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  • July 20, 2010
  • 01:41 PM
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Librarians need to publish in non-library journals

by bjms1002 in the Undergraduate Science Librarian

Now that I’ve convinced everyone to stop going to library conferences, I’d like to make the argument that we also need to start publishing in non-library journals.  Luckily, someone has already made the point for me, in a 2007 journal article that I just came across in the Journal of Academic Librarianship by Christy Stevens. [...]... Read more »

  • July 20, 2010
  • 01:30 PM
  • 436 views

Towards an Automated, Unbiased Diagnosis of Autism

by Michael Long in Phased

Kimbrough Oller (University of Memphis, United States, and Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Austria) and coworkers have utilized a small recording device that clips into a shirt pocket towards accurately diagnosing autism, based only on speech patterns. This news feature was written on July 20, 2010.... Read more »

Oller, D. K., Niyogi, P., Gray, S., Richards, J. A., Gilkerson, J., Xu, D., Yapanel, U., & Warren, S. F. (2010) Automated vocal analysis of naturalistic recordings from children with autism, language delay, and typical development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1003882107  

  • July 20, 2010
  • 10:49 AM
  • 930 views

Cognitive control: when less is more!

by sandygautam in The Mouse Trap

Yesterday I wrote a post about ADHD and creativity and how the frontal lobes hypo-function and dopamine may be the mediating factors involved.  Today I serendipitously came across this article by Thomson-Schill et al in which they posit that frontal cortex hypofunction during childhood is beneficial, on average, as it enables convention learning and thus More >Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)


Related posts:Autism:a cognitive style and not a deficit Continuing with the theme of my last post, ........ Read more »

Thompson-Schill, S., Ramscar, M., & Chrysikou, E. (2009) Cognition Without Control: When a Little Frontal Lobe Goes a Long Way. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18(5), 259-263. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8721.2009.01648.x  

  • July 20, 2010
  • 10:46 AM
  • 1,597 views

Garbage in, Garbage out

by gameswithwords in Games with Words

While watching television, have you ever had a fatal heart attack?

If you answered "yes" to this question, you would have been marked as a "bad participant" in Experimental Turk's recent study. The charitable assumption would be that you weren't paying attention. Importantly for those interested in using Amazon Mechanical Turk for research, participants recruited through AMT were no more likely to answer "yes" than participants tested in a traditional lab-based setting (neither group was l........ Read more »

Oppenheimer, D. M., Meyvis, T., & Davidenko, N. (2009) Instructional manipulation checks: Detecting satisficing to increase statistical power. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 867-872. info:/

  • July 20, 2010
  • 09:38 AM
  • 1,577 views

Stayin' Alive

by Iddo Friedberg in Byte Size Biology

A small primate which was classified as endangered by the IUCN sixty years ago, and is endemic to Sri Lanka. It was seen only four times since 1937, and was thought to be extinct as it was not observed between 1939 and 2002. Living in the forest, the main cause for its endangerment is habitat destruction — logging, etc. Today, the Zoological Society of London published the first pictures in a long time of this little eusive fella. They also captured it briefly, and measured it before rel........ Read more »

Saman Gamage, James T. Reardon, U.K.G.K. Padmalal, & S.W. Kotagama1. (2010) First physical examination of the Horton Plains slender loris, Loris tardigradus nycticeboides, in 72 years . Primate Conservation. info:/

  • July 20, 2010
  • 09:25 AM
  • 1,017 views

by Lars Fischer in EuCheMS 2010 Blog

I have been on to self-healing materials for some time, usually writing about them in my german blog or for newspapers and magazines. Self-healing is what makes biology superior to technology. Organisms don’t just have astonishing properties – materials have, too – but they retain them by constant regeneration and while doing so even adapt [...]... Read more »

Li, Y., Li, L., & Sun, J. (2010) Bioinspired Self-Healing Superhydrophobic Coatings. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201001258  

  • July 20, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 1,141 views

We Believe Because We Evolved That Way part two

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind

Why we have a placebo effect – Part II By Peter Blanch continued…. Bruce Hood (Hood 2009) in his book “Supersense: why we believe in the unbelievable” makes a couple of quite pertinent points. He outlines a simple experiment he uses in his presentations where he presents to the audience ‘the pen’ (he admits to stretching [...]... Read more »

Granger, G. L. a. R. (2008) Big Brain: The origins and future of human intelligence. New York, Palgrave MacMillan. info:other/

  • July 20, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 970 views

Just say no to sunscreen nanophobia!

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Once again we’re at a pivotal point in human development, where a novel technology might allow us to improve the lot of millions, perhaps billions of people across the globe and yet activists are invoking the precautionary principle and informing consumers of the possible dangers therein. As happened with vaccines, nuclear energy, genetically modified crops, [...]Just say no to sunscreen nanophobia! is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Thomas Faunce. (2010) Exploring the safety of nanoparticles in Australian sunscreens. Int. J. Biomed. Nanosci. Nanotechnol., 1(1), 87-94. info:/

  • July 20, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 986 views

Determining the phylogeny of Panthera palaeosinensis.

by EcoPhysioMichelle in C6-H12-O6 (old)

The feline subfamily Pantherinae is comprised of the so-called “big cats” and includes the four extant species of the Panthera genus (tigers, lions, jaguars, and leopards), which are set apart by their unique ability to roar, and also the two species of clouded leopards and the snow leopard. There is some debate as to whether [...]... Read more »

  • July 20, 2010
  • 07:09 AM
  • 1,378 views

Why you REALLY can’t trust small studies: the small study effect

by Michael Slezak in Good, Bad, and Bogus


You’ll often see loony zealots refer you to a study showing how effective their preferred treatment is — there usually is some small study supporting the use of almost any treatment.
You’ll also often hear people reply that the study was only small, so shouldn’t be trusted. But why shouldn’t you trust small studies? Sure, they [...]... Read more »

  • July 20, 2010
  • 05:11 AM
  • 1,053 views

Pronghorn, "designed by committee" (pronghorns part I)

by Darren Naish in Tetrapod Zoology





The Pronghorn or Pronghorn antelope* Antilocapra americana is a strikingly unique artiodactyl, endemic to western North America. Historically, it ranged from southern Manitoba and Washington in the north to northern Mexico in the south, and to western Iowa in the east. Between 40 and 50 million Pronghorns were alive in 1850; excessive hunting had reduced this number to 13000 by 1920. Subsequent conservation efforts have resulted in substantial recovery: there are currently between half a mil........ Read more »

Lindstedt SL, Hokanson JF, Wells DJ, Swain SD, Hoppeler H, & Navarro V. (1991) Running energetics in the pronghorn antelope. Nature, 353(6346), 748-50. PMID: 1944533  

  • July 20, 2010
  • 05:00 AM
  • 961 views

A qualified success?

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

Why do some people fail to do things that would enhance their employability, and what can we do about it?... Read more »

  • July 20, 2010
  • 02:55 AM
  • 1,610 views

Requirements for becoming a professor in ecology and evolution

by Bjørn Østman in Pleiotropy

Oh boy! If you're thinking about landing a tenure track job or similar in ecology or evolutionary biology, here's a kicker for you.

A study of 181 recently hired faculty members shows that to be competitive in ecology and evolutionary biology, the requirements are stiff as hell.... Read more »

Marshall, J., Buttars, P., Callahan, T., Dennehy, J., Harris, D., Lunt, B., Mika, M., & Shupe, R. (2009) Letter to the Editors. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 55(4), 381-392. DOI: 10.1560/IJEE.55.4.381  

  • July 20, 2010
  • 02:28 AM
  • 1,789 views

The Myth of the Humboldt Squid

by Mike Mike in Cephalove

I recently got a request (thanks to arvindpillai at Fins to Feet) to do a post on the shoaling and predatory behavior of Humboldt squid, Dosidicus gigas (also known as the Jumbo squid, and by those who don't know any better, the giant squid.)  I decided that this would be a good thing to do, because I hadn't read much about the predatory behavior of D. gigas.  So I spent a week searching the literature for scientific studies on Humboldt squid predatory behavior, and guess what?  I........ Read more »

Gilly, W., Markaida, U., Baxter, C., Block, B., Boustany, A., Zeidberg, L., Reisenbichler, K., Robison, B., Bazzino, G., & Salinas, C. (2006) Vertical and horizontal migrations by the jumbo squid Dosidicus gigas revealed by electronic tagging. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 1-17. DOI: 10.3354/meps324001  

JOHN C. FIELD, KEN BALTZ, A. JASON PHILLIPS, & WILLIAM A. WALKER. (2007) RANGE EXPANSION AND TROPHIC INTERACTIONS OF THE JUMBO SQUID, DOSIDICUS GIGAS, IN THE CALIFORNIA CURRENT. CalCOFI Rep. info:/http://swfsc.noaa.gov/publications/FED/00859.pdf

James A. Cosgrove, & Kelly A. Sendall. (2005) First Records of Dosidicus gigas, the Humboldt Squid in the Temperate North-eastern Pacific. Archives of the British Columbia Royal Museum. info:/

Zeidberg LD, & Robison BH. (2007) Invasive range expansion by the Humboldt squid, Dosidicus gigas, in the eastern North Pacific. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(31), 12948-50. PMID: 17646649  

Byard RW, Gilbert JD, & Brown K. (2000) Pathologic features of fatal shark attacks. The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology : official publication of the National Association of Medical Examiners, 21(3), 225-9. PMID: 10990281  

  • July 20, 2010
  • 02:25 AM
  • 1,860 views

Facebook and MySpace use among college students

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD


This study was really about the question whether facebook and myspace replaced face to face interaction. Apparently conflicting results were reported. This study used a survey to examine the use of facebook and myspace among 183 college students an it confirmed that the use of these social media acted as an extension instead of a [...]


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Carlyne L. Kujath, B.S. (2010) Facebook and MySpace: Complement or Substitute for Face-to-Face Interaction?. CYBERPSYCHOLOGY, BEHAVIOR, AND SOCIAL NETWORKING. info:/10.1089/cyber.2009.0311

  • July 20, 2010
  • 01:53 AM
  • 839 views

What do people really do about their back pain? An on-line survey reveals…

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

There are many studies describing the way treatment providers fail to follow clinical guidelines for managing acute low back pain – and because there are inconsistencies between various guidelines for chronic low back pain, it’s not surprising that people with back pain (whether acute or chronic) get a little confused about what to do.  Of … Read more... Read more »

  • July 20, 2010
  • 01:53 AM
  • 834 views

What do people really do about their back pain? An on-line survey reveals…

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

There are many studies describing the way treatment providers fail to follow clinical guidelines for managing acute low back pain – and because there are inconsistencies between various guidelines for chronic low back pain, it’s not surprising that people with back pain (whether acute or chronic) get a little confused about what to do.  Of … Read more... Read more »

  • July 20, 2010
  • 01:53 AM
  • 847 views

What do people really do about their back pain? An on-line survey reveals…

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

There are many studies describing the way treatment providers fail to follow clinical guidelines for managing acute low back pain – and because there are inconsistencies between various guidelines for chronic low back pain, it’s not surprising that people with back pain (whether acute or chronic) get a little confused about what to do.  Of … Read more... Read more »

  • July 19, 2010
  • 09:58 PM
  • 937 views

Your Happiness Kills Crustaceans

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

Figure 2 from paper: Mean average phototaxis and geotaxis score of E. marinus exposed to varied concentrations of serotonin (n = 20 per treatment) over a 3-week period. Error bars to one standard deviation. *Significance compared with control determined by Mann–Whitney and Bonferroni correction p < 0.0125.
Nearly 30-90% of the pharmaceuticals we digest are excreted . . . → Read More: Your Happiness Kills Crustaceans... Read more »

  • July 19, 2010
  • 09:53 PM
  • 858 views

New Evidence for an Ocean on Mars?

by Ryan in The Martian Chronicles

There’s a new Nature Geoscience paper that has made a big splash in the Mars community, reviving interest in the possibility of a northern ocean. This news was making the rounds a couple weeks ago, but I decided to hold off because at last week’s Mars Journal Club we discussed the paper. The idea behind [...]... Read more »

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