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  • December 20, 2010
  • 01:42 AM

How To Develop the Ability to Think Strategically

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

What is strategical thinking?
A key leadership requirement.
Strategic thinking is an individual thinking activity that benefits organizations. Its purpose is to discover competitive strategies to position the organization significantly differently from the present.
Experiences contributing to the development of strategic thinking in order of importance according to a survey in individuals who attended ten educational events sponsored [...]

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Goldman E, Cahill T, & Filho RP. (2009) Experiences that develop the ability to think strategically. Journal of healthcare management / American College of Healthcare Executives, 54(6), 403. PMID: 20073185  

  • December 20, 2010
  • 12:12 AM

Why no one bats .299 in late September

by Michelle Greene in NeurRealism

This paper shows that people strive for round-number goals, showing evidence from Major League baseball players, high school students taking the SAT, and from laboratory subjects answering hypothetical surveys of behavior.As can be seen in the figure, baseball players are 4 times more likely to end the season with a 0.300 batting average than a 0.299 average! How does this happen? Players that are at 0.298 or 0.299 are more likely to have at-bats (rather than having a pinch hitter), they are sli........ Read more »

Pope D, & Simonsohn U. (2010) Round Numbers as Goals: Evidence From Baseball, SAT Takers, and the Lab. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS. PMID: 21148460  

  • December 19, 2010
  • 11:17 PM

Not possible to absorb alcohol through feet (of course)

by Bjørn Østman in Pleiotropy

Being from Denmark myself, this Danish study caught my eye. It examines what is apparently an urban legend (they call it urban myth, though) in Denmark, namely that one can get drunk by submersing one's feet in alcohol.... Read more »

  • December 19, 2010
  • 05:29 PM

Hey, good lookin'... you must be a Mormon!

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Strange as it may seem, you can tell the the religious from the non-religious simply by looking at their photos. True, it's only a little better than chance, but it's a still an intriguing fact. Maybe, as this woman believes, people really can see the holy spirit glowing from within:
I ran into the TA whom I asked to speak on the Holy Ghost for my baptism. I was very excited to see him. There was this sense of ‘‘glow’’ from him, which I heard about many times yet never understood, like a........ Read more »

  • December 19, 2010
  • 03:43 PM

More Volcano Stuff

by teofilo in Gambler's House

The effect of the eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano on the prehistoric population of northern Arizona has long been a topic of interest to archaeologists.  As I’ve mentioned recently, in the 1930s and 1940s Harold Colton of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff came up with a theory to explain the settlement dynamics of [...]... Read more »

  • December 19, 2010
  • 01:15 PM

Sunday Spill Special: Seafood Safety, Part 1

by Holly Bik in Deep Sea News

Everything we do in life presents choices, and every choice presents a risk.  Some activities present a high and obvious risk, like skiing a black diamond without a helmet.  The inherent risks in more mundane activities may be well-documented, yet so subtle, that we choose to ignore them on a day-to-day basis…like eating seafood.
This week, the . . . → Read More: Sunday Spill Special: Seafood Safety, Part 1... Read more »

Yader, R., Michel, J., & Lord, C. (2002) Managing Seafood Safety after an Oil Spill. Seattle: Hazardous Materials Response Division, Office of Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. info:other/

Kingston, P. 1999. (1999) Recovery of the marine environment following the Braer spill, Shetland. Proceed- ings 1999 Oil Spill Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 8-11, 103-109. info:/

  • December 19, 2010
  • 12:00 PM

Ocean Sunfish

by beredim in Strange Animals

The Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola) is an unusual looking fish that holds the world's record for heaviest bony fish.... Read more »

  • December 19, 2010
  • 09:16 AM

A closer look at Saturday Night Palsy

by Debajyoti Datta in Medicine...Life

I was reading James’ post on Saturday Night Palsy and thought about having a closer look.Saturday night palsy occurs due pressure on the radial nerve by keeping the arm over the handle of a chair or in some unusual position while sleeping, usually following heavy drinking. The palsy occurs due to injury to the radial nerve in the radial groove of the humerus (bone of the arm).... Read more »

  • December 18, 2010
  • 03:30 PM

Long-Term Efficacy of an Artificial Wetland for Wastewater Treatment

by Michael Long in Phased

An artificial wetland in central Florida greatly improved municipal and industrial wastewater quality for at least 18 months.... Read more »

  • December 18, 2010
  • 02:47 PM

The Paper That Finally Changed The Law on Drugs

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

The case for the end... Read more »

Rolles S. (2010) An alternative to the war on drugs. BMJ (Clinical research ed.). PMID: 20627976  

  • December 18, 2010
  • 02:12 PM

State-by-State FST(ish) Values: The Structure of Racial Diversity in America

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription

So, in the world of population genetics, as in the real world, people are often interested in diversity, and in how that diversity is distributed. In biological contexts, quantifying these things is important because it gives us insight into the processes – like reproduction, migration, selection, etc. – responsible for generating the observed patterns of diversity.

Here I look at how racial diversity is apportioned among counties (or county equivalents) in each of the 50 states, using two ........ Read more »

  • December 18, 2010
  • 10:00 AM

Saturday Night Palsy

by James Byrne in Disease Prone

I would never have thought this was a real thing until I found references for it detailing a number of cases.
Saturday Night Palsy, also known as Radial Neuropathy, is caused by getting rip roaringly drunk and falling asleep in an unusual position such that the radial nerve is compressed. Most commonly this happens when the patient falls asleep with one arm over the back of a chair putting pressure on the radial nerve, which runs alongside the inside of the arm, by compressing the brachial plex........ Read more »

Marchini C, Zambito Marsala S, Cavagna E, & Ferracci F. (2007) Saturday night brachial plexus palsy. Neurological sciences : official journal of the Italian Neurological Society and of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology, 28(5), 279-81. PMID: 17972044  

Sathornsumetee S, & Morgenlander JC. (2006) Friday night palsy: an unusual case of brachial plexus neuropathy. Clinical neurology and neurosurgery, 108(2), 191-2. PMID: 16412841  

  • December 18, 2010
  • 09:14 AM

Evolution of Elongation Factor G

by Gemma Atkinson in Protein evolution and other musings

I got some good news the other day that my paper Evolution of elongation factor G and the origins of mitochondrial and chloroplast forms" has been accepted for publication in Molecular Biology and Evolution. Today it was published in an advance access format. Elongation factor G (EF-G) is a bacterial GTPase translation factor that binds to the ribosome and catalyses the movement of aminoacyl-tRNA from the A site to the P site (translocation). It also has a second function in ribosome re........ Read more »

  • December 18, 2010
  • 09:09 AM

Testing predictions from phylogenetics: mRNA decay mechanisms in Archaea

by Gemma Atkinson in Protein evolution and other musings

How do you make an bioinformatician with particular interest in protein functional evolution happy? By testing their functional predictions experimentally. Well, that's that's what makes this particular bioinformatician happy anyway!  In 2008, I had a paper out with Vasili Hauryliuk on the evolution of the Hbs1/eRF3/Ski7 and eRF1/Dom34 protein families, which was published in BMC Evolutionary Biology. eRF3 and Hbs1 belong to the EF1 family of translational GTPases. They orginated from a dup........ Read more »

  • December 18, 2010
  • 07:59 AM

paper of the week: Kuntz et al., PNAS '99

by Vasili Hauryliuk in stringent response

Todays paper of the week is from the late summer of 1999. Better still, is from the University of California... Late 90s, late summer, California - this all sounds marvelous. I really like papers which start with a question you never thought existed, but it turnes out that it is immediately interesting and even you want to know the answer. So the question here is: what is the maximal possible affinity of a ligand?The approach of Kuntz and colleagues is simple: they search the literature and plot........ Read more »

Kuntz, I., Chen, K, Sharp, K, & Kollman, P. (1999) The maximal affinity of ligands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 96(18), 9997-10002. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.96.18.9997  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 08:28 PM

Water Collection at Wupatki

by teofilo in Gambler's House

Wupatki is a very dry place even by the standards of the Southwest, with annual precipitation averaging about 8 inches.  Human habitation in such an arid landscape is therefore highly dependent on capturing as much available moisture as possible.  It appears that the prehistoric inhabitants took advantage of the volcanic ash laid down over the [...]... Read more »

Schroeder, A. (1944) A Prehistoric Method of Collecting Water. American Antiquity, 9(3), 329. DOI: 10.2307/275790  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 07:55 PM

Danger, Will Robinson!!! or injury prevention with sensors and algorithms

by Aurametrix team in Health Technologies

Injuries are most likely to be  perceived as “acts of fate”,  but they depend on the same determinants as other health factors: individual behavior, social and physical environment.  The likelihood of injuries -  unintentional ones and those caused by acts of violence - can be computed from physical location, gene-environment interactions, prior medical history, and physical traits. There are many ways to prevent injuries - just say "no" to risky behaviors, wear preventative gear while p........ Read more »

Swanenburg J, de Bruin ED, Uebelhart D, & Mulder T. (2010) Falls prediction in elderly people: a 1-year prospective study. Gait , 31(3), 317-21. PMID: 20047833  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 07:40 PM

Neury Thursday: Progress in Basic Neuroscience

by Allison in Dormivigilia

Scientists have NYU have advanced our understanding of basic neuroscience by observing that GABA interneurons in the neocortex are co-expressed with serotonin receptors. There is great therapeutic potential behind this discovery because GABA interneurons modulate the strength of excitatory and inhibitory signaling of the neuron-types projecting onto these interneurons.... Read more »

SooHyun Lee,1,2,3,4 * Jens Hjerling-Leffler,1,4 * Edward Zagha,1,2,3 Gord Fishell,1,4 and Bernardo Rudy. (2010) The Largest Group of Superficial Neocortical GABAergic Interneurons Expresses Ionotropic Serotonin Receptors. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(50), 16796-16808. info:/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1869-10.2010

  • December 17, 2010
  • 07:27 PM

Which Prescription Drugs Have Violent Side Effects?

by Michael Long in Phased

A relatively small proportion of prescription drugs, particularly those which influence dopamine or serotonin levels, clearly induce thoughts or acts of violence in the user.... Read more »

  • December 17, 2010
  • 04:57 PM

Of Political Orgasms and the Scientific Method

by David Berreby in Mind Matters

This week's theme is epistemological unease in the sciences: Complaints in a number of disciplines that studies didn't really find the effects they're reporting. One reason for these worries is that many studies nowadays are never repeated. So today I'm going to consciously and rationally resist ...Read More
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