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  • May 3, 2011
  • 08:28 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

  • 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  

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