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  • May 22, 2011
  • 06:23 PM
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Immunology 2011: A baker's dozen

by Jennifer Ring in Antiviral Immunity

Introduces some of the study results presented at the AAI annual conference - Immunology 2011 - in San Francisco.... Read more »

Kasturi SP, Skountzou I, Albrecht RA, Koutsonanos D, Hua T, Nakaya HI, Ravindran R, Stewart S, Alam M, Kwissa M.... (2011) Programming the magnitude and persistence of antibody responses with innate immunity. Nature, 470(7335), 543-7. PMID: 21350488  

Wu X, Yang ZY, Li Y, Hogerkorp CM, Schief WR, Seaman MS, Zhou T, Schmidt SD, Wu L, Xu L.... (2010) Rational design of envelope identifies broadly neutralizing human monoclonal antibodies to HIV-1. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5993), 856-61. PMID: 20616233  

Laura M. Fahey, Elizabeth B. Wilson, Heidi Elsaesser1, Chris D. Fistonich, Dorian B. McGavern, and David G. Brooks. (2011) Viral persistence redirects CD4 T cell differentiation toward T follicular helper cells. Journal of Experimental Medicine, 208(5), 987-99. info:/21536743

Suthar MS, Ma DY, Thomas S, Lund JM, Zhang N, Daffis S, Rudensky AY, Bevan MJ, Clark EA, Kaja MK.... (2010) IPS-1 is essential for the control of West Nile virus infection and immunity. PLoS pathogens, 6(2). PMID: 20140199  

Junt, T., Moseman, E., Iannacone, M., Massberg, S., Lang, P., Boes, M., Fink, K., Henrickson, S., Shayakhmetov, D., Di Paolo, N.... (2007) Subcapsular sinus macrophages in lymph nodes clear lymph-borne viruses and present them to antiviral B cells. Nature, 450(7166), 110-114. DOI: 10.1038/nature06287  

Iannacone, M., Moseman, E., Tonti, E., Bosurgi, L., Junt, T., Henrickson, S., Whelan, S., Guidotti, L., & von Andrian, U. (2010) Subcapsular sinus macrophages prevent CNS invasion on peripheral infection with a neurotropic virus. Nature, 465(7301), 1079-1083. DOI: 10.1038/nature09118  

Martinez-Pomares, L., & Gordon, S. (2007) Antigen Presentation the Macrophage Way. Cell, 131(4), 641-643. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2007.10.046  

Nguyen KB, Salazar-Mather TP, Dalod MY, Van Deusen JB, Wei XQ, Liew FY, Caligiuri MA, Durbin JE, & Biron CA. (2002) Coordinated and distinct roles for IFN-alpha beta, IL-12, and IL-15 regulation of NK cell responses to viral infection. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), 169(8), 4279-87. PMID: 12370359  

  • May 21, 2011
  • 10:13 PM
  • 1,499 views

Life, Death, and Silver Bullets

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

A Science Fiction story about the Age of the Superbug

There was something about her... a pale, reddish complexion, so rare these days... all the other desks in the dull classroom where occupied by students who faded together in their blue and gray hues... who snuck furtive glances at the ruddy newcomer, in her bright blue overalls and frizzy, untamed hair.
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Patterson, J. (2010) Rising plague. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 120(3), 649-649. DOI: 10.1172/JCI42104  

  • May 19, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 2,000 views

Full Text And Details For Nature Letter “Data Archiving Is A Good Investment”

by Heather Piwowar in Research Remix

We hope publishing the argument in this high-visibility venue will inspire hallway conversations amongst scientists and influence how they view long-term data archive funding. Particularly those scientists who also wear hats in funding agencies!... Read more »

Piwowar, HA, Vision, TJ, & Whitlock, MC. (2011) Data archiving is a good investment. Nature, 473(7347), 285-285. DOI: 10.1038/473285a  

Piwowar HA, Vision TJ, & Whitlock MC. (2011) Data from: Data archiving is a good investment. Dryad Digital Repository. info:/10.5061/dryad.j1fd7

  • May 18, 2011
  • 07:25 PM
  • 1,068 views

Some things get better with age

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Some assumptions about aging adults are debunked in a recent review on social relationships across the adulthood. Here are just some of the many things to look forward to in older adulthood.... Read more »

Luong, G., Charles, S., & Fingerman, K. (2010) Better with age: Social relationships across adulthood. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28(1), 9-23. DOI: 10.1177/0265407510391362  

  • May 13, 2011
  • 07:52 PM
  • 1,283 views

Creating Closeness on a First Date

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Research shows that there are things you can do to enhance closeness with someone new. It’s as easy as knowing which questions to ask and what conversations to have. Find out what to say on your next date.... Read more »

  • May 13, 2011
  • 08:00 AM
  • 1,491 views

Why is teaching environmental science so controversial?

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Environmental science is about as politically charged a discipline you might find, stem cells GMOs, vaccines, and nuclear energy notwithstanding. In some circles, particularly certain sectors of academia and the media, environmental discussions are synonymous with controversial debates. So, asks environmental scientist, Chyrisse Tabone of Argosy University in Pittsburgh, USA, how can educators teach students [...]Why is teaching environmental science so controversial? is a post from: Sciencebase........ Read more »

Chyrisse P. Tabone. (2011) Environmental education under assault: can instructors teach environmental science without fear?. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 12(2), 146-153. info:/

  • May 12, 2011
  • 08:04 PM
  • 1,076 views

To Err is Human; to Forgive, Divine

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

A long history of research has shown the power of forgiving. It benefits the transgressor and the victim. One of the things that research has been showing recently is that forgiveness isn’t the same across all relationships and can have big impacts on the entire family.... Read more »

Maio, G.R., Thomas, G., Fincham, F.D., & Carnelley, K.B. (2008) Unraveling the role of forgiveness in family relationships. Journal of personality and social psychology, 94(2), 307-19. PMID: 18211179  

  • May 9, 2011
  • 03:16 PM
  • 265 views

More Latest Stuffs on Altruism

by Diapadion in Lord of the Apes

At the time, I didn't write much about the Martin Nowab et al. paper which appeared in Nature about a year back, but it generated a bunch a hubbub mostly because everyone thought they were completely wrong.

I thought they were completely wrong, initially. Kin Selection is a wonderfully simple and elegant concept, that is honestly hard to imagine as possibly being wrong. Its too simple and fundamental. I also didn't want it to be wrong because it underlies many of my own core beliefs and persona........ Read more »

  • May 6, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 642 views

Supernatural Abductions: UFO & Folklore Narratives

by Franco Bejarano in CulturePotion

A comparison between modern UFO abductions and supernatural abductions in folklore... Read more »

Blacker, C. (1967) Supernatural Abductions in Japanese Folklore. Asian Folklore Studies, 26(2), 111. DOI: 10.2307/1177730  

  • May 5, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,612 views

Just how bad is pollution?

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Just how bad is pollution? A little head scratching could yield an answer. Ad hoc and non-systematic collection of air and water samples provide some useful information and underpin a wide range of environmental pollution studies. However, scientists have been scratching their heads for years hoping to come up with a better way of monitoring [...]Just how bad is pollution? is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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  • May 3, 2011
  • 08:28 AM
  • 2,595 views

What the Higgs is going on? The idiot’s ludicrously simple guide to what the ‘God Particle’ is… (and in under 4 minutes)

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Does science make you queasy? Thinking about physics tends to make me feel rather seasick. If you’ve ever tried to imagine how big infinity is then you’ll probably know what I mean. News agencies have been buzzing with reports that the discovery of the fabled ‘God particle’ is close at hand. But who really knows … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • May 2, 2011
  • 03:21 AM
  • 1,593 views

Patrolling monocytes in antiviral immunity

by Jennifer Ring in Antiviral Immunity

Discusses the different types of human monocytes, and their involvement in the antiviral immune response.... Read more »

van de Veerdonk FL, & Netea MG. (2010) Diversity: a hallmark of monocyte society. Immunity, 33(3), 289-91. PMID: 20870168  

Cros J, Cagnard N, Woollard K, Patey N, Zhang SY, Senechal B, Puel A, Biswas SK, Moshous D, Picard C.... (2010) Human CD14dim monocytes patrol and sense nucleic acids and viruses via TLR7 and TLR8 receptors. Immunity, 33(3), 375-86. PMID: 20832340  

  • April 29, 2011
  • 11:50 AM
  • 3,044 views

Read this before saying “I love you”

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Who is more likely to say “I love you” first – men or women? A when is the appropriate time to say it? Learn more about this recent research, and find out how your gender, relationship goals, and sexual activity influence your reactions to declarations of love. ... Read more »

Ackerman, J., Griskevicius, V., & Li, N. (2011) Let's get serious: Communicating commitment in romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/a0022412  

  • April 28, 2011
  • 12:10 PM
  • 1,784 views

10 definitions of junk science

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

“Understanding how the term junk science is used will enhance debates surrounding the science of sustainability. For by better understanding what science is, we will be better positioned to use it optimally and accurately as we seek to plot a sustainable path forward.” That’s the conclusion of US social scientist Michael Carolan of Colorado State [...]10 definitions of junk science is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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  • April 26, 2011
  • 11:40 AM
  • 823 views

Richard Branson: Noble Conservationist or Meddling Entrepreneur?

by Nature Education in Student Voices

The interest of Sir Richard Branson , chairman of Virgin Group , seems to have...... Read more »

Allesina S., & Levine J. M. (2011) A competitive network theory of species diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 108(14), 5638-42. PMID: 21415368  

  • April 26, 2011
  • 10:57 AM
  • 1,329 views

Is Facebook a waste of time for political parties? #cdnpoli #elxn41

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

One of the questions during this ‘social media’ election is, can Facebook, a social networking site that was developed as a venue for friends and family to stay in touch and strengthen personal connections, also be used as an effective platform to engage in political discussion? Most of the political parties and candidates running for [...]... Read more »

Lewis, K., Kaufman, J., Gonzalez, M., Wimmer, A., & Christakis, N. (2008) Tastes, ties, and time: A new social network dataset using Facebook.com. Social Networks, 30(4), 330-342. DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2008.07.002  

McPherson, M., Smith-Lovin, L., & Cook, J. (2001) Birds of a Feather: Homophily in Social Networks. Annual Review of Sociology, 27(1), 415-444. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.soc.27.1.415  

  • April 25, 2011
  • 02:08 AM
  • 1,663 views

Inflammatory monocytes in antiviral immunity

by Jennifer Ring in Antiviral Immunity

Summarizes the Barbalat Nature Immunology paper "Toll-like receptor 2 on inflammatory monocytes induces type I interferon in response to viral but not bacterial ligands".... Read more »

  • April 20, 2011
  • 04:59 AM
  • 1,469 views

Supply Chain Simulation and the Bullwhip Effect

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


I already reviewed some articles of Denis Towill primarily because he does some interesting research on simulation and supply chains, but also because I like his clear style in his articles.
In one of his early papers (1992) he teamed up with Naim and Wikner and described state of the art strategies to fight the bullwhip effect or as it is called in the paper by its older name: Industrial Dynamics.

Industrial Dynamics
I already described the causes of the bullwhip effect and how to measure........ Read more »

Towill, D., Naim, M., & Wikner, J. (1992) Industrial Dynamics Simulation Models in the Design of Supply Chains. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 22(5), 3-13. DOI: 10.1108/09600039210016995  

  • April 19, 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,774 views

Social learning

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Social networking sites, forums, blogs and wikis are increasingly open, readily available and user friendly and as such have become platforms for human interaction that can foster and promote the development of networks and learning communities. The great potential for unplanned interaction and serendipitous discovery through such tools also seems to have a synergistic effect [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkSocial learning ... Read more »

Margarida Lucas, & António Moreira. (2011) Using social web tools for knowledge construction. Int. J. Technology Enhanced Learning, 3(2), 151-161. info:/

  • April 18, 2011
  • 03:03 PM
  • 1,204 views

Imposters among the believers… fakers and spammers “following” party leaders #elxn41 #cdnpoli

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

In the race to spread their political messages and win over voters during this year’s election, all of the leaders and their parties are making a mad dash to see who can gain the most number of followers, “Likes”, retweets, and comments, etc. on social media.  For many in the mainstream media, these absolute numbers [...]... Read more »

Chu, Z., Gianvecchio, S., Wang, H. and Jajodia, S. (2010) Who is tweeting on Twitter: human, bot, or cyborg?. Proceedings of the 26th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC ’10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 21-30. info:/10.1145/1920261.1920265

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