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  • October 28, 2009
  • 05:01 PM

The inheritance of religion

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

An earlier post looked at the connection in the USA between religion and a high teen pregnancy rate. High fertility and religion often goes together, and whenever this topic comes up the immediate question is: will the religious inexorably 'out-breed' the nonreligious?The answer to that rather depends on how religion (or lack of it) is transmitted through the generations. Luckily enough, there's just been a very nice study on this by Vern Bengston, Professor of Sociology at the University of Sou........ Read more »

Bengtson, V., Copen, C., Putney, N., & Silverstein, M. (2009) A Longitudinal Study of the Intergenerational Transmission of Religion. International Sociology, 24(3), 325-345. DOI: 10.1177/0268580909102911  

  • October 28, 2009
  • 05:00 PM

Eye of the Beholder

by Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries

As a species we are consumed by love. Ask yourself, how many cultural productions (films, stories, songs, dances, arts) do not have love, the loss of love or the absence of love as their central theme? Would you be satisfied with what was left over? That fact that love has so much power over us is just one reason why evolutionary research is so fascinating.

A well-worn trope of human culture is mens obsession with female infidelity. Othello. Madame Bovary. Desperate Housewives. These are........ Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 03:49 PM

High-Junk Diet

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Some seabirds are eating much more plastic than others

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  • October 28, 2009
  • 03:29 PM

Sea Cucumbers: Finding a cure for the eco-plague of the 21st century

by Scott A. in Thriving Oceans

“I found a cure for the plague of the 20th century, and now I’ve lost it!”  Perhaps it was the connotation of the quote itself or a combination of the fervor in Dr. Robert Campbell’s voice that made it stick in my mind after all these years, but in any case that early 90s Sean [...]... Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 02:37 PM

Phantom limbs can contort into impossible configurations

by Mo in Neurophilosophy

FOLLOWING the surgical removal of a body part, amputees often report sensations which seem to originate from the missing limb. This is thought to occur because the brain's model of the body (referred to as the body image) still contains a representation of the limb, and this leads to the experience that their missing limb is still attached to their body. Occasionally, amputees say that they cannot move their phantom limbs. They are perceived to be frozen in space, apparently because they cannot ........ Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 02:34 PM

Valdoxan: The Ideal Anti-Depressant Part 3

by Neuropsych15 in The MacGuffin

You can read my previous posts on this drug here (1, 2).The Research: Part 2The second study published on the efficacy of agomelatine was by Kennedy and Emsley (2006, 3).This was a 6-week, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study involving 212 patients. Dosage ranged from 25-50mg/day (dose adjustment at week 2 for poor responders). No other active comparator (e.g., paroxetine) was used in this study. Similar to the previous study (Loo et al, 2002), the efficacy of agomelatine on a seve........ Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 02:08 PM

Are your muscles dysfunctional? Understanding Neck Pain: Part 1

by Dr. Wayne Button in Sport Injuries and Wellness

Understand why neck pain is such a reoccurring problem in the health care field. Are you treating the pain or the cause?... Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 01:55 PM

Dynamic interactions of proteins in complex networks: a more structured view.

by Nir London in Macromolecular Modeling Blog

This recent mini-review by Stein et al. focuses on the mechanisms that enable dynamic, transient, short lived interactions in cellular networks. Of special interest are the always popular "motif recognition domain"-"short flexible peptide" interactions. However, post translational modifications and regulation by disorder are also discussed. We concise the review further to some basic/interesting/anecdotal/"pondering worthy" points.

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  • October 28, 2009
  • 01:50 PM

Pilgrims and H1N1

by Elements Team in Elements

By: Rosemary Stephen, Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence

Every year millions of people go on pilgrimages. Pilgrims are classified into three groups: ‘religious pilgrims’ who visit religious shrines, ‘cultural pilgrims’ who visit places of cultural significance and ‘notable pilgrims’ high ranking individuals and leaders who travel for personal and political reasons [1]. Religious pilgrims, in particular, are [...]... Read more »

Rosemary Stephen. (2009) Pilgrims and H1N1. Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence. info:/

  • October 28, 2009
  • 01:35 PM

Chromophores, a new class of reporters

by 96well in Reportergene

A new Nature letter has the potential to abnormally extend (until extinction) the whole spectrum of reporter genes. So far, "reporters" were those genes coding for an easily detectable product (i.e., those coding for fluorescent or luminescent proteins). Wei Min and other Harvard's colleagues introduced a new technique, namely stimulated emission microscopy, that seems able to turn into mini-lasers any non-fluorescent light-absorbing molecule. It means that several chromophores, such as haemog........ Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 12:06 PM

Climate change will further endanger monkeys

by Katie Kline in EcoTone

A critically endangered northern muriqui in Brazil. Photo by Carla B. Possamai, provided by K.B. Strier

A study out today in Biology Letters shows that global warming will likely drive several species of primates closer to extinction by increasing the severity and frequency of El Niño and La Niña events (the El Niño Southern Oscillation, ENSO).
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Ruscena Wiederholt, & Eric Post. (2009) Tropical warming and the dynamics of endangered primates. Biology Letters. info:/

  • October 28, 2009
  • 11:02 AM

Will You Read This Post?

by Daniel Hawes in Ingenious Monkey | 20-two-5

According to a study in the Journal of Health Psychology, I have just increased the likelihood that you will...... Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 10:18 AM

A Happy Family of Pachycephalosaurus

by Andrew Farke in The Open Source Paleontologist

Distinguishing the skulls of juveniles and adults of the same species, and sometimes different species, can be a prickly thing in the fossil record. The result is that paleontology is littered with juvenile fossils that have been considered adults at some time or another. The crested duck-billed dinosaur Corythosaurus has also been known under names like Procheneosaurus, the famous Monoclonius is actually a juvenile of adult Centrosaurus, Styracosaurus, and kin, and the debate still continues on........ Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 10:13 AM

Autism and premature babies: some possible explanatory variables.

by Nestor Lopez-Duran PhD in Child-Psych

This past week, while supervising the neuropsychology rotation of our doctoral students, I asked a student to clarify on a report whether the birth weight of a patient was “below or at expectation” for his gestational age. I explained that in most cases, it is not whether the baby was born prematurely, but whether his [...]... Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 09:50 AM

On designing malaria vaccines

by iayork in Mystery Rays from Outer Space

Our deepening knowledge of the immune evasion mechanisms of malaria is revealing the parasite’s ability to orchestrate the human immune response. … It would thus seem futile to test novel antigens or vaccine platforms without first incorporating features designed to circumvent parasite immune evasion strategies. … The prominent feature of a successful vaccine targeting [...]... Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 09:40 AM

Venomous Fables and Phenotypic Variations at the Molecular Level

by Johnny in Ecographica

Remembered for both his lucid writing ability and his tedious nature, the Greek historian Herodotus has often been criticized for the habit of adding unnecessary embellishment to his otherwise candid historical accounts. Focused primarily on the Greco-Persian Wars and personal travels around the Mediterranean, Herodotus’ works also included – on occasion – particulars that many of his 5th Century B.C. contemporaries considered questionable. ... Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 03:39 AM

What happens to neurology patients with symptoms "unexplained"?

by Christian Jarrett in BPS Research Digest

To be told that your symptoms have no identifiable physical cause can be at once both a relief and a curse. In one sense the doctor is giving you a clean bill of health. But there's the chance they have made a mistake. What's more, if the symptoms persist without explanation, you face the stigma and frustration of people suspecting your problems are "merely" psychological or, worse still, made up. A new study has investigated neurology patients who were told that their symptoms had no identifiab........ Read more »

Stone J, Carson A, Duncan R, Coleman R, Roberts R, Warlow C, Hibberd C, Murray G, Cull R, Pelosi A.... (2009) Symptoms 'unexplained by organic disease' in 1144 new neurology out-patients: how often does the diagnosis change at follow-up?. Brain : a journal of neurology, 132(Pt 10), 2878-88. PMID: 19737842  

  • October 28, 2009
  • 02:57 AM

Valdoxan: The Ideal Anti-Depressant Part 2

by Neuropsych15 in The MacGuffin

If you have not read my first post on agomelatine, do so now (1).This is my usual shtick wherein I review research articles and crap all over them. The main questions I am seeking to answer through the next series of posts are:Is agomelatine superior to SSRI anti-depressants? And,Does it have a more tolerable side-effect profile?Before I address those questions through the available literature, I want to bring a certain bias to everyone's attention. The bias is not mine, but rather Stuart A. Mon........ Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 01:42 AM

Supply chain risk in turbulent environments

by Jan Husdal in

An intriguing title caught my eye today: Supply chain risk in turbulent environments. This is the first time I have encountered the term turbulent environments in my research on supply chain risk, so I decided to take a closer look at it. What is it really…simply old wine in new bottles or something profoundly new?... Read more »

  • October 28, 2009
  • 12:38 AM

When an invasive species becomes media hype

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

Purple-loosestrife may be considered enemy plant # 1. But an ecologist argues that this is the product of undeserved media more... Read more »

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