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  • December 1, 2010
  • 08:01 PM
  • 442 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
  • 501 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
  • 496 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
  • 1,186 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
  • 919 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
  • 991 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
  • 1,151 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
  • 720 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
  • 783 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
  • 1,139 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
  • 1,059 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:/

  • November 23, 2010
  • 04:15 PM
  • 1,220 views

Implementing Twitter in a Health Sciences Library

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

Twitter describes itself as “a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” [2]. The “answers” are equally simple, because the tweet (that what is being “said”) must fit in 140 characters. The tweet does not only [...]... Read more »

Cuddy, C., Graham, J., & Morton-Owens, E. (2010) Implementing Twitter in a Health Sciences Library. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 29(4), 320-330. DOI: 10.1080/02763869.2010.518915  

  • November 23, 2010
  • 07:33 AM
  • 698 views

purple pain and a gene called 'straightjacket'

by Chris in The Lousy Linguist

Dr. Kevin Mitchell, a neuroscientist at Smurfit Institute of Genetics, University of Dublin, posted at his excellent blog Wiring the Brain about a weird, interesting study* that points to a possible genetic explanation of synaesthesia** (e.g., hearing a word and experience the color red). The authors were studying pain mechanisms in fruit flies (turns out the mechanisms are similar to us mammals, whuddathunk?). Once they identified a particular gene they dubbed straightjacket*** which is "involv........ Read more »

  • November 23, 2010
  • 03:42 AM
  • 695 views

Discussions beyond the dichotomy of ‘downloading is theft’

by Tomas Rawlings in A Great Becoming

Andersson, J (2010). Peer-to-peer-based file-sharing beyond the dichotomy of ‘downloading is theft’ vs. ‘information wants to be free’: How Swedish file-sharers motivate their action Unpublished as yet Discussion of paper: <em>Peer-to-peer-based file-sharing beyond the dichotomy of ‘downloading is theft’ vs. ‘information wants to be free’: How Swedish file-sharers motivate their action</em> by Jonas Andersson of [...]... Read more »

Andersson, J. (2010) Peer-to-peer-based file-sharing beyond the dichotomy of ‘downloading is theft’ vs. ‘information wants to be free’: How Swedish file-sharers motivate their action. Unpublished as yet. info:/

  • November 22, 2010
  • 07:47 AM
  • 963 views

Measuring Supply Chain Performance

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


Last week I conducted another Interview for the empirical part of my research. And we also discussed how to measure performance within the SC. As it turns out, multiple measures, namely service, cost, working capital are used. Sadly in literature many authors still focus on a single measure only and I wanted to know more about it. So I read an article by B. Beamon (Measuring Supply Chain Performance) to get an overview over performance measures used and how to select the right one(s).

Hist........ Read more »

Beamon, B. (1999) Measuring supply chain performance. International Journal of Operations , 19(3), 275-292. DOI: 10.1108/01443579910249714  

  • November 21, 2010
  • 06:41 AM
  • 677 views

Autism Gives You Biblical Superpowers

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

We've all heard about autistic "savants" with amazing mathematical, memory or artistic abilities. But could autism give you the power to kill 1,000 men armed only with a donkey bone?Samson was the original Chuck Norris. Granted mighty strength by God so long as he didn't cut his hair or shave, Samson's first act of heroism was ripping a lion to shreds with his bear hands. Then he moved onto people. According to the Book of Judges:"And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, wi........ Read more »

  • November 19, 2010
  • 01:04 PM
  • 679 views

Learning the Form of Causal Relationships Using Hierarchical Bayesian Models

by Sean Roberts in The Adventures of Auck

Lucas & Griffiths present a hierarchical Bayesian model of causal structure learning, and show that it predicts the performance of adults and children better than the Power PC model and the delta P model... Read more »

Lucas, C. G., & Griffiths, T. (2010) Learning the Form of Causal Relationships Using Hierarchical Bayesian Models. Cognitive Science, 34(1). info:/

  • November 19, 2010
  • 06:04 AM
  • 1,195 views

Mutual Exclusivity in the Naming Game

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

The Naming Game looks at how communication systems evolve in populations of agents. In this post I’ll show that the algorithms used have implicit mutual exclusivity biases, which favour monolingual viewpoints. I’ll also show that this bias is not necessary and obscures some interesting insights into evolutionary dynamics of langauge.... Read more »

Andrea Baronchelli. (2010) Do you agree? Role of feedback and broadcasting in the Naming Game. ArXiv e-prints. arXiv: 1009.4798v1

Vittorio Loreto, Andrea Baronchelli, & Andrea Puglisi. (2009) Mathematical Modeling of Language Games . Evolution of Communication and Language in Embodied Agents. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-01250-1_15  

  • November 18, 2010
  • 12:47 AM
  • 700 views

A step towards correlates of consciousness

by Janet Kwasniak in Thoughts on thoughts


There are only a few ways to watch the brain in action and one is to follow its electromagnetic waves. Doesburg and his group have looked at the waves that accompany conscious awareness. They use binocular rivalry to mark when the content of consciousness changes (If different images are sent to the two eyes, we [...]... Read more »

  • November 17, 2010
  • 07:33 PM
  • 1,110 views

How to tell your parents about those GPCRs

by Peter Nollert in Emerald BioStructures Blog

GPCRs could be a conversation starter over a Thanksgiving Dinner conversation.... Read more »

Bucci M, Goodman C, & Sheppard TL. (2010) A decade of chemical biology. Nature chemical biology, 6(12), 847-854. PMID: 21079586  

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