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  • November 24, 2010
  • 12:00 PM

Pharma industry could thrive in open

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

The pharmaceutical industry is facing tough times. The patents for many of the billion-dollar blockbuster drugs have expired, generics have taken market share. Health insurance companies and national health services are under increasing pressure to cut costs. Manufacturers and governments in the developing world are either ignoring intellectual property rights totally and producing generics for [...]Pharma industry could thrive in open is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Ram Subramanian, Jeffrey H. Toney, & C. Jayachandran. (2011) The evolution of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry: toward the open innovation model – can pharma reinvent itself?. Int. J. Business Innovation and Research, 5(1), 63-74. info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 11:49 AM

Supply Chain Risk Management Dissertations (Supply Chain Design: Capacity, Flexibility and Wholesale Price Strategies)

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

This is the forth contribution to my series on doctoral dissertations on Supply Chain Risk Management. An immense effort and dedication is spent on these works only to find the results hidden in the libraries. So the goal is raise interest in the research of my peers.

Author / Topic
This dissertation was written by Brian Tomlin in 1999 as his doctoral thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. It can be downloaded here at his homepage at his current employer (Tuck........ Read more »

Brian T. Tomlin. (2000) Supply Chain Design: Capacity, Flexibility and Wholesale Price Strategies. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dissertation. info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

YouTube EDU: There is more to YouTube than Justin Bieber’s Video

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

On October 28th 2010, YouTube subscribers base reached 1 billion, helping to make it the third most popular website in the world. YouTube is a video-sharing website that allows user to upload, share and view videos online. On the main YouTube site, one can find videos on a wide variety of subjects matters from music [...]... Read more »

Colman, D. (2009) Introducing YouTube EDU. Blog post. info:/

  • November 23, 2010
  • 04:15 PM

Implementing Twitter in a Health Sciences Library

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

Twitter describes itself as “a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” [2]. The “answers” are equally simple, because the tweet (that what is being “said”) must fit in 140 characters. The tweet does not only [...]... Read more »

Cuddy, C., Graham, J., & Morton-Owens, E. (2010) Implementing Twitter in a Health Sciences Library. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 29(4), 320-330. DOI: 10.1080/02763869.2010.518915  

  • November 23, 2010
  • 07:33 AM

purple pain and a gene called 'straightjacket'

by Chris in The Lousy Linguist

Dr. Kevin Mitchell, a neuroscientist at Smurfit Institute of Genetics, University of Dublin, posted at his excellent blog Wiring the Brain about a weird, interesting study* that points to a possible genetic explanation of synaesthesia** (e.g., hearing a word and experience the color red). The authors were studying pain mechanisms in fruit flies (turns out the mechanisms are similar to us mammals, whuddathunk?). Once they identified a particular gene they dubbed straightjacket*** which is "involv........ Read more »

  • November 23, 2010
  • 03:42 AM

Discussions beyond the dichotomy of ‘downloading is theft’

by Tomas Rawlings in A Great Becoming

Andersson, J (2010). Peer-to-peer-based file-sharing beyond the dichotomy of ‘downloading is theft’ vs. ‘information wants to be free’: How Swedish file-sharers motivate their action Unpublished as yet Discussion of paper: <em>Peer-to-peer-based file-sharing beyond the dichotomy of ‘downloading is theft’ vs. ‘information wants to be free’: How Swedish file-sharers motivate their action</em> by Jonas Andersson of [...]... Read more »

Andersson, J. (2010) Peer-to-peer-based file-sharing beyond the dichotomy of ‘downloading is theft’ vs. ‘information wants to be free’: How Swedish file-sharers motivate their action. Unpublished as yet. info:/

  • November 22, 2010
  • 07:47 AM

Measuring Supply Chain Performance

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Last week I conducted another Interview for the empirical part of my research. And we also discussed how to measure performance within the SC. As it turns out, multiple measures, namely service, cost, working capital are used. Sadly in literature many authors still focus on a single measure only and I wanted to know more about it. So I read an article by B. Beamon (Measuring Supply Chain Performance) to get an overview over performance measures used and how to select the right one(s).

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Beamon, B. (1999) Measuring supply chain performance. International Journal of Operations , 19(3), 275-292. DOI: 10.1108/01443579910249714  

  • November 21, 2010
  • 06:41 AM

Autism Gives You Biblical Superpowers

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

We've all heard about autistic "savants" with amazing mathematical, memory or artistic abilities. But could autism give you the power to kill 1,000 men armed only with a donkey bone?Samson was the original Chuck Norris. Granted mighty strength by God so long as he didn't cut his hair or shave, Samson's first act of heroism was ripping a lion to shreds with his bear hands. Then he moved onto people. According to the Book of Judges:"And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, wi........ Read more »

  • November 19, 2010
  • 01:04 PM

Learning the Form of Causal Relationships Using Hierarchical Bayesian Models

by Sean Roberts in The Adventures of Auck

Lucas & Griffiths present a hierarchical Bayesian model of causal structure learning, and show that it predicts the performance of adults and children better than the Power PC model and the delta P model... Read more »

Lucas, C. G., & Griffiths, T. (2010) Learning the Form of Causal Relationships Using Hierarchical Bayesian Models. Cognitive Science, 34(1). info:/

  • November 19, 2010
  • 06:04 AM

Mutual Exclusivity in the Naming Game

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

The Naming Game looks at how communication systems evolve in populations of agents. In this post I’ll show that the algorithms used have implicit mutual exclusivity biases, which favour monolingual viewpoints. I’ll also show that this bias is not necessary and obscures some interesting insights into evolutionary dynamics of langauge.... Read more »

Andrea Baronchelli. (2010) Do you agree? Role of feedback and broadcasting in the Naming Game. ArXiv e-prints. arXiv: 1009.4798v1

Vittorio Loreto, Andrea Baronchelli, & Andrea Puglisi. (2009) Mathematical Modeling of Language Games . Evolution of Communication and Language in Embodied Agents. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-01250-1_15  

  • November 18, 2010
  • 12:47 AM

A step towards correlates of consciousness

by Janet Kwasniak in Thoughts on thoughts

There are only a few ways to watch the brain in action and one is to follow its electromagnetic waves. Doesburg and his group have looked at the waves that accompany conscious awareness. They use binocular rivalry to mark when the content of consciousness changes (If different images are sent to the two eyes, we [...]... Read more »

  • November 17, 2010
  • 07:33 PM

How to tell your parents about those GPCRs

by Peter Nollert in Emerald BioStructures Blog

GPCRs could be a conversation starter over a Thanksgiving Dinner conversation.... Read more »

Bucci M, Goodman C, & Sheppard TL. (2010) A decade of chemical biology. Nature chemical biology, 6(12), 847-854. PMID: 21079586  

  • November 17, 2010
  • 02:20 PM

An excellent example of either crappy science reporting or crappy science ...

by Greg Laden in Greg Laden's Blog

Let's have a look and see if we can decide. Read the rest of this post... | Read the comments on this post...... Read more »

  • November 17, 2010
  • 07:32 AM

Managing Information Risks

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

At the moment I am looking for gaps in my reading up to now and I found that I have not read much about information risks. It also seems that those risks are not (yet?) in focus, neither in research nor business. So I was happy to find "Information risks management in supply chains: an assessment and mitigation framework" by Faisal, Banwet and Shankar.

Topic / Methodology
The purpose of the paper is to provide a framework for the management of information risks, and to device a way to meas........ Read more »

  • November 15, 2010
  • 03:00 PM

Design Solutions to Reduce Obesity

by Kim Gordon in LS3P Knowledge Center

This post reviews research into how the built environment may affect activity rates and health outcomes, and discusses the implications this may have on planning and design... Read more »

  • November 15, 2010
  • 12:49 PM

Scouting Bees and Fungus-Farming Ants

by Farooq Khan in Complex systems + science

These two articles sit rather nicely together; one discusses leaf-cutter ants, which use leaves as food for underground fungus farms and the second article discusses how bees find new homes after a beehive reaches capacity. In both examples we see...... Read more »

Farooq Khan. (2010) Scouting Bees and Fungus-Farming Ants. Nature Network . info:/

  • November 14, 2010
  • 06:12 PM

Potential link between first-born children and health risks in adulthood

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture

Each year, we hear that people are gaining weight and that chronic health problems like obesity, heart problems, and diabetes are on the rise. It's commonplace to ascribe these trends to personal lifestyle choices, such as the lack of exercise and diet, as well as the increasingly pervasive nature of fast food and processed, high-sugar foods.
However, there may [...]... Read more »

  • November 12, 2010
  • 06:37 AM

Risk from the Managers Perspective (Part 2)

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Today I will write about the implications of the risk understanding by managers covered in Part 1 of this series. Continue reading "Risk from the Managers Perspective (Part 2)"
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March, J., & Shapira, Z. (1987) Managerial Perspectives on Risk and Risk Taking. Management Science, 33(11), 1404-1418. DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.33.11.1404  

  • November 11, 2010
  • 09:04 PM

The grand challenges of Earth system science and sustainability

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture

In the Policy Forum of today’s issue of Science, a research team that includes recent Nobel laureate, Elinor Ostrom, issued a call for innovative interdisciplinary approaches to confronting major environmental challenges:
Tremendous progress has been made in understanding the functioning of the
Earth system and, in particular, the impact of human actions. Although this
knowledge can inform management [...]... Read more »

Reid, W., Chen, D., Goldfarb, L., Hackmann, H., Lee, Y., Mokhele, K., Ostrom, E., Raivio, K., Rockstrom, J., Schellnhuber, H.... (2010) Earth System Science for Global Sustainability: Grand Challenges. Science, 330(6006), 916-917. DOI: 10.1126/science.1196263  

  • November 11, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Making the web work for academia

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

The internet has changed fundamentally the way we communicate, the way we work, even the way we live our lives. That much is obvious to anyone who has ever shopped at Amazon, looked up a reference on PubMed, or gone social via Facebook. Those of us who’ve been using email and the wider world tools [...]Making the web work for academia is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Lyle R. Wetsch, & Kristen Pike. (2010) Marketing in a Web 2.0 world with a Web 1.0 mentality: the challenge of social web marketing in academic institutions. Int. J. Electronic Marketing and Retailing, 3(4), 398-414. info:/

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