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  • January 25, 2013
  • 07:20 AM

Are we incentivizing hype in science? A case study

by Björn Brembs in

There is a lively discussion going on right now in various forums on the incentives for scientists to publish their work in this venue or another. Some of these discussions cite our manuscript on the pernicious consequences of journal rank, others don't. In our manuscript, we speculate that the scientific community may be facing a deluge of fraud and misconduct, because of the incentives to publish in high-ranking journals, a central point of contention in the discussions lnked to above. An exam........ Read more »

Wasserman, S., Salomon, A., & Frye, M. (2013) Drosophila Tracks Carbon Dioxide in Flight. Current Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.12.038  

  • January 24, 2013
  • 07:29 AM

We Smell Ourselves (No, Not That Way)

by Andrew Porterfield in United Academics

Ever wonder why a perfume (or cologne) smells better on somebody else than on you? The reason lies in the interactions of our brains, immune system and nose. Our brains literally know exactly what we smell like and can set preferences based on that for associations with others (particularly sexual partners).... Read more »

Manfred Milinski, Ilona Croy,, Thomas Hummel, & and Thomas Boehm. (2013) Major histocompatibility complex peptide ligands as olfactory cues in human body odour assessment . Proc. R. Soc. B., 280(20122889). info:/10.1098/rspb.2012.2889

  • January 22, 2013
  • 07:41 PM

Cell phones track human migration

by Jes in Biogeography Bits

Here’s a question every scientist at some point asks themselves: does this data that I can easily and (relatively) inexpensively collect reasonably approximate the data that I would collect in an ideal world where I had bucket loads of money and an infinite amount of time? It may not be apparent from science news coverage, but a lot of science involves routinely checking that the methods we are... Read more »

  • January 22, 2013
  • 02:07 PM

Healthcare professionals AS pain treatment!

by Kim Kristiansen in Picture of Pain

A recent study have found indications on how healthcare professionals can be part of pain treatment them self ... Read more »

Kim Kristiansen, M.D. (2013) Healthcare professionals AS pain treatment. Picture of Pain Blog. info:/

  • January 22, 2013
  • 04:09 AM

ToxBank: the next generation toxicology

by egonw in Chem-bla-ics

Before I moved to my current position in Maastricht, I had the great pleasure to work with Prof. Roland Grafström (check his pathway bioinformatics done with his then PhD Rebecca) and Prof. Bengt Fadeel at the Karolinska Institutet. During this year I part-time worked on ToxBank and part-time on nano-QSAR, and worked on semantics, predictive toxicology, and Open Data. This blog post is about the ToxBank work.

I promised firework, and the first rockets are heading upw........ Read more »

Kohonen, P., Benfenati, E., Bower, D., Ceder, R., Crump, M., Cross, K., Grafström, R., Healy, L., Helma, C., Jeliazkova, N.... (2013) The ToxBank Data Warehouse: Supporting the Replacement of In Vivo Repeated Dose Systemic Toxicity Testing. Molecular Informatics. DOI: 10.1002/minf.201200114  

  • January 19, 2013
  • 03:41 AM

Journal Impact Factors and REF2014

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

In 2014, British institutions of Higher Education are to be evaluated in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an important exercise on which their future funding depends. Academics are currently undergoing scrutiny by their institutions to determine whether their research outputs are good enough to be entered in the REF. Outputs are to be assessed in terms of "‘originality, significance and rigour’, with reference to international research quality standards." Use of jo........ Read more »

  • January 18, 2013
  • 09:47 AM

On "Join Papester Collective 1.0: How to reply to #icanhazpdf in 3 seconds"

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

I'm totally supporting this potential system theorized some days ago by Micah Allen and his friend Hauke on Allen's Neuroconscience blog . They discuss a quick and reliable strategy to share papers behind a paywall.
The proposed system is really easy and accessible by everyone, since it uses particular twitter's #hashtags for query and response.
I strongly believe that what started after Aaron Swartz's dead with #pdftribute, and continued with #sharecredentials (unfortunate........ Read more »

Cook, J., & Attari, S. (2012) Paying for What Was Free: Lessons from the Paywall . Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15(12), 682-687. DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0251  

  • January 18, 2013
  • 09:38 AM

Currently Necessary Evil: A (vegan’s) view on the use of animals in neuroscience research

by Grace Lindsay in Neurdiness

All research methodologies have their challenges. Molecular markers are finicky. Designing human studies is fraught with red tape. And getting neural cultures to grow can seem to require as much luck as skill. But for those of us involved in animal-based research, there is an extra dimension of difficulty: the ethical one. No matter how [...]... Read more »

Editors. (2011) Animal rights and wrongs. Nature, 470(7335), 435-435. DOI: 10.1038/470435a  

  • January 17, 2013
  • 01:54 PM

How to export, delete and replace your Mendeley account and library

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

News that Reed Elsevier is in talks to buy will have many scientists reaching for their “delete account” button. Mendeley has built an impressive user-base of scientists and other academics since they started, but the possibility of an Elsevier takeover has worried some of its users. Elsevier has a strained relationship with some groups in the scientific community [1], so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

If you’ve built a personal library of sci........ Read more »

  • January 17, 2013
  • 08:26 AM

A great example of Citzen Science

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

Crowd-funding isn't anymore  just a domain of independent movie makers. Independent science is starting to exploit this possibility.Here is a great example of Citzen Science![1] What about doing other big omic-like projects like this, by using crowd-funding? Any ideas?uBiome - Sequence Your Microbiome "Scientists recently discovered an important new organ in the human body. Incredibly, this organ isn’t made of human cells: It’s microbes!In fact, there are so many of these micr........ Read more »

  • January 17, 2013
  • 06:00 AM

Accuracy of Medical Information on the Internet

by Jalees Rehman in Fragments of Truth

This study highlights the opportunities and pitfalls of using the internet to communicate medical information. The internet is providing an opportunity for patients and family members to obtain additional medical information that they did not receive from their physicians, as well as to address questions that may arise and do not warrant a visit to a physician. On the other hand, the study also demonstrates that the quality of medical information on the internet varies widely. Searches for certa........ Read more »

Chung M, Oden RP, Joyner BL, Sims A, & Moon RY. (2012) Safe infant sleep recommendations on the Internet: let's Google it. The Journal of pediatrics, 161(6), 1080-4. PMID: 22863258  

  • January 17, 2013
  • 06:00 AM

Using Viagra To Burn Fat

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

The researchers treated mice with Viagra (sildenafil), a drug that is normally used for erectile dysfunction. They found that only seven days of Viagra treatment increased the levels of the brown fat protein UCP-1 and that the white fat began showing the presence of "beige" (not quite white and not fully brown) fat. The choice of Viagra was not quite arbitrary, because they also showed that cultured fat cells contain cGMP-dependent protein kinase I (PKGI), which is part of the signalin........ Read more »

Mitschke, M., Hoffmann, L., Gnad, T., Scholz, D., Kruithoff, K., Mayer, P., Haas, B., Sassmann, A., Pfeifer, A., & Kilic, A. (2013) Increased cGMP promotes healthy expansion and browning of white adipose tissue. The FASEB Journal. DOI: 10.1096/fj.12-221580  

  • January 16, 2013
  • 03:00 AM

Considerations about #pdftribute and #sharecredentials

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In the last post I gave for free my credentials for limited-access journals for which my university pay the subscription fee.

Micah Allen from his Neuroconscience blog address this licit question:

"We need an “research-reddit” rating layer - why not solve Open Access and peer review in one go? Is this feasible? There are about 50 million papers in existence[1]. If we estimate about 500 kilobytes on average per paper, that’s 25 million MB of data, or 25 terabytes.&quo........ Read more »

  • January 14, 2013
  • 08:32 PM

More Milk drinking in a Nation, More chances of winning Nobel Prizes

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Researchers have found that the nations that drink a lot of milk and consume milk products have more ability to win Nobel prizes.

This research has been published online in the journal Practical Neurology.

In the last quarter of the last year, a research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that the nation’s chocolate consumption has strong relation to the Nobel Prize winning ability. The research proposed that the flavonoid content of the chocolate is respons........ Read more »

Linthwaite, S., & Fuller, G. (2013) Milk, chocolate and Nobel prizes. Practical Neurology, 13(1), 63-63. DOI: 10.1136/practneurol-2012-000471  

  • January 14, 2013
  • 05:26 AM

Can MOOC’s Really Transform Education?

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Traditional colleges often struggle with limited space availability in popular (or even core curriculum) courses. Higher education costs in the U.S. have sky-rocketed in recent years. A recent USA Today article reported that costs to attend a 4-year public university rose a staggering 15% between 2008 and 2010. To make matters worse, many graduates that [...]... Read more »

  • January 11, 2013
  • 11:59 AM

A joke about teaching and learning via Jason Bangbala

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

What is the difference between primary, secondary and higher education?... Read more »

Vardi, M. (2012) Will MOOCs destroy academia?. Communications of the ACM, 55(11), 5-5. DOI: 10.1145/2366316.2366317  

Khan, S. (2013) What college could be like. Communications of the ACM, 56(1), 41. DOI: 10.1145/2398356.2398370  

  • January 11, 2013
  • 11:08 AM

On Selling and Over-Selling Science

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

Science!!! (source)Science communication is a persistent topic of ... well communication. Who is responsible for communicating science? How can science be best communicated to the public? What can we to do stop sensationalist and misleading articles from controlling what findings are generally accepted in the public sphere?All these questions rise up in science blogs and on twitter and then fade back into the background. Then something happens and a flurry of posts about communicating science fl........ Read more »

  • January 11, 2013
  • 09:11 AM

Q: Why does skin lose its elasticity as we get old?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

Asked by Sam Whiley via Facebook Before we even jump to the answer, let’s define what elasticity actually is.  It’s not really the “stretchiness” of your skin as many people tend to think it is; that’s only half the definition.  If elasticity were to be defined as only how stretchy something can be, then your [...]... Read more »

  • January 8, 2013
  • 11:37 AM

The USA Dream for IMGs: Coming to an end? Analysing the 2012 Match

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

My attention was drawn to an article in the JAMA today (1) by one of my friends who is actively pursuing the USMLE route. And after reading this, I guess I have to admit that one now has to make haste in order to prevent waste. Now I have long been wanting to write about [...]... Read more »

Traverso G, & McMahon GT. (2012) Residency training and international medical graduates: coming to America no more. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 308(21), 2193-4. PMID: 23212494  

  • January 8, 2013
  • 09:28 AM

High-impact Journals for Genetics and Genomics

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

One of the burdens of the information age is that there’s far more content produced than could ever be read by the population. This is categorically true of blogging, but also a fact of research publication. With hundreds of academic journals (ISI indexes over 11,000 science and social science journals) and thousands of articles published [...]... Read more »

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