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  • January 11, 2013
  • 10:11 AM
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Q: Why does skin lose its elasticity as we get old?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

Asked by Sam Whiley via Facebook Before we even jump to the answer, let’s define what elasticity actually is.  It’s not really the “stretchiness” of your skin as many people tend to think it is; that’s only half the definition.  If elasticity were to be defined as only how stretchy something can be, then your [...]... Read more »

  • January 8, 2013
  • 10:28 AM
  • 2,119 views

High-impact Journals for Genetics and Genomics

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

One of the burdens of the information age is that there’s far more content produced than could ever be read by the population. This is categorically true of blogging, but also a fact of research publication. With hundreds of academic journals (ISI indexes over 11,000 science and social science journals) and thousands of articles published [...]... Read more »

  • January 7, 2013
  • 09:00 AM
  • 786 views

A Story Behind A Paper - Part I

by J Zevin in The Magnet is Always On

We can't go around knocking out genes to see what effects they have in people, or raising children in caves to find out at what age they irreversibly lose the ability to learn language, but cognitive neuroscience uses non-invasive imaging techniques that show us patterns of brain activityrelated to particular behaviors or states. That seemed pretty awesome, and I wanted in...... Read more »

  • January 3, 2013
  • 01:41 PM
  • 1,695 views

How many calories do you burn by coughing?

by Stuart Farrimond in Guru: Science Blog

Q: Do you burn calories by coughing and does it help to build ‘ab’ muscles?! I have to be getting some kind of workout out of this damned cold… Asked by Suzanne Butler via Facebook Your question is surprisingly difficult to answer. Energy expenditure has been measured in a variety of ways, but to do [...]... Read more »

  • January 1, 2013
  • 06:28 AM
  • 1,283 views

What’s wrong with citation analysis?

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

What’s wrong with citation analysis? Other than your papers not being cited enough, what’s wrong with measuring scientific influence based on citation count? Citation analysis-based decisions concerning grants, promotions, etc. have become popular because, among other things, they’re considered “unbiased.” After all, such analysis gives numbers even non-professionals can understand, helping them make the best [...]









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MacRoberts, M., & MacRoberts, B. (1996) Problems of citation analysis. Scientometrics, 36(3), 435-444. DOI: 10.1007/BF02129604  

MacRoberts, M., & MacRoberts, B. (2010) Problems of citation analysis: A study of uncited and seldom-cited influences. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 61(1), 1-12. DOI: 10.1002/asi.21228  

Priem, J., Taraborelli, D., Groth, P., & Neylon, C. (2010) altmetrics: a manifesto. http://altmetrics.org/manifesto/. info:/

  • December 30, 2012
  • 04:13 PM
  • 939 views

What kinds of dogs are troubled by fireworks, and what to do about it

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hi Mia, I agree with you. As much as I enjoy New Years celebrations, it breaks my heart to see so many dogs distressed over our reverie. (Source) Which dogs are troubled by noises? As you say, some dogs are la-di-da about fireworks and others act as if it’s Judgment Day times ten. What could be behind those differences? Early FireworksYou shared a really interesting finding that dogs who heard fireworks when they were puppies were less likely to show a fear response to noises later in life. Th........ Read more »

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  

  • December 29, 2012
  • 04:28 PM
  • 691 views

The Fight Over Mankind’s Essence

by Jesse Marczyk in Pop Psychology

All traits of biological organisms require some combination and interaction of genetic and non-genetic factors to develop. As Tooby and Cosmides put it in their primer: Evolutionary psychology is not just another swing of the nature/nurture pendulum. A defining characteristic … Continue reading →... Read more »

Geher, G., & Gambacorta, D. (2010) Evolution is Not Relevant to Sex Differences in Humans Because I Want it That Way! Evidence for the Politicization of Human Evolutionary Psychology. EvoS: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium , 32-47. info:/

  • December 29, 2012
  • 09:22 AM
  • 887 views

Crowdfunding Science

by GDW in The Beast, the Bard and the Bot

Scientific research costs money. And in times where the economy isn’t exactly booming, it’s an area where, wrongfully I believe, budget cuts are quite likely to occur. When austerity reigns, governments and funding agencies alike allocate less and less capital to scientific research. Time to consider alternative routes of funding. One of these relies on [...]... Read more »

  • December 18, 2012
  • 08:02 AM
  • 1,123 views

How Long Should a Scientific Publication be?

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

In one word: short. In two words: it depends. A neuroscience expert faces the challenge of 100 new neuroscience articles being published on a daily basis. S/he will never be able to read all that. So, what can be done to get your own publication known to the community? . 1) Know the reader and [...]... Read more »

  • December 14, 2012
  • 12:22 PM
  • 653 views

Play with your dog, for science

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Project: Play With Your Dog (our latest study)Hi Mia,Wow. Very heavy stuff. I’m really happy you put this all out there. It's a great resource, especially when people tend to think, "That won't happen to me." An uncomfortable and upsetting situation hopefully becomes more real and understandable. Hopefully, an eye of caution will be extended to those circumstances more often associated with bites. Show us how you playYou’re right, my mind has been 100% on things not related to dog bites........ Read more »

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  

  • December 10, 2012
  • 08:55 AM
  • 977 views

Implied audience in high-profile psychology papers: Beyond the “nice lady on the subway.”

by J Zevin in The Magnet is Always On

Perhaps the most serious problem with the “nice lady on the subway” as implied audience for scientific communication is that it contributes to an environment in which over-interpretation of results is essentially standard. By accepting the assumption that the concepts we’re working with should be familiar and accessible to everyone, we invite the misapprehension that our results can speak directly to the kinds of questions ordinary people have about how their minds work. We can do better t........ Read more »

  • December 8, 2012
  • 07:43 AM
  • 753 views

One in Four physicians goes to Social Media daily or many times in a day

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Researchers have found that one in four physicians use social media every day and many of them use it even multiple times a day to get updates about medical information.

This research has been published online in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Researchers have found that 14% of physicians go to social media to throw in new information. Researchers have also found after the survey of 485 primary oncologists and primary care physicians that 61% of physicians check for new informat........ Read more »

  • December 7, 2012
  • 03:06 PM
  • 990 views

The Not So Seductive Allure of Colorful Brain Images

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

We all know that the mere presence of a brain scan image or a neuro-prefix adds instant credibility to any news story, right? And that the public (i.e., undergraduates) is easily swayed into believing in bogus psychological findings if accompanied by pretty colorful brains? Well count me in! But wait...Neuroscience Fiction Fiction?The day after the high-profile Neuroscience Fiction article by Dr. Gary Marcus appeared in The New Yorker, a stealthy blog post in Brain Myths summarized an unpublishe........ Read more »

  • December 4, 2012
  • 12:07 AM
  • 2,139 views

Dogs and babies: Not always cute

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hi Mia, Oh, Arf! Based on the way I treated him, it's a good thing he was stuffed. I remember dragging him around by his leg (or maybe it was his ear) so we could "spend time" together. Given he was a stuffed animal, I have to admit it's pretty cute. Nowadays, it seems like one of the functions of social media is sharing cute stuff. You can't go a day without seeing something posted, tweeted or shared that elicits an, "Aww cute" response. Some photos mix and match baby animals: Baby animal........ Read more »

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  

  • November 20, 2012
  • 08:54 PM
  • 1,684 views

Mixing kids & dogs: a 'how to' resource list

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hi Mia, Friends for life is a wonderful way to describe growing from childhood to adulthood with a dog. For me, Arf was always around till a living, breathing dog came into my life, and you clearly thought dogs were the bomb from an early age! And speaking of childhood dogs, how awesome is the Childhood Dog Photo Challenge that you started over on Facebook? Were you expecting people to post photos of so many dogs and kids from all over the world!?Mia and Star; Julie and Arf Nowadays, I........ Read more »

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  

  • November 12, 2012
  • 11:01 AM
  • 1,060 views

Post-Sandy and The Power of Cute (Kawaii!!)

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

(Post-Sandy reunited)Hi there Mia, This is all incredibly moving. When natural disasters strike, the damage looks so different depending on geography. Our natural disasters don’t tend to include koalas, although Sandy did cause major trouble for the NYC Aquarium (water was the big problem).Post-Sandy SupportThe local aid and support has been tremendous. Animal Aid and GrantsAs of today, a Facebook group called Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets has 25,158 likes, up from 7,200 likes on 11........ Read more »

  • November 7, 2012
  • 10:24 AM
  • 780 views

Video Tip of the Week: Force11 and the future of research communications

by Mary in OpenHelix

Recently the National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO) hosted a webinar about the changing face of research communications. Beyond traditional publication, there are a lot of new methods to do outreach and communication about science–blogs, twitter, videos, social media like Facebook and Google+, MOOCs, software tools, and more. This is for our peers and for [...]... Read more »

Bourne Philip E , Clark Tim, Dale Robert, De Waard Anita, Herman Ivan, Hovy Eduard, & Shotton David. (2012) Improving future research communication and e-scholarship : a summary of findings. Informatik-Spektrum, 35(1), 62. DOI: 10.1007/s00287-011-0592-1  

Bourne, Philip E., Clark, Timothy W., Dale, Robert, de Waard, Anita, Herman, Ivan, Hovy, Eduard H., & David Shotton. (2011) Improving The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship. Dagstuhl Manifestos, 1(1), 41-59. info:/10.4230/DagMan.1.1.41

  • November 3, 2012
  • 10:56 AM
  • 586 views

Rediscovering the basics

by SS in Scientific scrutiny

anti-HSA antibody CIM disk... Read more »

  • November 2, 2012
  • 09:27 PM
  • 897 views

What does rescue mean for companion animals?

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

(Source)Hi Mia,Given everything that's been happening since Sandy touched down, I've been wondering, "What does rescue mean for companion animals?"When a natural disaster strikes, humans understand what rescue means and looks like. Emergency personnel might bring you and your companion animal to safety. If that's not an option, maybe you will have to forge the way for yourself and Fido.But how do companion animals understand natural disasters and rescue? The below video reminds us that we are no........ Read more »

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  

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