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  • September 13, 2011
  • 01:07 PM

Attack of the Warrior Gene Babies!

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

This is a look at the first study on the warrior gene’s effect on babies, and I reviewed the scientific literature on monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) in women and Asians, including epigenetics and gene expression, and hormone-gene interactions in aggression.... Read more »

Zhang M, Chen X, Way N, Yoshikawa H, Deng H, Ke X, Yu W, Chen P, He C, Chi X.... (2011) The association between infants' self-regulatory behavior and MAOA gene polymorphism. Developmental science, 14(5), 1059-1065. PMID: 21884321  

  • September 13, 2011
  • 11:30 AM

The importance of failure in graduate student training

by Southern Fried Scientist in Southern Fried Science

Running the winch at dusk The A-frame shuddered as the box core, heavy with mud and reeking of sulfur, emerged from the water. We knew that it had found its mark 2300 meters below. Soft sediment from the seafloor oozed out the sides as I slid the safety pins into the spade arm. [...]... Read more »

  • September 12, 2011
  • 12:14 PM

Going bananas over RotPotA...

by Kausik Datta in In Scientio Veritas

Caveat Lector: This post may contain what one might consider spoilers. Therefore, if you haven't already watched the 2011 movie "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and are planning to do so, please cease and desist from reading...... Read more »

  • September 11, 2011
  • 01:49 PM

Neuroscience Fails Stats 101?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

According to a new paper, a full half of neuroscience papers that try to do a (very simple) statistical comparison are getting it wrong: Erroneous analyses of interactions in neuroscience: a problem of significance.Here's the problem. Suppose you want to know whether a certain 'treatment' has an affect on a certain variable. The treatment could be a drug, an environmental change, a genetic variant, whatever. The target population could be animals, humans, brain cells, or anything else.So you giv........ Read more »

  • September 11, 2011
  • 11:12 AM

How much 9/11 TV footage is too much?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Ten years on from the fateful and tragic day, once again our TV screens relive the moments when the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon came under terrorist attack. Footage of planes exploding into skyscrapers, crumbling buildings and billowing dust clouds are all now indelibly etched into all of our psyches. It was a watershed … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • September 10, 2011
  • 08:22 AM

Agriculture and biodiversity conservation: to spare or to share, that is the question

by M. Balzan in Bioblog: the biodiversity blog

Small scale agriculture within the central Mediterranean island of Gozo (Malta): "in the Mediterranean region ... rich biodiversity has existed for millenia in an agricultural setting" (Godfray 2011)A report relating agricultural practices to biodiversity conservation in tropical environments has been published in the journal Science last week. Within this contribution, the researchers from the University of Cambridge, related the diversity of birds and trees within several landscapes ........ Read more »

  • September 8, 2011
  • 10:28 AM

FUTON Bias. Or Why Limiting to Free Full Text Might not Always be a Good Idea.

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

A few weeks ago I was discussing possible relevant papers for the Twitter Journal Club  (Hashtag #TwitJC), a succesful initiative on Twitter, that I have discussed previously here and here [7,8]. I proposed an article, that appeared behind a paywall. Annemarie Cunningham (@amcunningham) immediately ran the idea down, stressing that open-access (OA) is a pre-requisite for the TwitJC [...]... Read more »

Björk, B., Welling, P., Laakso, M., Majlender, P., Hedlund, T., & Guðnason, G. (2010) Open Access to the Scientific Journal Literature: Situation 2009. PLoS ONE, 5(6). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011273  

Matsubayashi, M., Kurata, K., Sakai, Y., Morioka, T., Kato, S., Mine, S., & Ueda, S. (2009) Status of open access in the biomedical field in 2005. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA, 97(1), 4-11. DOI: 10.3163/1536-5050.97.1.002  

WENTZ, R. (2002) Visibility of research: FUTON bias. The Lancet, 360(9341), 1256-1256. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(02)11264-5  

Murali NS, Murali HR, Auethavekiat P, Erwin PJ, Mandrekar JN, Manek NJ, & Ghosh AK. (2004) Impact of FUTON and NAA bias on visibility of research. Mayo Clinic proceedings. Mayo Clinic, 79(8), 1001-6. PMID: 15301326  

Carney PA, Poor DA, Schifferdecker KE, Gephart DS, Brooks WB, & Nierenberg DW. (2004) Computer use among community-based primary care physician preceptors. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 79(6), 580-90. PMID: 15165980  

  • September 7, 2011
  • 07:43 AM

Behind the Headlines: ‘9/11 Counselling Drives People Mad’ – Is this Tabloid Journalism at its Worst?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Where were you when the Twin Towers came down? Most of us can remember. The terrorist attacks of September 11 stirred nations to war; triggered a decade of ‘Islamophobia’– and some even say – unified the people of USA. It has been the most televised and reported event in modern history. In the hours and … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • September 7, 2011
  • 01:48 AM

Tips when starting Psychiatry

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Buffer During clerkship or residency individuals new to psychiatry find it hard to accommodate. Psychiatry rotation is still not compelled for GP’s and emergency medicine while these are probably the first to encounter psychiatric patients in different forms of distress. For those starting a rotation of psychiatry being it clerkship or otherwise here are a [...]

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Burkes, M., Hanna, L., & Woollard, J. (2011) Tips for GP trainees working in psychiatry. British Journal of General Practice, 61(583), 148-149. DOI: 10.3399/bjgp11X556407  

  • August 31, 2011
  • 01:34 AM

Advice to become a refined self-plagiarist. (Disclaimer: it is not ethical and will not help your career)

by Pablo Artal in Optics confidential

Some comments on self-plagiarism practices in science that will damage your career... sooner than later... Read more »

  • August 30, 2011
  • 02:13 AM

Social Media and Surgery

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Buffer Surgeons not being the most social animals among doctors, I was surprised to see 7 editorials about surgery and social media. These seven editorials highlighted the use of social media and different settings for surgeons, from medical school all the way up to the American College of Surgeons. The most factual contribution was about [...]

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  • August 26, 2011
  • 02:49 PM

Part 2 of 2: Inflammation and Exercise: friend or foe?

by Kausik Datta in In Scientio Veritas

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this two-part post, inflammation is a two-edged sword, requiring a fine balance between initiation and termination, in order to promote health and not disease. With this idea in mind, I came across...... Read more »

Grounds MD, White JD, Rosenthal N, & Bogoyevitch MA. (2002) The role of stem cells in skeletal and cardiac muscle repair. The journal of histochemistry and cytochemistry : official journal of the Histochemistry Society, 50(5), 589-610. PMID: 11967271  

Krause MP, Liu Y, Vu V, Chan L, Xu A, Riddell MC, Sweeney G, & Hawke TJ. (2008) Adiponectin is expressed by skeletal muscle fibers and influences muscle phenotype and function. American journal of physiology. Cell physiology, 295(1). PMID: 18463233  

Suzuki K, Nakaji S, Yamada M, Liu Q, Kurakake S, Okamura N, Kumae T, Umeda T, & Sugawara K. (2003) Impact of a competitive marathon race on systemic cytokine and neutrophil responses. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 35(2), 348-55. PMID: 12569227  

  • August 26, 2011
  • 02:44 PM

Part 1 of 2: Inflammation: A two edged sword

by Kausik Datta in In Scientio Veritas

Inflammatory mechanisms are very important for the innate defence system of the body. When the host body encounters stimuli it perceives as harmful, such as pathogens and/or products thereof, injured cells or tissue, or any foreign object that irritates...... Read more »

Casadevall, A., & Pirofski, L. (2003) The damage-response framework of microbial pathogenesis. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 1(1), 17-24. DOI: 10.1038/nrmicro732  

  • August 26, 2011
  • 02:50 AM

Does internationalization change research content?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Every linguistics undergraduate student is by now familiar with the fact of linguistic imperialism in academic publishing where the pressure to publish in international journals translates into the pressure to publish in English, leaving researchers from non-English-speaking backgrounds at a … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 26, 2011
  • 01:42 AM

A Whole New World: My Beginnings as a Student of Journalism

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

This week, I started graduate classes for the first time as a student of Mass Communications at the LSU Manship School. Yahoo!
Thus begins my jump from a PhD in Biomedical Engineering to an advanced degree studying science journalism!
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PH Longstaff. (2005) Security, resilience, and communication in unpredictable environments such as terrorism, natural disasters, and complex technology. Center for Information Policy Research. info:/

  • August 24, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Taxonomy in decline or growth?

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

Earlier this year, Craig McClain from Deep Sea News wrote an editorial at Wired arguing that taxonomy as a scientific discipline was “going extinct.”

A short new paper challenges that view.

Joppa and colleagues looked at taxonomic research on cone snails (pictured), spiders, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals. The number of taxonomists studying each group has gone up in every case, not down.

The number of species being described is also going up, but it is actually not keeping up w........ Read more »

  • August 23, 2011
  • 10:43 PM

Microfluidics Education

by Hector Munoz in Microfluidic Future

The extent to which someone develops their passion and calling for is affected by when they are exposed to it, if it all. It wasn't until 2009 (the summer before my junior year) that I was first exposed to microfluidics when Dr. John T McDevitt came to Rice University. I wish I had met him earlier, because I was hooked from then on, and knew that I wanted to enter the field. Although I had been somewhat familiar with nanotechnology and MEMS since high school, I had never heard anything about mic........ Read more »

  • August 23, 2011
  • 11:54 AM

The Dubious Science of Teacher Coaching: "An Interaction-Based Approach to Enhancing Secondary School Instruction and Student Achievement"

by Chad Orzel in Uncertain Principles

A while back, I Links Dumped Josh Rosenau's Post Firing Bad Teachers Doesn't Create good Teachers, arguing that rather than just firing teachers who need some improvement, schools should look at, well, helping them improve. This produced a bunch of scoffing in a place I can't link to, basically taking the view that people are either good at what they do, or they're not, and if they're not, you just fire them and hire somebody else. I was too busy to respond at the time, but marked that doen as s........ Read more »

  • August 22, 2011
  • 01:22 PM

Stoichiometric IR pulsed laser deposition of Yttrium doped Bi-2212 thin film

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

Yttrium-doped Bismuth Strontium Calcium Copper Oxide (BSCCO) films, specifically Bi 2212, were succesfully deposited with preserved sample concentration using Infrared Pulsed Laser Deposition (IR PLD) as written in a recent publication from the National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines Diliman [1]. It was also shown that by using appropriate annealing, desired qualities for electronic applications can be obtained.... Read more »

  • August 21, 2011
  • 03:21 PM

PubMed’s Higher Sensitivity than OVID MEDLINE… & other Published Clichés.

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

Is it just me, or are biomedical papers about searching for a systematic review often of low quality or just too damn obvious? I’m seldom excited about papers dealing with optimal search strategies or peculiarities of PubMed, even though it is my specialty. It is my impression, that many of the lower quality and/or less relevant papers are [...]... Read more »

Leclercq E, Kramer B, & Schats W. (2011) Limitations of the MEDLINE database in constructing meta-analyses. Annals of internal medicine, 154(5), 371. PMID: 21357916  

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