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  • July 24, 2011
  • 01:01 PM
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Blogs/Twitter in Medical Publications: Too Unreliable to Quote or A Change Waiting to Happen?

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

Just a few days ago, I was co-authoring a submission for a journal on the issue of handling social media with care and needed to cite a bunch of blogs and non-traditional online sources of information (including Tweets and Friendfeed … Continue reading →... Read more »

Mandavilli A. (2011) Peer review: Trial by Twitter. Nature, 469(7330), 286-7. PMID: 21248816  

  • July 22, 2011
  • 10:43 AM
  • 1,609 views

Light Logic for 'Light'-ning Fast Computers

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

For some time now, the idea of building light-based devices to supplement semiconductor-based computing has attracted the interest of researchers and computer engineers alike. Why? Because, as eloquently put in a 2007 issue of Scientific American, "Light is a wonderful medium for carrying information."... Read more »

  • July 21, 2011
  • 03:00 AM
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Obama cracks a joke to the Atlantis Shuttle Crew – So why wasn’t it funny?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

In space, no one can hear the tumble-weed. Obama: “I was just dialing out for pizza, and I didn’t expect to end up in space…” Recently, the US President took some time out from his busy schedule to make a surprise phone call to the Space Shuttle Atlantis crew. Clearly in need of some light-hearted … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • July 20, 2011
  • 06:04 AM
  • 2,240 views

Autotune the Abstract: Singing in the Brain

by Ben Good in B Good Science

As a science communication student I find myself constantly coming across new and different ways people try and get across scientific data and knowledge. It can range from typical things such as news articles and blog posts to knitted representations of science. Whilst some of the crazy ways people try and get out their research may [...]... Read more »

  • July 20, 2011
  • 01:24 AM
  • 1,818 views

The Shinnecock Bay Brown Tide

by John Carroll in Chronicles of Zostera


Image from Chris Gobler, Stony Brook University
The south shore of Long Island has a series of interconnected lagoonal estuaries.  Shinnecock Bay is the eastern most basin, and it has the least amount of people living along its shores.  That’s not to say that there aren’t people out here, it just lacks the uber-development of the . . . → Read More: The Shinnecock Bay Brown Tide... Read more »

Dennison, WC, Marshall GJ, & Wigand, C. (1989) Effect of "brown tide" shading on eelgrass (Zostera marina) distributions. in: Novel Phytoplankton Blooms: Causes and Impacts of Recurrent Brown Tides and Other Unusual Blooms, 675-692. info:/

  • July 18, 2011
  • 10:00 AM
  • 1,317 views

Better Know An Epidemiologist: Alexander Langmuir

by Mr Epidemiology in Mr Epidemiology

Better Know An Epidemiologist is an ongoing feature where Mr Epidemiology pays tribute to those who have set the stage for his generation of epidemiologists. All of the articles are listed here. Epidemiology is a relatively new field. While John Snow made his breakthrough in the 1850s, even as recently as World War 2, there [...]... Read more »

No authors listed. (1996) A tribute to Alexander D. Langmuir. American journal of epidemiology, 144(8 Suppl). PMID: 8928703  

Brachman PS. (1996) Alexander Duncan Langmuir. American journal of epidemiology, 144(8 Suppl). PMID: 8857846  

  • July 18, 2011
  • 09:30 AM
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Communicating Meaning Online: A Digital Expression of Theory of Mind

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

The growth of email, instant messaging, texting, and various other digitally-mediated communicative tools (DMC) has been rapid and pervasive. The majority of people today are comfortable enough to use these communicative tools on a daily basis, particularly among younger generations. DMC appears to be a preferred means of communication. But the popularity of DMC forces [...]









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Jack RE, Blais C, Scheepers C, Schyns PG, & Caldara R. (2009) Cultural confusions show that facial expressions are not universal. Current biology : CB, 19(18), 1543-8. PMID: 19682907  

Kindred J, Roper S. (2004) Making connections via instant messenger (IM): student use of IM to maintain personal relationships. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 48-54. info:/

Wellman HM, & Liu D. (2004) Scaling of theory-of-mind tasks. Child development, 75(2), 523-41. PMID: 15056204  

  • July 18, 2011
  • 02:25 AM
  • 1,124 views

Beyond Bullet Points in Medical Education

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

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Readers from this blog recognize my interest in presentation skills. Not only the presenting but also the design of slides. Often I’ve written about the boring powerpoint slides often used in lectures with endless bullet points and great deal of text. Several authors have explained why these bullet points won’t teach the audience anything. They [...]


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  • July 15, 2011
  • 01:18 PM
  • 1,070 views

Do researchers find all the relevant literature? Not so much.

by bjms1002 in the Undergraduate Science Librarian

In a typical term paper assignment, faculty ask students to review the literature, synthesize their findings and write a cohesive narrative about a particular topic.  They expect students to find the most important research on the subject and determine what the general scientific consensus is, taking into account any disagreements.   By the time most students [...]... Read more »

Banobi, J., Branch, T., & Hilborn, R. (2011) Do rebuttals affect future science?. Ecosphere, 2(3). DOI: 10.1890/ES10-00142.1  

  • July 15, 2011
  • 10:00 AM
  • 1,174 views

The Reality and Utility of Bear Paternity Tests

by Kevin Zelnio in EvoEcoLab

It was summer of 2008 and the rhetoric was getting as hot as a globally warmed hood on a ’91 Chevy Camaro RS (my 2nd car, with t-tops of course). While you might fry an egg on the hood, you could broil a few cornish hens on the hot tin roof that encapsulated the election [...]









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  • July 13, 2011
  • 04:49 PM
  • 958 views

Evolved to run

by David Basanta in Cancerevo: Cancer evolution

Anybody that knows me knows that I am a keen (if not very fast) runner so it was with a a lot of interest that I got myself a copy of Christopher McDougall's book Born to run. The book...... Read more »

Bramble, D., & Lieberman, D. (2004) Endurance running and the evolution of Homo. Nature, 432(7015), 345-352. DOI: 10.1038/nature03052  

  • July 13, 2011
  • 02:17 AM
  • 1,643 views

Early Clinical Experience for Med Students

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Dealing with emotions and even your own emotions in a stress full job as medical professional is still an underestimated skill. Dealing with emotions is a highly informal and implicit learning process, part of "the hidden curriculum". Dealing with emotions, your emotions is still something hidden, part of the socialization process instead of learning appropriate emotion skills training.


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Helmich, E., Bolhuis, S., Laan, R., & Koopmans, R. (2011) Early clinical experience: do students learn what we expect?. Medical Education, 45(7), 731-740. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.03932.x  

  • July 11, 2011
  • 05:56 AM
  • 1,524 views

The IQ Myth and its Fascist origins – Just how Intelligent are You?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Western culture has a peculiar fascination with ‘intelligence’. I’ve not taken an IQ test for years – and hopefully never will again. Being ‘intelligent’ is held in ludicrously high esteem (second probably only to good looks) that most people think they’ve either got it, or they haven’t. The ‘doctrine’ of an inborn intelligence seems to … Continue reading »... Read more »

White, S. (2000) Conceptual foundations of IQ testing. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 6(1), 33-43. DOI: 10.1037//1076-8971.6.1.33  

Henrich, J., Heine, S., & Norenzayan, A. (2010) The weirdest people in the world?. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33(2-3), 61-83. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X0999152X  

Bonthous, J. (1993) Understanding intelligence across cultures. Competitive Intelligence Review, 4(2-3), 12-19. DOI: 10.1002/cir.3880040205  

  • July 10, 2011
  • 12:57 PM
  • 1,183 views

Beheading the “Snake God” at Rhino Cave

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

Indiana Jones would have loved it: 65,000 years ago, stone age hunters in Africa gathered at night in a hidden cave to worship the giant rock snake that seemed to move in the flickering firelight and hissingly promised fertility so long as the rituals were performed. They came to this place every year during when [...]... Read more »

Coulson, Sheila, Staurset, Sigrid, & Walker, Nick. (2011) Ritualized Behavior in the Middle Stone Age: Evidence from Rhino Cave, Tsodilo Hills, Botswana. PaleoAnthropology, 18-61. info:/10.4207/PA.2011.ART42

  • July 9, 2011
  • 02:12 PM
  • 1,339 views

The Brainstorming Myth: Why it doesn’t work and is a waste of time…

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Ok now class, today we’re going to be looking at myths in education. Now please pay attention. I have a question – In the TV show: The Apprentice, what’s the first thing candidates normally do to discuss and generate new ideas? Yes, you at the back? Speak up Roger so everyone can hear. Well done, … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • July 8, 2011
  • 06:00 AM
  • 1,531 views

Paucis Verbis: Cardiac tamponade or just an effusion?

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

What is a cardiac tamponade is a clinical state where pericardial fluid causes hemodynamic compromise. With bedside ultrasonography in most Emergency Departments now, it's relatively easy to detect a pericardial effusion.But what we more want to know in the immediate setting is: Is this cardiac tamponade?You can look for RA systolic or RV diastolic collapse. What if it's equivocal? How good is the clinical exam and EKG in ruling out a tamponade?Answer: Poor to average, at best. The Beck's triad ........ Read more »

Roy, C., Minor, M., Brookhart, M., & Choudhry, N. (2007) Does This Patient With a Pericardial Effusion Have Cardiac Tamponade?. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 297(16), 1810-1818. DOI: 10.1001/jama.297.16.1810  

  • July 7, 2011
  • 12:10 PM
  • 1,291 views

On human health, interesting the public, and good scientific journalism...

by Heather in Escaping Anergy: The Immunology Research Blog

In addition to the "pulled from the scientific journal headlines" research discussed here, I thought it would be interesting to periodically showcase fascinating research that I read elsewhere. Awesome and interesting research about human health, disease and immunology is everywhere and sometimes, it's written about in a way that is clear, accurate and easy to understand! That last point is exactly what Escaping Anergy is all about: a place to see, interpret, discuss and most im........ Read more »

Cajochen C, Frey S, Anders D, Späti J, Bues M, Pross A, Mager R, Wirz-Justice A, & Stefani O. (2011) Evening exposure to a light-emitting diodes (LED)-backlit computer screen affects circadian physiology and cognitive performance. Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985), 110(5), 1432-8. PMID: 21415172  

  • July 7, 2011
  • 07:33 AM
  • 1,238 views

more on auto metaphor recognition methods

by Chris in The Lousy Linguist

A quick follow-up to my previous post on automatic metaphor recognition. The paper Automatic Metaphor Recognition Based on Semantic Relation Patterns by Tang et al. challenges the dominant selectional preferences method by substituing their own Semantic Relations Patterns. They point out the problems with Selection Preferences (unfortunately I don't think they solved the problems with their own method, more on that in a bit).Again I'll give the Ling 101, computational linguistics for dummie........ Read more »

Xuri Tang, Weiguang Qu, Xiaohe Chen, & Shiwen Yu. (2010) Automatic Metaphor Recognition Based on Semantic Relation Patterns. International Conference on Asian Language Processing. info:/

  • July 6, 2011
  • 03:58 PM
  • 1,170 views

The top 11 (or 23) unanswered questions in neuroscience

by Bradley Voytek in Oscillatory Thoughts

This post has been in my draft for a while, and recently it came up as a question over at Quora, so I finally got around to finishing it.What are the really big questions right now in neuroscience?This is a fun game that a lot of neuroscientists like to play (usually over a few drinks). Generally our responses fall under one of two categories (of which I'd argue all others are just more detailed sub-questions). They are:Consciousness WTF!?How can atoms and molecules combine to a behaving animal?........ Read more »

Voytek B, Davis M, Yago E, Barceló F, Vogel EK, & Knight RT. (2010) Dynamic neuroplasticity after human prefrontal cortex damage. Neuron, 68(3), 401-8. PMID: 21040843  

Sadato N, Pascual-Leone A, Grafman J, Ibañez V, Deiber MP, Dold G, & Hallett M. (1996) Activation of the primary visual cortex by Braille reading in blind subjects. Nature, 380(6574), 526-8. PMID: 8606771  

  • July 5, 2011
  • 09:49 AM
  • 1,221 views

the big picture: automatic metaphor identification

by Chris in The Lousy Linguist

The recently popularized IARPA Metaphor Program piqued my curiosity, so I've been reviewing a variety of articles on contemporary approaches to automatic metaphor identification. I've read three articles so far and one thing is somewhat dissapointing: they all severely restrict the notion of metaphor to mean local metaphors within single sentences.They all pay considerable lip service to Lakoff & Johnson's seminal 1980 work Metaphors We Live By, taking as gospel the notion that metaphor is d........ Read more »

Xuri Tang, Weiguang Qu, Xiaohe Chen, & Shiwen Yu. (2010) Automatic Metaphor Recognition Based on Semantic Relation Patterns. International Conference on Asian Language Processing. info:/

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