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  • April 25, 2011
  • 02:34 AM
  • 951 views

Magazines, Media, and Teen Body Image

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

There's no question that the opinions of society play a very large role in how we perceive ourselves, particularly in terms of physical attractiveness. For example, in our society (Western/USian), women are judged heavily on their body weight. Men get flak for not being muscular enough (though not half as much as women). We all [...]... Read more »

Botta. (2003) For Your Health? The Relationship Between Magazine Reading and Adolescents’ Body Image and Eating Disturbances. Sex Roles, 48(9). info:/

  • April 24, 2011
  • 06:01 PM
  • 1,211 views

The flexibility of the logistics provider

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

Supply chain flexibility is a decisive factor in avoiding supply chain disruptions. One major contributor to supply chain flexibility is the flexibility of the logistics provider, and a recent paper develops the construct of transport flexibility within the context of supply chain strategy. [ ... ]... Read more »

Naim, M., Aryee, G., & Potter, A. (2010) Determining a logistics provider’s flexibility capability☆. International Journal of Production Economics, 127(1), 39-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2010.04.011  

  • April 24, 2011
  • 09:24 AM
  • 1,607 views

Sunday Science: You’re pretty good, huh?

by David Robertson in David Robertson

If you’re reading this, you’re probably rather smart. No, no, don’t be modest: whatever your supposed ‘academic ability’, you’re on a blog about science, reading about real research findings. That means you care. I don’t know what you care about, … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • April 24, 2011
  • 01:35 AM
  • 1,794 views

Hiding Place for the Artsy-Scientist

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

...exiled from the class of 'serious' scientists. A lullaby for a weaker child of chemistry. Enjoy your dreams of a lesser biology. She couldn't make it in the big leagues, they'd say. So I hide my dreams of translating science, colorful pages lost in a library of dull covers with obscure, impossible-to-pronounce titles. Surface Plasmon Resonance Series - Nanotechnology-based Sensors. Professor, here is my secret: such a library of science begs translation for the curious non........ Read more »

Editorial. (2011) Fix the PhD. Nature, 472(7343), 259-260. PMID: 21512527  

  • April 22, 2011
  • 07:24 PM
  • 1,208 views

I am a Success Story (and you can be too!)

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Read on to discover how losing focus can help you to find what you’re looking for. ... Read more »

Smith, Matthew D., Richard Wiseman, Peter Harris, and Richard Joiner. (1996) On being lucky: the psychology and parapsychology of luck. European Journal of Parapsychology, 35-43. info:/

  • April 22, 2011
  • 01:42 PM
  • 1,372 views

Selling the Illusion of Wealth

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice


To round out AiP's discussion on our relationship with fashion, today we're looking at the counterfeit industry. On Monday, we probed the appeal of high-heels. And on Wednesday, we discussed a particular color trend in New York City. As always, comments are welcome.
The battered cardboard box balanced precariously on his small handcart as Asad (1) hurried across the street. The box seemed innocuous enough, but he had lined it with comforters to protect the cargo within and wrapped the exterior........ Read more »

  • April 22, 2011
  • 12:04 PM
  • 1,779 views

Urbanites leave the car behind, but not as often as might think

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

It’s generally accepted as fact that people in big cities drive less. Things are closer together there, making it easier to walk to the store for a gallon of milk. For longer trips, mass transit is also an option. But boiling all that common sense down to a single number is difficult. And though our [...]... Read more »

  • April 21, 2011
  • 10:56 PM
  • 1,616 views

Poll Data on Vaccines Looks Contradictory, But Isn't

by Lindsay in Autist's Corner

Attempts to reconcile a Harris poll finding that only half of Americans don't think vaccines cause autism with CDC survey data finding that the large majority of Americans think vaccines are safe.... Read more »

  • April 21, 2011
  • 01:06 PM
  • 1,303 views

Ariel Casts Out Caliban: Bonobos, "Killer-Apes" and Human Origins

by Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries

In place of a guest post this week I'm very pleased to announce my cover article in the latest edition of Times Higher Education.--------------------------------------------The concept of the 'killer-ape' offers a pessimistic reflection of humanity and its genesis, but the latest research shows that a primate species whose success is based on mutual aid and pleasure, not violence, is a better model for human origins. Eric Michael Johnson considers the better bonobos of our nature."Nature never i........ Read more »

Perelman, P., Johnson, W., Roos, C., Seuánez, H., Horvath, J., Moreira, M., Kessing, B., Pontius, J., Roelke, M., Rumpler, Y.... (2011) A Molecular Phylogeny of Living Primates. PLoS Genetics, 7(3). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1001342  

  • April 21, 2011
  • 01:06 PM
  • 625 views

Ariel Casts Out Caliban: Bonobos, "Killer-Apes" and Human Origins

by Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries in Exile

In place of a guest post this week I'm very pleased to announce my cover article in the latest edition of Times Higher Education.--------------------------------------------The concept of the 'killer-ape' offers a pessimistic reflection of humanity and its genesis, but the latest research shows that a primate species whose success is based on mutual aid and pleasure, not violence, is a better model for human origins. Eric Michael Johnson considers the better bonobos of our nature."Nature never i........ Read more »

Perelman, P., Johnson, W., Roos, C., Seuánez, H., Horvath, J., Moreira, M., Kessing, B., Pontius, J., Roelke, M., Rumpler, Y.... (2011) A Molecular Phylogeny of Living Primates. PLoS Genetics, 7(3). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1001342  

  • April 20, 2011
  • 05:42 PM
  • 2,781 views

Reflections of Gotham: Why Do New Yorkers Wear So Much Black?

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice


This week AiP investigates our relationship with fashion. On Monday, we probed the appeal of high-heels. Today, we’ll discuss a particular color trend in New York City. And on Friday, we’ll explore the psychology behind brands. As always, comments are welcome.


A lone woman in a red coat on Wall Street.


New Yorkers wear a lot of black clothing. Or at least they appear to. During the colder months, jackets tend toward the darker spectrum, with black, brown, and navy leading the way and an........ Read more »

  • April 20, 2011
  • 11:46 AM
  • 1,245 views

The Influence of Healthy and Unhealthy Streets

by Rob Mitchum in ScienceLife

It’s no big secret that one of the keys to good health is getting regular exercise. Yet good intentions are often thwarted by factors outside of one’s control. A person might decide to jog or bike several times a week, but if the neighborhood outside their door is not conducive to physical activity, it can [...]... Read more »

  • April 20, 2011
  • 11:27 AM
  • 1,215 views

Alcohol and Rape: Twice the Standards

by Stephanie Zvan in Almost Diamonds

From Melissa McEwen comes a story of an unusual rape conviction appeal:In what might be the most perfect, clear, hideous example of how rape culture interacts with actual acts of rape, an appellant brief (pdf) was filed last March in the Montana Supreme Court on behalf of Duane R. Belanus, who had been convicted (pdf) of "of sexual intercourse without consent involving the infliction of bodily injury, aggravated kidnapping, burglary, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and misdem........ Read more »

  • April 19, 2011
  • 04:18 PM
  • 1,597 views

European Christians don't want government to reduce income inequality

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

You may have seen the article by Jo Stiglitz, Nobel-Prize Winning Economist, in the current issue of Vanity Fair, in which he rips into the yawning chasm of wealth inequality that now exists in the US. Dan Ariely (of Predictably Irrational fame) is also in the news, talking about his study in which he showed that US citizens don't actually know how unequal their nation is, and that regardless of political persuasion they'd like it to look more like Sweden.

Now, inequality is a complex social pr........ Read more »

Stegmueller, D., Scheepers, P., Rossteutscher, S., & de Jong, E. (2011) Support for Redistribution in Western Europe: Assessing the role of religion. European Sociological Review. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcr011  

  • April 19, 2011
  • 02:08 PM
  • 1,020 views

Supernatural Punishment Theory: History Free Zone?

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

Over at the Evolution of Religion Project, Dominic Johnson comments on the first target article which will appear in what promises to be a fantastic new journal, Religion, Brain, and Behavior. Because the first issue has yet to be published, I will have to rely on Johnson’s summary:
Jeff Schloss and Michael Murray have written a [...]... Read more »

Stark, R. (2001) Gods, Rituals, and the Moral Order. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 40(4), 619-636. DOI: 10.1111/0021-8294.00081  

  • April 19, 2011
  • 01:00 PM
  • 2,064 views

Resource Dependent Communities in a Globalizing World

by Bluegrass Blue Crab in Southern Fried Science

perhaps the most notorious New York City bankers, Bernie Madeoff, thewrap.com All people are still dependent on natural resources, but centuries of development complete with urbanization and globalization have removed a large proportion of the world’s population from the production of those natural resources both physically and psychologically. Take, for example, a [...]... Read more »

  • April 19, 2011
  • 12:19 PM
  • 672 views

The counterintuitive case of suicide and population density

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Suicide often raises one question more than any other: why? The answers are often varied, but that hasn’t stopped epidemiologists, psychiatrists, and other experts from trying to find some common threads. They may include anything from mental health to financial condition to gun ownership. Population density plays a role, too, though not the one you [...]... Read more »

Dudley M, Waters B, Kelk N, & Howard J. (1992) Youth suicide in New South Wales: urban-rural trends. The Medical journal of Australia, 156(2), 83-8. PMID: 1736082  

Hirsch, J. (2006) A Review of the Literature on Rural Suicide. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 27(4), 189-199. DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910.27.4.189  

Strong K., Trickett P., Titulaer I., & Bhatia K. (1998) Health in rural and remote Australia: the first report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on rural health. Report. info:other/9780642247827

  • April 19, 2011
  • 08:41 AM
  • 1,286 views

The Return of the Phoneme Inventories

by Wintz in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Right, I already referred to Atkinson’s paper in a previous post, and much of the work he’s presented is essentially part of a potential PhD project I’m hoping to do. Much of this stems back to last summer, where I mentioned how the phoneme inventory size correlates with certain demographic features, such as population size and population . . . → Read More: The Return of the Phoneme Inventories... Read more »

  • April 19, 2011
  • 08:20 AM
  • 1,155 views

Croatia: Saying NO to the EU

by Anamaria in Eurosymbols

On Friday 15th of April 2011, the International Criminal Court for Former Yugoslavia (ICC) sentenced two Croatian generals to 24, respectively 18, years in prison for war crimes, committed during “Operation Storm” (1995). The decision sent off a wave of shock and disbelief in Croatia, where the general self-perception is that of victim and not [...]... Read more »

Harrison, S. (1995) Four Types of Symbolic Conflict. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1(2), 255. DOI: 10.2307/3034688  

  • April 19, 2011
  • 04:23 AM
  • 1,262 views

Supply Chain Security Management

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

Security concerns are an issue that has gained increased importance in supply chains. This paper presents the current state of initiatives in supply chain security management, and discusses their managerial implications, highlighting the importance of interplay between various business and governmental parties. [ ... ]... Read more »

Hintsa, J., Gutierrez, X., Wieser, P., & Hameri, A. (2009) Supply Chain Security Management: an overview. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 5(3/4), 344. DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2009.022501  

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