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  • March 16, 2011
  • 08:26 AM

Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds

by A. Goldstein in WiSci

In the 1860s, Thomas Huxley discovered fossils that led him to propose that modern birds evolved from ancient dinosaurs. Yet in the centuries following his discovery, the origins of modern birds remains greatly debated. In their new book Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds, researchers Gareth Dyke and Gary Kaiser set out to [...]... Read more »

OSTROM, J. (1976) Archaeopteryx and the origin of birds. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 8(2), 91-182. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1976.tb00244.x  

  • March 16, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Vitamin E – Small Risk, Big Consequences

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

Many people supplement their diets with natural or synthetic vitamin E with the hope of preventing cardiovascular disease, dementia, cancer and other health conditions. But, recent evidence has shown virtually no widespread benefit of vitamin E supplementation. Moreover, vitamin E may actually increase the risk of stroke. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, readily available [...]... Read more »

Abner EL, Schmitt FA, Mendiondo MS, Marcum JL, & Kryscio RJ. (2011) Vitamin E and All-cause Mortality: A Meta-Analysis. Current aging science. PMID: 21235492  

Golbidi S, Ebadi SA, & Laher I. (2011) Antioxidants in the Treatment of Diabetes. Current diabetes reviews. PMID: 21294707  

  • March 16, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

So how are your math skills?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Math is often seen as a necessary evil. But math literacy plays a part in virtually all civil trials, and you need to understand how to manage that effect. You’ll want to prepare. We’re here for you. Even when you don’t know you’re not really that good at math. Litigation involves numbers. Sometimes the numbers [...]

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Outsmarting your biases & helping jurors outsmart theirs too
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Pandelaere, M., Briers, B., & Lembregts, C. (2011) How to make a 29% increase look bigger: The unit effect in option comparisons. . Journal of Consumer Research. info:/

  • March 16, 2011
  • 07:00 AM

A Blanket of Mucus

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

You are fish.  The guy above is your enemy, a Gnathiid isopod, a vicious parasitic relative of a roly-poly.  Your defense?  You cough up enough loogies to coat yourself in a protective layer of joyous mucus.

Of course you are not a fish and fish don’t need to cough 1,000′s of thick loogies.  If you were a parrotfish . . . → Read More: A Blanket of Mucus... Read more »

Grutter, A., Rumney, J., Sinclair-Taylor, T., Waldie, P., & Franklin, C. (2010) Fish mucous cocoons: the 'mosquito nets' of the sea. Biology Letters, 7(2), 292-294. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0916  

  • March 16, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Trick of the Trade: Topical anesthetic cream for cutaneous abscess drainage in children

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

Abscess drainage can be painful and time consuming in the ED. Can this article help?Trick of the Trade: Apply a topical anesthetic cream on skin abscesses prior to incision and drainage (I and D).In this press-released article in American Journal of Emergency Medicine, the authors found that application of a topical 4% lidocaine cream (LMX 4) was associated with spontaneous cutaneous abscess drainage in children.Study Design:Retrospective chart review of children presented with skin absce........ Read more »

Cassidy-Smith T, Mistry RD, Russo CJ, McCans K, Brown N, Capano-Wehrle LM, Drago LA, Vitale PA, & Baumann BM. (2010) Topical anesthetic cream is associated with spontaneous cutaneous abscess drainage in children. The American journal of emergency medicine. PMID: 21129885  

  • March 16, 2011
  • 05:48 AM

The Science of Attraction: What makes a beautiful face?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

It all started as a disagreement one evening. The men ended up vehemently defending their opinion that – yes, Kiera Knightley did indeed have an attractive face. The women had a completely different point of view – I won’t repeat what they said, but it wasn’t pleasant (poor Kiera). How we got so heated about [...]... Read more »

  • March 16, 2011
  • 03:42 AM

Episode 5 – The Pill

by Rift in Psycasm

Woah! What a full show. Almost an hour of content was cut in the editing processes – what this basically means is we’ve got 2 whole shows planned based on the discussion in this episode alone. Unfortunately we must also apologize for some minor technical and recording issues during episode 5. The sound quality is... Read more »

Amir, O., Biron-Shental, T., & Shabtai, E. (2006) Birth Control Pills and Nonprofessional Voice: Acoustic Analyses. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 49(5), 1114-1126. DOI: 10.1044/1092-4388(2006/080)  

Schultheiss, O. (2003) Implicit motives and sexual motivation and behavior. Journal of Research in Personality, 37(3), 224-230. DOI: 10.1016/S0092-6566(02)00568-8  

Roberts, S., Gosling, L., Carter, V., & Petrie, M. (2008) MHC-correlated odour preferences in humans and the use of oral contraceptives. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275(1652), 2715-2722. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0825  

Pine, K., & Fletcher, B. (2011) Women’s spending behaviour is menstrual-cycle sensitive. Personality and Individual Differences, 50(1), 74-78. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.08.026  

  • March 16, 2011
  • 03:00 AM

UK doctors opposition of euthanasia is at odds with public opinion and a current high profile celebrity backed campaign

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Attitudes of UK doctors towards euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide: A systematic literature review   From Palliative Medicine Actor Sir Patrick Stewart and author Ian McEwan are just a couple of the stars who have pledged their support to a campaign calling for a change in the law on assisted dying in the UK. Dignity in [...]... Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 10:03 PM

Memory and the Media

by Alex in ionpsych

You may have seen commercials for Limitless, a movie opening this weekend.  The trailers show a disheveled Bradley Cooper taking a pill that will allow him to use 100% of his brain instead of the 20% that everyone else putters … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 07:55 PM

Microbial forensics: the science behind the Amerithrax investigation

by geekheartsscience in geek!

Nearly a decade after the postal anthrax attacks in the USA that killed 5 individuals and infected more than 20 people, scientists have revealed the measures used to trace the Bacillus anthracis strain used in the bioterror attack in a … Continue reading →... Read more »

Rasko, D., Worsham, P., Abshire, T., Stanley, S., Bannan, J., Wilson, M., Langham, R., Decker, R., Jiang, L., Read, T.... (2011) Bacillus anthracis comparative genome analysis in support of the Amerithrax investigation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1016657108  

  • March 15, 2011
  • 06:53 PM

so, they say Atlantis has been found

by Michael Lombardi in a New Life in the Sea

Now this is not an everyday headline by any means. MSNBC recently released a piece highlighting University of Hartford's Richard Freund's work in Spain, which claims to have uncovered the Lost City of Atlantis.

According to Freund, his team has discovered remnants of an ancient city some 60 miles inland from the coast that would have stood in a circular pattern, much like how Plato's Atlantis has been described throughout the ages. Freund believes that the site was destroyed by a Tsunami based ........ Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 03:59 PM

Samsung CoPS a load of knowledge

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

For a company to be as successful as it possibly can be, one aspect of its ethos must be to acknowledge, nurture, and utilize the vast pool of knowledge held by its individual employees and its teams. One company that is apparently exemplary in this regard is South Korean electronics giant, Samsung Electronics, famed for [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkSamsung CoPS a load of knowledge
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Gyewan Moon. (2011) Effective implementation of Communities of Practices (CoPs) in a knowledge habitat: a case study of Samsung Electronics. Int. J. Services and Operations Management, 8(3), 335-346. info:/

  • March 15, 2011
  • 02:55 PM

My Allergy Gene: Cool. And Wut?

by Mary in OpenHelix

Wherein I #FAIL personal genomics….
One of the medical issues of personal interest to me is allergy. It’s something I pay attention to all the time because I have an allergy that can really cause me problems–peanuts. But I come from a family with a whole host of additional allergy issues too. All of my siblings have had serious problems with eczema. Their cracked and raw winter hands can be significantly painful, and I feel for them. Sometimes I felt like the peanut allergy was........ Read more »

Brown, S., Asai, Y., Cordell, H., Campbell, L., Zhao, Y., Liao, H., Northstone, K., Henderson, J., Alizadehfar, R., & Ben-Shoshan, M. (2011) Loss-of-function variants in the filaggrin gene are a significant risk factor for peanut allergy. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 127(3), 661-667. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2011.01.031  

  • March 15, 2011
  • 02:53 PM

The False Dichotomy Of the Nature-Nurture Debate

by Nature Education in Student Voices

Every few months, scientific press releases with headlines more eye-catching tha...... Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 01:27 PM

CUDA: Lattice QCD at your desktop

by Marco Frasca in The Gauge Connection

As my readers know, I have built up a CUDA machine on my desktop for few bucks to have lattice QCD at my home. There are a couple of reasons to write this post and the most important of this is that Pedro Bicudo and Nuno Cardoso have got their paper published on an archival [...]... Read more »

Nuno Cardoso, & Pedro Bicudo. (2011) SU(2) Lattice Gauge Theory Simulations on Fermi GPUs. Journal of Computational Physics. info:/10.1016/

Rafael B. Frigori. (2009) Screening masses in quenched (2 1)d Yang-Mills theory: universality from dynamics?. Nuclear Physics B, Volume 833, Issues 1-2, 1 July 2010, Pages 17-27. arXiv: 0912.2871v2

Marco Frasca. (2010) Mapping theorem and Green functions in Yang-Mills theory. PoS(FacesQCD)039, 2011. arXiv: 1011.3643v3

  • March 15, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

State of the Field: First World or Third World?

by Bluegrass Blue Crab in Southern Fried Science

Ever stop to think what divides the first from the third world? Why don’t we ever hear about the second and why don’t countries move between categories as they develop? Well, because the categories are historical – the second world is reserved for post-soviet countries attempting to rebuild governance. The first world is [...]... Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 12:30 PM

Classics: demography versus genetics

by CJA Bradshaw in ConservationBytes

Here’s another short, but sweet Conservation Classic highlighted in our upcoming book chapter (see previous entries on this book). Today’s entry comes from long-time quantitative ecology guru, Russ Lande, who is now based at the Silwood Park Campus (Imperial College London). – In an influential review, Lande (1988) argued that “…demography may usually be of more [...]... Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 12:26 PM

Variety may not be the spice of life

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

The number of potential partners you have can affect who you choose to date. Learn more from the latest research on speed dating, and find out why having more options is not always better.... Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 12:06 PM

by Geraint Johnes in Geraint Johnes Weblog

There are some very pertinent observations about the future development of macroeconomics in this talk by Olivier Blanchard.His nine points are:1. In the wake of the crisis, policy making has to change, in particular with less of a focus on a single policy goal.2. The pendulum has swung, some at least, in the direction of a recognition of an enhanced role for the state in macroeconomic regulation.3. We previously underestimated the impact on the macroeconomy of microeconomic distortions.4. There........ Read more »

  • March 15, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

The optics of the eye in older people is not as bad as you would think...

by Pablo Artal in Optics confidential

The eye is an optical instrument made of biological tissues and surprinsingly still working after many years... you may know some reasons.... Read more »

Berrio, E., Tabernero, J., & Artal, P. (2010) Optical aberrations and alignment of the eye with age. Journal of Vision, 10(14), 34-34. DOI: 10.1167/10.14.34  

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