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  • April 27, 2010
  • 05:12 PM

Does Viagra Improve Relationships?

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Can this little blue pill make you more satisfied in your relationship? The answer is not as straightforward as you might think. Find out more.... Read more »

  • April 27, 2010
  • 04:50 PM

Sex lives of the atheists (and everyone else)

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Take a bunch of unmarried students of diverse backgrounds at a university in the south-west of the USA. Now which of them, do you suppose, has the raunchiest sex lives? Christians? Jews? The nonreligious? Or atheists, perhaps?Well, the answer is... all of them!Cindy Meston (at the University of Texas) and colleagues interviewed over 1,000 students in their survey of sexual behaviours, and found almost no difference between the different faith groups in what was reported. Virtually all of them re........ Read more »

  • April 27, 2010
  • 04:21 PM

Meet Lactococcus lactis: Wisconsin’s State Microbe

by agoldstein in WiSci

L. lactis, a microbe crucial to cheese production, was recently nominated to become Wisconsin's state microbe. In addition to cheese production, it also is used for vaccine delivery, particularly to prevent strep throat.... Read more »

  • April 27, 2010
  • 03:37 PM

If you’re not asleep, get out of bed!

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

If you’ve read the sleep hygiene information I posted yesterday, you’ll read that it’s not a good idea to stay in bed if you’re not asleep.  Here’s another version. Beds are for sleep and sex, not for being awake – because our brains are very good at learning to put two and two together to [...]... Read more »

  • April 27, 2010
  • 02:55 PM

Training of Executive Control Functions: Negative Transfer and Far Transfer

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

The Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2010 Annual Meeting was held last week in Montreal, Québec. Unfortunately, many European registrants were unable to attend because of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The meeting website has links to the PDFs for 67 of these "Volcano Posters".One of those unable to attend was Dr. Jonas Persson of Stockholm University. He was scheduled to speak in the final symposium of the conference, which was on control of executive control, or who controls the "controller" in........ Read more »

  • April 27, 2010
  • 02:54 PM

Am happy, will broaden-and-build; am angry, will narrow-and-save

by sandygautam in The Mouse Trap

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Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my conception of positive emotions  in terms of promotion focus and negative emotions in terms of prevention focus. Today I will try to relate this to the specific action-tendency theory of negative emotions and broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions (as proposed by Barbara Fredrickson).
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Fredrickson, B. (1998) What good are positive emotions?. Review of General Psychology, 2(3), 300-319. DOI: 10.1037//1089-2680.2.3.300  

  • April 27, 2010
  • 02:00 PM

A Bug’s Light

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Solar panel design may affect insect reproduction

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  • April 27, 2010
  • 01:38 PM

Pollutants in our water: where do they come from?

by David Raikow in River Continua

If you don't have the tools to answer a scientific question, invent them.... Read more »

Raikow, D., Atkinson, J., & Croley II, T. (2009) Development of Resource Shed Delineation in Aquatic Ecosystems. Environmental Science , 2147483647. DOI: 10.1021/es900562t  

Croley, T., Raikow, D., He, C., & Atkinson, J. (2008) Hydrological Resource Sheds. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 13(9), 873. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)1084-0699(2008)13:9(873)  

  • April 27, 2010
  • 12:45 PM

Three Studies Now Refute the Presence of XMRV in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

.“Removing the doubt is part of the cure” (RedLabs) Two months ago I wrote about two contradictory studies on the presence of the novel XMRV retrovirus in blood of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The first study, published in autumn last year by investigators of the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) in the USA [1], [...]... Read more »

  • April 27, 2010
  • 10:50 AM

Open-source innovation to solve climate change

by Paul Spraycar in Beyond Climate Change

Will protection of natural capital ever be rewarded at the scale that the world's established economic interests currently reward resource extraction and depletion?The answer: Given the biophysical characteristics of climate change and biodiversity, “none of the existing schemes for providing global ecosystem services are adequate, given the scale of the problem.” This is the conclusion of a new paper published in a recent Ecological Economics special issue on ecosystem services. The researc........ Read more »

Farley, J., Aquino, A., Daniels, A., Moulaert, A., Lee, D., & Krause, A. (2010) Global mechanisms for sustaining and enhancing PES schemes. Ecological Economics. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.02.016  

  • April 27, 2010
  • 10:24 AM

It's (not) the mutation, stupid

by The Curious Wavefunction in The Curious Wavefunction

Cancer has emerged as a fundamentally genetic disease, where mutations in genes cause cells to go haywire. Yet, finding out exactly which mutations are responsible for a certain type of cancer is a daunting task. A recent report in Nature which details the cataloging of tens of thousands of mutations in tens of thousands of tumors illustrates the merits and dangerous pitfalls of such an approach.The article talks about the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC), formed in 2008, whose task........ Read more »

  • April 27, 2010
  • 09:56 AM

Can reading program notes reduce your enjoyment of music?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

The latest issue of Psychology of Music includes a very original study by Lisa Margulis (University of Arkansas) who decided to study what the effects are of the widespread practice of including program notes for classical concerts on the actual musical experience.In this study, the researchers presented people without formal musical training excerpts from Beethoven String Quartets prefaced by either a dramatic description, a structural description, or no description al all. Consequently, they w........ Read more »

  • April 27, 2010
  • 09:41 AM

The ancestry of one Afrikaner

by Razib Khan in Gene Expression

A few weeks ago I reviewed a paper on the the genetics of the Cape Coloured population. Within it there was a refrence to another paper, Deconstructing Jaco: genetic heritage of an Afrikaner. The title refers to the author himself. It was an analysis of his own pedigree going back to the 17th century, along [...]... Read more »

  • April 27, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Landfill fire in paradise, Part II

by Elements Team in Elements

By: Rosemary Stephen PMed, (cert) EOH, IPM, Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence

Landfill fire in New Providence may have exposed residents to dioxins
The landfill fire which burned from 12 Feb to 09 Mar 2010 on New Providence island in the Bahamas, may have released dioxins and particulate matter into the [...]... Read more »

Rosemary Stephen PMed, (cert) EOH, IPM. (2010) Landfill fire in paradise, Part II. Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence. info:/

  • April 27, 2010
  • 06:14 AM

Influenza variations

by iayork in Mystery Rays from Outer Space

Indeed, the amount of HIV diversity within a single infected individual can exceed the variability generated over the course of a global influenza epidemic, the latter of which results in the need for a new vaccine each year. 1

That was said as part of a discussion on HIV vaccines, but let’s think about it from [...]... Read more »

  • April 27, 2010
  • 06:02 AM

Do I still like MBTI? (Part 1)

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

There are a number of things about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator that make me uncomfortable, but they are not the ones that most psychologists go on about.... Read more »

Boyle, G.J. (1995) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Some psychometric limitations. Australian Psychologist, 30(1), 71-74. info:/

  • April 27, 2010
  • 06:00 AM

Maternal Excess Weight Stresses Oozytes

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

Substantially increased body weight can have a significant negative impact on female fertility. But how exactly can excess body weight affect reproductive function in women?... Read more »

  • April 27, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Single trees in agricultural systems give big boost to birds and bats

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

Conservationists often place the greatest value on protecting large contiguous habitat areas. However, as two new studies in the journal Biological Conservation show, single, isolated trees on agricultural lands can a give big boost to wildlife species...... Read more »

Fischer, J., Stott, J., & Law, B. (2010) The disproportionate value of scattered trees. Biological Conservation. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.03.030  

  • April 27, 2010
  • 02:11 AM

Autobiographical Odor Memory

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Everyone has experienced the recollection of memories by some smell or odor. Sometimes these memories have to be fetched from a long long time ago not without difficulty. Often smelling something nice makes me wonder of what it reminds me off. But is this also evidence based or just sentimental crap?
According to a recent review [...]

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Larsson, M., & Willander, J. (2009) Autobiographical Odor Memory. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1170(1), 318-323. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.03934.x  

  • April 26, 2010
  • 11:05 PM

A plant virus that switched to vertebrates

by Vincent Racaniello in virology blog

Viruses can be transmitted to completely new host species that they have not previously infected. Usually host defenses stop the infection before any replication and adaptation can take place. On rare occasions, a novel population of viruses arises in the new host. These interspecies infections can sometimes be deduced by sequence analyses, providing a glimpse [...]... Read more »

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