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  • December 16, 2010
  • 03:20 AM

Digital camera 'Flexi-Scope' could save 3000 deaths in UK from bowel cancer each year

by crabsallover in Science of Healthy Long Life

reposted from: Cancer Research UK blog highlights in bold red. I first reported Flexi-scope research in May 2010 when it was announced."New study marks major advance in bowel cancer screening" Cancer research UKA new one-off bowel test could reduce deaths by 40 per cent (click to enlarge)What if having your bowel investigated with a tiny camera – just once – could grea........ Read more »

Atkin W et al. (2010) Once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy screening in prevention of colorectal cancer: a multicentre randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. info:/10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60551-X

  • December 16, 2010
  • 02:00 AM

Could economics solve the prison crisis?

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Probation Journal This study suggests that economists have a unique opportunity to help solve the prison crisis by bringing sophisticated economic modelling techniques to bear on the problem. Over the last decade prison numbers risen sharply in England and Wales and are set to rise further. As of January 2010 the prison population was [...]... Read more »

Fox, C., & Albertson, K. (2010) Could economics solve the prison crisis?. Probation Journal, 57(3), 263-280. DOI: 10.1177/0264550510379883  

  • December 16, 2010
  • 12:58 AM

Genetic Link to ADHD Identified

by Walter Jessen in Highlight HEALTH

A recent study published in The Lancet finds that children with ADHD are more likely to have small segments of their DNA duplicated or missing than other children that don't have the disorder.... Read more »

Williams NM, Zaharieva I, Martin A, Langley K, Mantripragada K, Fossdal R, Stefansson H, Stefansson K, Magnusson P, Gudmundsson OO.... (2010) Rare chromosomal deletions and duplications in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: a genome-wide analysis. Lancet, 376(9750), 1401-8. PMID: 20888040  

  • December 16, 2010
  • 12:50 AM

Speaking of Wupatki

by teofilo in Gambler's House

The paper by Glenn Davis Stone and Christian Downum that I mentioned in the last post, which evaluated the archaeological record of the Wupatki area of northern Arizona in the light of Ester Boserup‘s theory of agricultural intensification, was based largely on the data from an extensive archaeological survey of Wupatki National Monument done by [...]... Read more »

  • December 15, 2010
  • 11:42 PM

Peer Review May Increase Mortality Rates

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

A special hat tip to Twisted Bacteria for bringing this to my attention
Every December, the journal Environmental Microbiology publishes a collection of humorous quotes made by peer reviewers while assessing manuscripts submitted to the journal.
You can read some favorites over there.  Some of mine are:

The lack of negative controls. . . . results in the authors being . . . → Read More: Peer Review May Increase Mortality Rates... Read more »

Editor. (2010) Referees' quotes - 2010. Environmental Microbiology, 12(12), 3303-3304. DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02394.x  

  • December 15, 2010
  • 11:31 PM

I Like Sills But Not A Fan Of The Popular Or My Friend’s Ex

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

I’m a contrarian.  Majority consensus makes me shudder.  I just like rooting for underdogs*.  Those undersea ridges at the boundaries of tectonic plates, spewing molten magma to form new crust are o’ so popular these days.
Spreading plate boundaries…meh.  What I do like is new research basically stating, and I am paraphrasing here, that spreading plate boundaries . . . → Read More: I Like Sills But Not A Fan Of The Popular Or My Friend’s Ex... Read more »

  • December 15, 2010
  • 11:00 PM

Saccharides are Important to Iron Cycling in the Ocean

by Michael Long in Phased

Sugar molecules can help microbes (eukaryotic phytoplankton) extract iron from the Antarctic Ocean in a metabolically-useful form.... Read more »

Hassler, C. S., Schoemann, V., Nichols, C. M., Butler, E. C. V., & Boyd, P. W. (2011) Saccharides enhance iron bioavailability to Southern Ocean phytoplankton. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1010963108

  • December 15, 2010
  • 07:42 PM

Stick a needle in your eye?

by PalMD in White Coat Underground

I was talking to a Reuters reporter the other day and learned of a new acupuncture study out of China, this one about amblyopia, or “lazy eye”.   Amblyopia is a common and interesting visual problem.  During development of the visual system if an eye is understimulated, the brain will not process data coming from [...]... Read more »

  • December 15, 2010
  • 05:37 PM

The evolution of dissent

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

If religion is a virus, then perhaps the spread of religion can be understood through the lens of evolutionary theory. Perhaps cultural evolution can be modelled using the same mathematical tools applied to genetic evolution.

Well, that's overly simplistic, of course - as anyone who's followed the 'meme' controversy over the years will know. In fact, the authors of the paper I'm writing up today - Michael Doebli and Iaroslav Ispolatov at the University of  British Columbia - studiously avo........ Read more »

Doebeli M, & Ispolatov I. (2010) A model for the evolutionary diversification of religions. Journal of theoretical biology, 267(4), 676-84. PMID: 20854828  

  • December 15, 2010
  • 05:34 PM

Mental Disorders: Diseases or Behavioral Conditions?

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Clinical neuroscience conditions represent a heterogeneous group of conditions with varying contributions from genetic and environmental influences.  It has been common to view some of these conditions under the disease model presumed to represent a specific pathophysiology, tissue pathology (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease).  Other conditions have been classified as representing primarily a disorder of behavior (i.e. anorexia nevosa, substance use disorders).The dis........ Read more »

  • December 15, 2010
  • 03:49 PM

Childhood Trauma, Male Suicide Risk

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

It seems sensible and seductive to suggest that child abuse causes mental disorder and that mental disorder aggravates the risk for male suicide. However, contrary to what Mandelli et al. (2010) might argue here, I would protest that attempting to squeeze such a multi-faceted and fluid problematic into a thimble is a circus trick beyond reason. ... Read more »

  • December 15, 2010
  • 03:00 PM

Real World Attempts To Bring Science To Practice 101

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind

This article reminds me of the last time I spent 2 years obstinately trying to prove a point! Why? Mainly because I just received, hot off the press, this very article in which our team in Perth describes what we consider to be a really great way of approaching modern health care! One might also [...]... Read more »

Davies S, Quintner J, Parsons R, Parkitny L, Knight P, Forrester E, Roberts M, Graham C, Visser E, Antill T.... (2010) Preclinic Group Education Sessions Reduce Waiting Times and Costs at Public Pain Medicine Units. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). PMID: 21087401  

  • December 15, 2010
  • 02:55 PM

Bias in Supply Management Decisions

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

... and what to do about it.
Decisions within a company are not made on pure rational grounds. Assuming that there is the will to make a rational decision, nevertheless limits in information gathering, computing capabilities and memory lead to irrational conclusions (bounded rationality).

So the goal must be to enhance rational decision making and for this end Kaufmann et al. (2009) developed a framework to combat irrationality.

The authors use case studies to analyze companie........ Read more »

Kaufmann, L., Michel, A., & Carter, C.R. (2009) Debiasing Strategies in Supply Management Decision-Making. Journal of Business Logistics, 30(1), 85-106. info:/

  • December 15, 2010
  • 02:35 PM

Towards a scientific concept of free will

by Björn Brembs in

Today, the Royal Society published my article reviewing the invertebrate data supporting a scientific concept of free will. In it, I first reiterate that the metaphysical concept of free will is long dead (since the 1970s). Then I emphasize that determinism has been dead for even longer (basically since quantum mechanics). Finally, I propose that the ability to behave differently in identical circumstances forms the basis for a scientific concept of free will. Basically, IMHO, free will is a bi........ Read more »

Björn Brembs. (2010) Towards a scientific concept of free will as a biological trait: spontaneous actions and decision-making in invertebrates. Proc. R. Soc. B. info:/

  • December 15, 2010
  • 02:07 PM

Sociologie en boîte vs. analyse des réseaux sociaux

by ---a in

PDF de mon article "'Petites boîtes' et individualisme en réseau. Les usages socialisants du Web en débat", tout juste paru dans Les Annales des Mines, série Réalités Industrielles (novembre 2010).... Read more »

Antonio A. Casilli. (2010) "'Petites boîtes' et individualisme en réseau. Les usages socialisants du Web en débat". Annales des Mines (série "Réalités Industrielles"), 216(4), 54-59. info:/

  • December 15, 2010
  • 01:18 PM

Graphene on the edge

by Joerg Heber in All That Matters

Following this year’s Nobel prize in physics to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, the relevance of graphene hardly needs to be stated. Graphene-based devices have a real potential owing to the material’s unique electronic properties. If graphene, which is metallic, is cut into small pieces it becomes semiconducting and could be used as a transistor. [...]... Read more »

  • December 15, 2010
  • 12:08 PM

BAC libraries enable phylogenetic analysis in Japanese pear

by epibio in EpiCentral

With the rapid expansion of next-generation sequencing, there has been speculation that the backbone technology of older genomic sequencing, large-insert cloning (e.g., using bacterial artificial chromosomes [BACs]) would become less important. However, in many laboratories, BAC libraries still play a role in sequencing and gene expression studies.

In a recent study, Okada et al. screened a library created in the CopyControl™ BAC Cloning Kit (Hind III cloning-ready vector) to study the mechan........ Read more »

  • December 15, 2010
  • 11:59 AM

Graphene – The Stuff of the Future!

by Paul Vallett in Electron Cafe

I’ve mentioned Graphene a few times in the blog and I wanted to spend some time explaining what sort of things people are doing with it, why it’s worthy of a Nobel Prize, and why it’s just plain cool! In fact, check out this picture: Read more below for additional reasons why graphene is awesome… [...]... Read more »

Bae, S., Kim, H., Lee, Y., Xu, X., Park, J., Zheng, Y., Balakrishnan, J., Lei, T., Ri Kim, H., Song, Y.... (2010) Roll-to-roll production of 30-inch graphene films for transparent electrodes. Nature Nanotechnology, 5(8), 574-578. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2010.132  

Seol, J., Jo, I., Moore, A., Lindsay, L., Aitken, Z., Pettes, M., Li, X., Yao, Z., Huang, R., Broido, D.... (2010) Two-Dimensional Phonon Transport in Supported Graphene. Science, 328(5975), 213-216. DOI: 10.1126/science.1184014  

Lin, Y., Dimitrakopoulos, C., Jenkins, K., Farmer, D., Chiu, H., Grill, A., & Avouris, P. (2010) 100-GHz Transistors from Wafer-Scale Epitaxial Graphene. Science, 327(5966), 662-662. DOI: 10.1126/science.1184289  

  • December 15, 2010
  • 11:57 AM

“Do More … With Someone Else” — Guest Editor Introduction to NISO ISQ Fall Issue

by Peter Murray in Disruptive Library Technology Jester

I’m pleased to announce that the Fall 2010 issue of NISO‘s International Standards Quarterly (ISQ) is done and available online to NISO members and ISQ subscribers. Print copies are scheduled to be mailed on December 28th. The individual issue is available for purchase (see the form link to on the issue homepage), and some of [...]Post from: Disruptive Library Technology Jester“Do More … With Someone Else” — Guest Editor Introduction to NISO ISQ Fall Issue ... Read more »

Murray, Peter E. (2010) Do More .. With Someone Else. International Standards Quarterly, 22(4), 3-3. info:/10.3789/isqv22n4.2010.01

  • December 15, 2010
  • 11:01 AM

Want to Help a Friend? Give Them Invisible Support

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

When you are having a bad day, often you want support from your friends–but at the same time you just want to be left alone. New research published in Psychological ... Read more »

Howland, M., & Simpson, J.A. (2010) Getting in Under the Radar: A Dyadic View of Invisible Support. Psychological Science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science/ APS. PMID: 21097721  

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