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  • June 29, 2010
  • 04:45 PM

A bull in a bear market: Social media and the scientist “shortage”

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

Joshua Ward thinks scientists have to embrace social media.

Okay. As a blogger, someone on Twitter, and so on, I guess I can’t disagree with that.

But almost didn’t get to that point, because I just about did a spit-take when I read:

In the face of basic scientist shortages in many of the leading fields(...)
Shortage? What shortage? I rarely read about institutions unable to find good people. I read a lot about institutions with bona fide research positions that are swamped by application........ Read more »

  • June 29, 2010
  • 04:36 PM

A Sincere “Thank You!” goes a long way in a Relationship

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Turns out a little thanks can go a long way for a relationship—as long as it’s sincere. Find out why.... Read more »

  • June 29, 2010
  • 04:26 PM

North Sea Genomes

by Lucas in thoughtomics

If coral reefs are the rain forests of the tropical oceans, kelp forests are the woodlands of the Northern seas. Kelp is one of the algal species that can survive the harsh conditions of the North Sea that I know and love, together with other hardy seaweeds like bladder wrack. All these seaweeds [...]... Read more »

Cock, J., Sterck, L., Rouzé, P., Scornet, D., Allen, A., Amoutzias, G., Anthouard, V., Artiguenave, F., Aury, J., Badger, J.... (2010) The Ectocarpus genome and the independent evolution of multicellularity in brown algae. Nature, 465(7298), 617-621. DOI: 10.1038/nature09016  

  • June 29, 2010
  • 02:33 PM

A Heavy Load

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

To stave off global warming, some people have proposed sequestering huge amounts of carbon dioxide in the ocean or geological formations. But society could be paying the price for that strategy for thousands of years, a scientist argues in Nature Geoscience.
Gary Shaffer of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark ran the numbers on several […] Read More »... Read more »

  • June 29, 2010
  • 02:19 PM

It’s a small (RNA) world after all

by Iddo Friedberg in Byte Size Biology

The central dogma of molecular biology as formulated 57 years ago was simple: DNA is transcribed to mRNA,and  mRNA is translated to proteins. Proteins are the business end of this process. mRNA is only the messenger: its sole function is to deliver information from the template (DNA) to the business end (Protein). It was thought [...]... Read more »

Poliseno, L., Salmena, L., Zhang, J., Carver, B., Haveman, W., & Pandolfi, P. (2010) A coding-independent function of gene and pseudogene mRNAs regulates tumour biology. Nature, 465(7301), 1033-1038. DOI: 10.1038/nature09144  

  • June 29, 2010
  • 01:45 PM

But you started out so well!

by TwoYaks in Gene Flow

What colour is the colour for little girls? Well, if you were raised in a "Western" context, the answer is really simple. It's pink, duh. But if you think about it, there's no reason why pink should be for little girls per se, or why boys have blue. Why can't girls have brown, and boys have tangerine? It's just as logical as pink for girls, blue for boys. And I like the colour tangerine. And the ... Read more »

Frassanito, P., & Pettorini, B. (2008) Pink and blue: the color of gender. Child's Nervous System, 24(8), 881-882. DOI: 10.1007/s00381-007-0559-3  

  • June 29, 2010
  • 01:35 PM

A mushroom on the cover

by stajich in The Hyphal Tip

I’ll indulge a bit here to happily to point to the cover of this week’s PNAS with an image of Coprinopsis cinerea mushrooms fruiting referring to our article on the genome sequence of this important model fungus.  You should also enjoy the commentary article from John Taylor and Chris Ellison that provides a summary of some [...]... Read more »

Stajich, J., Wilke, S., Ahren, D., Au, C., Birren, B., Borodovsky, M., Burns, C., Canback, B., Casselton, L., Cheng, C.... (2010) Insights into evolution of multicellular fungi from the assembled chromosomes of the mushroom Coprinopsis cinerea (Coprinus cinereus). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(26), 11889-11894. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1003391107  

  • June 29, 2010
  • 12:49 PM

#evol2010 day 3: In which butterflies self-medicate and Orr conjectures

by Jeremy Yoder in Denim and Tweed

How do you know it's getting to be the end of the Evolution 2010 meetings? Because I didn't get to this until this morning, in the back rows of the SSE symposium on evolutionary prediction. But the third day of the meetings were great, with cool natural history and a great address by SSE president H. Allen Orr.

And don't forget to check out the daily wrap-up audiocast over at Evolution, Development, and Genomics, which was just endorsed by none other than Carl Zimmer.
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Dudley, S., & File, A. (2007) Kin recognition in an annual plant. Biology Letters, 3(4), 435-8. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0232  

  • June 29, 2010
  • 12:21 PM

Cultured Stem Cells Used to Restore Vision Loss Caused by Corneal Burns

by avi_wener in American Biotechnologist

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that autologous limbal stem cells can be used to permanently reverse the loss of vision caused by ocular burn induced limbal stem-cell deficiency (limbal stem cells function to replace dead corneal cells).
It is important to note that in the cases reported, eyesight [...]... Read more »

Rama, P., Matuska, S., Paganoni, G., Spinelli, A., De Luca, M., & Pellegrini, G. (2010) Limbal Stem-Cell Therapy and Long-Term Corneal Regeneration. New England Journal of Medicine. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa0905955  

  • June 29, 2010
  • 10:30 AM

The Personality of Immersion in Video Games and Virtual Worlds

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

A recent study by Weibel, Wissmath and Mast (2010) examines the Big Five personality correlates of immersion in virtual environments, finding that high Openness to Experience, Neuroticism, and Extraversion are positively related to the tendency to be immersed. ... Read more »

Weibel, D., Wissmath, B., . (2010) Immersion in mediated environments: The role of personality traits. Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 251-256. info:/10.1089/cyber.2009.0171

  • June 29, 2010
  • 09:50 AM

Design of Agile Supply Chains

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

I already reviewed two other articles about agile supply chains. One on the role of distribution centers in supply chains and one on the migration from lean to agile supply chains.

But the question comes to mind if lean and agile supply chains have to be mutually exclusive or if it is possible to combine them. Christopher and Towill (2001) had a look at this question regarding the supply chain design. Continue reading "Design of Agile Supply Chains"
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Christopher, M., & Towill, D. (2001) An integrated model for the design of agile supply chains. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 31(4), 235-246. DOI: 10.1108/09600030110394914  

  • June 29, 2010
  • 08:21 AM

Red-green colour blindness and advanced bladder cancer

by Euan in Dr Euan Lawson| Doctor Writer

I am red-green colour blind and I’m well aware of my general inability to distinguish red particularly well. In particular, I often miss subtler shades of pink. Apart from a tendency to wear inappropriate shirt and tie combinations it’s hardly life threatening. However, it is perhaps rather more than an inconvenience that blood is red. [...]... Read more »

Katmawi-Sabbagh, S., Haq, A., Jain, S., Subhas, G., & Turnham, H. (2009) Impact of Colour Blindness on Recognition of Haematuria in Bladder Cancer Patients. Urologia Internationalis, 83(3), 289-290. DOI: 10.1159/000241669  

  • June 29, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Up close and personal with movement – a review from the experts

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind

Here is a review that, if you are interested in how the brain controls muscles, and you are prepared to put in some hard yards, you should read. Simon Gandevia works down the corridor from me, so do Janet Taylor and Jane Butler. Nicholas Peterson doesn’t but I once had a cup of tea from [...]... Read more »

  • June 29, 2010
  • 06:45 AM

why an evolutionary image merits a 'fail'

by alison in bioblog

   Last year I commented that the following image, while funny, was a 'fail' in scientific terms:A recent commenter asked, so is this image scientifically correct or incorrect? (My first thought was that teh lolcat at the end should be a clue...) ...... Read more »

  • June 29, 2010
  • 05:52 AM

Switching TNF to the ‘dark side’ – how a cancer killer becomes a cancer promoter

by Cancer Research UK in Cancer Research UK - Science Update

Our immune systems are highly trained to recognise and destroy foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. But cancer starts from our own cells, so it’s difficult for the immune system to recognise and fight tumours. However, our immune defences do have some powerful weapons at their disposal, including a molecule called tumour necrosis factor, [...]... Read more »

Cordero, J., Macagno, J., Stefanatos, R., Strathdee, K., Cagan, R., & Vidal, M. (2010) Oncogenic Ras Diverts a Host TNF Tumor Suppressor Activity into Tumor Promoter. Developmental Cell, 18(6), 999-1011. DOI: 10.1016/j.devcel.2010.05.014  

  • June 29, 2010
  • 05:34 AM

The chemistry of an iPhone

by David Bradley in Reactive Reports Chemistry Blog

Apple’s Steve Jobs has a reputation for responding personally to some of the presumably millions of emails he receives. (Apparently, he does it on a weekly basis, which smacks of controlled PR campaign, if you ask me). One from “Derick” published on Wired and elsewhere purportedly asked about the chemistry of the iPhone 4. Derick [...]... Read more »

  • June 29, 2010
  • 05:30 AM

A glimmer of hope for childhood obesity prevention!

by Yoni Freedhoff in Weighty Matters

Good gravy! In an early release from the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers documented the effects of a 3 year, 21 school, 4,600 student, multi-pronged, intervention that spanned Grades 6 through 8 covering nutrition, physical activity, behavioural knowledge, communications and social marketing on the children's body mass indices, waist circumferences, fasting glucoses and fasting insulins.The nutritional component targeted quantity, quality and energy of foods. The physical activity........ Read more »

  • June 29, 2010
  • 04:54 AM

Interface Systems Evaluation & Innovation

by Simon Harper in Thinking Out Loud

I recently came across a paper discussing the evaluation of user interface systems. In it the author proposes that complex user interface systems and architectures do not readily yield to the research methods we currently use. It was at this point I started to bristle with derision in a very defensive...... Read more »

Olsen,Jr., Dan R. (2007) Evaluating user interface systems research. UIST '07: Proceedings of the 20th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology, 1(1), 251-258. info:/10.1145/1294211.1294256

Greenberg, Saul and Buxton, Bill. (2008) Usability evaluation considered harmful (some of the time). CHI '08: Proceeding of the twenty-sixth annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, 1(1), 111-120. info:/

Dillon, Andrew. (2010) As we may have thought, and may (still) think. HT '10: Proceedings of the 21st ACM conference on Hypertext and hypermedia, 1(1), 1-2. info:/

Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, Jeffrey M. Lohr, Carol Tavris. (2003) Science and pseudoscience in clinical psychology: Initial thoughts, reflections and considerations. Science and pseudoscience in clinical psychology. info:other/1-57230-828-1

  • June 29, 2010
  • 03:32 AM

"A state of institutional denialism"

by PalMD in White Coat Underground

Over a quarter century ago, a young woman was admitted to a New York hospital with fever and agitation. She never walked out. Libby Zion died while under the care of he primary care doctor and two medical residents. The exact cause of death was never identified, but the case led to a forced examination of medical residents' work hours. This was driven largely by Zion's father who felt that his daughter had been killed by inexperienced, poorly supervised, and overworked resident physicians.

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Trinkoff, A., Le, R., Geiger‐Brown, J., & Lipscomb, J. (2007) Work Schedule, Needle Use, and Needlestick Injuries Among Registered Nurses • . Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 28(2), 156-164. DOI: 10.1086/510785  

Barger LK, Cade BE, Ayas NT, Cronin JW, Rosner B, Speizer FE, Czeisler CA, & Harvard Work Hours, Health, and Safety Group. (2005) Extended work shifts and the risk of motor vehicle crashes among interns. The New England journal of medicine, 352(2), 125-34. PMID: 15647575  

Landrigan CP, Rothschild JM, Cronin JW, Kaushal R, Burdick E, Katz JT, Lilly CM, Stone PH, Lockley SW, Bates DW.... (2004) Effect of reducing interns' work hours on serious medical errors in intensive care units. The New England journal of medicine, 351(18), 1838-48. PMID: 15509817  

Gaba DM, & Howard SK. (2002) Patient safety: fatigue among clinicians and the safety of patients. The New England journal of medicine, 347(16), 1249-55. PMID: 12393823  

Nuckols TK, Bhattacharya J, Wolman DM, Ulmer C, & Escarce JJ. (2009) Cost implications of reduced work hours and workloads for resident physicians. The New England journal of medicine, 360(21), 2202-15. PMID: 19458365  

  • June 29, 2010
  • 02:05 AM

Postpartum Depression and Mass Media

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

About 13 to 19% of new mothers experience depression in the first year after birth. Most of them are never identified nor diagnosed. New mothers often read about pregnancy, giving birth and raising their children in popular magazines. It’s eminent that adequate information in these magazines about postpartum depression is of importance. A recent study [...]

Related posts:A Portrait of Depression in the Mass Media, Gender Influences.
Mass Media and notions about women’s depressive ........ Read more »

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