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  • February 5, 2010
  • 11:30 AM

Empirical Evidence that Men Love Badonkadonks

by Allison in Dormivigilia

Using fMRI, researchers have found that men are most attracted to women with a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7. Using neuroimaging as a methodology to study human attraction, in my opinion, is a fantastic to establish a new branch of human ual behavior research. ... Read more »

Steven M. Platek, Devendra Singh. (2010) Optimal Waist-to-Hip Ratios in Women Activate Neural Reward Centers in Men. PLOS One, 5(2). info:/

  • February 5, 2010
  • 11:28 AM

The Dangers of Exergaming

by Travis Saunders, MSc in Obesity Panacea

The whole world of exergaming (using video games as a means to get exercise) really came to the forefront when the Nintendo Wii first came out, complete with remotes that you actually had to move in space rather than just pushing a button or two. In time they also added a balance board as part of the Wii Fit game series which involved your whole body and not just your hands. More recently, EA sports created a new series of active games for the Nintendo Wii (Wii Active) which uses a legstrap for ........ Read more »

Eley, K. (2010) A Wii Fracture. New England Journal of Medicine, 362(5), 473-474. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc0909544  

  • February 5, 2010
  • 10:36 AM

Yasuní: An Ecological Paradise That Exceeds All Superlatives

by Promega Corporation in Promega Connections

Traveling to the rain forests on the eastern side of Ecuador from the capital Quito is an adventure to be savored.  Even on a good day the entire journey takes a few hours to complete. En route one experiences a notable shift in climate from the cool temperatures of the Andean cordillera to the humid and [...]... Read more »

Bass MS, Finer M, Jenkins CN, Kreft H, Cisneros-Heredia DF, McCracken SF, Pitman NC, English PH, Swing K, Villa G.... (2010) Global conservation significance of Ecuador's Yasuní National Park. PloS one, 5(1). PMID: 20098736  

  • February 5, 2010
  • 10:30 AM

How Science Suppresses the Sex Lives of Republicans

by Johnny in Ecographica

According to Utah State Representative Mike Noel, global climate change is a conspiracy theory. He insists that the whole idea of shifting climates was put together by the world’s biologists, climatologists and other scientists as an elaborate effort to control his sex life.Speaking to climate change, Republican Mike Noel (at left) explained recently that, “This is absolutely, in my mind, in fact a conspiracy to limit population not only in this country but across the globe."Being both a Rep........ Read more »

Sovacool, B., & Brown, M. (2009) Scaling the policy response to climate change. Policy and Society, 27(4), 317-328. DOI: 10.1016/j.polsoc.2009.01.003  

  • February 5, 2010
  • 10:15 AM

How Science Suppresses the Sex Lives of Republicans

by Johnny in Ecographica

According to Utah State Representative Mike Noel, global climate change is a conspiracy theory. He insists that the whole idea of shifting climates was put together by the world’s biologists, climatologists and other scientists as an elaborate effort to control his sex life.
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Sovacool, B., & Brown, M. (2009) Scaling the policy response to climate change. Policy and Society, 27(4), 317-328. DOI: 10.1016/j.polsoc.2009.01.003  

  • February 5, 2010
  • 10:10 AM

Fossil Feather Colors Really ARE Written In Stone

by GrrlScientist in Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

tags: evolutionary biology, paleontology, taphonomy, plumage color, feathers, color, melanin, eumelanin, phaeomelanin, dinosaurs, theropod, paravian, avialae, fossils, Anchiornis huxleyi, ornithology, birds,,peer-reviewed research, peer-reviewed paper

New research reveals that recently-described 155-million-year-old Anchiornis huxleyi,
a woodpecker-like dinosaur the size of a modern-day domesticated chicken,
had black-and-white spangled wings and a rusty red crown.

Image:........ Read more »

Li, Q., Gao, K., Vinther, J., Shawkey, M., Clarke, J., D'Alba, L., Meng, Q., Briggs, D., Miao, L., & Prum, R. (2010) Plumage Color Patterns of an Extinct Dinosaur. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.1186290  

Vinther, J., Briggs, D., Clarke, J., Mayr, G., & Prum, R. (2009) Structural coloration in a fossil feather. Biology Letters, 6(1), 128-131. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0524  

  • February 5, 2010
  • 09:28 AM

On the magic bullet virus

by iayork in Mystery Rays from Outer Space

Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), like the related rabies virus, is a bullet-shaped virus.  Hong Zhou has just added VSV to his collection of cryo-electron microscopy virion structures,1 and as always with viruses, it’s just gorgeous.

“Architecture of the VSV virion. … A montage model of the tip and the cryo-EM map of the [...]... Read more »

Peng Ge, Jun Tsao, Stan Schein, Todd J. Green, Ming Luo, & Hong Zhou. (2010) Cryo-EM Model of the Bullet-Shaped Vesicular Stomatitis Virus. Science, 327(5966), 689-693. info:/10.1126/science.1181766

  • February 5, 2010
  • 07:00 AM

Wildfire protection: private landowners get free ride, society loses

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

A new study shows that the Healthy Forest Restoration Act is actually discouraging private landowners from taking measures to reduce wildfire risk on their own property. Furthermore, by subsidizing residents who choose to live in high-danger areas, the law encourages risky decisions while draining resource from fighting wildfires on more remote public lands.... Read more »

  • February 5, 2010
  • 07:00 AM

Neuro Case 1 – Using Transcranial Doppler for Basilar Artery Occlusion

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

Welcome the first of a series of neurological cases to be featured on Brian Blogger. We will periodically choose the most enlightening cases from the Journal of Medical Case Reports (JMCR) for which I serve as an Associate Editor. I will present the case as published, discuss the implications of the findings or techniques employed, [...]... Read more »

Kassab, M., Majid, A., Farooq, M., Azhary, H., Hershey, L., Bednarczyk, E., Graybeal, D., & Johnson, M. (2007) Transcranial Doppler: An Introduction for Primary Care Physicians. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 20(1), 65-71. DOI: 10.3122/jabfm.2007.01.060128  

Rubiera M, & Alexandrov AV. (2010) Sonothrombolysis in the management of acute ischemic stroke. American journal of cardiovascular drugs : drugs, devices, and other interventions, 10(1), 5-10. PMID: 20104930  

  • February 5, 2010
  • 06:53 AM

Classic paper: Montagues and Capulets in Science

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

In preparation for a joint seminar I’ll be doing with Midori Harris here at the EBI, here’s a classic paper [1,2] on the social problems of building biomedical ontologies. This paper is worth reading (or re-reading) because it makes lots of relevant points about the use and abuse of research and how people misunderstand each [...]... Read more »

Goble, C., & Wroe, C. (2004) The Montagues and the Capulets. Comparative and Functional Genomics, 5(8), 623-632. DOI: 10.1002/cfg.442  

  • February 5, 2010
  • 05:53 AM

the rise of neuroscience

by Alex Holcombe in ceptional

So I knew neuroscience has exploded over the last few decades, but I didn’t know its emergence as a more autonomous discipline is “the biggest structural change in scientific citation patterns over the past decade”. In the authors’ words that follow, they are referring to their figure showing neuroscience emerging as a new citation [...]... Read more »

Rosvall, M., & Bergstrom, C. (2010) Mapping Change in Large Networks. PLoS ONE, 5(1). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008694  

  • February 5, 2010
  • 05:14 AM

CBT-based self-help books can do more harm than good

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Self-help books based on the principles of CBT, including titles like 'CBT for Dummies', could do more harm than good, according to a new study. The risks were highest for readers described as 'high ruminators' - those who spend time mulling over the likely causes and consequence of their negative moods.The new research focuses on the use of self-help books as a preventative intervention for people at risk of developing depression. Gerald Haeffel identified 72 undergrads at risk and allocated ea........ Read more »

  • February 5, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Reducing dietary salt by half a teaspoon could save 92,000 lives a year

by Helen Jaques in In Sickness and In Health

A Californian population based study has found that if everyone in the US reduced their daily salt intake by 3 grams – half a teaspoon – the annual number of deaths could be slashed by up to 92,000. In addition, the number of new people who get cardiovascular disease each year could drop by [...]... Read more »

Bibbins-Domingo, K., Chertow, G., Coxson, P., Moran, A., Lightwood, J., Pletcher, M., & Goldman, L. (2010) Projected Effect of Dietary Salt Reductions on Future Cardiovascular Disease. New England Journal of Medicine. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa0907355  

  • February 5, 2010
  • 02:37 AM

10 Websites With The Best Information on Depression

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

After searching for websites about depression (‘‘depression,’’ ‘‘depression treatment,’’ and ‘‘depression help’’) with a popular search engine: Google, the authors of this work carefully examined the websites. The websites were evaluated on accountability, interactivity, esthetics, readability and content quality. They also used the brief DISCERN as a content quality indicator for general consumers. They found [...]

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Zermatten, A., Khazaal, Y., Coquard, O., Chatton, A., & Bondolfi, G. (2010) Quality of web-based information on depression. Depression and Anxiety. DOI: 10.1002/da.20665  

  • February 5, 2010
  • 12:28 AM

Social Media Week NYC: Remembering the Human Element in CSR Initiatives

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

At today's panel, Putting the Social Back in CSR (CSR = corporate social responsibility) at the Paley Center for Media, Jamie Daves, executive director of Think Social, began the discussion by reminding the audience (and panelists) of social media's potential. Characterizing it as both dangerous and powerful, he drew upon examples where revolutions in communication methods had profound impact on

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KAS KALBA. (2008) The Adoption of Mobile Phones in Emerging Markets: Global Diffusion and Rural Challenges. International Journal of Communication, 631-661. info:/

  • February 5, 2010
  • 12:18 AM

Friday Weird Science: Preserving the Species

by Evil Monkey in Neurotopia

As I'm sure most of you are aware, the human species isn't really in immediate danger from dying out due to lack of mating partners (other reasons, I leave up to you). And after all, if all else fails, a trip to a sperm bank can often be arranged. But what about those rare animals growing steadily rarer from the encroachment of humans on their habitat? Well this is when you need to lend a hand. It's time to preserve some...eland semen.

Nel-Themaat et al. "Isolation, culture and characteri........ Read more »

Nel-Themaat, L., Gómez, M., Damiani, P., Wirtu, G., Dresser, B., Bondioli, K., Lyons, L., Pope, C., & Godke, R. (2007) Isolation, culture and characterisation of somatic cells derived from semen and milk of endangered sheep and eland antelope. Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 19(4), 576. DOI: 10.1071/RD06153  

  • February 4, 2010
  • 10:25 PM

Sustainabewildering Seafood

by Sam in Oceanographer's Choice

I just finished reading a new paper from Jennifer Jaquet et al., mostly from Daniel Pauly’s group at UBC. The paper is titled “Conserving wild fish in a sea of market-based efforts,” and it appears in the current issue of the conservation biology journal Oryx. In it, the authors investigate the proliferation and [...]... Read more »

Jacquet, J., Hocevar, J., Lai, S., Majluf, P., Pelletier, N., Pitcher, T., Sala, E., Sumaila, R., & Pauly, D. (2009) Conserving wild fish in a sea of market-based efforts. Oryx, 44(01), 45. DOI: 10.1017/S0030605309990470  

  • February 4, 2010
  • 09:30 PM

Can unconscious brains think? Coma, philosophy of mind, and the media.

by Michael Slezak in Good, Bad, and Bogus

“Ok brain. I don’t like you and you don’t like me. Let’s just do this and I can go back to killing you with beer.”  - Homer Simpson

A new piece of research has elicited headlines around the world in today’s newspapers such as “Coma patient ‘talks’ with his thoughts” and “Coma victim talks via brain [...]... Read more »

Monti MM, Vanhaudenhuyse A, Coleman MR, Boly M, Pickard JD, Tshibanda L, Owen AM, & Laureys S. (2010) Willful Modulation of Brain Activity in Disorders of Consciousness. The New England journal of medicine. PMID: 20130250  

Martin M. Monti, & Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse. (2010) Willful Modulation of Brain Activity in Disorders of Consciousness. The New England Journal of Medicine. info:/10.1056/NEJMoa0905370

  • February 4, 2010
  • 07:22 PM

Toxicology Conundrum #024

by sandnsurf in Life in the Fast Lane

A 23 year-old male is brought to your ED by a friend. He appears anxious, distressed and confused. His friend volunteers that the patient had seen a GP in the past few weeks as he was feeling depressed. The friend also admitted that the patient occasionally used recreational drugs such as marijuana and ecstasy. Further of examination of the patient was notable for the presence of shaking eye movements, brisk deep tendon reflexes and stiffness of the lower limbs...

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Boyer EW, & Shannon M. (2005) The serotonin syndrome. The New England journal of medicine, 352(11), 1112-20. PMID: 15784664  

Isbister GK, Buckley NA, & Whyte IM. (2007) Serotonin toxicity: a practical approach to diagnosis and treatment. Medical Journal of Australia, 187(6), 361-5. PMID: 17874986  

  • February 4, 2010
  • 04:06 PM

Adult neurogenesis in humans: Murine Features of Neurogenesis in the Human Hippocampus

by Jason Snyder in Functional Neurogenesis

Studies of adult neurogenesis often begin with the following sentence: “Adult neurogenesis occurs in all mammals examined, including humans.” More detail-oriented papers might say, “Adult neurogenesis occurs in all mammals examined, including humans…but not bats.” Here, the similarities between bats and humans become more evident than one might expect: it could be an equally long [...]... Read more »

Knoth, R., Singec, I., Ditter, M., Pantazis, G., Capetian, P., Meyer, R., Horvat, V., Volk, B., & Kempermann, G. (2010) Murine Features of Neurogenesis in the Human Hippocampus across the Lifespan from 0 to 100 Years. PLoS ONE, 5(1). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008809  

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