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  • October 8, 2010
  • 09:02 AM
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Sarahsaurus Helps Revise Ideas of Dinosaurian Success

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking


Compared to some of its later, gargantuan cousins, the 190-million-year-old sauropodomorph dinosaur Sarahsaurus aurifontanalis was a rather tiny herbivore. Only 14 feet long, this dinosaur lived in the early days of the Jurassic, and, according to a team of paleontologists led by Jackson School of Geosciences paleontologist Timothy Rowe, this newly-described dinosaur from Arizona does [...]... Read more »

Timothy B. Rowe, Hans-Dieter Sues, and Robert R. Reisz. (2010) Dispersal and diversity in the earliest North American sauropodomorph dinosaurs, with a description of a new taxon. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. info:/10.1098/rspb.2010.1867

  • October 8, 2010
  • 08:20 AM
  • 1,445 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: A Collision of Values and Attributions

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

When do liberals and conservatives veer away from their traditional styles of decision-making? How can you predict this and incorporate it into your case narrative strategy?... Read more »

  • October 8, 2010
  • 08:09 AM
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A close look at experimentally evolved flies

by Graves in Down the Cellar

There is a potentially exciting new paper in Nature that challenges entrenched ideas about how adaptation proceeds.  I say potentially, because I have some serious misgivings I'd like to share. But first, a brief overview of the Burke et al. paper.

Michael Rose's lab has had a long-term experimental evolution project with Drosophila melanogaster running for about 20 years.  This is an amazing ... Read more »

Burke MK, Dunham JP, Shahrestani P, Thornton KR, Rose MR, & Long AD. (2010) Genome-wide analysis of a long-term evolution experiment with Drosophila. Nature, 467(7315), 587-90. PMID: 20844486  

  • October 8, 2010
  • 08:07 AM
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When Pseudo-Crocs Walked Tall

by Laelaps in Laelaps


Fossil tracks – the clear imprints of living creatures – have often sparked the imagination of those who have found them. When, in 1802, a young boy found footprints in stone on his family’s South Hadley, Massachusetts farm some of the tracks wound up as a doorstop. Visitors joked that the family must have raised [...]... Read more »

  • October 8, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 915 views

Unlocking nano secrets

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

An open or shut case for nanotechnology secrets Should nanotechnology R&D be more open to allow it to thrive in the commercial world, or should companies working in this field be more secretive? Paradoxically, the answer seems to be that keeping secrets stifles innovation and reduces patent success. According to Associate Professor of Management at [...]Unlocking nano secrets is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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G. Steven McMillan. (2010) Openness vs. secrecy in nanotechnology. International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 6(3), 205-209. info:/

  • October 8, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 1,213 views

Comparative Effectiveness for Populations and Individuals

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

Yesterday, on my flight to San Diego to attend the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, I had the opportunity to catch up on some of my reading.
Two recent articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) caught my attention, as they related to topics that I have recently blogged about.
The [...]... Read more »

  • October 8, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 632 views

Can we agree F-st has run its course?

by TwoYaks in Gene Flow

Other scientists out there! Hi. Can we agree that Fst, as wonderful as it's been, has run its course? It was a good idea - a great first crack at population genetics. When Wright came up with it, it was a wonderful idea. And for some applications - those where heterozygosity is generally low (I'm looking at you allozymes) - it works quite nicely. But once you're outside the Hs of .4 to .6, your ... Read more »

  • October 8, 2010
  • 07:53 AM
  • 513 views

Repost: The ancestor of the hairball

by Becky in It Takes 30

While we were playing “cite the oldest paper“, Pam Silver suggested this paper (Srb, AM and Horowitz, NH, 1944. The ornithine cycle in Neurospora and its genetic control.  J. Biol. Chem 154 129-139), as a distant antecedent of the field we now call systems biology. Published only three years after Beadle and Tatum used Neurospora [...]... Read more »

Srb, AM, & Horowitz, NH. (1944) The ornithine cycle in Neurospora and its genetic control. J. Biol. Chem , 129-139. info:/

  • October 8, 2010
  • 06:00 AM
  • 328 views

Amplifying differences to develop our own identity and mitigate sibling rivalry

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Sibling differentiation, identity development, and the lateral dimension of psychic life From Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association Last week in UK politics some commentators remarked how “brotherly love took a backseat to a lust for power” as the Miliband brothers competed against each other for the position of Labour party leader. Shortly after Ed [...]... Read more »

  • October 8, 2010
  • 03:31 AM
  • 922 views

The evolutionary roots of laughter

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

To evolutionary psychologists, the noise made by gorillas, chimps and bonobos when you tickle their feet is no laughing matter. These distinctive vocalisations suggest that rather than evolving separately, laughter evolved in a shared common ancestor before becoming tailored in each primate species, including humans.

To find support for this idea, Diana Szameitat and her colleagues scanned the brains of 18 men and women whilst they listened to the sound of human tickle-induced laughter as well ........ Read more »

  • October 8, 2010
  • 02:48 AM
  • 662 views

Sleep more to lose weight? Read this before

by Akshat Rathi in The Allotrope

Before this piece of research gets out of hand due to shoddy science journalism, it does not conclude that people should sleep longer to lose weight. The paper is titled "Insufficient sleep undermines dietary efforts to reduce adiposity", which means that if you are person dieting to lose fat then sleeping less will undermine your efforts.

The study compares a group of 10 who were dieting, 6 persons slept for 8.5 hours every night for two weeks and similarly, 4 persons slept for 5.5 hours every........ Read more »

Nedeltcheva AV, Kilkus JM, Imperial J, Schoeller DA, & Penev PD. (2010) Insufficient sleep undermines dietary efforts to reduce adiposity. Annals of internal medicine, 153(7), 435-41. PMID: 20921542  

  • October 8, 2010
  • 12:46 AM
  • 695 views

Measuring resilience to climate-change driven crop failure

by Noam Ross in Noam Ross

A number of news outlets have picked up on a new article in Environmental Research Letters by Andy Challinor and a team at the University at Leeds.  The standard headline is "Crop Failures to Increase With Climate Change," but I think the much more interesting part of the research is the author's creation of a vulnerability index based on the historical crop data in China.  Essentially, they looked at periods of drought in the past, and examined how well farmers were able to mitigate t........ Read more »

  • October 8, 2010
  • 12:15 AM
  • 900 views

The world we live in: Risk society

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

We live in a world that is full of risk, risks that we to a large degree have created ourselves, and where naturally occuring risk hardly exists anymore. That is a risk society.... Read more »

  • October 7, 2010
  • 11:28 PM
  • 816 views

Is Obesity like Drug Addiction? Maybe… The Role of BDNF

by neurobites in Neurobites

As a general rule, the cells of your body ought only grow, survive and proliferate when so directed by upstream messages, hormonal or otherwise.  In light of the supreme importance of proper and well-timed growth, it is these messaging systems that have recently become the stars of the show.  One area of particular importance is [...]... Read more »

  • October 7, 2010
  • 09:45 PM
  • 485 views

Unique Strains of Yersinia pestis Caused the Black Death

by Michael Long in Phased

Barbara Bramanti (Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany) and coworkers present conclusive biochemical (DNA and protein) evidence that Yersinia pestis, of multiple and possibly extinct lineages, was responsible for the Black Death of medieval Europe. This news feature was written on October 7, 2010.... Read more »

Haensch, S., Bianucci, R., Signoli, M., Rajerison, M., Schultz, M., Kacki, S., Vermunt, M., Weston, D. A., Hurst, D., Achtman, M.... (2010) Distinct Clones of Yersinia pestis Caused the Black Death. PLoS Pathogens, 6(10). DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1001134  

  • October 7, 2010
  • 08:34 PM
  • 1,034 views

Internal forward models -- New insight or just hype?

by Greg Hickok in Talking Brains

In case you haven't noticed, the concept of internal forward models -- an internal prediction about a future event or state -- are all the rage. The concept comes out of the motor control literature where one can find pretty solid evidence that motor control makes use of forward predictions of the sensory consequences of motor commands (e.g., check out the seminal paper by Wolpert, Ghahramani, & Jordan, 1995). These concepts have been extended to speech (e.g., Tourville et al. 2008; van Wassen........ Read more »

Wolpert, D., Ghahramani, Z., & Jordan, M. (1995) An internal model for sensorimotor integration. Science, 269(5232), 1880-1882. DOI: 10.1126/science.7569931  

  • October 7, 2010
  • 08:02 PM
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More on genetically modified (Bt) corn: Is it an economic boon to all corn farmers?

by Phil Camill in Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture


There’s a new paper in this week’s issue of Science that suggests that growing a landscape mixed with genetically modified (GM) Bt corn and non-GM hybrid varieties of corn can be mutually beneficial to all corn farmers.
Why?  They argue that the populations of GM corn knock down the populations of insect herbivores enough that, on [...]... Read more »

Hutchison, W., Burkness, E., Mitchell, P., Moon, R., Leslie, T., Fleischer, S., Abrahamson, M., Hamilton, K., Steffey, K., Gray, M.... (2010) Areawide Suppression of European Corn Borer with Bt Maize Reaps Savings to Non-Bt Maize Growers. Science, 330(6001), 222-225. DOI: 10.1126/science.1190242  

  • October 7, 2010
  • 06:44 PM
  • 339 views

Walking Bacteria – And some weighty researcher cahones

by Kevin in We Beasties

Now the damn biofilms let the bacteria get up and walk. We're doomed!... Read more »

Gibiansky, M., Conrad, J., Jin, F., Gordon, V., Motto, D., Mathewson, M., Stopka, W., Zelasko, D., Shrout, J., & Wong, G. (2010) Bacteria Use Type IV Pili to Walk Upright and Detach from Surfaces. Science, 330(6001), 197-197. DOI: 10.1126/science.1194238  

  • October 7, 2010
  • 06:34 PM
  • 697 views

Psycasm - Siesta - It sounds like Fiesta, but isn't.

by Rift in Psycasm



[Wherein our hero, sleepy from all his blogging, decides to take a nap. But is a siesta such a good idea?]
Here in Australia it's just getting into Summer. And the trick with 'getting into summer' is enduring the brief but painful transition from cool to hot. It usually only last a few weeks, but it's a few weeks characterised by sleeplessness, crankiness and trying to get u; (read more)

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  • October 7, 2010
  • 04:47 PM
  • 787 views

White Matter and Reading Ability

by Livia in Reading and Word Recognition Research

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Hello folks.  Things are pretty busy over here and I might be having to review a lot of papers soon, so there's a possibility that entries here will get shorter and a bit more technical.  But we'll...

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