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  • September 10, 2013
  • 05:39 AM

The cost of the rejection-resubmission cycle

by Björn Brembs in

Rejection is one of the unpleasant but inevitable components of life. There are positive components to rejection: they build character, they force you to deal with negativity and sometimes they force you to change your life to avoid future rejections. […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...... Read more »

  • August 28, 2013
  • 07:16 PM

Is Income (In)Equality Linked to Animal Welfare?

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Many of the organizations that look after homeless companion animals also advocate for other kinds of animals, including farm animals, wildlife, and animals used in experiments. Earlier research has suggested that, at an individual level, there could be a link between how people treat animals and how they treat people. A new paper by Michael Morris (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) investigates whether or not this is also the case at a societal level; in other words, if societies that are ........ Read more »

Morris, G.D., & Steffler, J. (2011) Was pet relinquishment linked to foreclosure? A spatial research note from California during the height of foreclosure. The Social Science Journal, 739-745. info:/

  • August 26, 2013
  • 09:00 AM

Indigo Success

by David Steen in Living Alongside Wildlife

By Jim Godwin

    It’s the end of another season of monitoring of the Eastern Indigo Snake reintroduction project in Conecuh National Forest. During the winter months biologists and experienced volunteers have been systematically scouring the sandhills and longleaf forest for indigo snakes, using Gopher Tortoise burrows as cues in their searches. With the close of this round of ... Read more »

  • August 13, 2013
  • 05:31 AM

QOF – too much of a good thing?

by CCHSR in Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research

Research from Manchester shows that care for conditions that weren’t incentivised in QOF got relatively worse compared to QOF conditions. Martin Roland examines why and suggests what to do about it.... Read more »

Doran T, Kontopantelis E, Valderas J, Campbell S, Roland M, Salisbury C, & Reeves D. (2011) The effect of financial incentives on incentivized and non-incentivized clinical activities. Evidence from the UK’s Quality and Outcomes Framework. British Medical Journal. info:/10.1136/bmj.d3590

  • August 2, 2013
  • 04:51 PM

4 Things Keystone XL Doesn't Have

by Whitney Campbell in Green Screen

For the past five years, the Keystone XL pipeline has been in the news. Since a permit to build it was first sought in 2008, the construction project has increasingly become iconic to environmental and energy groups alike. For many advocates, the pipeline is a tipping point toward an irrevocable future, a shift either disastrous or essential depending on one's beliefs about sustainable power.... Read more »

  • August 1, 2013
  • 01:10 PM

The Problem With The Global Food Supply: New Research

by Greg Laden in Greg Laden's Blog

Emily S Cassidy, Paul C West, James S Gerber and Jonathan A Foley, from the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, have produced a very important study for IOP Science Environmental Research Letters. (This is OpenAccess so you can access it openly!) You know Emily as one of the participants in our CONvergence panel…... Read more »

  • July 8, 2013
  • 04:41 PM

Humans vs Tigers

by Sarah Stephen in An ecological oratorio

I have been following an interesting news of a match of Humans vs Tigers. The eventual outcome was a draw: one man and a tiger cub killed on each side. The story is that six men from Simpang Kiri village in Aceh Tamiang district went to the Mount Leuser National Park on Sumatra Island for harvesting agarwood (used in incense and perfume). I am assuming that this was probably illegal since national parks does have restricted entry and harvesting this precious material is probably regulated. ........ Read more »

  • July 1, 2013
  • 02:22 PM

Wooden Batteries: Old Fuel, New Power

by Whitney Campbell in Green Screen

Although no one knows who struck the first flint, people have been burning wood for fuel for at least the past 300,000 to 400,000 years. Evidence for the habitual use of controlled fire, including recrystallized wood ash, hearths, and heated tools, has been recovered from the late Middle Pleistocene, and it's likely that opportunistic humans living much earlier capitalized on natural forest fires sparked by lightning strikes and volcanic eruptions.... Read more »

  • June 9, 2013
  • 02:04 PM

Ghosts of the Appalachians or the Missing Actors?

by David Steen in Living Alongside Wildlife

When we pass through the Appalachian Mountains along its vast extent
from the humid southeast of Alabama and Georgia to the cold and barren of Nova
Scotia and Newfoundland, we cannot help but marvel of its beauty and
extensiveness.  Unlike its western cousin, the Rocky Mountains, which is a mixture of forested ranges imbedded in
a matrix of lowland shrub and grass ... Read more »

  • May 31, 2013
  • 01:12 PM

Loud and Clear: Marine Mammals and Military Sonar

by Whitney Campbell in Green Screen

Good conservationists, like all good scientists, know that correlation doesn't mean causation. Typically, they also don't make announcements that certain incidents have not occurred. Luckily, a team of Spanish scientists recently have made exceptions to the rules by suggesting a cause for a happy non-event: since a moratorium on sonar was passed in 2004 for the Canary Islands, no mass strandings of whales or dolphins have happened there.... Read more »

Fernández, A., Edwards, J.F., Rodríguez, F.,Espinosa de los Monteros, A.,Herráez, P.,Castro, P., Jaber, J.R., Martín, V., Arbelo, M. (2005) "Gas and fat embolic syndrome" involving a mass stranding of beaked whales (family Ziphiidae) exposed to anthropogenic sonar signals. Veterinary pathology, 446-457. PMID: 16006604  

  • May 29, 2013
  • 11:00 AM

Seeing Eye to Eye With Your Physician

by Matt Wood in ScienceLife

Rita Gorawara-Bhat and her colleagues from the Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine are researching how things like eye contact with a physician can affect patient care.... Read more »

  • May 24, 2013
  • 10:20 AM

Potato Famine Sequenced

by Andrew Porterfield in United Academics

The Irish Famine (or “Great Potato Famine” if you live outside the Emerald Isle) killed one million people and forced another million to leave the country between 1845 and 1852. It was caused by a blight on the country’s main food stock—the Irish “Lumper” potato. Now, researchers have identified the genome of the blight behind the famine.... Read more »

Kentaro Yoshida, Verena J. Schuenemann, Liliana M. Cano, Marina Pais, Bagdevi Mishra, Rahul Sharma, Christa Lanz, Frank N. Martin, Sophien Kamoun, Johannes Krause.... (2013) The rise and fall of the Phytophthora infestans lineage that triggered the Irish potato famine. eLife. arXiv: 1305.4206v1

  • May 20, 2013
  • 02:23 PM

Epilepsy Service Organization in Countries with Limited Resources

by Vivek Misra in Uberbrain Research Frontier

tumblr: bellapaige88On average, 9.5/1000 population has epilepsy in Low and Middle Income Countries (LAMIC). A research which has resulted in the global campaign against epilepsy has shown, the gap between treatment need and the treatment provision worldwide is approximately 70% [1]. This large ‘treatment gap’, i.e., lack of appropriate treatment for a large number of patients with epilepsy, due to a number of causes including inability to identify cases, inability to deliver adequate treatm........ Read more »

  • April 22, 2013
  • 12:18 PM

A Moment in the Sun for Biomimicry

by Whitney Campbell in Green Screen

Already inspired by botany, solar panels imitate photosynthesizing plants with their conversion of the sun's light into usable energy. Through this process, flowers and shrubs seem effortlessly self-sustaining, but designers of solar panels must innovate ways to capture with a cell what plants can innately.... Read more »

Barr, M., Rowehl, J., Lunt, R., Xu, J., Wang, A., Boyce, C., Im, S., Bulović, V., & Gleason, K. (2011) Direct monolithic integration of organic photovoltaic circuits on unmodified paper. Advanced Materials, 3500-3505. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201101263  

King, R., Law, D., Edmondson, K., Fetzer, C., Kinsey, G., Yoon, H., Sherif, R., & Karam, N. (2007) 40% efficient metamorphic GaInP∕GaInAs∕Ge multijunction solar cells. Applied Physics Letters, 183516. DOI: 10.1063/1.2734507  

Krogstrup, P., Jørgensen, H., Heiss, M., Demichel, O., Holm, J., Aagesen, M., Nygard, J., & Fontcuberta i Morral, A. (2013) Single-nanowire solar cells beyond the Shockley–Queisser limit. Nature Photonics, 306-310. DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2013.32  

  • April 14, 2013
  • 04:11 PM

How Pharmaceutical Ads Distort Healthcare Markets

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

It probably doesn’t strike you as strange to see advertisements for prescription drugs. By now, everybody know that you should “talk to your doctor about Levitra” while “doing more with Lipitor” and getting “Claritin clear.” But if you think about it, it’s strange for an actor being paid by a pharmaceutical company to tell you [...]... Read more »

  • April 8, 2013
  • 12:25 PM

Genetic privacy webinar series continues

by Mary in OpenHelix

There have been a number of heated discussions about genetic privacy recently. Lately the discussion of the Henrietta Lacks (HeLa) genome paper erupted into wide-ranging awareness of some of the issues and complexities around genome data and family relationships. The paper by Yaniv Erlich’s team about re-identification of study participants using genealogy site details also [...]... Read more »

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. (2012) Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing. info:other/

Gymrek, M., McGuire, A., Golan, D., Halperin, E., & Erlich, Y. (2013) Identifying Personal Genomes by Surname Inference. Science, 339(6117), 321-324. DOI: 10.1126/science.1229566  

  • April 8, 2013
  • 05:08 AM

Publish and Perish: Aspects of Science Fraud

by GDW in The Beast, the Bard and the Bot

If you want to make it in the academic world, you better publish. A lot. Preferably in so-called high-impact journals. Otherwise, no job and no funding (or the other way around). Hence the use of the phrase ‘publish or perish’ to capture the enormous importance of generating sufficient publications in sufficiently respectable journals. And most [...]... Read more »

  • April 4, 2013
  • 01:39 PM

A Milestone for CPS

by ebender in Daily Observations

April marks a one-year milestone for APS’s newest journal Clinical Psychological Science! CPS provides a venue for cutting-edge research across a wide range of conceptual views, approaches, and topics. Since The post A Milestone for CPS appeared first on Association for Psychological Science.... Read more »

  • March 25, 2013
  • 12:55 PM

Clean Coal Gets a Sponge

by Whitney Campbell in Green Screen

Over the course of hundreds of millions of years, the combustible, black rock we call coal was formed from the vast peat bogs of flooded forests. For centuries, people have burned lumps of coal for smoky fuel, such that opposition to its pollution had been voiced as early as the fourteenth century. Today, as anti-coal movements emphasize a role in climate change and miners cope with unemployment, a novel, microporous material may challenge objections to coal by cleaning up its carbon emissions.... Read more »

  • March 22, 2013
  • 08:08 PM

Wind Turbine Noise Is Harmless, Study Shows

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A new study, done by scientists at The University of Nottingham, however, has found no link between the ‘measured’ level of noise from small and micro wind turbines and reports of ill health.... Read more »

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