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  • June 18, 2015
  • 01:02 PM
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How ‘science popularizers’ influence public opinion on religion

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Two prominent scientists with drastically different views on the relationship of science and religion – Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins – have an equally different influence on these views among people who are unfamiliar with their work, according to new research from Rice University and West Virginia University.... Read more »

  • June 18, 2015
  • 12:59 PM
  • 122 views

Not-so-guilty pleasure: Viewing cat videos boosts energy and positive emotions

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

If you get a warm, fuzzy feeling after watching cute cat videos online, the effect may be more profound than you think. The Internet phenomenon of watching cat videos, from Lil Bub to Grumpy Cat, does more than simply entertain; it boosts viewers’ energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings, according to a new study by an Indiana University Media School researcher.... Read more »

  • June 18, 2015
  • 07:50 AM
  • 127 views

Do Public Sector Employees Volunteer More Than Private Sector Employees?

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

I have a confession to make right off the bat — I wrote the headline for this post specifically to counter Betteridge’s law of headlines. If you’re familiar with it, then you’ve already realized that the answer to the question posed is yes. From the … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 18, 2015
  • 06:47 AM
  • 92 views

Horizontal Alliances between Logistics Service Providers

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Supply chain research typically investigates phenomena that occur in vertical relationships, e.g., between suppliers and buyers. In our new article, The Interplay of Different Types of Governance in Horizontal Cooperations: A View on Logistics Service Providers, we take a look at horizontal relationships. For example, such relationships occur when two LSPs collaborate to complement their […]... Read more »

Raue, J.S., & Wieland, A. (2015) The Interplay of Different Types of Governance in Horizontal Cooperations: A View on Logistics Service Providers. International Journal of Logistics Management, 26(2). info:/

  • June 18, 2015
  • 04:43 AM
  • 139 views

Atypical enterovirus encephalitis and 'autism-like' (again)

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

"The autism spectrum disorder or autism-like clinical symptoms are extremely rare, but they may be a clear manifestations of enterovirus encephalitis."That was the finding reported in a poster by Akcakaya and colleagues [1] submitted as part of the 11th European Paediatric Neurology Society Congress 2015. In it, they detail a case report of an adolescent young woman "who developed behavioural changes and autistic features such as impairment of communication, mutism and lack of eye contact" ........ Read more »

  • June 17, 2015
  • 01:54 PM
  • 77 views

Emergency Planning Is For Pets Too

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Failure to include pets in emergency planning puts human lives at risk.“There is no other factor contributing as much to human evacuation failure in disasters that is under the control of emergency management when a threat is imminent as pet ownership.” So say Sebastian Heath(FEMA) and Robert Linnabary(University of Tennessee) in a review of the ways in which pets should be included in emergency planning. Emergency management has five stages: planning, preparedness, mitigation, ........ Read more »

  • June 17, 2015
  • 01:33 PM
  • 65 views

Living Kidney Donors Experience 37 Heart Changes After Donation

by Cristy at Living Donor 101 in Living Donors Are People Too

You’ve heard me harp on this before. How a 10% reduction in kidney function significantly increases the risk of cardiovacular disease and death. How most people who are diagnosed in with early stage CKD (chronic kidney disease), GFR 60-80, will die of a cardiovascular event before progressing to kidney failure. How 26% of kidney failure …
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Moody, W., Ferro, C., Edwards, N., Chue, C., Lin, E., Cockwell, P., Steeds, R., Townend, J., & Taylor, R. (2015) 37 Cardiovascular Effects of Unilateral Nephrectomy in Human Kidney Donors. Heart, 101(Suppl 4). DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2015-308066.37  

  • June 17, 2015
  • 11:11 AM
  • 103 views

Using bacteria to look for oil and gas

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

In 1938, a Russian scientist by the name of Mogilewskii published a paper describing the use of methane-oxidizing bacteria as a means of prospecting for natural gas fields. Several patents were subsequently issued to oil companies in the 1940s based on this paper and others by American researchers.The idea is that smaller gaseous hydrocarbons (e.g. methane, propane, butane) tend to escape in small amounts from underground oil and gas deposits and rise to the surface. The continuous seepage of th........ Read more »

Rasheed, M., Hasan, S., Rao, P., Boruah, A., Sudarshan, V., Kumar, B., & Harinarayana, T. (2014) Application of geo-microbial prospecting method for finding oil and gas reservoirs. Frontiers of Earth Science, 9(1), 40-50. DOI: 10.1007/s11707-014-0448-5  

  • June 17, 2015
  • 09:38 AM
  • 16 views

Video Tip of the Week: ZBrowse for GWAS viewing and exploration

by Mary in OpenHelix

Maybe you’ve heard of the others. ABrowse. BBrowse. CBrowse. [you get the idea] GBrowse has been widely adopted. JBrowse is picking up steam. Into the orderly arrangement we now throw ZBrowse: a new way to look at genome-wide association study data. Sharing and chatter about ZBrowse for viewing GWAS was abundant when the paper was […]... Read more »

  • June 17, 2015
  • 07:02 AM
  • 23 views

Did Caitlyn Jenner feel “morally tainted”? 

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Caitlyn Jenner has been in the headlines pretty continuously since the publication of her Vanity Fair cover photo. And many of us have heard the voiceover quote from her about the number of years she has been in hiding, protecting secrets, and feeling imprisoned. “Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living […]

Related posts:
Got morals?
I’m disgusted (until I wash my hands and feel purified)
What’s a moral issue for us these days?


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  • June 17, 2015
  • 05:02 AM
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Antipsychotic drugs as epigenetic modifiers?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The paper by Blaga Rukova and colleagues [1] (open-access available here) published last year (2014) caught my eye recently and their observations of: "major differences in methylation profiles between male schizophrenia patients in complete remission before and after treatment and healthy controls" as potential evidence that: "antipsychotic drugs may play a role in epigenetic modifications."The process of methylation, as in DNA methylation where methyl groups are added to specific segments........ Read more »

Rukova B, Staneva R, Hadjidekova S, Stamenov G, Milanova V, & Toncheva D. (2014) Whole genome methylation analyses of schizophrenia patients before and after treatment. Biotechnology, biotechnological equipment, 28(3), 518-524. PMID: 26019538  

  • June 16, 2015
  • 10:23 PM
  • 100 views

Know your brain: Default mode network

by neurosci in Neuroscientifically Challenged

Where is the default mode network?The default mode network (sometimes called simply the default network) refers to an interconnected group of brain structures that are hypothesized to be part of a functional system. The default network is a relatively recent concept, and because of this there is not yet a complete consensus on which brain regions should be included in a definition of it. Regardless, some structures that are generally included are the medial prefrontal cortex, posterior cingulate........ Read more »

Buckner RL, Andrews-Hanna JR, & Schacter DL. (2008) The brain's default network: anatomy, function, and relevance to disease. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1-38. PMID: 18400922  

  • June 16, 2015
  • 08:58 AM
  • 86 views

Understanding images: microRNAs contribute to hair loss and follicle regression

by Guest Contributor in PLOS Biologue

In a piece reflecting on this month’s PLOS Genetics issue image, author Zhengquan Yu discusses the research behind Yuan et al. Author: Zhengquan Yu, State Key Laboratories for Agrobiotechnology, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China Competing interests: … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • June 16, 2015
  • 04:54 AM
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Data Duplication in 25% of Cancer Biology Papers?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

25% of papers published in cancer biology journals contain signs of 'data duplication', which can be a sign of scientific errors or even misconduct.

That's according to a remarkable paper just published in Science and Engineering Ethics by a Norwegian cancer researcher, Morten P. Oksvold.



Oksvold writes that he randomly selected 40 recent original data papers from three cancer journals, for a total of 120 articles. The journals were chosen to represent one low, one middle, and high imp... Read more »

  • June 16, 2015
  • 04:46 AM
  • 122 views

Gut bacteria and toddler temperament

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The 'terrible twos'. Y'know, that special time in a child's development when the words 'mine' and 'no' are much more than a daily occurrence and visions of supermarket / restaurant meltdowns complete with scathing looks from strangers still linger in the rose-tinted memories of parenting.There's still quite a bit of debate about the hows and whys of the terrible twos but new research by Lisa Christian and colleagues [1] implicates a hitherto unappreciated system potentially at work: our gut........ Read more »

Christian LM, Galley JD, Hade EM, Schoppe-Sullivan S, Kamp Dush C, & Bailey MT. (2015) Gut microbiome composition is associated with temperament during early childhood. Brain, behavior, and immunity, 118-27. PMID: 25449582  

  • June 16, 2015
  • 04:46 AM
  • 99 views

Gut bacteria and toddler temperament

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The 'terrible twos'. Y'know, that special time in a child's development when the words 'mine' and 'no' are much more than a daily occurrence and visions of supermarket / restaurant meltdowns complete with scathing looks from strangers still linger in the rose-tinted memories of parenting.There's still quite a bit of debate about the hows and whys of the terrible twos but new research by Lisa Christian and colleagues [1] implicates a hitherto unappreciated system potentially at work: our gut........ Read more »

Christian LM, Galley JD, Hade EM, Schoppe-Sullivan S, Kamp Dush C, & Bailey MT. (2015) Gut microbiome composition is associated with temperament during early childhood. Brain, behavior, and immunity, 118-27. PMID: 25449582  

  • June 16, 2015
  • 03:08 AM
  • 31 views

Topic Pages: a bridge between academia and Wikipedia

by Christophe Dessimoz in Open Reading Frame

We have published our latest review, on methods to infer horizontal gene transfer, in Wikipedia. It was peer-reviewed and it simultaneously appeared in PLOS Computational Biology. After our review on approximate Bayesian computations published two years ago, this is our second contribution using an exciting new format called “Topic Page”. In this post, I reflect on our motivation and experience as Topic Page authors.

The difficult relationship between academia and Wikipedia

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Ravenhall M, Škunca N, Lassalle F, & Dessimoz C. (2015) Inferring horizontal gene transfer. PLoS computational biology, 11(5). PMID: 26020646  

Sunnåker M, Busetto AG, Numminen E, Corander J, Foll M, & Dessimoz C. (2013) Approximate Bayesian computation. PLoS computational biology, 9(1). PMID: 23341757  

  • June 15, 2015
  • 02:23 PM
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Dramatic Increase In Young Children Accidentally Exposed To Pot

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Gary Smith MD, DrPH Center for Injury Research and Policy Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, Ohio Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Smith: As of January 2015, 23 … Continue reading →
The post Dramatic Increase In Young Children Accidentally Exposed To Pot appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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Dr. Gary Smith MD, DrPH, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Nationwide Children's Hospital, & Columbus, Ohio. (2015) Dramatic Increase In Young Children Accidentally Exposed To Pot. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • June 15, 2015
  • 02:05 PM
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Parkinson’s Disease Can Be Stratified Into Three Distinct Groups

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Ron Postuma, MD, MSc Associate Professor Department of Neurology Montreal General Hospital Montreal, Quebec Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Postuma: The background is that we often think … Continue reading →
The post Parkinson’s Disease Can Be Stratified Into Three Distinct Groups appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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Ron Postuma, MD, MSc, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Montreal General Hospital, & Montreal, Quebec. (2015) Parkinson’s Disease Can Be Stratified Into Three Distinct Groups. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • June 15, 2015
  • 01:16 PM
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Bone Marrow Receptor Opens Door To New Therapy For a Pediatric Leukemia

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Susan Schwab, PhD Assistant professor at NYU Langone Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Schwab:  T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) remains a … Continue reading →
The post Bone Marrow Receptor Opens Door To New Therapy For a Pediatric Leukemia appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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Susan Schwab, PhD, Assistant professor at NYU Langone, & Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine. (2015) Bone Marrow Receptor Opens Door To New Therapy For a Pediatric Leukemia. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

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