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  • October 7, 2011
  • 12:13 PM
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Scandal-less

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Commending science... and the reporting of it.... Read more »

Noggle S, Fung HL, Gore A, Martinez H, Satriani KC, Prosser R, Oum K, Paull D, Druckenmiller S, Freeby M.... (2011) Human oocytes reprogram somatic cells to a pluripotent state. Nature, 478(7367), 70-5. PMID: 21979046  

  • October 6, 2011
  • 01:19 PM
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New York Times on Addiction and The Insula

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

In Clue to Addiction, Brain Injury Halts SmokingBy BENEDICT CAREYPublished: January 26, 2007Scientists studying stroke patients are reporting today that an injury to a specific part of the brain, near the ear, can instantly and permanently break a smoking habit. People with the injury who stopped smoking found that their bodies, as one man put it, “forgot the urge to smoke.”The finding, which appears in the journal Science, is based on a small study [Naqvi et al., 2007]. But experts say it i........ Read more »

Naqvi, N., Rudrauf, D., Damasio, H., & Bechara, A. (2007) Damage to the Insula Disrupts Addiction to Cigarette Smoking. Science, 315(5811), 531-534. DOI: 10.1126/science.1135926  

  • September 22, 2011
  • 01:01 AM
  • 1,396 views

Public Engagement with Science: What it Means

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

"Simply trying to educate the public about specific science-based issues is not working. We need to move beyond what too often has been seen as a paternalistic stance. We need to engage the public in a more open and honest bidirectional dialogue about science and technology." - AAAS Chief Execture Officer Alan Leshner, Science 2003
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Borchelt, R., . (2008) Engaging the scientific community with the public - communication as a dialogue, not a lecture. Science Progress, 78-81. info:/

  • September 10, 2011
  • 09:22 AM
  • 1,669 views

Agriculture and biodiversity conservation: to spare or to share, that is the question

by M. Balzan in Bioblog: the biodiversity blog

Small scale agriculture within the central Mediterranean island of Gozo (Malta): "in the Mediterranean region ... rich biodiversity has existed for millenia in an agricultural setting" (Godfray 2011)A report relating agricultural practices to biodiversity conservation in tropical environments has been published in the journal Science last week. Within this contribution, the researchers from the University of Cambridge, related the diversity of birds and trees within several landscapes ........ Read more »

  • September 7, 2011
  • 02:48 AM
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Tips when starting Psychiatry

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Buffer During clerkship or residency individuals new to psychiatry find it hard to accommodate. Psychiatry rotation is still not compelled for GP’s and emergency medicine while these are probably the first to encounter psychiatric patients in different forms of distress. For those starting a rotation of psychiatry being it clerkship or otherwise here are a [...]


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Burkes, M., Hanna, L., & Woollard, J. (2011) Tips for GP trainees working in psychiatry. British Journal of General Practice, 61(583), 148-149. DOI: 10.3399/bjgp11X556407  

  • August 30, 2011
  • 03:13 AM
  • 1,686 views

Social Media and Surgery

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Buffer Surgeons not being the most social animals among doctors, I was surprised to see 7 editorials about surgery and social media. These seven editorials highlighted the use of social media and different settings for surgeons, from medical school all the way up to the American College of Surgeons. The most factual contribution was about [...]


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  • August 26, 2011
  • 02:42 AM
  • 2,480 views

A Whole New World: My Beginnings as a Student of Journalism

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

This week, I started graduate classes for the first time as a student of Mass Communications at the LSU Manship School. Yahoo!
Thus begins my jump from a PhD in Biomedical Engineering to an advanced degree studying science journalism!
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PH Longstaff. (2005) Security, resilience, and communication in unpredictable environments such as terrorism, natural disasters, and complex technology. Center for Information Policy Research. info:/

  • August 18, 2011
  • 04:59 AM
  • 1,478 views

Retractions correlate better with 'Impact Factor' than citations

by Björn Brembs in bjoern.brembs.blog

Thomson Reuters' Impact Factor (IF) is supposed to provide a measure for how often the average publication in a scientific journal is cited and thus a quantitative basis for ranking journals. However, there are (at least) three major problems with the IF:The IF is negotiable and doesn't reflect actual citation counts (source)The IF cannot be reproduced, even if it reflected actual citations (source)The IF is not statistically sound, even if it were reproducible and reflected actual citations (so........ Read more »

  • August 16, 2011
  • 02:28 PM
  • 990 views

It was twenty years ago today . . .

by Marco Frasca in The Gauge Connection

With these beautiful words starts a recollection paper by the founder of arXiv, Paul Ginsparg. This is worth the reading as this history spans a number of years exactly overlapping the computer revolution that definitely changed our lives. What Paul also changed through these new information tools was the way researchers should approach scientific communication. [...]... Read more »

Paul Ginsparg. (2011) It was twenty years ago today .. arXiv. arXiv: 1108.2700v1

R. Aouane, V. Bornyakov, E. -M. Ilgenfritz, V. Mitrjushkin, M. Müller-Preussker, & A. Sternbeck. (2011) Landau gauge gluon and ghost propagators at finite temperature from quenched lattice QCD. arXiv. arXiv: 1108.1735v1

Axel Maas, Tereza Mendes, & Stefan Olejnik. (2011) Yang-Mills Theory in lambda-Gauges. arXiv. arXiv: 1108.2621v1

  • August 15, 2011
  • 12:26 PM
  • 3,600 views

Answer: MediQuiz #2: The Rhythm of Life

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

Yeah, once again, almost everyone got it right. There are few songs that tend to stick in your head as much as stayin’ alive does, and indeed, it is just the right beat to make your CPR go along with. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 15, 2011
  • 05:42 AM
  • 1,755 views

Wikipedia: I Fought the Lore and the Lore Won

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Fighting the lore of wikipedia is an increasingly futile battle but there are people who resist using and improving the online encyclopedia. The remarkable thing is that some of this resistance comes from the scientific and academic communities, two groups of people who are supposedly concerned with the dissemination of knowledge. Wikipedia is the lore With [...]... Read more »

Neil L. Waters. (2007) Why you can't cite Wikipedia in my class. Communications of the ACM, 15-17. DOI: 10.1145/1284621.1284635  

Patricia L. Dooley. (2010) Wikipedia and the two-faced professoriate. WikiSym '10 Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. DOI: 10.1145/1832772.1832803  

Logan DW, Sandal M, Gardner PP, Manske M, & Bateman A. (2010) Ten simple rules for editing Wikipedia. PLoS computational biology, 6(9). PMID: 20941386  

  • August 7, 2011
  • 03:01 AM
  • 1,549 views

NanoArt: Truly Extra-Ordinary

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Art at the scale of 1/1,000,000,000 (1 billionth) of a meter, where materials can act and look very differently than they do in the macroscopic world that we see around us.
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Powell, D. (2011) Matter . Science News, 179(7), 10-10. DOI: 10.1002/scin.5591790710  

  • August 7, 2011
  • 03:01 AM
  • 1,499 views

NanoArt: Truly Extra-Ordinary

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Art at the scale of 1/1,000,000,000 (1 billionth) of a meter, where materials can act and look very differently than they do in the macroscopic world that we see around us.
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Powell, D. (2011) Matter . Science News, 179(7), 10-10. DOI: 10.1002/scin.5591790710  

  • August 7, 2011
  • 03:01 AM
  • 1,440 views

NanoArt: Truly Extra-Ordinary

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Art at the scale of 1/1,000,000,000 (1 billionth) of a meter, where materials can act and look very differently than they do in the macroscopic world that we see around us.
... Read more »

Powell, D. (2011) Matter . Science News, 179(7), 10-10. DOI: 10.1002/scin.5591790710  

  • August 7, 2011
  • 03:01 AM
  • 1,416 views

NanoArt: Truly Extra-Ordinary

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Art at the scale of 1/1,000,000,000 (1 billionth) of a meter, where materials can act and look very differently than they do in the macroscopic world that we see around us.
... Read more »

Powell, D. (2011) Matter . Science News, 179(7), 10-10. DOI: 10.1002/scin.5591790710  

  • August 6, 2011
  • 01:51 PM
  • 2,090 views

Nano: Practically Invisible

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Nano-objects, typically classified as measuring between 1 and 100 nanometers, or 1/1,000,000,000 meters, in at least one dimension (height, width, or depth), are smaller than the wavelength of visible light. This means, as the video points out, that nanoscale objects are practically invisible. But this doesn’t mean that nano-objects don’t leave their traces in the world around us…... Read more »

Baile Zhang, Yuan Luo, Xiaogang Liu, & George Barbastathis. (2010) Macroscopic Invisibility Cloak for Visible Light. Physical Review Letters 106, 033901 (2011). arXiv: 1012.2238v3

  • July 31, 2011
  • 02:34 AM
  • 2,008 views

Super-Hero Experiment #3: What Lies Beneath

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

What is the ultimate test of human control over the world as we know it, if it is not the manipulation and patterning of the fundamental units of matter: the atoms? Back in 1959, Caltech professor and physics great Richard Feynman said, “… I am not afraid to consider the final question as to whether, ultimately – in the great future – we can arrange the atoms the way we want; the very atoms, all the way down!” ... Read more »

  • July 28, 2011
  • 03:55 AM
  • 2,017 views

Super-Hero Experiment #2: The Waggle Dance

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

In 1923, Karl von Frisch sat down in a meadow to observe the behaviors of a transparent-windowed colony of honeybees. Karl von Frisch, with his pioneering experiments in Germany, decoded the language of the bee. For his work, von Frisch earned the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology/ Medicine, and has earned a spot here in Super-Hero Experiments!
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Riley, J., Greggers, U., Smith, A., Reynolds, D., & Menzel, R. (2005) The flight paths of honeybees recruited by the waggle dance. Nature, 435(7039), 205-207. DOI: 10.1038/nature03526  

  • July 26, 2011
  • 04:00 PM
  • 1,865 views

Super-Hero Experiment #1: The Origin of Life

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

In 1953, the two scientists Miller and Urey helped to solve the problem of the origin of life on Earth. Their famous experiment, taught in almost every single beginning Chemistry course, has been chosen as the first in this week’s From The Lab Bench series of Super-Hero experiments.... Read more »

  • July 24, 2011
  • 02:01 PM
  • 1,202 views

Blogs/Twitter in Medical Publications: Too Unreliable to Quote or A Change Waiting to Happen?

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

Just a few days ago, I was co-authoring a submission for a journal on the issue of handling social media with care and needed to cite a bunch of blogs and non-traditional online sources of information (including Tweets and Friendfeed … Continue reading →... Read more »

Mandavilli A. (2011) Peer review: Trial by Twitter. Nature, 469(7330), 286-7. PMID: 21248816  

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