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  • November 1, 2011
  • 10:57 AM

Dr Kanazawa: a Fascist Scientist, or Science Censorship?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

A note to lawyers – today’s blog post in no way endorses fascism, racism or any other perverse ideologies. It is intended to stimulate debate and thought. Phew, I think I’m safe from a libel suit. Last week Dr Satoshi Kanazawa, lecturer and psychology guru, was suspended from most of his teaching duties at the … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • October 31, 2011
  • 04:13 PM

The Google of Negative Results

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

A new online resource has been launched which offers us the chance to find out what isn't happening in science.BioNOT is a free searchable database of negative findings in biology and medicine.Text mining approaches to the scientific literature have become increasingly popular as a way of helping researchers to make sense of a growing number of papers. But they've tended to focus on positive findings and skim over negative ones. In this sense they're following in the tradition of scientists them........ Read more »

  • October 29, 2011
  • 03:03 PM

Invasion of the body snatchers

by Charles Harvey in Charles Harvey - Science Communicator

Our bodies are the most personal thing we have. Every living thing on the planet has its own unique combination of DNA. Our DNA, interacting with the environment, creates an organism that will never be seen again in the universe. The cloned sheep Dolly was not the same as her doppelganger. Not even the most identical of identical twins are the same. In humans, our genes not only control how we look, but how we think too. Contained in our DNA is the recipe that governs the development and organis........ Read more »

  • October 27, 2011
  • 02:46 PM

Discussion Forum: How Dogma Hinders the Advancement of Basic Research

by Heather in Escaping Anergy: The Immunology Research Blog

Immunology is complicated. It’s like a giant puzzle without a box depicting how the picture is supposed to look. It becomes further complicated, because every few years a new puzzle piece drops into the pile. The thing is, sometimes it feels as Sometimes that new piece in the “missing link” that can unify part of the puzzle, and other times it can’t seem to fit into the existing puzzle. In research, the puzzle, in its entirety, is never complete, but people are workin........ Read more »

Mosser, D., & Edwards, J. (2008) Exploring the full spectrum of macrophage activation. Nature Reviews Immunology, 8(12), 958-969. DOI: 10.1038/nri2448  

  • October 27, 2011
  • 10:59 AM

Dear Seven Billionth Child: How you can make the world a better place

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Dear Seven Billionth Child, You are being born into an unfair world. Health, happiness and fulfilment are possible, but throughout your life you must strive to do one thing: seek equality. My advice is from a political ideology. It is not from an inner moral conviction. It is from cold, hard facts. If you are … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • October 26, 2011
  • 07:44 AM

Happy Birthday! Dr Stu’s blog is one year old today!

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Today, Dr Stu’s blog is one year old – cue the cake and candles! This little experiment to write about science, health and technology in an understandable way has been extremely well received and continues to be read by an increasing number of people. After a few weeks of writing practice, the blog officially went … Continue reading »... Read more »

John C. Besley and Matthew Nisbet. (2011) How scientists view the public, the media and the political process. Public Understanding of Science, 1-16. info:/10.1177/0963662511418743

Thanukos, A., Scotchmoor, J., Caldwell, R., & Lindberg, D. (2010) Science 101: Building the Foundations for Real Understanding. Science, 330(6012), 1764-1765. DOI: 10.1126/science.1186994  

  • October 26, 2011
  • 03:21 AM

Can Professors Buy Positive Evaluations Through Grade Inflation?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Do you take your professor evaluations extremely seriously? Do you meticulously add up every lackluster response, burst of insight, or hilarious joke about the dean? Well, it turns out your evaluation is still biased by how you expect to do in the class, and according to a recent paper that provides an incentive for professors to buy positive evaluations through grade inflation.... Read more »

  • October 25, 2011
  • 03:00 AM

Can a Siphon Work In Vacuo? [video] | @GrrlScientist | Punctuated Equilibrium

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

Video proof that siphons do not require atmospheric pressure to suck... Read more »

Boatwright, A., Puttick, S., & Licence, P. (2011) Can a Siphon Work In Vacuo?. Journal of Chemical Education, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1021/ed2001818  

  • October 24, 2011
  • 06:39 PM

Siphons really do suck

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

SUMMARY: Video proof that siphons do not require atmospheric pressure to suck ... Read more »

Boatwright, A., Puttick, S., & Licence, P. (2011) Can a Siphon Work In Vacuo?. Journal of Chemical Education, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1021/ed2001818  

  • October 24, 2011
  • 12:59 PM

Three Myths About Power

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

Does Power Corrupt? source

The reign of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi came to an end last week at the hands of a combination of rebel and UN forces. Qaddafi-- at least according to the American news media and some of his own people--was widely considered a tyrannical ruler who stifled free expression and democracy during his 40 years of rule. Whenever I think of men like Qaddafi, the social psychologist in me can't help but think that the situation has created the tyrant we now know-- ........ Read more »

Chen, S., Lee-Chai, A., & Bargh, J. (2001) Relationship orientation as a moderator of the effects of social power. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80(2), 173-187. DOI: 10.1037//0022-3514.80.2.173  

  • October 24, 2011
  • 03:51 AM

When is it right to Smack a Child?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

“Spare the rod and spoil the child” Last week I received an odd request from a local radio station. They phoned to ask if I would take part in an on-air discussion about parenting issues – I was more than a little bemused. Having no experience of parenting (babysitting doesn’t count) – I felt ill … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • October 24, 2011
  • 01:42 AM

Why are doctors more accurate with difficult cases?

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Buffer Because with difficult cases doctors tend to use refelective reasoning for diagnostic decisions. Reflective reasoning is effortful, conscious analysis of features exhibited by a case. When engaged in reflection for solving a case, physicians tend to more carefully consider case findings, search for alternative diagnoses, and examine their own thinking. A recent study indicated [...]

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Mamede S, Schmidt HG, Rikers RM, Penaforte JC, & Coelho-Filho JM. (2008) Influence of perceived difficulty of cases on physicians' diagnostic reasoning. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 83(12), 1210-6. PMID: 19202502  

  • October 18, 2011
  • 10:45 AM

Evidence Based Point of Care Summaries [2] More Uptodate with Dynamed.

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

This post is part of a short series about Evidence Based Point of Care Summaries or POCs. In this series I will review 3 recent papers that objectively compare a selection of POCs. In the previous post I reviewed a paper from Rita Banzi and colleagues from the Italian Cochrane Centre [1]. They analyzed 18 POCs with respect to their [...]... Read more »

  • October 17, 2011
  • 01:59 AM

Explaining Diagnostic Errors

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Buffer One possible mechanism for diagnostic errors made by physicians is the availability bias. Clinical reasoning is one of the most important achievements after med school. Flaws in clinical reasoning can result in diagnostic errors and medical mistakes. Availability bias is the doctor who diagnoses a certain disease more often since it comes to mind [...]

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Mamede, S., van Gog, T., van den Berge, K., Rikers, R., van Saase, J., van Guldener, C., & Schmidt, H. (2010) Effect of Availability Bias and Reflective Reasoning on Diagnostic Accuracy Among Internal Medicine Residents. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 304(11), 1198-1203. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2010.1276  

  • October 16, 2011
  • 05:00 PM

World Food Day / Blog Action Day

by Matthew Garcia in Hydro-Logic

Today is World Food Day, as designated by the United Nations on the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945, and as such is this year's Blog Action Day on the topic of food...... Read more »

  • October 14, 2011
  • 05:47 AM

“Hey you, Fatty! Stop eating so much!” declares UK government

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

That’s right, being fat is your fault after all. Yesterday, the UK minister for health, Andrew Lansley jabbed his not-too-chubby finger at the overweight far lacking insight into their food addiction. In a rally-call to the 60% of overweight adult Britons, his announced a new ‘national ambition’ is to cut out the hamburgers and go … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • October 13, 2011
  • 12:19 PM

Evidence Based Point of Care Summaries [1] No “Best” Among the Bests?

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

For many of today’s busy practicing clinicians, keeping up with the enormous and ever growing amount of medical information, poses substantial challenges [6]. Its impractical to do a PubMed search to answer each clinical question and then synthesize and appraise the evidence. Simply, because busy health care providers have limited time and many questions per day. As [...]... Read more »

Banzi, R., Liberati, A., Moschetti, I., Tagliabue, L., & Moja, L. (2010) A Review of Online Evidence-based Practice Point-of-Care Information Summary Providers. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 12(3). DOI: 10.2196/jmir.1288  

Goodyear-Smith F, Kerse N, Warren J, & Arroll B. (2008) Evaluation of e-textbooks. DynaMed, MD Consult and UpToDate. Australian family physician, 37(10), 878-82. PMID: 19002313  

  • October 13, 2011
  • 10:48 AM

Kill Popular Science

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

This is a preliminary review of Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker’s new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature. I reveal serious errors and distortions from his peer-reviewed sources.... Read more »

Kevin Beaver, Ashley Sak, Jamie Vaske, & Jessica Nilsson. (2010) Genetic risk, parent–child relations, and antisocial phenotypes in a sample of African-American males. Psychiatry Research, 175(1-2), 160-164. info:/

Lu RB, Lee JF, Ko HC, Lin WW, Chen K, & Shih JC. (2002) No association of the MAOA gene with alcoholism among Han Chinese males in Taiwan. Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology , 26(3), 457-61. PMID: 11999895  

Philibert RA, Gunter TD, Beach SR, Brody GH, & Madan A. (2008) MAOA methylation is associated with nicotine and alcohol dependence in women. American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics : the official publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, 147B(5), 565-70. PMID: 18454435  

  • October 12, 2011
  • 12:17 AM

Cleaning an Amorsolo: A new digital cleaning technique for oil painting

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

A painting degrades overtime because of different chemical and physical processes. The degradation may be due to some dirt or dust, or light exposure which hastens the usual deterioration of the chemicals used in the paint.

Physical cleaning of the painting is one of the ways to bring the painting back to its original state. A problem though arises because physical cleaning of the painting is mostly subjective. There are no clear standards of restoration and it is pratically trial and error........ Read more »

  • October 10, 2011
  • 10:00 PM

A history of music cognition?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

One of the pioneers in the field that would come to be called music cognition was H. Christopher Longuet-Higgins (1923-2004). Not only was Longuet-Higgins one of the founders of the cognitive sciences (he coined the term in 1973), but as early as 1971 he formulated, together with Mark Steedman, the first computer model of musical perception. That early work was followed in 1976 with a full-fledged alternative in the journal Nature, seven years earlier than the more widely known, but, according t........ Read more »

Longuet-Higgins, C. (1983) All in theory — the analysis of music. Nature, 304(5921), 93-93. DOI: 10.1038/304093a0  

Longuet-Higgins, H. (1976) Perception of melodies. Nature, 263(5579), 646-653. DOI: 10.1038/263646a0  

Honing, H. (2011) The illiterate Listener. On music cognition, musicality and methodology. Amsterdam University Press. info:other

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