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  • December 13, 2010
  • 05:14 AM
  • 1,367 views

Enablers and Barriers to Risk Mitigation

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


Everybody concerned with the task of developing risk mitigation strategies has a list in his mind of different factors influencing a company's exposure to risk and if you think about it: those factors are probably related.
Example: The number of suppliers for one component can have a huge impact on risk, but the necessity of a high number of (redundant) suppliers may itself be affected by the trust you built with your main supplier. Both trust and having multiple suppliers affect supply cha........ Read more »

Faisal, M. N., Banwet, D.K., & Shankar, R. (2006) Supply Chain Risk Mitigation: Modeling the Enablers. Business Process Management Journal, 12(4), 535-552. info:/

  • December 9, 2010
  • 05:51 AM
  • 975 views

Inter-speaker variation and detection of invariant structure

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Results of a web-experiment. Gomez (2002) shows that increased variation in adjacent dependencies can cause learners to pick up on long-distance dependencies. I hypothesise that the variation in input from multiple speakers gives better cues to more abstract structures than input from one speaker alone.... Read more »

Gómez RL. (2002) Variability and detection of invariant structure. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 13(5), 431-6. PMID: 12219809  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 05:00 AM
  • 913 views

A few facts about asbestos

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Today, medical journal The Lancet has publicly criticised the Canadian government for its attitude towards asbestos, saying that although Canada will not expose its own citizens to asbestos, it will continue exporting the deadly substance to developing nations [Canada accused of hypocrisy, Lancet]. A few facts about asbestos All forms of asbestos are proven human [...]A few facts about asbestos is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Collegium Ramazzini. (2010) Asbestos is still with us: repeat call for a universal ban. International Journal of Environment and Health, 4(4), 380-388. info:/

  • December 8, 2010
  • 04:41 AM
  • 950 views

Personalized Products and its Impacts on Supply Chain Design

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


Experts from research and business alike argue that within the last decades consumers have grown to be a more demanding factor for supply chain management. At the same time manufacturing and supply chain strategies adapted to this development (from lean to agile, see Christopher and Towill, 2000).

But how are customer demands going to develop? Are we already seeing the decentralized manufacturing world, where everybody uses his own 3D printer to produce individual products on their desks? ........ Read more »

  • December 8, 2010
  • 04:41 AM
  • 940 views

Personalized Products and their Impact on Supply Chain Design

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


Experts from research and business alike argue that within the last decades consumers have grown to be a more demanding factor for supply chain management. At the same time manufacturing and supply chain strategies adapted to this development (from lean to agile, see Christopher and Towill, 2000).

But how are customer demands going to develop? Are we already seeing the decentralized manufacturing world, where everybody uses his own 3D printer to produce individual products on their desks? ........ Read more »

  • December 7, 2010
  • 09:21 AM
  • 546 views

Pregnant While Already Pregnant

by Nature Education in Student Voices

Ladies, lo and behold, here come the super-mothers! A study recently published i...... Read more »

  • December 6, 2010
  • 10:26 AM
  • 1,077 views

Leading by Design

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


Is there consensus about the role of product design as the leading function in the supply chain? Not yet! This article introduces the topic of integrating decisions in product and supply chain design and gives a short glimpse on the "how to implement" part.

Case study
During the last weeks I conducted the following case study on the impact of product design on supply chains using literature and expert interviews, looking for an answer to the basic question: What are the advantages of integ........ Read more »

  • December 6, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 925 views

Searching for scientific abbreviations

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Ambiguous abbreviations and acronyms are annoyances when it comes to text search and data mining. As a writer-editor, I was always taught to spell out the long form (LF) of a short form (SF) at first mention in a document so that the reader would know that when I mentioned EBV I was referring to [...]Searching for scientific abbreviations is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Min Song. (2010) LFXtractor: Text chunking for long form detection from biomedical text. International Journal of Functional Informatics and Personalised Medicine, 3(2), 89-102. info:/

  • December 2, 2010
  • 08:50 PM
  • 2,204 views

The great boundary crossing: Perceptions on training pharmacists as supplementary prescribers in the UK

by Amir Rashid in Pharmacy Commitment PhD

An interesting study by Tann, et al (2010). They argue that, once the preserve of the medical profession, prescribing rights have now been extended to others including pharmacists. However in this paper the authors concentrate on one form of “non medical” prescribing by pharmacists, namely supplementary prescribing, which is carried out in partnership, with mostly, [...]... Read more »

  • December 1, 2010
  • 08:01 PM
  • 446 views

Blood of the Mammoth

by John McKay in Mammoth Tales

Catastrophists love frozen woolly mammoths. It doesn’t matter what their preferred catastrophe is–Atlantis sinking, falling ice moons, the Noachian flood, abrupt changes of the Earth’s axis, or a near miss by a pinballing planet disguised as an ancient Near Eastern god–at some point, they will trot out the frozen mammoths as proof positive of their theory. . . . → Read More: Blood of the Mammoth... Read more »

Campbell, K., Roberts, J., Watson, L., Stetefeld, J., Sloan, A., Signore, A., Howatt, J., Tame, J., Rohland, N., Shen, T.... (2010) Substitutions in woolly mammoth hemoglobin confer biochemical properties adaptive for cold tolerance. Nature Genetics, 42(6), 536-540. DOI: 10.1038/ng.574  

  • December 1, 2010
  • 03:59 PM
  • 505 views

Want a wealth of relationship health? Be Yourself!

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

What’s the easiest thing you can do to improve your relationship? BE YOURSELF. Read on to find out why Dr. Seuss’s advice was right all along. ... Read more »

Brunell, A., Kernis, M., Goldman, B., Heppner, W., Davis, P., Cascio, E., & Webster, G. (2010) Dispositional authenticity and romantic relationship functioning. Personality and Individual Differences, 48(8), 900-905. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.02.018  

  • December 1, 2010
  • 03:30 PM
  • 506 views

Productive Workspaces: High Performance vs. Energy Efficient Environments

by Mat Hart in LS3P Knowledge Center

Examines recent research on the impact of efficient and sustainable design on employee productivity and work environments.... Read more »

  • November 30, 2010
  • 04:54 AM
  • 1,200 views

Cape Cod Crabs Consume Haline Hay

by Sam in Oceanographer's Choice

An interesting piece of ecological detective work from the shores of New England, which came to my attention via this blog post and this op-ed in the Cape Cod Times. Salt marshes on Cape Cod have been suffering local die-back … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • November 29, 2010
  • 05:25 PM
  • 943 views

New Detergent Class for Membrane Proteins

by Peter Nollert in Protein Crystallization Blog

Most of the detergents that are in use today were available 5 or 10 years ago. Maybe the purity has increased over time, but the list of detergents extracted from successfully crystallized membrane proteins really hasn't seen any substantial additions in the past few years. In the previous blog "Applying the 80/20 rule to membrane protein crystallization pre-screening" I showed a list of detergents and referenced statistics that show that with just 8 detergents (dodecyl maltoside, decyl maltosid........ Read more »

Chae, P., Rasmussen, S., Rana, R., Gotfryd, K., Chandra, R., Goren, M., Kruse, A., Nurva, S., Loland, C., Pierre, Y.... (2010) Maltose–neopentyl glycol (MNG) amphiphiles for solubilization, stabilization and crystallization of membrane proteins. Nature Methods, 7(12), 1003-1008. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.1526  

  • November 29, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 997 views

Climate change and digital music

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

Information technology has a carbon footprint, that’s beyond doubt. Now, writing in a special issue of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Christopher Weber, Jonathan Koomey and Scott Matthews in the US in work supported by grants from Microsoft Corporation and Intel Corporation have calculated that purchasing music digitally reduces the energy and carbon dioxide emissions [...]Climate change and digital music is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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  • November 29, 2010
  • 09:48 AM
  • 1,160 views

Level of Detail in a Simulation Model

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


After the last more general entries on managers perception of risk and measuring SC performance I wanted to make a detour back to the basics.
Simulation is one of the tools, which can be used for analyzing supply chain dynamics, optimization and to support corporate decision making.
One major question when starting a supply chain model has always been what level of detail should you choose? Someone could start with a single worker in an agent based simulation model and continue with the mac........ Read more »

  • November 25, 2010
  • 01:49 PM
  • 741 views

Thanksgiving and Football: Why you should always go for it on 4th and short

by Brad Walters in Cortical Hemming and Hawing

Today being Thanksgiving, it's pretty reasonable to assume (if you live in the U.S.) that you will likely be sitting down to a large meal involving lots of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.  It is also pretty likely, that somewhere in the house, football games will be on the television.  Which brings us to one of the quintessential questions in football: It's 4th down, your team is on the opposing team's 30 yard line and they have only one yard to go to get a first down.  Sho........ Read more »

  • November 24, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 792 views

Pharma industry could thrive in open

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

The pharmaceutical industry is facing tough times. The patents for many of the billion-dollar blockbuster drugs have expired, generics have taken market share. Health insurance companies and national health services are under increasing pressure to cut costs. Manufacturers and governments in the developing world are either ignoring intellectual property rights totally and producing generics for [...]Pharma industry could thrive in open is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Ram Subramanian, Jeffrey H. Toney, & C. Jayachandran. (2011) The evolution of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry: toward the open innovation model – can pharma reinvent itself?. Int. J. Business Innovation and Research, 5(1), 63-74. info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 11:49 AM
  • 1,151 views

Supply Chain Risk Management Dissertations (Supply Chain Design: Capacity, Flexibility and Wholesale Price Strategies)

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


This is the forth contribution to my series on doctoral dissertations on Supply Chain Risk Management. 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 dissertation was written by Brian Tomlin in 1999 as his doctoral thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. It can be downloaded here at his homepage at his current employer (Tuck........ Read more »

Brian T. Tomlin. (2000) Supply Chain Design: Capacity, Flexibility and Wholesale Price Strategies. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dissertation. info:/

  • November 24, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 1,105 views

YouTube EDU: There is more to YouTube than Justin Bieber’s Video

by Anatoliy Gruzd in Social Media Lab

On October 28th 2010, YouTube subscribers base reached 1 billion, helping to make it the third most popular website in the world. YouTube is a video-sharing website that allows user to upload, share and view videos online. On the main YouTube site, one can find videos on a wide variety of subjects matters from music [...]... Read more »

Colman, D. (2009) Introducing YouTube EDU. Blog post. info:/

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