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  • June 22, 2010
  • 11:05 AM

Standardized Time and Power Relations

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Whose Time do we live in? Time zones have set standards in keeping with longitudinal boundaries so that we share a clock experience that is often managed by an urban center. I am not the first to note, however, that these standards of Time overlook local, social definitions of Time. Though these local definitions persist, they are not generally the norm adhered to when individuals interact both

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  • June 22, 2010
  • 10:54 AM

Goal Setting – Pitfalls and Benefits

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

Goal setting is a funny thing. Like many of you, I’m sure, I’ve had a long and checkered relationship with it. I’ve gone back and forth, was a big fan, hated it, went back to goal setting again. What is it that fascinates and repels about goal setting? I set out to look at some [...]... Read more »

  • June 22, 2010
  • 08:30 AM

Observations about nutritional incompetence

by Colby in

Bora at A Blog Around the Clock posted a well written piece about expertise in journalism yesterday.  He describes a division of experts and generalists; obviously the experts are those who have spent years studying a specific topic and understand … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 22, 2010
  • 08:19 AM

Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology in Switzerland – where we stand now

by M. Cornelissen in hazelnut relations

As usual, the 2010 Jahrbuch Archäologie Schweiz vol. 93 includes a list of newly discovered and excavated sites. It is no surprise that the number of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites discovered or investigated in 2009 is relatively low in comparison to the number of sites from most later prehistoric, roman and medieval periods. The figure [...]... Read more »

Huber, R. . (2010) Neue Territorien in Sicht! Wildbeutergesellschaften der Alt- und Mittelsteinzeit. Archäologie Schweiz, 33(2), 15-21. info:/

  • June 22, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Does Melatonin Have a Role in Energy Regulation?

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

Regular readers of these pages will recall previous articles on the discoveryof brown adipose tissue in adult humans.
Brown adipose tissue or BAT is specifically designed to turn calories into heat, thereby significantly affecting metabolic rate.
The current theory is that people who have more BAT, are more obesity resistant and can better handle excess calories. It [...]... Read more »

Tan DX, Manchester LC, Fuentes-Broto L, Paredes SD, & Reiter RJ. (2010) Significance and application of melatonin in the regulation of brown adipose tissue metabolism: relation to human obesity. Obesity reviews : an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. PMID: 20557470  

  • June 22, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

App store communities

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Have you ever tried to get into the Apple app store? Not as a consumer, but as a developer, I mean? Apparently, it’s pretty tough (just ask the guys from Opera or Wobble iBoobs!). App stores are all different with respect to their associated operating system, development language, the policy of approval and profit sharing [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkApp store communities
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Bong Gyou Lee, Gun Hee Lee, Yong Ho Shim, & Ajin Choi. (2010) Let developers run into the app store by lowering the barrier-to-entry. Int. J. Electronic Finance, 4(3), 201-220. info:/

  • June 22, 2010
  • 07:00 AM

Seeing Molecules

by Rheanna Sand in Science in Seconds

In this video, Science in Seconds looks at the world's first picture of a molecule, taken by IBM researchers in 2009 and published in Science Magazine.... Read more »

  • June 22, 2010
  • 06:30 AM

What’s in a word (or several)?

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

Do people construct meaning through the language they use? And if they do, should we be listening more carefully to our client's words and to our own?... Read more »

  • June 22, 2010
  • 06:14 AM

Dual-specificity T cells and autoimmunity

by iayork in Mystery Rays from Outer Space

TcR interacting with artificial membrane1

Why does autoimmune disease (sometimes) follow viral infection?2
It’s a pretty well-known phenomenon, but a definite answer isn’t yet known — and of course there may not be a single answer, there may be multiple causes. We know that many autoimmune diseases seem to be triggered by some sort of infection [...]... Read more »

  • June 22, 2010
  • 05:30 AM

Is your diet deficient in micronutrients?

by Yoni Freedhoff in Weighty Matters

That's what the findings of a recent paper that concluded 4 popular diets were deficient in micronutrients would state.The paper in question took a look at micronutrient intakes if a person were to follow Atkins, South Beach, DASH or the Best Life diets, and from the very first sentence I knew it was going to be a tough read, "Research has shown micronutrient deficiency to be scientifically linked to a higher risk of overweight/obesity and other dangerous and debilitating diseases"Oh really? I g........ Read more »

Calton, J. (2010) Prevalence of micronutrient deficiency in popular diet plans. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 7(1), 24. DOI: 10.1186/1550-2783-7-24  

  • June 22, 2010
  • 05:30 AM

Less is more

by Becky in It Takes 30

Jeremy Gunawardena pointed me to this terrific paper that results from a collaboration between Bruce Walker’s and Arup Chakraborty’s groups (Košmrlj et al. Effects of thymic selection of the T-cell repertoire on HLA class I-associated control of HIV infection. Nature 465 350-4. PMID: 20445539). On reading it, I realized that I had heard Arup present the work at the ICSB 2009 conference; for me, it was one of the highlights of the meeting.... Read more »

Kosmrlj A, Read EL, Qi Y, Allen TM, Altfeld M, Deeks SG, Pereyra F, Carrington M, Walker BD, & Chakraborty AK. (2010) Effects of thymic selection of the T-cell repertoire on HLA class I-associated control of HIV infection. Nature, 465(7296), 350-4. PMID: 20445539  

  • June 22, 2010
  • 02:44 AM

Twitter for continuous student ratings

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Most physicians of my age only witnessed summative evaluations during their medical education. You studied your stuff and did an exam for which you could fail or not, go or no go. Our exams were tests aiming to summarize learning up to that point. Today most med students are evaluated with formative evaluation. Continuous evaluations [...]

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Stefan Stieger, D.Sc., & Christoph Burger. (2010) Let’s Go Formative: Continuous Student Ratings with Web 2.0 Application Twitter. CYBERPSYCHOLOGY, BEHAVIOR, AND SOCIAL NETWORKING, 163-167. info:/10.1089/cyber.2009.0128

  • June 22, 2010
  • 02:39 AM

Impact Factor Boxing 2010

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, Impact Factor Boxing  is here again. As with last year (2009), these metrics are already a year out of date. But this doesn’t stop many people from writing about impact factors and it’s been an interesting year [1] for the metrics used by many to judge value of [...]... Read more »

Abbott, A., Cyranoski, D., Jones, N., Maher, B., Schiermeier, Q., & Van Noorden, R. (2010) Metrics: Do metrics matter?. Nature, 465(7300), 860-862. DOI: 10.1038/465860a  

Van Noorden, R. (2010) Metrics: A profusion of measures. Nature, 465(7300), 864-866. DOI: 10.1038/465864a  

Tibor Braun, Margit Osterloh, Jevin West, Jennifer Rohn, David Pendlebury, Carl Bergstrom, & Bruno Frey. (2010) How to improve the use of metrics. Nature, 465(7300), 870-872. DOI: 10.1038/465870a  

  • June 22, 2010
  • 12:39 AM

Wetherill Day

by teofilo in Gambler's House

One hundred years ago today, Richard Wetherill was shot and killed by Chischilly Begay near the western end of Chaco Canyon.  That much is clear, but the circumstances surrounding Wetherill’s death are otherwise murky.  The same could be said for his life and legacy. Wetherill was an enormously important figure to the history of archaeological [...]... Read more »

  • June 22, 2010
  • 12:20 AM

Pigs are reservoirs of Influenza

by Atila Iamarino in Influenza A (H1N1) Blog – English

Why were the older people less affected by the new flu?


The elderly, especially those older than 65 years, that is, born before 1944, constitute the part of the population less affected by H1N1. It was suggested and later confirmed by CDC that it is about the prior immunity to the virus. These people probably have [...]... Read more »

  • June 22, 2010
  • 12:03 AM

Should Youth For Christ be involved in governance? How about the United Church or New Life Ministries?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

The way we govern ourselves has changed fundamentally in the past 20 years, and we’ve barely noticed. The changes raise critical questions, which we have developed a habit of answering on a case-by-case basis, without considering the context and without … Continue reading →... Read more »

Leo, C. (2006) Deep Federalism: Respecting Community Difference in National Policy. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, 39(03). DOI: 10.1017/S0008423906060240  

  • June 21, 2010
  • 10:30 PM

This Week in the Universe: June 15th – June 21st, 2010

by S.C. Kavassalis in The Language of Bad Physics

What have people been talking about this week in high energy physics, astrophysics, gravitation, general relativity and quantum gravity?... Read more »

T. van Zoest, N. Gaaloul, Y. Singh, H. Ahlers, W. Herr, S. T. Seidel, W. Ertmer, E. Rasel, M. Eckart, E. Kajari, S. Arnold, G. Nandi, W. P. Schleich, R. Walser, A. Vogel, K. Sengstock, K. Bongs, W. Lewoczko-Adamczyk, M. Schiemangk, T. Schuldt, A. Peters, . (2010) Bose-Einstein Condensation in Microgravity. Science , 328(5985), 1540-1543. info:/10.1126/science.1189164

Andrea Mehner, Kris Davidson, Roberta M. Humphreys, John C. Martin, Kazunori Ishibashi, Gary J. Ferland, & Nolan R. Walborn. (2010) A Sea Change in Eta Carinae. arXiv. arXiv: 1004.3529v3

Bogdan A. Dobrescu, Patrick J. Fox, & Adam Martin. (2010) CP violation in B_s mixing from heavy Higgs exchange. arXiv. arXiv: 1005.4238v2

  • June 21, 2010
  • 08:23 PM

Can an iPhone or other Smartphone Save Your Life?

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Taking a brief break from this blog's focus on clinical neuroscience research I will summarize a recent TED MED presentation by David Pogue. The talk was titled "Can the iPhone Save Your Life?". The presentation was presented live in October of 2009 but just recently became available on the website.David is a key electronics guru and educator with a regular column in the New York Times. He was asked about the potential role for the iPhone and other smart phones in medicine. David has a large........ Read more »

  • June 21, 2010
  • 07:48 PM

Tiny Trilobites Drifted in Cambrian Currents

by Laelaps in Laelaps

A restoration of the tiny trilobite Ctenopyge ceciliae. From Schoenemann et al, 2010.

The first time I can remember seeing a trilobite, it wasn't in a museum case or a book about prehistoric animals. It was on card 39 of the gratuitously gory Dinosaurs Attack! card series, a horrific vignette depicting four of the invertebrates crawling over the bloodied face of their hapless victim. (No indication was given as to how the "flesh-eating worms", as the card identified them, had subdued the man........ Read more »

SCHOENEMANN, B., CLARKSON, E., AHLBERG, P., & ÁLVAREZ, M. (2010) A tiny eye indicating a planktonic trilobite. Palaeontology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.00966.x  

  • June 21, 2010
  • 07:10 PM

Assaults in England during the 2006 World Cup

by Euan in Dr Euan Lawson| Doctor Writer

John Moores University published a brief study earlier this month where they analysed the A&E attendances during the 2006 World Cup. The findings suggest that assault attendances increased by an average of 33% on England match days. There was some variation in the numbers with attendances increasing by more than 50% when England played on [...]... Read more »

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