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  • July 21, 2014
  • 09:00 AM
  • 1,475 views

Quick, Somebody Get The Name Of That Shark!

by Mark Lasbury in The 'Scope

Are sightings and attacks by great white sharks rare and staying rare? Or has the faster news cycle led to the need for more sensational stories and therefore more coverage? It may be a bit of both.... Read more »

  • July 13, 2014
  • 06:21 AM
  • 1,001 views

Hotter, Smarter, Better Brains

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

It is evident that (a) higher body temperature leads to higher brain performance and (b) the sames holds true in an evolutionary context in terms of brain size. So hotter = smarter? [Infographic]... Read more »

James F. Gillooly. (2013) Hotter is Smarter: The temperature-dependence of brain size in vertebrates. PeerJ. info:/10.7287/peerj.preprints.155v1

Wright KP Jr, Hull JT, & Czeisler CA. (2002) Relationship between alertness, performance, and body temperature in humans. American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology, 283(6). PMID: 12388468  

  • July 9, 2014
  • 09:15 AM
  • 1,094 views

What’s So Repelling About Repellents?

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

It’s amazing that even though citronella and DEET reduce mosquito bites, we have very little idea of how they work. New research is showing that DEET interacts with olfactory receptors so that chemical attractants are still sensed, but their interpretations are confused. You are still there, but you pretty disappear as far as the mosquito is concerned. Other research shows that one of the co-receptors for olfactory receptors is responsible not only for DEET activity, but also for mosquito ........ Read more »

  • July 4, 2014
  • 03:00 PM
  • 946 views

OhMyDog! Discover The Ins And Outs Of Your Pet, And Yourself

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

A new health collar or chip may be the next big accessory for dogs, and humans.... Read more »

Xu S, Zhang Y, Jia L, Mathewson KE, Jang KI, Kim J, Fu H, Huang X, Chava P, Wang R.... (2014) Soft microfluidic assemblies of sensors, circuits, and radios for the skin. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6179), 70-4. PMID: 24700852  

  • July 1, 2014
  • 04:43 PM
  • 893 views

What is recovery and how do we measure it?

by DJMac in Recovery Review

What is recovery and how do we measure it? One problem with asking services to deliver recovery outcomes is that we actually do need to measure something to see if taxpayers are getting value for money. In a recently published paper, John F Kelly and Bettina Hoeppner from Harvard, take a look at the problems [...]
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  • June 23, 2014
  • 02:30 PM
  • 1,555 views

The Iceman Cometh

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Are you so fat you can’t see your toes? Have you forgotten what toes even look like? Have you been mistaken for the infamous “Kool-aid man”? Want to shed the […]... Read more »

Lee, P., Smith, S., Linderman, J., Courville, A., Brychta, R., Dieckmann, W., Werner, C., Chen, K., & Celi, F. (2014) Temperature-acclimated brown adipose tissue modulates insulin sensitivity in humans. Diabetes. DOI: 10.2337/db14-0513  

Liu, M., Bai, J., He, S., Villarreal, R., Hu, D., Zhang, C., Yang, X., Liang, H., Slaga, T., Yu, Y.... (2014) Grb10 Promotes Lipolysis and Thermogenesis by Phosphorylation-Dependent Feedback Inhibition of mTORC1. Cell Metabolism, 19(6), 967-980. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2014.03.018  

  • June 23, 2014
  • 11:30 AM
  • 852 views

The Iceman Cometh

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Are you so fat you can't see your toes? Have you forgotten what toes even look like? Have you been mistaken for the infamous "Kool-aid man"? Want to shed the pounds easier than taking off your shirt? Well too bad, that is science fiction and the stuff of horrid marketing ploys and this my friends is a science website. Losing weight is hard, I've written several articles on it in fact. Nothing is going to be more effective at weight loss than a sensible diet, a calorie deficit........ Read more »

Lee, P., Smith, S., Linderman, J., Courville, A., Brychta, R., Dieckmann, W., Werner, C., Chen, K., & Celi, F. (2014) Temperature-acclimated brown adipose tissue modulates insulin sensitivity in humans. Diabetes. DOI: 10.2337/db14-0513  

Liu, M., Bai, J., He, S., Villarreal, R., Hu, D., Zhang, C., Yang, X., Liang, H., Slaga, T., Yu, Y.... (2014) Grb10 Promotes Lipolysis and Thermogenesis by Phosphorylation-Dependent Feedback Inhibition of mTORC1. Cell Metabolism, 19(6), 967-980. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2014.03.018  

  • June 18, 2014
  • 12:00 PM
  • 939 views

Elsevier et al’s pricing douchebaggery exposed

by Juan Nunez-Iglesias in I Love Symposia!

Ted Bergstrom and a few colleagues have just come out with an epic paper in which they reveal how much for-profit academic publishing companies charge university libraries, numbers that had previously been kept secret. The paper is ostensibly in the field of economics, but it could be more accurately described as “sticking-it-to-the-man-ology”.... Read more »

Bergstrom, T., Courant, P., McAfee, R., & Williams, M. (2014) Evaluating big deal journal bundles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1403006111  

  • June 14, 2014
  • 09:04 AM
  • 1,473 views

Heavier people mean weightier vehicle emissions

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

In 2010 the American population collectively carried 3.6 billion kilograms of excess weight, and that creates extra greenhouse gases from the vehicles transporting them highlight Carnegie Mellon University’s Chris Hendrickson, Michelle Tom and Paul Fischbeck. ... Read more »

  • June 6, 2014
  • 03:00 PM
  • 946 views

Weight Loss Science Fact: Odd but True

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Okay boys and girls, time to grab those love handles and hold on tight, because it’s another round of weight loss science fact. With a little luck [and a little […]... Read more »

Liu, M., Bai, J., He, S., Villarreal, R., Hu, D., Zhang, C., Yang, X., Liang, H., Slaga, T., Yu, Y.... (2014) Grb10 Promotes Lipolysis and Thermogenesis by Phosphorylation-Dependent Feedback Inhibition of mTORC1. Cell Metabolism, 19(6), 967-980. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2014.03.018  

  • June 4, 2014
  • 03:23 PM
  • 1,162 views

Climate Engineering: We can’t Build it Better after all

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

We have the technology: we can rebuild you, better, stronger, faster. Well we may have been able to build the six million dollar man better than before, but as it turns […]... Read more »

Cusack, D., Axsen, J., Shwom, R., Hartzell-Nichols, L., White, S., & Mackey, K. (2014) An interdisciplinary assessment of climate engineering strategies. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(5), 280-287. DOI: 10.1890/130030  

  • May 30, 2014
  • 06:40 PM
  • 1,209 views

Should Doctors ‘Google’ Their Patients?

by Jalees Rehman in Fragments of Truth

Beware of what you share. Employers now routinely utilize internet search engines or social network searches to obtain information about job applicants. A survey of 2,184 hiring managers and human resource professionals conducted by the online employment website CareerBuilder.com revealed that 39% use social networking sites to research job candidates. Of the group who used social networks to evaluate job applicants, 43% found content on a social networking site that caused them to not hire a ca........ Read more »

  • May 16, 2014
  • 03:25 PM
  • 1,227 views

MORE Science Fact and Fiction Behind Fat Loss

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

I was shocked by the huge response to my first post on the science behind weight loss, so much so that I wanted to do a second post in the series […]... Read more »

Hana Kahleova, Lenka Belinova, Hana Malinska, Olena Oliyarnyk,, Jaroslava Trnovska, Vojtech Skop, Ludmila Kazdova, Monika Dezortova,, & Milan Hajek, Andrea Tura, Martin Hill, Terezie Pelikanova. (2014) Eating two larger meals a day (breakfast and lunch) is more effective than six smaller meals in a reduced-energy regimen for patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomised crossover study. Diabetologia. info:/10.1007/s00125-014-3253-5

Lombardo, M., Bellia, A., Padua, E., Annino, G., Guglielmi, V., D’Adamo, M., Iellamo, F., & Sbraccia, P. (2014) Morning Meal More Efficient for Fat Loss in a 3-Month Lifestyle Intervention. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 1-8. DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2013.863169  

Andersson DP, Eriksson Hogling D, Thorell A, Toft E, Qvisth V, Näslund E, Thörne A, Wirén M, Löfgren P, Hoffstedt J.... (2014) Changes in Subcutaneous Fat Cell Volume and Insulin Sensitivity After Weight Loss. Diabetes care. PMID: 24760260  

Fletcher, G., Dawes, J., & Spano, M. (2014) The Potential Dangers of Using Rapid Weight Loss Techniques. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 36(2), 45-48. DOI: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000043  

  • May 13, 2014
  • 03:00 PM
  • 1,218 views

Climate Talks and Game Theory: A better Approach

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Climate change talks, it’s like yelling at a wall and hoping it becomes a window. For over two decades, members of the United Nations have tried to forge an agreement […]... Read more »

  • May 11, 2014
  • 07:41 AM
  • 964 views

A “good outcome” – addiction treatment clients want abstinence

by DJMac in Recovery Review

What do patients want when they come to treatment? A large scale study in Scotland published in 2004 (DORIS) suggested that the majority (57%) of those coming to treatment wanted to achieve a goal of abstinence. The finding was both welcomed and condemned depending on perspective. “Of course that’s what people are going to say,” [...]
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  • April 28, 2014
  • 09:09 AM
  • 1,225 views

Brewing New Futures: The Concoction Of Urban Laboratories

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Urban laboratories can serve as new places for knowledge production and direct application with the goal of making cities more economically viable, socially robust and environmentally friendly.... Read more »

  • April 26, 2014
  • 04:14 AM
  • 967 views

Methadone, Suboxone and Recovery: what really happened?

by DJMac in Recovery Review

Recently I found a paper I wanted to read about the policy shift from harm reduction to recovery in the UK and the impact on attitudes to methadone. It’s a fascinating subject. As I say, I really wanted to read it, but I kept getting distracted by a persistent question: what’s the difference between recovery [...]... Read more »

  • April 24, 2014
  • 04:50 PM
  • 1,229 views

Quantum Dots Open Way For Solar Windowpanes

by Whitney Campbell in Green Screen

Recently scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Milano-Bicocca showed how, some day with the same surface, we may be able to see the sun and glean it too. By redesigning a light-grabbing nanocrystal, these material researchers devised a technique that could change sheer Plexiglas sheets into large-area solar concentrators.1... Read more »

  • April 16, 2014
  • 12:59 AM
  • 651 views

OYM 30: The Irreproducible Joe Rochford

by On Your Mind in On Your Mind

This week on the On Your Mind Neuroscience podcast we’re excited to share our microphones with Dr. Joe Rochford.  He’s the Associate Director (or as he prefers Ass. Director) of the Neuroscience program at McGill and the Director of Academic Affairs at the Douglas Hospital Research Center and he’s sharing his thoughts on the importance ...read more
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Collins FS, & Tabak LA. (2014) Policy: NIH plans to enhance reproducibility. Nature, 505(7485), 612-3. PMID: 24482835  

  • April 15, 2014
  • 09:00 PM
  • 1,629 views

New Study Shows Surgical Checklists In Operating Rooms Are Less Effective Than Assumed

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

Optimizing such tailored checklists, understanding why some studies indicate benefits of checklists whereas others do not and re-evaluating the efficacy of checklists in the non-academic setting will all require a substantial amount of future research before one can draw definitive conclusions about the efficacy of checklists. Regulatory agencies in Canada and the United Kingdom should reconsider their current mandates. Perhaps an even more important lesson to be learned is that health regulator........ Read more »

Urbach DR, Govindarajan A, Saskin R, Wilton AS, & Baxter NN. (2014) Introduction of surgical safety checklists in Ontario, Canada. The New England Journal of Medicine, 370(11), 1029-38. PMID: 24620866  

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