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  • March 27, 2014
  • 01:51 PM
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Bioenergy From Forestry Is Not Sustainable Enough for EU

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

The levels of forest residue bioenergy, considered to be sustainable from a forestry perspective, may provide considerable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in European countries. Still, these reductions fall short of a 60 % threshold planned by the EU. This mismatch may have important climate policy implications.... Read more »

  • March 27, 2014
  • 12:51 PM
  • 94 views

Is Insomnia Relief Just a Mouse Click Away?

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Cognitive behavioral treatment of insomnia (CBT-I) is increasingly recognized as an important treatment option.However, in some regions of the U.S. and the world, access to this type of therapy is limited and may be cost prohibitive.A recent review of the diagnosis and treatment of insomnia noted the promise of internet-based CBT-I. The promise of internet-based CBT-I is based on several randomized controlled trials.Ritterband and colleagues published a study 44 subjects randomize........ Read more »

Buysse DJ. (2013) Insomnia. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 309(7), 706-16. PMID: 23423416  

Ritterband LM, Thorndike FP, Gonder-Frederick LA, Magee JC, Bailey ET, Saylor DK, & Morin CM. (2009) Efficacy of an Internet-based behavioral intervention for adults with insomnia. Archives of general psychiatry, 66(7), 692-8. PMID: 19581560  

  • March 27, 2014
  • 12:21 PM
  • 95 views

The new CDC autism prevalence rate

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

Whilst quite a lot of media space is currently being devoted to talking about the study by Rich Stoner and colleagues [1] and sweeping generalisations like the BBC headline: Autism 'begins long before birth' with seemingly only little appreciation of the small-scale nature of the study and little details linked to samples being post-mortem tissues, other important autism-related news is also out there.CDC US autism prevalence estimates @ Autism Speaks I'm ........ Read more »

Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network Surveillance Year 2010 Principal Investigators. (2014) Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010. Morbidity . info:/

  • March 27, 2014
  • 11:46 AM
  • 88 views

Kids Come to Like Their Own Before They Dislike “Outsiders”

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Social groups form along all sorts of lines — from nationality to age to shared interests, and everything in between. We come to identify with our groups, whichever those might […]... Read more »

  • March 27, 2014
  • 11:19 AM
  • 74 views

Orangutan goes spearfishing

by beredim in Strange Animals

Just came across this extraordinary photo, taken by Gerd Schuster co-author of Thinkers of the Jungle: The Orangutan Report, showing an orangutan spearfishing in Borneo.Apparently, the orangutan had witnessed the locals fishing with spears and attempted to do the same, albeit with not much success. Monkey see, monkey do..The description of the photo in the book reads:"…a male orangutan, clinging precariously to overhanging branches, flails the water with a pole, trying desperately to spear a p........ Read more »

Galdikas, B. (1989) Orangutan tool use. Science, 243(4888), 152-152. DOI: 10.1126/science.2911726  

O'Malley RC, & McGrew WC. (2000) Oral tool use by captive orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus). Folia primatologica; international journal of primatology, 71(5), 334-41. PMID: 11093037  

Schaik, C., Fox, E., & Sitompul, A. (1996) Manufacture and use of tools in wild Sumatran orangutans. Naturwissenschaften, 83(4), 186-188. DOI: 10.1007/BF01143062  

van Schaik CP, Ancrenaz M, Borgen G, Galdikas B, Knott CD, Singleton I, Suzuki A, Utami SS, & Merrill M. (2003) Orangutan cultures and the evolution of material culture. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5603), 102-5. PMID: 12511649  

  • March 27, 2014
  • 10:59 AM
  • 92 views

The Slippery Question of Control in OCD

by Rebecca Schwarzlose in Garden of the Mind

OCD is something of a paradox when it comes to the concept of control. The illness has two characteristic features: obsessions based on fears or regrets that occupy a sufferer’s thoughts and make him or her anxious, and compulsions, or repetitive and unnecessary actions that may or may not relieve the anxiety. For decades, psychiatrists and psychologists have theorized that control lies at the heart of this cycle. . . ... Read more »

  • March 27, 2014
  • 10:15 AM
  • 103 views

In Defense of No Improvement by Medic Madness - Part III

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

Sean continues to explain how the machine that does not improve outcomes allows him to provide other 'treatments' that do not improve outcomes.

I continue to point out the problems with his excuses.

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Larabee TM, Liu KY, Campbell JA, & Little CM. (2012) Vasopressors in cardiac arrest: a systematic review. Resuscitation, 83(8), 932-9. PMID: 22425731  

Hagihara A, Hasegawa M, Abe T, Nagata T, Wakata Y, & Miyazaki S. (2012) Prehospital epinephrine use and survival among patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 307(11), 1161-8. PMID: 22436956  

Hayashi Y, Iwami T, Kitamura T, Nishiuchi T, Kajino K, Sakai T, Nishiyama C, Nitta M, Hiraide A, & Kai T. (2012) Impact of early intravenous epinephrine administration on outcomes following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Circulation journal : official journal of the Japanese Circulation Society, 76(7), 1639-45. PMID: 22481099  

Allegra J, Lavery R, Cody R, Birnbaum G, Brennan J, Hartman A, Horowitz M, Nashed A, & Yablonski M. (2001) Magnesium sulfate in the treatment of refractory ventricular fibrillation in the prehospital setting. Resuscitation, 49(3), 245-9. PMID: 11719117  

Kudenchuk PJ, Cobb LA, Copass MK, Cummins RO, Doherty AM, Fahrenbruch CE, Hallstrom AP, Murray WA, Olsufka M, & Walsh T. (1999) Amiodarone for resuscitation after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation. The New England journal of medicine, 341(12), 871-8. PMID: 10486418  

  • March 27, 2014
  • 09:45 AM
  • 106 views

The lingering legacy of fridge magnets

by Katharine Blackwell in Contemplating Cognition

Any household with young children likely features a set of colorful fridge magnets representing all the letters of the alphabet. They are a puzzle to me, because having only one copy of each letter gives you a very limited range of what might be spelt, and a bane to any parent who has had to reach under the fridge to hunt for lost letters. But these colorful artifacts of childhood may hold a special place in the mind of synesthetes, those individuals whose brains are wired to trigger perceptions........ Read more »

Witthoft, N., & Winawer, J. (2013) Learning, Memory, and Synesthesia. Psychological Science, 24(3), 258-265. DOI: 10.1177/0956797612452573  

  • March 27, 2014
  • 08:19 AM
  • 82 views

5 facts explain why we love music

by Flora Brils in United Academics

Music seems of great significance for many. It makes us dance, cheers us up, makes us cry; accompanying us through happy and sad life events. 5 facts give insight in the human love for music.... Read more »

Logeswaran, N., & Bhattacharya, J. (2009) Crossmodal transfer of emotion by music. Neuroscience Letters, 455(2), 129-133. DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2009.03.044  

Locke, D., & Hill, R. (1979) Drums of West Africa: Ritual Music of Ghana. Ethnomusicology, 23(2), 366. DOI: 10.2307/851482  

  • March 27, 2014
  • 07:31 AM
  • 71 views

March 27, 2014

by Erin Campbell in HighMag Blog

You might think of your bones as unchanging, but they are far more dynamic than you think. Today’s image is from a paper identifying a new blood vessel subtype found in the mouse skeletal system.Osteogenesis is the formation of new bone tissue, and is important in bone renewal and fracture healing. Recent work suggests that osteogenesis may depend on the presence of blood vessels. A recent paper identified a new capillary subtype found in the mouse skeletal system. Kusumbe and colleagues f........ Read more »

  • March 27, 2014
  • 07:19 AM
  • 107 views

Kelvin Waves on Quantum

by Perikis Livas in Tracing Knowledge

Kelvin Wave Seen on Quantum “Tornado” for First Time



” We weren’t surprised to see the Kelvin waves on the quantum vortex, but we were excited to see them because they had never been seen before. Seeing the Kelvin waves provided the first experimental evidence that previous theories predicting they would be launched from vortex reconnection were correct. “

Daniel Lathrop

UMD physics professor



News Release March 25, 2014 University of Maryland... Read more »

Fonda, E., Meichle, D., Ouellette, N., Hormoz, S., & Lathrop, D. (2014) Direct observation of Kelvin waves excited by quantized vortex reconnection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(Supplement_1), 4707-4710. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1312536110  

  • March 27, 2014
  • 04:40 AM
  • 26 views

Tumor suppressor gene linked to stem cells

by beredim in Stem Cells Freak

Just like archeologists try to decipher ancient tablets to discern their meaning, UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer biologists are working hard to decode the purpose of an ancient gene considered one of the most important in cancer research.The p53 gene appears to be involved in signaling other cells instrumental in stopping tumor development. But the p53 gene predates cancer, so researchers are uncertain what its original function is.In trying to unravel the mystery, Dr. John Abrams, Profes........ Read more »

  • March 27, 2014
  • 04:30 AM
  • 76 views

Infected with Love: A Viral Aphrodisiac in Crickets

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

Like many other insects, field crickets (Gryllinae) use a courtship song to attract potential mates and initiate mating. A team of researchers headed by Shelley Adamo at Dalhousie University has recently discovered a surprising trigger which speeds up this dating process - a virus. In their recent article “A viral aphrodisiac in the cricket Gryllus texensis” published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the researchers found that a pathogenic insect virus (iridovirus) is able to ........ Read more »

Adamo, S., Kovalko, I., Easy, R., & Stoltz, D. (2014) A viral aphrodisiac in the cricket Gryllus texensis. Journal of Experimental Biology. DOI: 10.1242/​jeb.103408  

  • March 26, 2014
  • 07:49 PM
  • 85 views

Study: Electric-Vehicle Tax Incentives Are Inefficient

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

New research published in Energy Policy suggests that electric-vehicle proponents and policymakers have missed the mark when it comes to targeting mainstream consumers, arguing that electric-vehicle tax incentives for mainstream buyers are “wasteful, inefficient and ineffective.”... Read more »

  • March 26, 2014
  • 06:45 PM
  • 94 views

The Ugly Ducklings of Science

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

A group of management researchers provide new evidence of a worrying bias in the scientific process – The Chrysalis Effect: How Ugly Initial Results Metamorphosize Into Beautiful Articles ( via Retraction Watch ) The issue they highlight – the ability of researchers to eventually squeeze support for a theory out of initially negative data – […]The post The Ugly Ducklings of Science appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • March 26, 2014
  • 05:06 PM
  • 87 views

The lack of taxonomists and its consequences on ecology

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll I have already written about the problems of taxonomy in small and not-so-cute groups in a previous post, where I talked about the fact that several species, after being described, are completely ignored for decades or centuries. … Continue reading →... Read more »

Carbayo, F., Leal-Zanchet, A. M., & Vieira, E. M. (2001) Land planarians (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida, Terricola) as indicators of man-induced disturbance in a South Brazilian rainforest. Belgian Journal of Zoology, 223-224. info:/

  • March 26, 2014
  • 05:04 PM
  • 77 views

Encephalitis lethargica and Influenza: a case of mistaken identity with a twist

by thelonevirologist in Virology Tidbits

Following the Influenza epidemic in 1918, physicians observed an increase in cases of Encephalitis lethargica (EL), the acute (often lethal) phase followed by post encephalitic parkinsonism (PEP), the latter affecting patients for several decades.

Based on the observation that these patients might have been infected with the 1918 Influenza virus, the conclusion was reached that a long-term consequence of Influenza might be the development of a neurological disease. ... Read more »

Ward AC. (1996) Neurovirulence of influenza A virus. Journal of neurovirology, 2(3), 139-51. PMID: 8799206  

Nichols JE, Niles JA, & Roberts NJ Jr. (2001) Human lymphocyte apoptosis after exposure to influenza A virus. Journal of virology, 75(13), 5921-9. PMID: 11390593  

Dale RC, Church AJ, Surtees RA, Lees AJ, Adcock JE, Harding B, Neville BG, & Giovannoni G. (2004) Encephalitis lethargica syndrome: 20 new cases and evidence of basal ganglia autoimmunity. Brain : a journal of neurology, 127(Pt 1), 21-33. PMID: 14570817  

  • March 26, 2014
  • 04:38 PM
  • 92 views

Fragmented Carbon Nanotube Macrofilms Hold Promise for Better Batteries

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

The electrodes in lithium-ion batteries typically comprise three components: active materials, conductive additives, and binders. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Delaware has discovered that fragmented carbon nanotube macrofilms may eliminate the need for binders.... Read more »

  • March 26, 2014
  • 04:01 PM
  • 69 views

Saiga antelope

by beredim in Strange Animals

Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: MammaliaOrder: ArtiodactylaFamily: BovidaeGenus: SaigaSpecies: Saiga tataricaConservation Status: Critically EndangeredCommon Name: Saiga antelope, SaigaSaigas are nomadic animals, best known for their distinctive enlarged noses that hang down over their mouth. The species originally inhabited a vast area, covering the steppes and semi-desert regions of south-eastern Europe and Central Asia from the Precaspian steppes to ........ Read more »

  • March 26, 2014
  • 02:05 PM
  • 23 views

A New Source of Protein for the Athletic and the Sedentary?

by AB Kirk in Stiff Competition

A New Source of Protein? This is an odd and interesting bit of research.  It relates to reaborption of nitrogen . . . and presents the possibility that more protein is conserved than previously thought.  First dietary nitrogen 101: Nitrogen is a major component of amino acids.  Amino acids are needed to form proteins.  We […]
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