So here’s something you don’t see everyday. Blu-ray disks, you know the stuff we use for video games or DVDs also improve the performance of solar cells—suggesting a second use for unwanted discs—according to new research from Northwestern University. As surprising as this was, there is even better news, we know why they improve performance.... Read more »
Smith, A., Wang, C., Guo, D., Sun, C., & Huang, J. (2014) Repurposing Blu-ray movie discs as quasi-random nanoimprinting templates for photon management. Nature Communications, 5517. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6517
Via NCBI Announce mailing list: NCBI BioSample includes curated list of over 400 known misidentified and contaminated cell lines The NCBI BioSample database now includes a curated list of over 400 known misidentified and contaminated cell lines. Scientists should check this list before they start working with a new cell line to see if that cell line […]... Read more »
American Type Culture Collection Standards Development Organization Workgroup ASN-0002. (2010) Cell line misidentification: the beginning of the end. Nature Reviews Cancer, 10(6), 441-448. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nrc2852
The turkey is an amazing bird, beyond it’s taste on Thanksgiving. It has some really funky structures on its head, like the caruncles, wattle and snood, but research shows that they are important in mate selection. The question is why they have been retained even though they are artificially bred nowadays. Maybe they are for more than just mate selection. And yes....turkeys can fly.... Read more »
Baratti, M., Ammannati, M., Magnelli, C., Massolo, A., & Dessì-Fulgheri, F. (2010) Are large wattles related to particular MHC genotypes in the male pheasant?. Genetica, 138(6), 657-665. DOI: 10.1007/s10709-010-9440-5
Thornton, E., Emery, K., Steadman, D., Speller, C., Matheny, R., & Yang, D. (2012) Earliest Mexican Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) in the Maya Region: Implications for Pre-Hispanic Animal Trade and the Timing of Turkey Domestication. PLoS ONE, 7(8). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0042630
The paper by Pagan and colleagues  (open-access) looking at "serotonin, melatonin and the intermediate N-acetylserotonin (NAS) in a large cohort of patients with ASD [autism spectrum disorder] and their relatives" set the old grey-pink matter into action recently. Not only because I have some real interest in the starting material for these compounds - the aromatic amino acid known as tryptophan - but because this research group included some quite important analysis of the enz........ Read more »
Pagan C, Delorme R, Callebert J, Goubran-Botros H, Amsellem F, Drouot X, Boudebesse C, Le Dudal K, Ngo-Nguyen N, Laouamri H.... (2014) The serotonin-N-acetylserotonin-melatonin pathway as a biomarker for autism spectrum disorders. Translational psychiatry. PMID: 25386956
One of the blogs I follow is Retraction Watch, which documents the world of quality control in scientific research – pre-publication peer review (and its abuses); post-publication peer review in fora such as research blogs; retractions and corrections by journals; and plagiarism and fraud. The large majority of cases they report on are drawn from […]... Read more »
Carey, R. (2014) A closer look at laughter in academic talk: A reader response. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 118-123. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeap.2014.03.001
Nesi, H. (2014) A closer look at laughter in academic talk: A response to Carey (2014). Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 48-49. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeap.2014.07.001
Kinesiotaping with exercise and manual therapy with exercise are both effective in decreasing pain and disability in patients with subacromial impingement syndrome. The kinesiotaping with exercise intervention was more effective in decreasing pain at night than the manual therapy with exercise treatment group. ... Read more »
Kaya, D., Baltaci, G., Toprak, U., & Atay, A. (2014) The Clinical and Sonographic Effects of Kinesiotaping and Exercise in Comparison With Manual Therapy and Exercise for Patients With Subacromial Impingement Syndrome: A Preliminary Trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 37(6), 422-432. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.03.004
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