Sometimes bad science reporting is a function of bad science. Garbage in, garbage out.There's been some buzz about new research regarding the bias of negative and positive words in English as well as cross linguistically. I have refrained from commenting because it sounded like typical bad reporting and misunderstanding of academic research. Then Andrew Sullivan got involved. Sigh. Sullivan has his strengths and weaknesses as a blogger. His strength shone brightly last summer when he helped........ Read more »
Rozin, P., Berman, L., & Royzman, E. (2010) Biases in use of positive and negative words across twenty natural languages. Cognition , 24(3), 536-548. DOI: 10.1080/02699930902793462
This is the last post in my series on Philip McCann’s paper , which considers New Zealand’s productivity paradox: why, despite being ranked very highly for the factors that are normally thought by economists to drive economic growth, is New Zealand’s economy is just an average performer? In the previous post, I discussed why McCann [...]... Read more »
McCann, P. (2009) Economic geography, globalisation and New Zealand's productivity paradox. New Zealand Economic Papers, 43(3), 279-314. DOI: 10.1080/00779950903308794
There's been a big sports story that has been getting a lot of press lately. Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers was on his way to pitching a perfect game, that is, he had pitched 8 and 2/3 innings and hadn't let a single person get on base (no hits, no walks, just 3 batters up and 3 down, every inning). Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay recently pitched a perfect game against the Florida Marlins, but don't be fooled... his perfect game was only the 20th in the history o........ Read more »
Baldo, M., Ranvaud, R., & Morya, E. (2002) Flag errors in soccer games: the flash-lag effect brought to real life. Perception, 31(10), 1205-1210. DOI: 10.1068/p3422
Teaching is meant to help students learn, usually about a specific subject, but more broadly about social interactions, working in a team, under duress, about life in general. They say that your schooldays are the best days of your lives, but perish the thought I’ve never been one for clichés and that one smacks of [...]Testing tests is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Ana Paula Alturas, & Bráulio Alturas. (2010) Differentiation in the assessment between different groups of students: are experience and maturity more important than learning time?. Int. J. Information and Operations Management Education, 3(3), 256-271. info:/
For those who have run out of patience for the promised benefits of ‘sustainable development,’ there is a new alternative paradigm: sustainable de-growth.The objective of sustainable de-growth is characterized by “an equitable and democratic transition to a smaller economy with less production and consumption,” with the goal of creating a “society built on quality rather than on quantity, on cooperation rather than on competition.”The authors of a new paper in Ecological Economics la........ Read more »
Martínez-Alier, J., Pascual, U., Vivien, F., & Zaccai, E. (2010) Sustainable de-growth: Mapping the context, criticisms and future prospects of an emergent paradigm. Ecological Economics. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.04.017
Note: This is a modified version of a paper I did for an environmental planning course this past semester. I discussed some of the earlier stages in this project a while back. Although coal-fired power plants provide about one half of America’s electricity today, they have become increasingly controversial in the past few years for [...]... Read more »
Franco, A., & Diaz, A. (2009) The future challenges for “clean coal technologies”: Joining efficiency increase and pollutant emission control. Energy, 34(3), 348-354. DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2008.09.012
Before I was introduced to wikis in April 2008, I never would have envisioned how much my teaching could use these new technologies. More importantly, my students could not be more ready to take their education to a new level that I sincerely hope will better connect them to the world and prepare them to participate in a digital world. The time is now, and while students have been hungry for this opportunity, the reinforcing research is thorough enough to justify using wikis,blogs, podcasts, F........ Read more »
Bolan, K., M. Canada, and R. Cullin. (2007) Web, library, and teen services 2.0. Young adult library services, 5(2), 40-43. info:/
Brown, N.E. and K Bussert. (2007) Information literacy 2.0: empowering students through personal engagement. Eric Document Reproduction Service. info:/ED 500-136
It is not just how you fight in your relationships but what you fight about that matters. Discover two conflicts that can be uniquely toxic in couples’ relationships.... Read more »
Papp, L., Cummings, E., & Goeke-Morey, M. (2009) For Richer, for Poorer: Money as a Topic of Marital Conflict in the Home. Family Relations, 58(1), 91-103. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2008.00537.x
Pritesh Hiralal (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom) and coworkers have worked towards incorporating cheap batteries directly into clothing. This news feature was written on June 2, 2010.... Read more »
Hiralal, P., Imaizumi, S., Unalan, H. E., Matsumoto, H., Minagawa, M., Rouvala, M., Tanioka, A., & Amaratunga, G. A. J. (2010) Nanomaterial-Enhanced All-Solid Flexible Zinc−Carbon Batteries. ACS Nano, 4(5), 2730-2734. DOI: 10.1021/nn901391q
“The assessment of emotional expression in dogs using a Free Choice Profiling methodology” (Walker et. al., Animal Welfare).Do different people tend to have overlapping or at least complementary ways of describing dog behaviors? And if they do, can a computer put together a behavior scale out of those descriptions, even without any understanding of what’s actually being described? Put a different way: Can we describe a group of observations of dog behavior using a fancy statistical techniq........ Read more »
J Walker, A Dale, N Waran, N Clarke, M Farnworth, & F Wemelsfelder. (2010) The assessment of emotional expression in dogs using a Free Choice Profiling methodology . Animal Welfare, 75-84. info:/
Agriculture will play a critical role in how our society responds to climate change. One of the main obstacles keeping more farmers from participating in carbon markets is the difficulty of accurately measuring the carbon that is sequestered in their fields.In addition to the costs of field-scale monitoring, much of this difficulty can be traced to limited knowledge of how complex soil processes translate into the ecosystem service of interest: how much carbon is sequestered.A new paper in Ecolo........ Read more »
Dominati, E., Patterson, M., & Mackay, A. (2010) A framework for classifying and quantifying the natural capital and ecosystem services of soils. Ecological Economics. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.05.002
Today’s SciScoop post is from a guest blogger who is a UK practice nurse with considerable clinical experience and concerns for the nations teens.
Over the course of the past couple of weeks, some interesting stats have come to my attention. Before I go any further, I will explain how I came to stumble over them. [...]... Read more »
Davis, N., McGuire, B., Mahon, J., Smyth, A., O’Malley, K., & Fitzpatrick, J. (2010) The increasing incidence of mumps orchitis: a comprehensive review. BJU International, 105(8), 1060-1065. DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2009.09148.x
Culture doesn’t happen in a vacuum.
When we go to art galleries or see plays or listen to music, we invariably do it in the company of other people. We will often have dinner or a drink before, after, or even during the performance (whether in the interval or not).
Art abhors a vacuum
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Naiping Hu, Dan Wu, Kelly Cross, Sergey Burikov, Tatiana Dolenko, Svetlana Patsaeva, & Dale W. Schaefer. (2010) Structurability: A Collective Measure of the Structural Differences in Vodkas. J. Agric. Food Chem. info:/10.1021/jf100609c
When I came across this post "Medical Advice for Headbangers" on Boing Boing today, I couldn't help but click through to read the paper. What I found was a pun-fest of scholarly research, and I'm left intensely curious about who funded this research. Ironically enough, at the time I came across the post I was listening to an auto-swung version of Metallica's "Enter the Sandman" (songs run through a rather neat Python script to swing them*).When Toaster was a young whelp in The Ozarks, it event........ Read more »
Patton, D., & McIntosh, A. (2008) Head and neck injury risks in heavy metal: head bangers stuck between rock and a hard bass. BMJ, 337(dec17 2). DOI: 10.1136/bmj.a2825
Reproduces, with commentary, raw data (in the form of psychological test scores) from a study of emotional self-awareness and its effect on ability to empathize, as well as how both of those factors are affected by autism. Test scores are broken down by subscale, with special attention called to those scores that don't fit the commonly-accepted pattern of diminished empathic ability in autism... Read more »
Silani, G., Bird, G., Brindley, R., Singer, T., Frith, C., & Frith, U. (2007) Levels of emotional awareness and autism: An fMRI study. Social Neuroscience, 3(2), 97-112. DOI: 10.1080/17470910701577020
Partula spp. from Society Islands. Photo Credit: Marc Agren
In a short, but sweet, paper by Lee et al. published in the Current Biology, there is a “glimmer of hope” for montane tahitian tree snails (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Partulidae, Partula spp.). They examined the mitochondrial haplotype diversity of tree snail specimens locked away [...]... Read more »
LEE, T., BURCH, J., JUNG, Y., COOTE, T., PEARCEKELLY, P., & OFOIGHIL, D. (2007) Tahitian tree snail mitochondrial clades survived recent mass extirpation. Current Biology, 17(13). DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2007.05.006
Obviously Corporate Strategy should have an effect on the supply chain network design and its parameters. In their exploratory study Demeter, Gelei and Jenei (2006) show two examples of how supply chains are affected by different corporate strategies.... Read more »
DEMETER, K., GELEI, A., & JENEI, I. (2006) The effect of strategy on supply chain configuration and management practices on the basis of two supply chains in the Hungarian automotive industry. International Journal of Production Economics, 104(2), 555-570. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2006.05.002
Encouraging signs that the funding of homeopathy by the NHS in Scotland may be coming to an end? Best sign the petition just to make sure!... Read more »
Hartog, C. (2009) Elements of effective communication—Rediscoveries from homeopathy. Patient Education and Counseling, 77(2), 172-178. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2009.03.021
There are several ways of responding to belief-threatening information. Discounting the ability of science to inform a particular domain of knowledge seems to be one that is used in the light of belief-threatening scientific evidence. Sadly, using the scientific impotence excuse in one domain seems to also increase the likelihood of applying it to science in general...... Read more »
Munro, G. (2010) The Scientific Impotence Excuse:ï¿½Discounting Belief-Threatening Scientific Abstracts. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40(3), 579-600. DOI: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00588.x
An oft-repeated message from scientists involved with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), mapping the human genome, the search for extraterrestrial life and other vast scientific projects, such as supercomputing experiments is that the tera-bytes, peta-bytes, perhaps even the yotta-bytes of data generated by large-scale projects is hard to handle, to say the least.
Not only has [...]Wheels within wheels – the scientific lifecycle is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Mattoso, M., Werner, C., Travassos, G., Braganholo, V., Ogasawara, E., Oliveira, D., Cruz, S., Martinho, W., & Murta, L. (2010) Towards supporting the life cycle of large scale scientific experiments. International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, 5(1), 79. DOI: 10.1504/IJBPIM.2010.033176
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