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  • March 15, 2013
  • 06:16 AM
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How Neuroscientists Scan the Media

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

In case you missed it, I had a guest post this week in Nature's SpotOn NYC series on Communication and the Brain (#BeBraiNY), held in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week. The theme concerned the challenges of engaging the public's interest in cognitive sciences, and communicating the knowns (and unknowns) of brain disorders:In the current funding climate of budget cuts and sequestration, there’s a wide latitude between overselling the immediate clinical implications of "imaging every spike........ Read more »

Joachim Allgaier, Sharon Dunwoody, Dominique Brossard, Yin-Yueh Lo, & Hans Peter Peters. (2013) Journalism and Social Media as Means of Observing the Contexts of Science. BioScience. info:/10.1525/bio.2013.63.4.8

  • March 11, 2013
  • 08:44 PM
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Why I conference

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

(Source)Hi Mia!Would you agree that you and I spend a lot of time researching and writing, two incredibly solitary activities?And given that we both have the social butterfly gene (I just got our DNA tests back, I’ll send you yours), conferences are incredibly important for our health and well-being; a time where we can run amok with people exuberant about the field of dog behavior, cognition and welfare.In some ways, conferences are akin to summer camp. Smores by the campfire become happy hou........ Read more »

  • March 6, 2013
  • 09:43 PM
  • 1,504 views

Beyond the Pdf 2 - a disruptive conference

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

Scholarly communication across all disciplines is changing profoundly under the influence of new technologies. New models, tools and standards are being developed that aim to enhance, enable or entirely replace formerly ingrained forms of scholarly communication, including publications, courses, conferences and policy. The Beyond the PDF conference brings together scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders in a lively forum, not just to broaden awareness of current efforts........ Read more »

Priem, J., & Hemminger, B. (2012) Decoupling the scholarly journal. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/fncom.2012.00019  

Nature Methods. (2013) Beyond the PDF. Nature Methods, 10(2), 91-91. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.2363  

  • March 5, 2013
  • 07:27 AM
  • 1,098 views

Does watching the news make you feel more miserable than not watching it?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

That’s a really great question. Whether we watch, read, or listen to the news, I’m sure we have all had the feeling of being sick about it; be it the story itself or how it is presented.  A huge proportion of our news seems to be negatively biased – but why? The answer has, in [...]... Read more »

  • February 27, 2013
  • 02:16 PM
  • 1,130 views

#ifihadglass I Would Build an Augmented Biomed Browser

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In the previous post, I’ve described the relationship between environmental factors and the public’s insights. Moreover, what would happen if we have more than an ideal “physical” environment? Will people embrace a brand new world in which virtual components are added to the physical ones?


We all know that more research should be carried out to create software which supports the most complex and time-consuming portions of the analytical process, so that analysts can respond to incre........ Read more »

Gershon Dublon, & Joseph A. Paradiso. (2012) Tongueduino: hackable, high-bandwidth sensory augmentation. Proceeding CHI EA '12 CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1453-1454. DOI: 10.1145/2212776.2212482  

  • February 27, 2013
  • 08:18 AM
  • 1,816 views

The ENCODE Controversy And Professionalism In Science

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

The ENCODE (Encyclopedia Of DNA Elements) project received quite a bit of attention when its results were publicized last year. This project involved a very large consortium of scientists with the goal to identify all the functional elements in the human genome. In September 2012, 30 papers were published in a coordinated release and their extraordinary claim was that roughly 80% of the human genome was "functional". This was in direct contrast to the prevailing view among molecular bi........ Read more »

  • February 24, 2013
  • 02:00 PM
  • 1,576 views

Scientizing Art

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

I've always been fascinated with the way the eye moves around a piece of art. Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World" (or as I looked up "that painting of a girl in a field looking at a house")This piece by Andrew Wyeth is an obvious example of an artist completely controlling your gaze. There are pretty much no options here. You look at the girl and then you follow her gaze to the house. You probably then take a quick glance at that other house/barn to the left, and then maybe follow the edge of the........ Read more »

Massaro D, Savazzi F, Di Dio C, Freedberg D, Gallese V, Gilli G, & Marchetti A. (2012) When art moves the eyes: a behavioral and eye-tracking study. PloS one, 7(5). PMID: 22624007  

  • February 18, 2013
  • 11:06 AM
  • 1,333 views

Editorial Crisis: you won't read all this

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In many field beyond Science we could see a huge editorial crisis. A comprehensive study by the University of Bristol and the journalism school of Cardiff University shows that Politics, Economy, Science, Environmental issues and Religion, are some of the topics that general audience have difficulties to understand.[1]

The research - by means of special algorithms - was made by examining two and a half million articles from nearly 500 different sources in the English language, and comparing t........ Read more »

Flaounas, I., Ali, O., Lansdall-Welfare, T., De Bie, T., Mosdell, N., Lewis, J., & Cristianini, N. (2013) RESEARCH METHODS IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL JOURNALISM. Digital Journalism, 1(1), 102-116. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2012.714928  

  • February 7, 2013
  • 08:22 PM
  • 909 views

Academic Freedom and International Collaborations

by Andreas Muenchow in Icy Seas

Working in the Arctic is hard. Despite climate warming, despite diminishing ice cover, despite public interest and global impact, it is still a hostile and challenging place. It is also very expensive to get to. It usually takes me 2-4 … Continue reading →... Read more »

Editorial. (2012) Frozen out. Nature, 483(7387), 6-6. DOI: 10.1038/483006a  

  • February 6, 2013
  • 04:07 PM
  • 946 views

Dogs helping cats: February is ‘Lend A Paw’ month

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

(Source) Hi Mia! Cats chilling with working dogs? I’ve never heard of that, and it’s the best idea! It's possible working dog organizations here in the States do that, and I’m just out of the loop. Clearly that experience/exposure is important for dogs and cats alike! Yes, Josh had a bit of a run in with block of cheese and a tea kettle. Not to worry; he is healthy and happy, although the cheese felt violated and the tea kettle is out of commission. Science Online 2013 Conference (#sc........ Read more »

Boissy Alain, Manteuffel Gerhard, Jensen Margit Bak, Moe Randi Oppermann, Spruijt Berry, Keeling Linda J., Winckler Christoph, Forkman Björn, Dimitrov Ivan, & Langbein Jan. (2007) Assessment of positive emotions in animals to improve their welfare. Physiology , 92(3), 375-397. DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2007.02.003  

Daniels Dawn Marie, Ritzi Rovane B. S., O’Neil Joseph, & “Tres Scherer L R. (2009) Analysis of Nonfatal Dog Bites in Children. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care, 66(Supplement). DOI: 10.1097/TA.0b013e3181937925  

Horowitz Alexandra C., & Bekoff Marc. (2007) Naturalizing Anthropomorphism: Behavioral Prompts to Our Humanizing of Animals. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People , 20(1), 35. DOI: 10.2752/089279307780216650  

  • February 4, 2013
  • 12:59 AM
  • 1,092 views

BAD Science or BAD Science Journalism? – A Response to Daniel Lakens

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

Two weeks ago there was a hot debate among Dutch Tweeps on “bad science, bad science journalism and bad science communication“. This debate was started and fueled by different Dutch blog posts on this topic.[1,4-6]

A controversial post, with both fierce proponents and fierce opposition was the post by Daniel Lakens [1], an assistant professor in Applied Cognitive Psychology.

I was among the opponents. Not because I don’t like a new fresh point of view, but because of a w........ Read more »

  • January 30, 2013
  • 10:32 AM
  • 720 views

Video Tip of the Week: ScienceGameCenter #edtech

by Mary in OpenHelix

Could you help Gregor Mendel obtain a plant with its coloring specified by recessive genes? Would you want to try to solve crime with some forensic DNA analysis? The ScienceGameCenter can give you the chance to do those things, and learn concepts of biology (and other sciences too!) at the same time. This week’s video tip of the week will focus on what they offer.... Read more »

  • January 28, 2013
  • 10:09 AM
  • 1,418 views

Identifying Samples from Genomic Data

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

In last week's issue of Science, Melissa Gymrek and colleagues from the lab of Yaniv Erlich (Whitehead) report a method for the triangulation the identity of a sample donor using genomic data and public databases.

As a proof-of-principle, they uncovered the identities of about 50 sample donors from the CEPH Utah collection, perhaps the best-studied collection of "anonymous" samples to date. Their approach exploits several facts of this "information age" we live in.... Read more »

Gymrek M, McGuire AL, Golan D, Halperin E, & Erlich Y. (2013) Identifying personal genomes by surname inference. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6117), 321-4. PMID: 23329047  

  • January 26, 2013
  • 11:07 PM
  • 724 views

A Little Analysis of the Articles for Science Bloggers

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Science blogging is increasingly gaining attraction among the masses. You can consider it as a form of bridge between the common people and the scientists resulting in more awareness of the problems and the solutions.

Paul Knoepfler, an associate professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, wrote,

“Savvy scientists must increasingly engage with blogs and social media. A new generation of young researchers has grown up with an ever-present Internet. Publishers........ Read more »

Knoepfler, P. (2011) My year as a stem-cell blogger. Nature, 475(7357), 425-425. DOI: 10.1038/475425a  

  • January 25, 2013
  • 04:24 PM
  • 1,332 views

Dogs and Cats in the Home: Happiness for all?

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

(Source)Hi Mia! Looking forward to hearing more about your upcoming conference, ‘When coping is not enough - Promoting positive welfare states in animals’. I was recently thinking about positive welfare in animals, sort of by accident. This past Monday, I was part of a Cats In Context conference at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. The conference was put together by ISHAR, the Institute for the Study of Human Animal Relations. Last year’s conference covered The Future of Zoos -- and a........ Read more »

Boissy Alain, Manteuffel Gerhard, Jensen Margit Bak, Moe Randi Oppermann, Spruijt Berry, Keeling Linda J., Winckler Christoph, Forkman Björn, Dimitrov Ivan, & Langbein Jan. (2007) Assessment of positive emotions in animals to improve their welfare. Physiology , 92(3), 375-397. DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2007.02.003  

Daniels Dawn Marie, Ritzi Rovane B. S., O’Neil Joseph, & “Tres Scherer L R. (2009) Analysis of Nonfatal Dog Bites in Children. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care, 66(Supplement). DOI: 10.1097/TA.0b013e3181937925  

Horowitz Alexandra C., & Bekoff Marc. (2007) Naturalizing Anthropomorphism: Behavioral Prompts to Our Humanizing of Animals. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People , 20(1), 35. DOI: 10.2752/089279307780216650  

  • January 25, 2013
  • 08:20 AM
  • 1,180 views

Are we incentivizing hype in science? A case study

by Björn Brembs in bjoern.brembs.blog

There is a lively discussion going on right now in various forums on the incentives for scientists to publish their work in this venue or another. Some of these discussions cite our manuscript on the pernicious consequences of journal rank, others don't. In our manuscript, we speculate that the scientific community may be facing a deluge of fraud and misconduct, because of the incentives to publish in high-ranking journals, a central point of contention in the discussions lnked to above. An exam........ Read more »

Wasserman, S., Salomon, A., & Frye, M. (2013) Drosophila Tracks Carbon Dioxide in Flight. Current Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.12.038  

  • January 17, 2013
  • 07:00 AM
  • 1,032 views

Accuracy of Medical Information on the Internet

by Jalees Rehman in Fragments of Truth

This study highlights the opportunities and pitfalls of using the internet to communicate medical information. The internet is providing an opportunity for patients and family members to obtain additional medical information that they did not receive from their physicians, as well as to address questions that may arise and do not warrant a visit to a physician. On the other hand, the study also demonstrates that the quality of medical information on the internet varies widely. Searches for certa........ Read more »

Chung M, Oden RP, Joyner BL, Sims A, & Moon RY. (2012) Safe infant sleep recommendations on the Internet: let's Google it. The Journal of pediatrics, 161(6), 1080-4. PMID: 22863258  

  • January 16, 2013
  • 01:00 PM
  • 1,064 views

The feeling of play

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

(Source)Hi there Mia,2013 is looking pretty good! I loved your recent post on motor, sensory and structural aspects of laterality in dogs. This is the type of research that gets me going. Who would think any information could come from this, and then... Tada!!!Dogs with clockwise chest whorls were more likely 'right-pawed'Feels like play Project: Play with Your Dog is going well! We’re getting loads of submissions from people across the globe, and we'll be collecting submissions through Spring........ Read more »

Boissy Alain, Manteuffel Gerhard, Jensen Margit Bak, Moe Randi Oppermann, Spruijt Berry, Keeling Linda J., Winckler Christoph, Forkman Björn, Dimitrov Ivan, & Langbein Jan. (2007) Assessment of positive emotions in animals to improve their welfare. Physiology , 92(3), 375-397. DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2007.02.003  

Daniels Dawn Marie, Ritzi Rovane B. S., O’Neil Joseph, & “Tres Scherer L R. (2009) Analysis of Nonfatal Dog Bites in Children. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care, 66(Supplement). DOI: 10.1097/TA.0b013e3181937925  

Horowitz Alexandra C., & Bekoff Marc. (2007) Naturalizing Anthropomorphism: Behavioral Prompts to Our Humanizing of Animals. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People , 20(1), 35. DOI: 10.2752/089279307780216650  

  • January 16, 2013
  • 12:11 PM
  • 993 views

Do men get ‘phantom limb’ feelings after gender reassignment?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

If a man has gender reassignment surgery will he suffer ‘phantom limb’ type feelings? Asked by @christomill via twitter Phantom limb syndrome is the sensation of a body part being present even after it has been amputated. A most peculiar condition, for the amputee the absent limb can feel very real and even as that [...]... Read more »

  • January 11, 2013
  • 12:08 PM
  • 849 views

On Selling and Over-Selling Science

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

Science!!! (source)Science communication is a persistent topic of ... well communication. Who is responsible for communicating science? How can science be best communicated to the public? What can we to do stop sensationalist and misleading articles from controlling what findings are generally accepted in the public sphere?All these questions rise up in science blogs and on twitter and then fade back into the background. Then something happens and a flurry of posts about communicating science fl........ Read more »

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