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  • September 24, 2014
  • 12:42 PM
  • 1,086 views

Genetics "Experts" Surveyed on Returning Incidental Findings

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

In my last post, I wrote about the return of results from next-gen sequencing, specifically a recent paper in AJHG about secondary findings in ~6500 ESP exomes. Today we’ll delve into another paper in the same issue on the attitudes of genetics professionals on return of incidental findings from whole genome sequencing (WGS) and exome sequencing […]... Read more »

  • September 14, 2014
  • 02:00 AM
  • 1,233 views

Telepathy is Almost Here

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Telepathy is under works; it's just super clunky right now. Non-invasive technology enables brain-to-brain communication by converting words into binary and from binary into pulses of light and back. [Infographic]... Read more »

Grau C, Ginhoux R, Riera A, Nguyen TL, Chauvat H, Berg M, Amengual JL, Pascual-Leone A, & Ruffini G. (2014) Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies. PloS one, 9(8). PMID: 25137064  

  • September 7, 2014
  • 11:03 AM
  • 1,097 views

Fist Bump, Don't Handshake

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Fist bumps minimize contact time and surface area, diminishing germ transfer in terms of greetings--especially compared to handshakes. [Infographic]... Read more »

  • August 25, 2014
  • 12:11 PM
  • 1,091 views

E-cigs Aren't Safe

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Vaping through e-cigs brings out the harms in components of nicotine that are considered nanoparticles that can clog the smaller airways in our lungs [Infographic].... Read more »

Grana, R., Benowitz, N., & Glantz, S. (2014) E-Cigarettes: A Scientific Review. Circulation, 129(19), 1972-1986. DOI: 10.1161/​CIRCULATIONAHA.114.007667  

  • August 18, 2014
  • 06:14 PM
  • 1,088 views

The 10,000-Hour rule is nonsense

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

Have you heard of Malcom Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule? The key to success in any field is practice, and not just a little. A new publication in the journal Psychological Science had a good look at all the evidence and concludes that this rule is nonsense. No Einstein in you, I am afraid. The authors of […]... Read more »

  • August 16, 2014
  • 10:14 AM
  • 938 views

High Sugar & Plants

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Activating PPARy can cure high blood sugar, but the problem is that current treatment has serious side effects. Accordingly, we turn to plants and natural medicine to provide new chemical formulas for PPARy agonists to help cure hyperglycemia.[Infographic]... Read more »

Wang L, Waltenberger B, Pferschy-Wenzig EM, Blunder M, Liu X, Malainer C, Blazevic T, Schwaiger S, Rollinger JM, Heiss EH.... (2014) Natural product agonists of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ): a review. Biochemical pharmacology. PMID: 25083916  

  • August 4, 2014
  • 04:00 PM
  • 986 views

One Gene, One Cancer

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

A mutation in the BRAF gene, called V599E, is purportedly the cause of several different cell pathways leading to the symptoms of melanoma. This mutation is present in many patients with melanoma, and stopping it could mean a cure or treatment. [Infographic]... Read more »

Hingorani SR, Jacobetz MA, Robertson GP, Herlyn M, & Tuveson DA. (2003) Suppression of BRAF(V599E) in human melanoma abrogates transformation. Cancer research, 63(17), 5198-202. PMID: 14500344  

  • July 28, 2014
  • 10:14 AM
  • 1,020 views

Glasses-Free Computers

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Looking at computers with eyeglasses strains your eyes, so scientists are making computers that help your eyes out. [Infographic]... Read more »

Huang, F., Wetzstein, G., Barsky, B., & Raskar, R. (2014) Eyeglasses-free display. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 33(4), 1-12. DOI: 10.1145/2601097.2601122  

  • July 20, 2014
  • 10:13 PM
  • 1,051 views

Parasite Cures Cancer

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

A parasite commonly found in the intestines of cats turns out to be an immune system boost against cancer! [Infographic]... Read more »

  • July 20, 2014
  • 12:21 PM
  • 992 views

Slowing Heart Disease

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Stopping just one minor enzyme leads to an entire cascade of pathways that can slow heart disease. [Infographic]... Read more »

Blazevic T, Schwaiberger AV, Schreiner CE, Schachner D, Schaible AM, Grojer CS, Atanasov AG, Werz O, Dirsch VM, & Heiss EH. (2013) 12/15-lipoxygenase contributes to platelet-derived growth factor-induced activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3. The Journal of biological chemistry, 288(49), 35592-603. PMID: 24165129  

  • July 13, 2014
  • 06:21 AM
  • 958 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
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1,022 views

Chimp Talk

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Learn how to speak chimp with the newly translated language of chimpanzee gestures in non-play context. [Infographic]... Read more »

Hobaiter C, & Byrne RW. (2014) The Meanings of Chimpanzee Gestures. Current biology : CB. PMID: 24998524  

  • July 2, 2014
  • 04:54 PM
  • 1,088 views

Plant = Pill?

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

E. Longfolia: an aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, and anti-malarial miracle plant. [Infographic]... Read more »

Tran TV, Malainer C, Schwaiger S, Atanasov AG, Heiss EH, Dirsch VM, & Stuppner H. (2014) NF-κB inhibitors from Eurycoma longifolia. Journal of natural products, 77(3), 483-8. PMID: 24467387  

  • June 29, 2014
  • 12:19 AM
  • 1,270 views

Predicting the Flu

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Using search engines to predict the future of infectious diseases: computer science meets epidemiology. [Infographic]... Read more »

  • June 21, 2014
  • 10:50 PM
  • 894 views

Invisibility Cloaks

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Harry Potter comes to life through some physics magic: the debut and drawbacks of invisibility cloaks. [Infographic]... Read more »

  • June 21, 2014
  • 01:09 PM
  • 983 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 20, 2014
  • 08:31 AM
  • 1,389 views

Journal Club: Passenger pigeon extinction: it’s complicated

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

A newly published study reveals that the extinction of the passenger pigeon likely was due to the combined effects of their natural dramatic population fluctuations and human over-exploitation. Read more... Read more »

Hung Chih-Ming, Shaner Pei-Jen L., Zink Robert M., Liu Wei-Chung, Chu Te-Chin, Huang Wen-San, & Li Shou-Hsien. (2014) Drastic population fluctuations explain the rapid extinction of the passenger pigeon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401526111  

Groenen Martien A. M., Archibald Alan L., Uenishi Hirohide, Tuggle Christopher K., Takeuchi Yasuhiro, Rothschild Max F., Rogel-Gaillard Claire, Park Chankyu, Milan Denis, & Megens Hendrik-Jan. (2012) Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution. Nature, 491(7424), 393-398. DOI: 10.1038/nature11622  

  • June 19, 2014
  • 12:22 AM
  • 974 views

Cancer Vaccine

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Finally, a possible vaccine for cancer. [Infographic]... Read more »

Yukai He,, Yuan Hong,, Yibing Peng,, Lisa Butterfield,, Sheng Guo,, David Bartlett,, David Munn1,, Jose Guevara-Patino,, Junfeng Pang,, & Nahid Mivechi,. (2014) Engineering AFP and GPC3 to create highly immunogenic gene vaccines to prevent carcinogen-induced murine autochthonous hepatocellular carcinoma. The Journal of Immunology, 192(1). info:/

  • June 13, 2014
  • 03:05 PM
  • 741 views

Procrastination & Sleep

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

The newest form of procrastination and a rising health issue: bedtime procrastination. [Infographic]... Read more »

  • June 6, 2014
  • 01:51 PM
  • 977 views

Self-Healing Metals

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Metals that can repair themselves: a new standard for industry. [Infographic]... Read more »

Hassan, M., Mehrpouya, M., Emamian, S., & Sheikholeslam, M. (2013) Review of Self-Healing Effect on Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) Structures. Advanced Materials Research, 87-92. DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.701.87  

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