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  • March 11, 2015
  • 11:14 AM
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Citizen science is making scientists of everyone

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

SUMMARY: Citizen science is getting a lot of attention these days, which might make you think it is a new social phenomenon. But in fact, nothing is further from the truth.... Read more »

Blackawton P. S., Airzee S. , Allen A., Baker S., Berrow A., Blair C., Churchill M., Coles J., Cumming R. F.-J., & Fraquelli L. (2011) Blackawton bees. Biology Letters, 168-172. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.1056  

Silvertown Jonathan. (2009) A new dawn for citizen science. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 24(9), 467-471. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2009.03.017  

  • November 2, 2014
  • 07:08 PM
  • 847 views

...How to Fix Science

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

(Part 2/2) However, we can fix science. [Infographic]... Read more »

Alberts, B., Kirschner, M., Tilghman, S., & Varmus, H. (2014) Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(16), 5773-5777. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1404402111  

  • November 2, 2014
  • 07:32 AM
  • 939 views

Research is Broken...

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

(Part 1/2) The system of funding research is broken... [Infographic]... Read more »

Alberts, B., Kirschner, M., Tilghman, S., & Varmus, H. (2014) Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(16), 5773-5777. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1404402111  

  • June 21, 2014
  • 01:09 PM
  • 1,030 views

Discussion, criticism and advice-giving: content analysis of health blogs.

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

My PhD mostly dealt with research blogs from ResearchBlogging.org (RB) an aggregator of blog posts covering peer-reviewed research. In this article, we (Prof. Judit Bar-Ilan, Prof. Mike Thelwall and...

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Shema, H., Bar-Ilan, J., Thelwall, M. (2014) How is Research Blogged? A Content Analysis Approach . JASIST. info:/10.1002/asi.23239

  • 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  

  • May 21, 2014
  • 09:25 AM
  • 1,328 views

To Err Is Human, To Study Errors Is Science

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

The family of cholesterol lowering drugs known as 'statins' are among the most widely prescribed medications for patients with cardiovascular disease. Large-scale clinical studies have repeatedly shown that statins can significantly lower cholesterol levels and the risk of future heart attacks, especially in patients who have already been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. A more contentious issue is the use of statins in individuals who have no history of heart attacks, strokes or........ 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  

  • March 5, 2014
  • 01:17 AM
  • 865 views

Episode 24: Fetch me a GABA switch

by On Your Mind in On Your Mind

This week on the On Your Mind Neuroscince Podcast: We can’t believe he’s growing up so fast!  Our very own Adel is trying to cut the academic umbilical cord and is en route to a med school interview in Toronto.  But he won’t let career prospects get in the way of his weekly science talk ...read moreThe post Episode 24: Fetch me a GABA switch appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.... Read more »

Tyzio, R., Nardou, R., Ferrari, D., Tsintsadze, T., Shahrokhi, A., Eftekhari, S., Khalilov, I., Tsintsadze, V., Brouchoud, C., Chazal, G.... (2014) Oxytocin-Mediated GABA Inhibition During Delivery Attenuates Autism Pathogenesis in Rodent Offspring. Science, 343(6171), 675-679. DOI: 10.1126/science.1247190  

  • March 5, 2014
  • 01:03 AM
  • 1,038 views

Gravitational Changes in Hand -Wrist Volume are Smaller in Older Adults as Compared to Younger Adults

by JCVM in JScholar Publishers

Vascular compliance is a characteristic of the blood vessel wall to expand or contract with changes in pressure, and is reduced with aging or diseases like arteriosclerosis. Our goal was to investigate how hand-volume changes differ with age and to provide a simple non-invasive method to assess vascular compliance. We hypothesized that gravity-related, hand-wrist volume changes are greater in younger than in older healthy volunteers. Thirty-five healthy volunteers were classified into two age gr........ Read more »

EA Kraus, JM Kim, AR Hargens. (2014) Gravitational Changes in Hand -Wrist Volume are Smaller in Older Adults as Compared to Younger Adults. Journal of Cardiology and Vascular Medicine, 2(1), 1-6. info:/2: 102

  • March 4, 2014
  • 12:58 AM
  • 1,035 views

Pulmonary Hypertension in the RASopathies

by JCVM in JScholar Publishers

The RASopathies are a class of developmental disorders caused by a genetic mutation in the Ras signaling pathway and associated mitogen-activated protein kinases that control the cell cycle, differentiation and senescence. These diseases encompass a diverse set of clinical syndromes including neurofibromatosis type 1 and Noonan syndrome. Although the pathophysiological manifestations of these conditions are diverse, they share some common phenotypic features. The prevalence of pulmonary hyperten........ Read more »

Krishna S. Vyas, Jacqueline A. Noonan. (2014) Pulmonary Hypertension in the RASopathies. Journal of Cardiology and Vascular Medicine, 2(1), 1-6. info:/2: 101

  • February 27, 2014
  • 01:39 AM
  • 1,288 views

Nanotechnology and Smart Materials for “More than Moore” – It’s a Small World After All!

by JNSM in JScholar Publishers

Ever since Gordon Moore fore told about the future of the integrated circuit (IC) back in 1965 [1], Moore’s law was not only an accurate forecast of the achievements that microelectronics community has made, but also was a yardstick of the appropriate level of the commercial development in microelectronics for the past five decades. Such an amazing pace of the IC technology development was possible essentially because of simple two-dimensional (2D) structure of the metal-oxide-semiconducto........ Read more »

Jeong Bong Lee. (2014) Nanotechnology and Smart Materials for “More than Moore” – It’s a Small World After All!. Journal of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, 1(1), 1-3. info:/1: 102

  • February 26, 2014
  • 12:47 AM
  • 1,049 views

Drug and Alcohol Consumption and Trade and HIV in the Caribbean: A Review of the Literature

by JAID in JScholar Publishers

This consultancy was granted by the Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC) to assess the state of the literature on possible links between HIV spread and prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse and trade in the region. The methodology was that of a thematic search of existing literature in databases and books or journal publications. Online materials and UN agency reports of relevance were also consulted. Regular meetings were held with CHRC staff to review progress and edit drafts while staff of........ Read more »

Biko Agozino. (2013) Drug and Alcohol Consumption and Trade and HIV in the Caribbean: A Review of the Literature. Journal of HIV/AIDS , 1(2), 1-12. info:/Vol 1: 203

  • February 25, 2014
  • 11:24 PM
  • 837 views

Episode 23: Bigger IS Better!!!! (by~0.5%)

by On Your Mind in On Your Mind

  If there’s one thing we’ve learned about grad school, it’s that it’s often a humbling experience.  Well, that and never pass up an opportunity for free food.  Liam’s getting first-hand experience with all the ways to screw up a Western Blot but he’s not giving up!  Meanwhile, Kat’s taken a detour to catch up ...read moreThe post Episode 23: Bigger IS Better!!!! (by~0.5%) appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.... Read more »

  • February 24, 2014
  • 08:00 AM
  • 1,218 views

Biomass-based Nanocomposites and Mesoporous Materials

by JNSM in JScholar Publishers

The conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into fuels and chemicals has been rigorously investigated as a response to the depletion of petroleum resources, increasing demand for in oil and secure access to energy. It has been estimated that by 2030 lignocellulosic biomass could supply a substantial portion of the international chemical and transportation fuel market. Lignocellulosic biomass is usually composed of three components: 35-50 wt% cellulose, 20-40 wt% hemicellulose, and 10-25 wt% lignin........ Read more »

Tae Jin Kim. (2014) Biomass-based Nanocomposites and Mesoporous Materials. Journal of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, 1(1), 1-2. info:/1: 103

  • February 22, 2014
  • 01:09 AM
  • 1,521 views

Prevalence and Determinants of Adherence to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) amongst a Cohort of HIV Positive Women Accessing Treatment in a Tertiary Health Facility in Southern Nigeria

by JAID in JScholar Publishers

Optimal adherence to HAART amongst women living with HIV/AIDS (WLHIV) accounts for more than half of all new infections worldwide. This is particularly crucial for the success of HIV/AIDS treatment programs. In Nigeria, adherence amongst women has remained largely unexplored. This study aims to determine the prevalence and determinants of adherence to HAART amongst HIV positive non-pregnant women receiving treatment in a tertiary health facility in Cross River State, Nigeria... Read more »

Oku AO*, Owoaje ET, Oku OO, Monjok E. (2013) Prevalence and Determinants of Adherence to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) amongst a Cohort of HIV Positive Women Accessing Treatment in a Tertiary Health Facility in Southern Nigeria. Journal of HIV/AIDS , 1(2), 1-7. info:/Vol 1: 202

  • February 20, 2014
  • 11:17 PM
  • 1,076 views

Increasing Knowledge of HIV Transmission: An Important Ingredient in HIV Risk Reduction among Young African American Women Attending Community College

by JAID in JScholar Publishers

HIV/AIDS is currently the leading cause of death for African American women ages 25-34. As heterosexual behavior is the major mode of HIV transmission among this population, it is important to further understand the factors which may influence risky sexual behaviors and promote HIV testing behaviors. The target population for this study represents the convergence of two groups disproportionately at-risk for contracting HIV: African American women and college students. Specifically, the purpose o........ Read more »

Keisha Carr Paxton*, Brandilynn Villarreal, Oku OO, Naomi M Hall. (2013) Increasing Knowledge of HIV Transmission: An Important Ingredient in HIV Risk Reduction among Young African American Women Attending Community College. Journal of HIV/AIDS , 1(2), 1-7. info:/Vol 1: 201

  • February 20, 2014
  • 09:00 AM
  • 1,493 views

Growing Skepticism about the Stem Cell Acid Trip

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

In January 2014, the two papers “Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency” and “Bidirectional developmental potential in reprogrammed cells with acquired pluripotency” published in the journal Nature by Haruko Obokata and colleagues took the world of stem cell research by surprise.... Read more »

Obokata H, Wakayama T, Sasai Y, Kojima K, Vacanti MP, Niwa H, Yamato M, & Vacanti CA. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-7. PMID: 24476887  

  • February 14, 2014
  • 09:11 AM
  • 1,304 views

Is It Possible To Have Excess Weight And Still Be Healthy?

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

Is it possible to be overweight or obese and still be considered healthy? Most physicians advise their patients who are overweight or obese to lose weight because excess weight is a known risk factor for severe chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. However, in recent years, a controversy has arisen regarding the actual impact of increased weight on an individual’s life expectancy or risk of suffering from heart attacks. Some researchers argue tha........ Read more »

  • February 8, 2014
  • 01:06 PM
  • 1,571 views

The Impact of TED Talks

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

With over a billion views, TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talks are a huge business. There are two main TED conferences a year – the TED conference and the TEDGlobal, and a large number...

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  • January 2, 2014
  • 10:42 PM
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One more delusional williamsonist: Peter Duesberg and his theory of AIDS conspiracy

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll As already alerted by Ted Goertzel (2010): “Conspiracy theories that target specific research can have serious consequences for public health and environmental policies”. The above quote is in the article from 2010 published in EMBO reports by … Continue reading →... Read more »

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