Few researchers would disagree that publishing in English is a necessity. The pressure to publish in high-ranking journals means publishing in English-language journals, and academics using English as a second or foreign language often find an uneven linguistic playing field. This has received a good deal of attention in the field of English for Academic […]... Read more »
Kuteeva, M., & Mauranen, A. (2014) Writing for publication in multilingual contexts: An introduction to the special issue. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 1-4. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeap.2013.11.002
Mur-Dueñas, P. (2013) Spanish scholars' research article publishing process in English-medium journals: English used as a lingua franca?. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 2(2), 315-340. DOI: 10.1515/jelf-2013-0017
Muresan, L., & Pérez-Llantada, C. (2014) English for research publication and dissemination in bi-/multiliterate environments: The case of Romanian academics. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 53-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeap.2013.10.009
Yet another tick phleobovirus has been isolated, this time from ticks associated with shy albatrosses.... Read more »
Wang J, Selleck P, Yu M, Ha W, Rootes C, Gales R, Wise T, Crameri S, Chen H, Broz I.... (2014) Novel phlebovirus with zoonotic potential isolated from ticks, australia. Emerging infectious diseases, 20(6), 1040-3. PMID: 24856477
Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have created an inexpensive aqueous flow organic battery for grid-scale energy storage. The new battery contains no metals or toxic materials.... Read more »
Yang, B., Hoober-Burkhardt, L., Wang, F., Surya Prakash, G., & Narayanan, S. (2014) An Inexpensive Aqueous Flow Battery for Large-Scale Electrical Energy Storage Based on Water-Soluble Organic Redox Couples. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 161(9). DOI: 10.1149/2.1001409jes
Swedish psychologist K. Anders Ericsson has studied elite performers in music, chess and sport for decades, and he says the main distinguishing characteristic of experts is the amount of deliberate practice they've invested - typically over 10,000 hours.This is painstaking practice performed for the sole purpose of improving one's skill level. Best-selling authors like Gladwell, Daniel Pink, Matthew Syed and others, have taken Ericsson's results and distilled them into the uplifting message that........ Read more »
Hambrick, D., Oswald, F., Altmann, E., Meinz, E., Gobet, F., & Campitelli, G. (2014) Deliberate practice: Is that all it takes to become an expert?. Intelligence, 34-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.intell.2013.04.001
Mind control, we’ve seen several semi [see very] invasive ways to make it happen here from the Labs. Now those crazy scientists from MIT have developed a technique that allows […]... Read more »
Kramer, R., Mourot, A., & Adesnik, H. (2013) Optogenetic pharmacology for control of native neuronal signaling proteins. Nature Neuroscience, 16(7), 816-823. DOI: 10.1038/nn.3424
While porous hydrophobic/oleophilic materials (PHOMs) show promise for cleaning up oil spills, such a cleanup would require a large quantity of PHOMS due to their limited absorption capacity. Chinese scientists have now proposed a way to solve this problem.... Read more »
Ge, J., Ye, Y., Yao, H., Zhu, X., Wang, X., Wu, L., Wang, J., Ding, H., Yong, N., He, L.... (2014) Pumping through Porous Hydrophobic/Oleophilic Materials: An Alternative Technology for Oil Spill Remediation. Angewandte Chemie, 126(14), 3686-3690. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201310151
Now there’s a sentence I bet you never thought you’d see. Have your parents ever misplaced their keys? Walked into the room and forgotten why they were there? Put things away in a ‘safe’ place which means they are never found again or somehow got your name confused with that of the family dog? This is no exaggeration, mine actually have!
Often people associate this type of forgetfulness with a lack of intelligence in comparison to those who don’t suffer from thes........ Read more »
Markett S, Montag C, Diekmann C, & Reuter M. (2014) Dazed and confused: a molecular genetic approach to everyday cognitive failure. Neuroscience letters, 216-20. PMID: 24598436
Olchik MR, Farina J, Steibel N, Teixeira AR, & Yassuda MS. (2013) Memory training (MT) in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) generates change in cognitive performance. Archives of gerontology and geriatrics, 56(3), 442-7. PMID: 23260332
Diabetes accounts for 44% of end-stage kidney disease in the US (per USRDS). Apparently, Mexico is no different. What is different is that three Mexican researchers penned an article, published in a Medical Ethics journal, that criticizes the use of pre-diabetic folks as living kidney donors. (emphasis mine) In prediabetic persons there are well known …
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Ferreira-Hermosillo A, Valdez-Martínez E, & Bedolla M. (2014) Ethical issues relating to renal transplantation from prediabetic living donor. BMC medical ethics, 15(1), 45. PMID: 24935278
Net energy analysis—a technique that seeks to compare the amount of energy a technology delivers over its lifetime with the energy needed to build and maintain it—should be a critical energy policy tool, according to Stanford scientists.... Read more »
Carbajales-Dale, M., Barnhart, C., Brandt, A., & Benson, S. (2014) A better currency for investing in a sustainable future. Nature Climate Change, 4(7), 524-527. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2285
Which came first, the primordial germ cell or the gamete? Unlike the old chicken or egg philosophical dilemma, we know for certain that the primordial germ cell came first. And, thanks to a recent paper about primordial germ cells in sea urchins, we now know that they can migrate across the urchin embryo. During development, germ cells produce gametes (eggs or sperm). In many organisms, including mammals, primordial germ cells (PGCs) are born far from the eventual location of gametes and must........ Read more »
The quite recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) drafted by Rogan and colleagues  is the source for today's short(ish) post. Highlighting a growing concern on the issue of iodine deficiency in women of reproductive age, the policy document also raises awareness of "commonly encountered environmental chemicals" potentially exacerbating such deficiency, and in particular "thiocyanate, nitrate and perchlorate". These chemicals are specifically mentioned because of ........ Read more »
, . (2014) Iodine Deficiency, Pollutant Chemicals, and the Thyroid: New Information on an Old Problem. PEDIATRICS, 133(6), 1163-1166. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2014-0900
I have been very critical of plans to have first responders treat people they suspect of having a heroin (or other) opioid overdose with naloxone.
Would first responders be safer with fentanyl?
It is not really the same question, but it does highlight the differences and why I think fentanyl is safer. The patient will be seen by someone more likely to recognize when the treatment is inappropriate. This study looked at IN (IntraNasal) fentanyl given by basic EMTs prior to transport to the E........ Read more »
Krauss, W., Shah, S., Shah, S., & Thomas, S. (2011) Fentanyl in the Out-of-Hospital Setting: Variables Associated with Hypotension and Hypoxemia. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 40(2), 182-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2009.02.009
Karlsen AP, Pedersen DM, Trautner S, Dahl JB, & Hansen MS. (2014) Safety of intranasal fentanyl in the out-of-hospital setting: a prospective observational study. Annals of emergency medicine, 63(6), 699-703. PMID: 24268523
“Repeated visits to the beach or tanning salon could be signs of an addiction, according to a study in mice.” – Nature, Research highlights doi:10.1038/510447e....... Read more »
Scientists at the University of Minnesota (UMN) used snowflakes from a winter snowstorm to study the airflow patterns around large wind turbines. This measurement technique could prove valuable to improving wind energy efficiency.... Read more »
Hong, J., Toloui, M., Chamorro, L., Guala, M., Howard, K., Riley, S., Tucker, J., & Sotiropoulos, F. (2014) Natural snowfall reveals large-scale flow structures in the wake of a 2.5-MW wind turbine. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5216
The other day in the wildlife garden, I noticed a wolf spider, Pardosa sp., running on the pond water. I had to look closely as I had never seen them doing this and I wondered if it was a Pirate Wolf spider instead, which also live in the pond and are normally associated to water. But alas, no, it was definitely a common wolf spider like those living in my garden. She confortably moved by the water's edge, often with its front legs resting on the water surface, happily floated on the water ........ Read more »
STRATTON, G., SUTER, R., & MILLER, P. (2004) Evolution of water surface locomotion by spiders: a comparative approach. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 81(1), 63-78. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2004.00269.x
Zombies, those brain loving little guys [and girls] are everywhere. From shows like The Walking Dead – a zombie show where they call them anything but zombies– to video games, music videos, […]... Read more »
Lafferty KD. (2006) Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 273(1602), 2749-55. PMID: 17015323
Vyas A, Kim SK, Giacomini N, Boothroyd JC, & Sapolsky RM. (2007) Behavioral changes induced by Toxoplasma infection of rodents are highly specific to aversion of cat odors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(15), 6442-7. PMID: 17404235
Passamonti L, Crockett MJ, Apergis-Schoute AM, Clark L, Rowe JB, Calder AJ, & Robbins TW. (2012) Effects of acute tryptophan depletion on prefrontal-amygdala connectivity while viewing facial signals of aggression. Biological psychiatry, 71(1), 36-43. PMID: 21920502
Thomas, F., Schmidt-Rhaesa, A., Martin, G., Manu, C., Durand, P., & Renaud, F. (2002) Do hairworms (Nematomorpha) manipulate the water seeking behaviour of their terrestrial hosts?. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 15(3), 356-361. DOI: 10.1046/j.1420-9101.2002.00410.x
W. Wesołowska T. Wesołowski. (2014) Do Leucochloridium sporocysts manipulate the behaviour of their snail hosts?. Journal of Zoology , 292(3), 151-155. info:/10.1111/jzo.12094
Awesome figure of the sexual systems used by 2,145 vertebrates species (705 fish, 173 amphibian, 593 non-avian reptilian, 195 avian, 479 mammalian).... Read more »
A drugs worker told me a few years back that he would never refer a patient to a recovery service on the basis that he would not be following the evidence base. I did ask him at the time ‘but what if that’s not what the client wants?’ It seemed the evidence base came first. [...]
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The tip of the iceberg? @ Wikipedia Today I'd like to focus on the paper by Kalle Kurppa and colleagues  and their suggestion that: "GFDs [gluten-free diets] benefit asymptomatic EMA-positive [endomysial antibody] patients" with coeliac (celiac) disease in mind.Asymptomatic, when it comes to a condition like coeliac disease (CD) - an autoimmune condition linked to the consumption of gluten - is not necessarily all that surprising given the numbers of cases w........ Read more »
Kurppa K, Paavola A, Collin P, Sievänen H, Laurila K, Huhtala H, Päivi Saavalainen, Mäki M, & Kaukinen K. (2014) Benefits of a Gluten-free diet for Asymptomatic Patients with Serologic Markers of Celiac Disease. Gastroenterology. PMID: 24837306
What does neuroscience have to say about the educational value of lectures? Not much, says pedagogist Ken Masters in a lively article just published in Medical Teacher: Nipping an education myth in the bud: Poh’s brain activity during lectures Masters lays into an emerging slice of neurononsense. The claim is that neuroscientists have shown that, […]The post Another Education Neuromyth Debunked appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »
Masters, K. (2014) Nipping an education myth in the bud: Poh’s brain activity during lectures. Medical Teacher, 1-4. DOI: 10.3109/0142159X.2014.916785
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