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  • March 22, 2011
  • 07:43 AM

The Extinction of Religion?

by The Twenty-first floor in The Twenty-first floor

Keir Liddle explores the idea, put forward in a paper published online, that in nine countries religion may face extinction.... Read more »

Daniel M. Abrams, Haley A. Yaple, & Richard J. Wiener. (2010) A mathematical model of social group competition with application to the growth of religious non-affiliation. Physics and Society. arXiv: 1012.1375v2

  • March 21, 2011
  • 12:02 PM

Analysis of Logistics Strategies from 1990 to 2008

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

Do supply chain strategies evolve over time? Are there the same strategic options nowadays compared to 20 years ago?
Since at least the meaning of the term logistics has evolved during the last 20 years, especially due to the emergence of supply chain management, logistics and supply chain management are used interchangeable in this article.

In 1987 Bowersox and Daugherty created a logistics strategy framework, concluding that there are basically three SC strategies:
Process Strategymanage........ Read more »

McGinnis, M.A, Kohn, J.W., & Spillan, J.E. (2010) A Longitudinal Study of Logistics Strategy: 1990-2008. Journal of Business Logistics, 31(1), 217-235. info:/

  • March 21, 2011
  • 12:05 AM

A gut reaction: The role of IL-22 and the mucosal barrier in control of HIV, hepatitis, and flu

by Jennifer Ring in Antiviral Immunity

Discusses how disturbing the mucosal barrier can lead to secondary infection.... Read more »

Brenchley, J., Price, D., Schacker, T., Asher, T., Silvestri, G., Rao, S., Kazzaz, Z., Bornstein, E., Lambotte, O., Altmann, D.... (2006) Microbial translocation is a cause of systemic immune activation in chronic HIV infection. Nature Medicine, 12(12), 1365-1371. DOI: 10.1038/nm1511  

Sonnenberg GF, Monticelli LA, Elloso MM, Fouser LA, & Artis D. (2011) CD4( ) lymphoid tissue-inducer cells promote innate immunity in the gut. Immunity, 34(1), 122-34. PMID: 21194981  

Kudva A, Scheller EV, Robinson KM, Crowe CR, Choi SM, Slight SR, Khader SA, Dubin PJ, Enelow RI, Kolls JK.... (2011) Influenza A inhibits Th17-mediated host defense against bacterial pneumonia in mice. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), 186(3), 1666-74. PMID: 21178015  

  • March 18, 2011
  • 03:47 PM

Origins of Life – Amino Acids and the Triplet Codon

by ogremkv in Cassandra's Tears

One question that always seems to come from the anti-science crowd when discussing the origin of life is, “Where did the genetic code come from?”. Scientists will often point out the simple fact that every living thing on the planet … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 18, 2011
  • 01:17 PM

Cultural inheritance in studies of artifical grammar learning

by Sean Roberts in The Adventures of Auck

Recently, I've been attending an artificial language learning research group and have discovered an interesting case of cultural inheritance.... Read more »

A. Reber. (1967) Implicit learning of artifical grammars. Journal of Verbal Learning and Behavior, 855-863. info:/

  • March 18, 2011
  • 12:52 PM

Cultural inheritance in studies of artifical grammar learning

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0


Recently, I’ve been attending an artificial language learning research group and have discovered an interesting case of cultural inheritance.  Arthur Reber was one of the first researchers to look at the implicit learning of grammar.  Way back in 1967, he studied how adults (quaintly called ‘Ss’ in the original paper) learned an artificial grammar, created from . . . → Read More: Cultural inheritance in studies of artifical grammar learning... Read more »

A. Reber. (1967) Implicit learning of artifical grammars. Journal of Verbal Learning and Behavior, 855-863. info:/

  • March 18, 2011
  • 08:27 AM

Emergence of linguistic diversity in the lab

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

I propose an experiment based on a theory from Nettle (1999) and an experimental paradigm by Roberts (2010) to look at the emergence of stable bilingualism.... Read more »

  • March 17, 2011
  • 03:00 PM

Aspartame toxicity. Not.

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Aspartame is an artificial, non-saccharide, sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages usually so that they can be labelled as “lite” or “diet” products. In the European Union, it is coded as E951. Aspartame is a methyl ester of aspartic acid and phenylalanine, two natural components of proteins found in a [...]Aspartame toxicity. Not. is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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  • March 17, 2011
  • 12:27 PM

Agent Orange and the challenge of assessing toxicity – Part 3

by Linda Campbell in Ecogirl & Cosmoboy

This is the third part of the Agent Orange series.  Part 1 discussed the make-up of the two herbicides that go into Agent Orange, and Part 2 covered the  chemistry that led the formation of toxic dioxins in Agent Orange during manufacture.  This part will cover the toxicity of the 2,3,7,8-TCDD in Agent Orange and [...]... Read more »

SCHECTER, A., BIRNBAUM, L., RYAN, J., & CONSTABLE, J. (2006) Dioxins: An overview. Environmental Research, 101(3), 419-428. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2005.12.003  

  • March 17, 2011
  • 09:38 AM

3 ideas about EU’s media and communication strategy

by Anamaria in Eurosymbols

It appears that on average 69% of the EU citizens think of themselves as uninformed of matters pertaining to the European Parliament (Parlemeter, February 2011). The percentage is even higher among women and the young. These are quite alarming numbers, if you’d ask any national government. So why is the EU not worried? Or, if [...]... Read more »

Menéndez Alarcón, A. (2010) Media Representation of the European Union: Comparing Newspaper Coverage in France, Spain and the United Kingdom. International Journal of Communication, 398-415. info:/

  • March 16, 2011
  • 08:38 AM

How Agent Orange became toxic: dioxin formation – Part 2

by Linda Campbell in Ecogirl & Cosmoboy

Note: This is Part 2 of a 3-part blog posting.  Part 1 discussed the primary components of the Agent Orange herbicide, while here we’ll discuss how even more toxic compounds were formed during the manufacture of Agent Orange.  The third part will cover the toxicity of dioxins to to humans and other organisms. —- Dioxins [...]... Read more »

Hites, R. (2011) Dioxins: An Overview and History . Environmental Science , 45(1), 16-20. DOI: 10.1021/es1013664  

  • March 15, 2011
  • 06:53 PM

so, they say Atlantis has been found

by Michael Lombardi in a New Life in the Sea

Now this is not an everyday headline by any means. MSNBC recently released a piece highlighting University of Hartford's Richard Freund's work in Spain, which claims to have uncovered the Lost City of Atlantis.

According to Freund, his team has discovered remnants of an ancient city some 60 miles inland from the coast that would have stood in a circular pattern, much like how Plato's Atlantis has been described throughout the ages. Freund believes that the site was destroyed by a Tsunami based ........ Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 02:53 PM

The False Dichotomy Of the Nature-Nurture Debate

by Nature Education in Student Voices

Every few months, scientific press releases with headlines more eye-catching tha...... Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 12:26 PM

Variety may not be the spice of life

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

The number of potential partners you have can affect who you choose to date. Learn more from the latest research on speed dating, and find out why having more options is not always better.... Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 05:02 AM

Purchasing's involvement in risk management

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

I already reviewed one of the articles of Zsidisin (Perception of Supply Risk). Today I had a look at an article about how the purchasing organization is involved in the supply chain risk management activities.

Exploratory Study
Zsidisin et al. did an exploratory study with semi-structured interviews with purchasing professionals in nine companies from the manufacturing industry. Semi-structured, open-ended interviews were employed to gain an understanding of how purchasing organizations c........ Read more »

  • March 14, 2011
  • 08:40 PM

Bad Science: Idiots and Ecstasy

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

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Halpern JH, Sherwood AR, Hudson JI, Gruber S, Kozin D, & Pope HG Jr. (2011) Residual neurocognitive features of long-term ecstasy users with minimal exposure to other drugs. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 106(4), 777-86. PMID: 21205042  

Insel TR, Battaglia G, Johannessen JN, Marra S, & De Souza EB. (1989) 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine ("ecstasy") selectively destroys brain serotonin terminals in rhesus monkeys. The Journal of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, 249(3), 713-20. PMID: 2471824  

  • March 13, 2011
  • 08:22 AM

Supply Chain Risk Management Thesis (Impact of demographics on supply chain risk management practices)

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

This is somewhat of the fifth contribution to my series on doctoral dissertations, apart from not being a doctoral thesis but a master thesis on Supply Chain Risk Management. Nonetheless, 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 thesis was written by Kenneth Kanyagui in 2010 as his master thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambri........ Read more »

Kanyagui, K. (2010) Impact of Demographics on Supply Chain Risk Management Practice. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master Thesis. info:/

  • March 12, 2011
  • 08:45 AM

The evolution of female intentionality

by Vahid Motlagh in Ideas for a deeper sense of life

One of the critical aspects regarding the “evolution itself evolving” is the emergence of the female expressed and not simply silent intentionality.In my recent article about the alternative futures of Asia in the year 2060 I highlighted the rise and contribution of female consciousness as a mega trend which will continue to reshape our world in the coming decades. Even a critical question that is raised today after the domino revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa is that if an........ Read more »

Motlagh VV. (2010) Asia's Exotic Futures in the Far beyond the Present. Journal of Futures Studies, 15(2), 1-16. info:/

Gur RC, Gunning-Dixon F, Bilker WB, & Gur RE. (2002) Sex differences in temporo-limbic and frontal brain volumes of healthy adults. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 12(9), 998-1003. PMID: 12183399  

Acevedo BP, Aron A, Fisher HE, & Brown LL. (2011) Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience. PMID: 21208991  

  • March 11, 2011
  • 02:55 PM

Origin of Life – RNA Self Replicators

by ogremkv in Cassandra's Tears

We have previously established that organic compounds, including nucleotides, are trivially easy to produce from inorganic sources.  We have also established at least two methods from which long chain RNA molecules could develop without organic processes… including one that requires … Continue reading →... Read more »

Lincoln, T., & Joyce, G. (2009) Self-Sustained Replication of an RNA Enzyme. Science, 323(5918), 1229-1232. DOI: 10.1126/science.1167856  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 03:30 PM

March Madness: Priceless For Some, Overpriced For Others.

by Melanie Tannenbaum in ionpsych

When I was in college, I slept outside in a tent almost every night during the 2 coldest months of the year. OK, before you call me crazy, there’s more to the story. I actually did this for four years … Continue reading →... Read more »

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