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  • October 22, 2010
  • 02:30 AM
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Friday Weird Science: SLIME MOLD TAKES TOKYO

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

This week Sci continues her coverage of the IgNobel prizes, those prizes given for the greatest and WEIRDEST (but not at all useless) science on the planet. It’s an award after Sci’s own little heart. And today we get to one of my personal favorites from this year: GODZILLA SLIME MOLDS!!! Oops. This is a [...]... Read more »

Tero, A., Takagi, S., Saigusa, T., Ito, K., Bebber, D., Fricker, M., Yumiki, K., Kobayashi, R., & Nakagaki, T. (2010) Rules for Biologically Inspired Adaptive Network Design. Science, 327(5964), 439-442. DOI: 10.1126/science.1177894  

  • October 21, 2010
  • 12:11 PM
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National Research Council of Canada uses LVEM5 to develop a method to produce inexpensive hydrogen fuel

by admin in Delong America Blog

National Research Council of Canada uses LVEM5 to develop a method to produce cheaper hydrogen fuel ... Read more »

  • October 21, 2010
  • 05:42 AM
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Supplier Selection in a Turbulent World

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


At the moment I am focussing more on the interviews I am conducting for my research, so I am not reading as much anymore. I therefore try to select articles which are both useful for my research and my blog.

Today I read an article with the fuzzy title "Supply chain risk in turbulent environments — A conceptual model for managing supply chain network risk" by Peter Trkman and Kevin McCormack.

The authors present a framework for the identification and prediction of supply risk.
Conceptua........ Read more »

  • October 20, 2010
  • 07:48 AM
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Number Needed to Ban: a new tool for calculating the benefits of banning particular dog breeds

by The Dog Zombie in The Dog Zombie

A study published this month in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association (JAVMA) takes on the issue of whether breed-specific legislation (BSL) is effective. BSL is a tool used by some communities to attempt to reduce injuries from dog bites. The idea is that particular breeds of dogs are responsible for more than their share of injuries, so banning or otherwise controlling those breeds will result in a reduction in injuries. The group of breeds collectively known as “pit bulls” re........ Read more »

  • October 19, 2010
  • 04:39 AM
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The Impact of Supply Chain Strategy on Shareholder Value

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


I had this article marked for some time now and I finally got to read it. It describes the connection between Shareholder Value and the concept of Value Based Management (VBM) and Supply Chain Strategy.
Continue reading "The Impact of Supply Chain Strategy on Shareholder Value"
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Christopher, M., & Ryals, L. (1999) Supply Chain Strategy: Its Impact on Shareholder Value. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 10(1), 1-10. DOI: 10.1108/09574099910805897  

  • October 18, 2010
  • 03:36 AM
  • 1,321 views

Nanodiamonds could revolutionize the current styrene synthesis industry

by Michael Berger in nanowerk

Catalytic dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene is one of the most important processes in the chemical industry world-wide. Styrene, for instance, is commonly produced using this process. The annual production of some 20 million metric tonnes of styrene is an important precursors in the plastics industry. Being able to develop a new metal-free, energy-saving, and efficient catalyst for alkane dehydrogenation would have a significant positive impact on the environment. Coke formation during the current........ Read more »

  • October 16, 2010
  • 11:26 AM
  • 1,627 views

When Tyrannosauraus rex had for breakfast… another Tyrannosaurus rex

by Rogue in Into Oblivion

(This was first published at The Urban Times) In a study published in the online journal PLoS ONE yesterday, researchers show evidence for cannibalistic behaviour in Tyrannosaurus rex. Indeed, the king of the dinosaurs not only fed on other dinos, but also on fellow T. rex, say the researchers after identifying bite marks on giants’ [...]... Read more »

Longrich, N., Horner, J., Erickson, G., & Currie, P. (2010) Cannibalism in Tyrannosaurus rex. PLoS ONE, 5(10). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013419  

  • October 14, 2010
  • 07:19 PM
  • 978 views

CO2 is the biggest climate control knob

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture



At the 2009 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, renowned climate scientist Richard Alley (Penn State) gave a keynote address, The Biggest Control Knob: Carbon dioxide in Earth’s Climate History, in which he used a variety of paleoclimatological proxy data to show how CO2 changes over much of Earth history have exerted a strong influence [...]... Read more »

  • October 13, 2010
  • 10:59 PM
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The ultimate cause of social disparity in preventative health behavior may be rooted in environmental harm

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture

In a fascinating new article in PLOS One (open access), Daniel Nettle asks why we see social gradients in preventative health behaviors:
People of lower socioeconomic position have been found to smoke more, exercise less, have poorer diets, comply less well with therapy, use medical services less, adopt fewer safety measures, ignore health advice more, and [...]... Read more »

  • October 13, 2010
  • 09:28 AM
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Supply Chain Risk Management Dissertations (No. 3)

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


This is the third contribution to my series on doctoral dissertations on Supply Chain Risk Management. An immense effort and dedication is spent on these works only to find the results hidden in the libraries. So the goal is raise interest in the research of my peers.

Author / Topic
This dissertation was written by Stephanie Freiwald in 2005 as her doctoral thesis at the University of Bochum. It was published by Peter Lang, Frankfurt a.M. and can be ordered here from amazon.de or your loca........ Read more »

Stephanie Freiwald. (2005) Supply Chain Design - Robuste Planung mit differenzierter Auswahl der Zulieferer. Peter Lang, Frankfurt a.M., Dissertation. info:/

  • October 13, 2010
  • 09:28 AM
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Supply Chain Risk Management Dissertations (Supply Chain Design - Robust Planning with differentiated Supplier Selection)

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


This is the third contribution to my series on doctoral dissertations on Supply Chain Risk Management. An immense effort and dedication is spent on these works only to find the results hidden in the libraries. So the goal is raise interest in the research of my peers.

Author / Topic
This dissertation was written by Stephanie Freiwald in 2005 as her doctoral thesis at the University of Bochum. It was published by Peter Lang, Frankfurt a.M. and can be ordered here from amazon.de or your loca........ Read more »

Stephanie Freiwald. (2005) Supply Chain Design - Robuste Planung mit differenzierter Auswahl der Zulieferer. Peter Lang, Frankfurt a.M., Dissertation. info:/

  • October 12, 2010
  • 06:01 PM
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New analysis of population trends and their impact on global greenhouse gas emissions

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture


In 40 years, there will be about 3 billion additional people living on the Earth (~9.5 billion total) compared with today.   With all of these new folks, it’s easy to think about the added demands of energy, food, and water required to sustain their lifestyles.  And in terms of climate warming, it’s hard to escape [...]... Read more »

O'Neill, B., Dalton, M., Fuchs, R., Jiang, L., Pachauri, S., & Zigova, K. (2010) Global demographic trends and future carbon emissions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(41), 17521-17526. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1004581107  

  • October 11, 2010
  • 04:27 AM
  • 1,097 views

Supply Chain Integration as major Value Driver

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


"Arcs of integration" is a concept developed by Frohlich and Westrook (2001) which describes the degree of integration of suppliers and customers within a Supply Chain.Arcs of Supply Chain Integration (Frohlich and Westrook, 2001)

Methodology
This concept was developed within the scope of an international study on supply chain strategies. In this survey the authors used the mail survey research method to collect over responses form over 700 companies from all over the world (Asia/Pacific: ........ Read more »

  • October 8, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 955 views

Unlocking nano secrets

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

An open or shut case for nanotechnology secrets Should nanotechnology R&D be more open to allow it to thrive in the commercial world, or should companies working in this field be more secretive? Paradoxically, the answer seems to be that keeping secrets stifles innovation and reduces patent success. According to Associate Professor of Management at [...]Unlocking nano secrets is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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G. Steven McMillan. (2010) Openness vs. secrecy in nanotechnology. International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 6(3), 205-209. info:/

  • October 7, 2010
  • 08:02 PM
  • 833 views

More on genetically modified (Bt) corn: Is it an economic boon to all corn farmers?

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture


There’s a new paper in this week’s issue of Science that suggests that growing a landscape mixed with genetically modified (GM) Bt corn and non-GM hybrid varieties of corn can be mutually beneficial to all corn farmers.
Why?  They argue that the populations of GM corn knock down the populations of insect herbivores enough that, on [...]... Read more »

Hutchison, W., Burkness, E., Mitchell, P., Moon, R., Leslie, T., Fleischer, S., Abrahamson, M., Hamilton, K., Steffey, K., Gray, M.... (2010) Areawide Suppression of European Corn Borer with Bt Maize Reaps Savings to Non-Bt Maize Growers. Science, 330(6001), 222-225. DOI: 10.1126/science.1190242  

  • October 7, 2010
  • 12:30 AM
  • 5,222 views

Findings: The Causality Implicit in Language

by gameswithwords in Games with Words

Finding Causes

Consider the following:

(1) Sally hates Mary.
a. How likely is this because Sally is the kind of person who hates people?
b. How likely is this because Mary is the kind of person whom people hate?

Sally hates Mary doesn't obviously supply the relevant information, but starting with work by Roger Brown and Debora Fish in 1983, numerous studies have found that people nonetheless rate (a) as more likely than (b). In contrast, people find Sally frightens Mary more indicative of Sal........ Read more »

Garvey, C., & Caramzza, A. (1974) Implicit causality in verbs. Linguistic Inquiry, 459-464. info:/

  • October 5, 2010
  • 07:27 PM
  • 762 views

Are global energy supplies inadequate to slow human population growth?

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture


When we think of human population change and resource use, it’s easy to assume that more people will consume more resources, such as water, energy, and food. An important corollary is that resource limitations will limit population growth.  Thomas Malthus was perhaps the most influential proponent of this idea.
However, several factors complicate this story:
(1) Affluence [...]... Read more »

  • October 5, 2010
  • 06:39 PM
  • 856 views

The Extirpation Superhighway: Publication Highlights More Burrowing Owl Losses

by Scott A. in JournOwl

It was just a couple weeks back when I brought you troubling information found by the Center for Biological Diversity (buried in the Imperial Irrigation District report) regarding the state of burrowing owls in the Imperial Valley.  Those surveys showed a 27% decline in breeding burrowing owls in what is California’s largest population.  Well, I [...]... Read more »

ROBERT L. WILKERSON, & RODNEY B. SIEGEL. (2010) ASSESSING CHANGES IN THE DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE OF BURROWING OWLS IN CALIFORNIA, 1993-2007. Bird Populations, 1-36. info:/

  • October 5, 2010
  • 05:08 PM
  • 1,641 views

Assassin Bugs Use Their Victims as Shields

by Kevin Zelnio in The Online Laboratory of Kevin Zelnio

When we think of ‘prey’ we generally think of nourishment, but prey has other use too. Jackson & Pollard report on a fascinating case in which the ant-snatching assassin bug (Acanthaspis petax) makes a “backpack” of its victims to avoid being seen by its own predator, the deadly jumping spider. Masking to avoid [...]... Read more »

  • October 5, 2010
  • 02:23 AM
  • 738 views

Matching Management to Fish and Fishers

by Sam in Oceanographer's Choice

There are no truly universal laws in ecology. Every pattern and process takes place on its own scale in time and space, and truths that hold at one scale do not necessarily hold at another. This is a fact of life anyone dealing with an ecosystem has to come to terms with, whether they are [...]... Read more »

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