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  • April 18, 2011
  • 07:14 AM

Practitioner Views on Supply Chain Risk Management

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

In 2005 Uta Jüttner was researcher at the Cranfield University, UK, especially renowned for several minds working on supply chain risk management, like Martin Christopher or Denis Towill.

Key in understanding this field of research is to make an inquiry into how supply chain risks are managed in business environments. Jüttner first laid grounds for this by some conceptual work, I introduced here a while ago

Jüttner used an exploratory, quantitative survey. They selected 17........ Read more »

  • April 15, 2011
  • 08:37 PM

Discovering the truth about your match

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

When meeting someone for the first time online, there is limited information available. How do you know whether you can trust that information? Find out what strategies other people use to help them decipher fact from fiction.... Read more »

  • April 14, 2011
  • 11:02 AM

Origins of Life: General RNA Polymerases

by ogremkv in Cassandra's Tears

Yesterday, I discovered a new set of studies that I had not previously known about.  I may write about all of them, but I definitely want to talk about this particular study for two reasons.  The first reason is that … Continue reading →... Read more »

Wochner A, Attwater J, Coulson A, & Holliger P. (2011) Ribozyme-catalyzed transcription of an active ribozyme. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6026), 209-12. PMID: 21474753  

  • April 14, 2011
  • 06:56 AM

Structural geology in Cabo Peñas (Asturias, Spain). Part I

by Jorge in

The NW of the Iberian Peninsula is a remanent of the doubly vergent Hercynian Orogen (see figure attached), formed during the Devonian-Carboniferous time by the collision of Laurussia (or Euramerica) with Gondwana, forming Pangaea.
In this article I want to show you some pictures we did in the Bay of Llumeres.... Read more »

Manuel Julivert. (1976) La estructura de la región del cabo Peñas. Trabajos de Geología, 203-309. info:other/

  • April 13, 2011
  • 08:22 AM

Measuring agile Capabilities in the Supply Chain

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Today I introduce you to the process of measuring agility in a supply chain. Agility is a major concept in the research of the last 10 years or so. I already have written some articles on this topic:
Design of Agile Supply Chains
Distribution Centers in Agile Supply Chain Design
Agile Supply Chains
Foundation for a Responsive Supply Chain

Consequently, the goal of today's article is to expand on those and define what are the key factors of SC agility and how it could be measured.

T........ Read more »

Hoek, R., Harrison, A., & Christopher, M. (2001) Measuring agile capabilities in the supply chain. International Journal of Operations , 21(1/2), 126-148. DOI: 10.1108/01443570110358495  

  • April 11, 2011
  • 12:07 PM

Science’s Search For Secret Of Heat Resistant Chocolate

by Ben Good in B Good Science

Science, it seeks to solve some of the biggest problems facing humanity. It tries to understand the nature of life, cure cancer and save the planet. However, now it seems to be dealing with THE big issue facing society, increasing the melting point of chocolate! We’ve all been there, you hold a toffee crisp (or whatever happens to … Read more... Read more »

Terri A. Stortz . (2011) Heat resistant chocolate . Trends in Food Science . info:/10.1016/j.tifs.2011.02.001

Maheshwari, B., & Yella Reddy, S. (2005) Application of kokum (Garcinia indica) fat as cocoa butter improver in chocolate. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 85(1), 135-140. DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.1967  

  • April 11, 2011
  • 10:29 AM

Supply Chain Management Literature Review

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

It's not that there are no articles on supply chain risk management anymore. But after writing on current research in the last weeks (like the one on system failure here) I have been wondering more about the foundations of supply chain management in general. So I decided to review an article today on general supply chain management research, in this case a literature review by Sachan and Datta (2005).
The complete article can be found here.

The analysis is pretty straight forward,........ Read more »

Sachan, A., & Datta, S. (2005) Review of supply chain management and logistics research. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 35(9), 664-705. DOI: 10.1108/09600030510632032  

  • April 11, 2011
  • 04:00 AM

Measuring Influence on Twitter: Top 10 Influencers on #cndpoli, #elxn41 #cbcns

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

During this election campaign, a lot has been written about the influence of social media in general and the influence of twitter in particular. But who exactly are the people that actually influence and control the twitter conversations about Canada’s upcoming election? And how can we measure influence on twitter? For the purpose of our [...]... Read more »

Bernardo A. Huberman, Daniel M. Romero, & Fang Wu. (2009) Social networks that matter: Twitter under the microscope. First Monday, 14(1-5). arXiv: 0812.1045v1

Gruzd, A., Wellman, B., and Takhteyev, Y. (2011) Imagining Twitter as an Imagined Community. American Behavioral Scientist, Special issue on Imagined Communities. info:/

  • April 11, 2011
  • 02:41 AM

Is SARS more effective at attacking the immune system than HIV?

by Jennifer Ring in Antiviral Immunity

Discusses the lesser known immunopathological effects of SARS infection.... Read more »

  • April 9, 2011
  • 05:00 AM

How old am I?

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0


It’s my birthday!  But how old am I?  Well, that’s not such a straightforward question.  Even a seemingly well-defined concept such as age can be affected by cultural factors
First, my age in years is a bit of an estimate of the actual amount of time I’ve been alive, due to leap-years etc.  Second, a year is . . . → Read More: How old am I?... Read more »

Knodel J, & Chayovan N. (1991) Age and birth date reporting in Thailand. Asian and Pacific population forum / East-West Population Institute, East-West Center, 5(2-3), 41. PMID: 12343437  

  • April 8, 2011
  • 10:02 AM

Colour terms and national flags

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Today, I wondered whether the number of basic colour terms a language has is reflected in the number of colours on its country’s flag. The idea being that a country’s flag contains colours that are important to its society, and therefore a country with more social tools for discussing colour (colour words) will be more likely to put more colours on its flag. It was a long shot, but here’s what I found:... Read more »

  • April 7, 2011
  • 02:00 PM

Ethical internet use at work

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Your boss probably knows all about your misuse of the company internet connection, the IT department will have logged your every Facebook access, registered every viral email you sent, and the dozens of page refreshes you did when you were hoping to snipe that last eBay auction. You might think a good boss would be [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkEthical internet use at work ... Read more »

Sharman Lichtenstein. (2011) Ethical issues for internet use policy: balancing employer and employee perspectives. Int. J. Technology Management, 54(2/3), 288-303. info:/

  • April 6, 2011
  • 03:00 PM

Advanced Concepts in Simulation

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Computer simulation has not been used on a professional scale until after World War II, and also then mostly for military uses like war games or simulations of atomic bomb explosions nowadays.
One of the first scientific papers on simulation has been published in the late 70s by Ören and Zeigler. They aggregate some fundamental knowledge about simulation and suggest an conceptual model for simulation, which I want to introduce today from the perspective of a supply chain

Components of Sim........ Read more »

  • April 5, 2011
  • 03:33 PM

Ruminating Over a Breakup? What You Can Do to Help Ease the Pain

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

There’s a reason why they call them heartbreaks – sometimes it feels as intense as someone tearing your heart to pieces. Find out how your thoughts impact your feelings and what you can do to ease the pain of a broken heart.... Read more »

  • April 4, 2011
  • 10:28 AM

Improving Confidence to mitigate Supply Chain Risks

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Yet another paper on risk mitigation strategies. This time: How to reduce risks by improving confidence. You can find the complete paper of today in the web.

Lack of Confidence
The authors theorize that especially demand risk (volatility) has increased during the last years. With several SC concepts which are aimed to reduce the slack in the supply chain during the same period, overall risks in the SC have increased dramatically.
This leads to a lack of confidence by the managers responsi........ Read more »

Christopher, M., & Lee, H. (2004) Mitigating supply chain risk through improved confidence. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 34(5), 388-396. DOI: 10.1108/09600030410545436  

  • April 3, 2011
  • 07:01 PM

“The Vinegar That Brightens the Vegetables”: Humour in Canadian Politics @rickmercer #cndpoli #elxn41

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

When it comes to tweeting about the upcoming election, Canadians are showing their famous sense of humour. Based on a sample of over 14,000 messages posted on twitter with the hashtag #CNDPOLI (collected between March 26 – April 3), we found that of the tweets  that did express sentiment (6,860~49% ), about 65% expressed positive [...]... Read more »

Diakopoulos N.A. and Shamma D.A. (2010) Characterizing Debate Performance via Aggregated Twitter Sentiment. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1195-1198. info:/10.1145/1753326.1753504

  • April 1, 2011
  • 04:56 PM

swim like a fish, eat like a pig, sleep like a rock

by Michael Lombardi in a New Life in the Sea

'Sixty-four' (64) is the number of hours I spent underwater in the month of March 2011. Sounds like alot - and it is - but it represents normalcy for many of us involved with inshore marine construction. Here in New England, January and February are traditionally on the slow side given weather delays, and March is the typical kick-off month for the busy spring ahead. Sixty-four will soon be toppled in April, and buried come May and June as its back to business as usual.

With that amount of time........ Read more »

Pullen FW 2nd, Rosenberg GJ, & Cabeza CH. (1979) Sudden hearing loss in divers and fliers. The Laryngoscope, 89(9 Pt 1), 1373-7. PMID: 481042  

  • March 31, 2011
  • 07:43 PM

Can music be funny?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

In the spirit of today a fragment from New Horizons in Music Appreciation, a program from Radio Station WOOF at the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople: an early example of how to attract a wider audience to listen to classical music:With regard to today's question: David Huron (2004) studied audience laughter in live recordings of Peter Schickele's music (One of the presenters in the above broadcast). He offers a physiological explanation for why listeners respond to specific musical ........ Read more »

David Huron. (2004) Music-engendered laughter: an analysis of humor devices in PDQ Bach . Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition, 700-704. info:/

  • March 31, 2011
  • 02:36 PM

Is your partner snooping? You could be to blame.

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

While direct, chronic surveillance doesn’t happen for a majority of couples, many partners have probably felt the temptation to snoop on the other. But why? Is it happenstance mixed with curiosity- like when he leaves his email inbox open on your computer, or is something darker? Can you blame a partner when they find something incriminating? ... Read more »

  • March 31, 2011
  • 11:20 AM

Some Like It Very, Very Hot

by Nature Education in Student Voices

Organisms living in habitats that no sane person would call comfortable have fas...... Read more »

Stetter, K. (2006) Hyperthermophiles in the history of life. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 1837-1843. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2006.1907  

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