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  • October 26, 2010
  • 12:00 PM

Colossal Squid

by beredim in Strange Animals

Information, facts and images of the frightening, deep sea Colossal Squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni).
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  • October 26, 2010
  • 11:24 AM

This “Week” in the Universe: October 12th – October 25th

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

Two weeks of news in one!
Astrophysics and Gravitation:
Did We Already Have the Data to Show Dark Matter Annihilation?
Dan Hooper, & Lisa Goodenough (2010). Dark Matter Annihilation in The Galactic Center As Seen by the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope arXiv arXiv: 1010.2752v1
Analyzing old data from the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope, the authors have noticed gamma ray emissions consistent with predictions for a certain type of dark matter.  Unfortunately, these things are never nice, clea........ Read more »

Champion, D., Hobbs, G., Manchester, R., Edwards, R., Backer, D., Bailes, M., Bhat, N., Burke-Spolaor, S., Coles, W., Demorest, P.... (2010) MEASURING THE MASS OF SOLAR SYSTEM PLANETS USING PULSAR TIMING. The Astrophysical Journal, 720(2). DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/720/2/L201  

Lehnert, M., Nesvadba, N., Cuby, J., Swinbank, A., Morris, S., Clément, B., Evans, C., Bremer, M., & Basa, S. (2010) Spectroscopic confirmation of a galaxy at redshift z . Nature, 467(7318), 940-942. DOI: 10.1038/nature09462  

Raphael Bousso, Ben Freivogel, Stefan Leichenauer, & Vladimir Rosenhaus. (2010) Eternal inflation predicts that time will end. arXiv. arXiv: 1009.4698v1

Sabine Hossenfelder. (2010) Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity. arXiv. arXiv: 1010.3420v1

Henrique Gomes, Sean Gryb, & Tim Koslowski. (2010) Einstein gravity as a 3D conformally invariant theory. arXiv. arXiv: 1010.2481v1

  • October 26, 2010
  • 11:22 AM

What’s the best treatment for elderly patients with untreated multiple myeloma?

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

It’s a while since I’ve written about multiple myeloma, but after this interesting paper popped up in The Lancet Oncology, I couldn’t resist. Many cancers occur more frequently in the elderly, a testament to the extended lifestyle many of us … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • October 26, 2010
  • 11:21 AM

Time Tree rocks

by Bjørn Østman in Pleiotropy

I've just learned of a new online application, Time Tree, with which you can search on two species/taxa and get the time since they diverged from each other.... Read more »

Hedges SB, Dudley J, & Kumar S. (2006) TimeTree: a public knowledge-base of divergence times among organisms. Bioinformatics (Oxford, England), 22(23), 2971-2. PMID: 17021158  

  • October 26, 2010
  • 11:13 AM

Worldwide Drought: Current Conditions and Future Predictions

by A. Goldstein in WiSci

From rising temperatures to rising seas, the consequences of global warming are here now, and predictions for the future are dire. In his review “Drought under global warming,” UCAR author Aiguo Dai indicates that yet another consequence is already affecting our planet and, over time, will almost certainly become more severe: worldwide drought. Wait, drought [...]... Read more »

  • October 26, 2010
  • 10:00 AM

Can Video Games Get People to Vote? (VG Series Part 8/10)

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Part 8 of my series examining research evidence for the value of video games. This time: serious video games and their use to improve civic engagement.... Read more »

  • October 26, 2010
  • 09:49 AM

Visual perception of coordinated rhythmic movements

by Andrew Wilson in Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists

Experiments on coordinated rhythmic movement had suggested that relative phase could be visually perceived. In a series of careful experiments, Bingham & colleagues established that not only was in perceivable, but it was perceived in a way that mirrored the movement phenomena.... Read more »

  • October 26, 2010
  • 09:11 AM

See no Race, See no Gay: Why a Gay-Blind Approach to Bullying in the Schools Won’t Work

by Nestor Lopez-Duran PhD in Child-Psych

Special Editorial. See no Race, See no Gay: What Proponents of a Gay-Blind Approach to Bullying in the Schools can Learn from Race Relations Today’s Special Editorial was co-written with Kira Hudson Banks PhD, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University. This article also appeared on Race Matters, Dr. Banks’s blog on race [...]... Read more »

Sourander, A., Ronning, J., Brunstein-Klomek, A., Gyllenberg, D., Kumpulainen, K., Niemela, S., Helenius, H., Sillanmaki, L., Ristkari, T., Tamminen, T.... (2009) Childhood Bullying Behavior and Later Psychiatric Hospital and Psychopharmacologic Treatment: Findings From the Finnish 1981 Birth Cohort Study. Archives of General Psychiatry, 66(9), 1005-1012. DOI: 10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2009.122  

Vreeman, R., & Carroll, A. (2007) A Systematic Review of School-Based Interventions to Prevent Bullying. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 161(1), 78-88. DOI: 10.1001/archpedi.161.1.78  

  • October 26, 2010
  • 08:53 AM

What Magic Reveals About Autism

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

To trick an audience, magicians often misdirect social cues, drawing attention toward one action and away from another. People with autism, a neural development disorder, have impaired social interactions. Therefore, ... Read more »

Kuhn, G., Kourkoulou, A., & Leekam, S.R. (2010) How magic changes our expectations about autism. Psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science/ APS. PMID: 20855904  

  • October 26, 2010
  • 08:33 AM

Can ‘Mental Practice’ Be Just as Effective as Physical Practice?

by Psychology 379 bloggers in Cognition & the Arts

Seems too good to be true, right? All the gains of physical practice without any of the physical fatigue. I remember in elementary school when I was learning how to type, I thought the whole concept of spending hours practicing typing the letters presented on a computer screen was the most boring thing in the [...]... Read more »

Wohldmann, E., Healy, A., & Bourne, L. (2007) Pushing the limits of imagination: Mental practice for learning sequences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 33(1), 254-261. DOI: 10.1037/0278-7393.33.1.254  

  • October 26, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Parent-Only Treatment For Childhood Obesity?

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

I have previously suggested that to prevent and treat childhood obesity, interventions need to focus on the parents and not the kids.
Now a randomised controlled study by Kerri Boutelle and colleagues from the Universities of California and Minnesota, published online in OBESITY, confirms that the parent-only approach to treating childhood obesity is at least as, [...]... Read more »

  • October 26, 2010
  • 06:40 AM

Control or laissez-faire?

by Jan Husdal in

One major supply chain risk is that supply networks are constantly changing. Perhaps not controlling and resisting change, but letting things happen and letting supply networks emerge is the best management strategy?... Read more »

  • October 26, 2010
  • 06:12 AM

Unborn fetuses demonstrate their sociability after just 14 weeks gestation

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

The idea that humans are social animals has become a truism. Among other things, experts point to the gregarious behaviour of babies - their precocious talents for mimicry and face recognition. What about human behaviour pre-birth? Is that social too? Using what they call the 'experiment of nature' provided by twin fetuses, Umberto Castiello and his team have shown that by the 14th week of gestation, unborn twins are already directing arm movements at each other, and by the 18th week these 'soci........ Read more »

Castiello, U., Becchio, C., Zoia, S., Nelini, C., Sartori, L., Blason, L., D'Ottavio, G., Bulgheroni, M., & Gallese, V. (2010) Wired to Be Social: The Ontogeny of Human Interaction. PLoS ONE, 5(10). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013199  

  • October 26, 2010
  • 05:30 AM

“I can’t get no sleep!” Hope for insomniacs with new guidelines for healthcare professionals

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

British Association for Psychopharmacology consensus statement on evidence-based treatment of insomnia, parasomnias and circadian rhythm disorders From Journal of Psychopharmacology Although grammatically questionable, the lyrics of the hit by Faithless ring true for many, encapsulating the frustrations for insomniacs and other sleep disorder sufferers. The conditions are very common, yet are not generally well understood [...]... Read more »

  • October 26, 2010
  • 05:25 AM

What’s in placebos? No one’s telling…

by Helen Jaques in In Sickness and In Health

Placebos – the inert substances taken by control groups in clinical trials – are often assumed to be harmless sugar pills or something along those lines. New research has found that actually it’s impossible to know what’s in placebos because there’s precious little documentation of what exactly is used in clinical trials. Out of 176 [...]... Read more »

Golomb BA, Erickson LC, Koperski S, Sack D, Enkin M, & Howick J. (2010) What's in placebos: who knows? Analysis of randomized, controlled trials. Annals of internal medicine, 153(8), 532-5. PMID: 20956710  

  • October 26, 2010
  • 02:40 AM

On Phylogenetic Analogues

by Richard in A Replicated Typo 2.0

A recent post by Miko on Kirschner and Gerhart’s work on developmental constraints and the implications for evolutionary biology caught my eye due to the possible analogues which could be drawn with language in mind. It starts by saying that developmental constraints are the most intuitive out of all of the known constraints on phenotypic variation. Essentially, whatever evolves must evolve from the starting point, and it cannot ignore the features of the original. Thus, a winged horse would ........ Read more »

Gerhart, J., & Kirschner, M. (2007) Colloquium Papers: The theory of facilitated variation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(suppl_1), 8582-8589. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0701035104  

  • October 26, 2010
  • 02:23 AM

Adolescents’ Narcissism on Facebook

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

We already discussed Narcissism on Facebook for adults, this research is a bout a more vulnerable group of facebook users: adolescents. This study examined the personality traits extraversion and narcissism as manifested in certain features of adolescents’ Facebook profiles. These features were profile picture rating (rating of their physical appearance in profile picture), facebook status [...]

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Ong, E., Ang, R., Ho, J., Lim, J., Goh, D., Lee, C., & Chua, A. (2010) Narcissism, extraversion and adolescents’ self-presentation on Facebook. Personality and Individual Differences. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.09.022  

  • October 26, 2010
  • 01:22 AM

The Wednesday Post (27/10/10)

by James Byrne in Disease Prone

With Halloween around the corner I thought I’d have a look to see if there was such thing as ‘Halloween Disease’. There isn’t it would seem but there seems to be a lot of literature showing links between Halloween and flares in celiac disease severity and diabetic diagnoses. But I did find one other paper [...]... Read more »

  • October 26, 2010
  • 12:32 AM

The medium is the joke

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

In their paper "The medium is the joke: Online humor about and by networked computers" by Shifman and Blondheim (2010, pay-walled) the authors sampled 170 texts from "humor hubs" (that is, well-known humor sites), plus 80 videos from YouTube, ending up with 250 humorous items in their sample.Manufactors, monopoly and the Microsoft menace In the absence of real alternative to Microsoft (though a friend once threatened me with installation of Linux) users make jokes which the authors interpret ac........ Read more »

Shifman, L., & Blondheim, M. (2010) The medium is the joke: Online humor about and by networked computers. New media . info:/10.1177/1461444810365311

  • October 26, 2010
  • 12:06 AM

The Nudibranch Smoothie: Two Out of Three Hermit Crabs Prefer It…

by Dr. Carin Bondar in Dr. Carin Bondar - Biologist With a Twist

Opisthobranch molluscs (aka nudibranchs) present and interesting scenario to behavioral ecologists because they have evolutionarily dispensed of a gastropods’ best line of predator defense: the shell.  Most gastropods are able to effectively shield themselves from predators by withdrawing into their calcareous caverns; however, save for a small shell that develops during the larval stage, nudibranchs [...]... Read more »

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