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  • May 27, 2011
  • 06:49 PM

Imitation is good for your relationships

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Imitation is more than the sincerest form of flattery. Find out how imitating words and facial expressions improves your relationships. ... Read more »

  • May 27, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Super Mario, Super Sonic, Paramecium!

by Radwa Sharaf in Micro Writers

What could those three possibly have in common? Believe it or not, they all play the role of a lead action figure in kids video games. ... Read more »

Riedel-Kruse IH, Chung AM, Dura B, Hamilton AL, & Lee BC. (2011) Design, engineering and utility of biotic games. Lab on a chip, 11(1), 14-22. PMID: 21085736  

  • May 25, 2011
  • 03:03 PM

How To Set Someone On Fire

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

I've just come across a deeply disturbing paper: Attempted ignition of petrol vapour by lit cigarettes and lit cannabis resin jointsThe authors set out to discover whether you could set petrol on fire by dropping a lit cigarette or hash joint onto it. It turns out, surprisingly, that you can't.Thirty nine (39) ignition attempts that involved exposing lit commercial cigarettes, hand-rolled cigarettes and cannabis resin joints to petrol vapour were undertaken; ignition was not achieved in any of t........ Read more »

  • May 24, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Size isn’t everything, or is it? Nano or non-nano

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Is the “nano” label just marketing buzz and PR puff? You might think so given the huge number of products and press releases that exist where this little prefix, from the Greek meaning dwarf, is used instead of a more everyday description. Particles become far more interesting to consumers and grant-awarding peers when they become [...]Size isn’t everything, or is it? Nano or non-nano is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Simon P. Forster, Sandro Olveira, & Stefan Seeger. (2011) Nanotechnology in the market: promises and realities. Int. J. Nanotechnol., 8(6/7), 592-613. info:/

  • May 23, 2011
  • 05:46 PM

To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question #stratfest #broadway

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

What does the word live or classical theatre bring to mind? Possibly something simple like a stage and curtains, a dark auditorium, an over-the-top Broadway musical or maybe even Shakespeare, and most likely something from another era. Few today would associate classical theatres with something as modern and now as online social media sites (OSM) [...]... Read more »

Cimolino, A. (2010) Who’s afraid of the brave new world? What does the digital revolution mean for the future of classical theatre?. Unpublished paper. info:/

  • May 22, 2011
  • 06:23 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  

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