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  • May 13, 2011
  • 05:04 AM

3PL - outsourcing or not outsourcing?

by Jan Husdal in

Relying on a third-party provider for logistics, or 3PL in short, is not without caveats. While there are significant benefits, there are also a number of challenges: current requirements, future growth, information exchange and security.... Read more »

Ansari, Al, & Modarress, Batoul. (2010) Challenges of outsourcing logistics to third-party providers. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 7(2), 198-218. info:/

  • May 12, 2011
  • 11:18 AM

Don't Count on Gender Differences When it Comes to Compassion

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

We are often asked jury selection questions like "Do we want women or men?" In response, we stress that demographics is only a very small slice of what a juror brings to your case. But sometimes data emerges to challenge the belief that gender doesn’t matter. The latest example is a study that compared the brain activity of women and men as they looked at photographs, concluding that women "engaged in more elaborate brain processing" and showed "greater emotional sensitivity" when exposed t........ Read more »

  • May 12, 2011
  • 05:32 AM

Population and the tragedy of the commons

by Jason Collins in Evolving Economics

Like all economists, I am familiar with the concept of the tragedy of the commons. However, possibly like most economists, I had not read Garrett Hardin’s 1968 article from where we derive the phrase – that is, until yesterday. As a result, I did not understand the extent to which overpopulation concerns underpinned Hardin’s writing [...]... Read more »

Hardin, G. (1968) The Tragedy of the Commons. Science, 162(3859), 1243-1248. DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3859.1243  

  • May 11, 2011
  • 09:15 AM

Unraveling The Fear o' the Jolly Roger

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Calico Jack Rackham's Jolly Roger.

Blackbeard's Jolly Roger.

Walter Kennedy's Jolly Roger.

Emanuel Wynn's Jolly Roger.

Above: A sampling of pirate flags.
The NYTimes recently explored the "pirate brand" by tracing the emergence of the skull and crossbones—the Jolly Roger—as a symbol of terror on the high seas. The Times hails the ominous design as a magnificent exercise in collective hybrid branding, noting that economics drove pirates to adopt a version of this particular symb........ Read more »

Anderson, JL. (1995) Piracy and World History: An Economic Perspective on Maritime History. Journal of World History, 6(2), 175-199. info:/

  • May 11, 2011
  • 12:49 AM

Better than creationism? Or fueling the fire?

by Colin Clark in Mens Rea

Last year, Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer put out a monograph, titled "Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle to Control America's Classrooms." It describes their nationwide survey of public high school teachers on their views and practices in regards to teaching evolution or nonscientific alternatives.Now, what's clear that evolution is winning in the courts, as time and again efforts to "... Read more »

  • May 10, 2011
  • 12:03 PM

Green planet, clean water

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

In a world of finite resources, fresh water stands next in line to cause shortage, misery, and conflict. Only about 2.5 percent of the world’s water is fresh, and most of that is locked up in ice sheets and glaciers—much of which is melting into the salty ocean thanks to climate change. That tiny sliver [...]... Read more »

  • May 9, 2011
  • 05:52 PM

US Trained Crows to Hunt Bin Laden

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

True story.... Read more »

Marzluff, J., Walls, J., Cornell, H., Withey, J., & Craig, D. (2010) Lasting recognition of threatening people by wild American crows. Animal Behaviour, 79(3), 699-707. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.12.022  

  • May 9, 2011
  • 04:34 PM

Feeling Down? Science Says Go Shopping (But Use Credit)

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

My latest piece for LAist just went up:

Retail therapy: It's the answer for almost any problem. Girlfriend broke up with you? Didn't get that promotion? Buy yourself something pretty. People like to shop, especially for high-status items, when they're feeling down. Decades of research has indicated that when a key feature of one's identity is threatened - such as by being passed over for a promotion or being dumped by a former lover - people turn to things. Possessions can allow us to signal ou........ Read more »

Nathan C. Pettit, & Niro Sivanathan. (2011) The Plastic Trap: Self-Threat Drives Credit Usage and Status Consumption . Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(2), 146-153. info:/10.1177/1948550610385138

  • May 9, 2011
  • 10:49 AM

On the "Hot Hand" in Basketball

by Chad Orzel in Uncertain Principles

A little while back, Jonah Lehrer did a nice blog post about reasoning that used the famous study by Gilovich, Vallone and Tversky, The Hot Hand in Basketball (PDF link) as an example of a case where people don't want to believe scientific results. The researchers found absolutely no statistical evidence of "hot" shooting-- a player who had made his previous couple of shots was, if anything, slightly less likely to make the next one. Lehrer writes:

Why, then, do we believe in the hot hand? Con........ Read more »

  • May 9, 2011
  • 10:49 AM

A Mixture of Justice and Revenge: Target Juror Psychology in Awarding Damages

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - Exactly what do people celebrate when they see a fitting result? Sometimes it is justice, and sometimes it includes a measure of payback or revenge as well. Just over a week ago, news from the Oval Office ignited jubilant celebrations in Times Square and many other parts of the country. Scenes of the rapture that greeted the death of Osama Bin Laden caused some observers to wonder at the civility of a response that might have seemed more appropriate for a sports victory,........ Read more »

  • May 9, 2011
  • 06:04 AM

Bilingual math

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Over the past year or so I’ve started to make my daughter do daily arithmetic practice in German. My reason for doing so stems from my dissatisfaction with the ways in which rote learning and memorization as a learning style … Continue reading →... Read more »

Aneta Pavlenko (Ed.). (2011) Thinking and Speaking in Two Languages. Multilingual Matters. info:/

  • May 9, 2011
  • 05:19 AM

Why are resilient supply chains so important?

by Jan Husdal in

Since its inception this article has formed the bedrock for practically every literature review on supply chain resilience. Frankly, if you are investigating how to make supply chains more resilient, and if you forget to mention this article in your literature review, then I would say that obviously, you have absolutely no clue about supply chains or resilience.... Read more »

Christopher, M., & Peck, H. (2004) Building the Resilient Supply Chain. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 15(2), 1-14. DOI: 10.1108/09574090410700275  

  • May 8, 2011
  • 05:03 PM

Religion only makes for happy people if there's a lot of it about

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

In the previous post I wrote about how the link between religion and happiness, often thought to be rock-solid, doesn't seem to apply in England.

That suggests that the relationship between religion and happiness might vary from society to society. Now a new analysis, by Jan Eichhorn at the University of Edinburgh, finds that this indeed might be the case. He looked at 43 countries, mostly from Europe but also including the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Same as everyone else Eichhorn found t........ Read more »

  • May 7, 2011
  • 04:14 PM

Rise of the Rat Brained Robots

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Kevin Warwick and his team at Reading University have successfully created a robot controlled directly by a rat's brain.... Read more »

Warwick, K., Xydas, D., Nasuto, S. J., Becerra, V. M., Hammond, M. W., Downes, J., Marshall, S., & Whalley, B . Defence Science, 60. (2010) Controlling a mobile robot with a biological brain. Defence Science, 60(1), 5-14. info:/

  • May 7, 2011
  • 01:50 AM

Mental Health Services Do Not Prevent Suicide

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Wish as we may, the much practised practice of bunging suicidal individuals into psychiatric care (of one form or another)has not yielded the kind of improvements in the overall suicide rate that one would have expected. Why not? A point not really answered by Johannessen et al. (2011) in their little paper on how bigger mental health bucks in Norway have had null impact on the overall suicide rate in that country. Should we spend more or try another trick? On that latter tricky point, the autho........ Read more »

  • May 6, 2011
  • 04:38 AM

Bayesian phylogenetic analysis of Japonic languages

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Lee & Hasagawa (2011) use phylogenetic methods to trace the origins of Japonic languages and dialects.... Read more »

  • May 6, 2011
  • 02:26 AM

Can foreign languages drive you crazy?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

On The Science Show they recently had a program about how unfamiliar sounds, rhythms and tonalities can drive people crazy. I learnt that neuroscientists have been experimenting with the idea that when confronted with unfamiliar musical patterns the brain releases … Continue reading →... Read more »

Lehrer, Jonah. (2007) Proust was a neuroscientist. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. info:/

  • May 5, 2011
  • 09:51 PM

Memento Mori: Thoughts of Death Can Subtly Bias People's Ideas about Human Origins

by Lindsay in Autist's Corner

Discussion of some psychological research into the emotional underpinnings of creationism... Read more »

  • May 5, 2011
  • 11:46 AM

In Malpractice Litigation, Account for Jurors' Motive to Trust the Doctor

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

There is a pattern in medical malpractice litigation: people want to trust their doctors. This pattern is something observed in our own experience, in human psychology, and in attitudes toward malpractice trials. Plaintiffs only win when jurors are able to overcome that trust. The best thing that doctor-defendants have in their corner is jurors' strong pull toward trusting the doctor. Job number one in a medical malpractice defense is to avoid any behavior that could lead fact-finders to ab........ Read more »

  • May 4, 2011
  • 09:03 AM

Forests at your service: lessons from Kibale

by Jeremy in Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

We are submitting this post to the ‘Forests: Nature at Your Service’ blogging competition being run by UNEP and Treehugger in celebration of World Environment Day. Wish us luck. It must have seemed a no-brainer. Uganda’s Kibale National Park (KNP) is scenic, diverse, important for the largest bit of mid-elevation tropical rainforest remaining in East [...]... Read more »

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