively researched. What’s a little less known, is that there are other, very similar structures, made of inorganic building blocks, usually transition metal chalcogenides. There is, however, a difference: In most of the inorganic fullerens [...]... Read more »

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