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  • December 17, 2010
  • 07:40 PM
  • 680 views

Neury Thursday: Progress in Basic Neuroscience

by Allison in Dormivigilia

Scientists have NYU have advanced our understanding of basic neuroscience by observing that GABA interneurons in the neocortex are co-expressed with serotonin receptors. There is great therapeutic potential behind this discovery because GABA interneurons modulate the strength of excitatory and inhibitory signaling of the neuron-types projecting onto these interneurons.... Read more »

SooHyun Lee,1,2,3,4 * Jens Hjerling-Leffler,1,4 * Edward Zagha,1,2,3 Gord Fishell,1,4 and Bernardo Rudy. (2010) The Largest Group of Superficial Neocortical GABAergic Interneurons Expresses Ionotropic Serotonin Receptors. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(50), 16796-16808. info:/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1869-10.2010

  • December 17, 2010
  • 07:27 PM
  • 758 views

Which Prescription Drugs Have Violent Side Effects?

by Michael Long in Phased

A relatively small proportion of prescription drugs, particularly those which influence dopamine or serotonin levels, clearly induce thoughts or acts of violence in the user.... Read more »

  • December 17, 2010
  • 04:57 PM
  • 990 views

Of Political Orgasms and the Scientific Method

by David Berreby in Mind Matters


This week's theme is epistemological unease in the sciences: Complaints in a number of disciplines that studies didn't really find the effects they're reporting. One reason for these worries is that many studies nowadays are never repeated. So today I'm going to consciously and rationally resist ...Read More
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  • December 17, 2010
  • 04:16 PM
  • 1,633 views

Wolves at the Door: Shark Interactions with Aquaculture

by Chuck in Ya Like Dags?

In the greater spectrum of shark/human interactions, the majority of encounters undoubtedly take place between sharks and fishermen, even if encounters between sharks and swimmers get all the press.  However, that aquaculture is becoming more widespread as a use of … Continue reading →... Read more »

Papastimatiou, Y.P., Itano, D.G., Dale, J.J., Meyer, C.G., & Hollan, K.N. (2010) Site fidelity and movements of sharks associated with ocean-farming cages in Hawaii. Marine and Freshwater Research, 1366-1375. info:/10.1071/MF10056

  • December 17, 2010
  • 02:21 PM
  • 740 views

Use Youtube to be Creative at work…

by Kandarp Mehta in Creatologue - Exploring Creativity

New research has shown that watching funny video at work may likely make you more creative. So all those bosses who catch their subordinates snooping in some comic videos on Youtube, be happy! The same subordinate might come up with … Continue reading →... Read more »

Nadler RT, Rabi R, & Minda JP. (2010) Better mood and better performance: learning rule-described categories is enhanced by positive mood. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 21(12), 1770-6. PMID: 20974709  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 01:50 PM
  • 669 views

A Little More on Lipophilic Chemicals, Diabetes and Obesity

by ABK in Environment and Health

This is just a little continuation of the post made yesterday in which I wondered if associations between intake of animal protein (vs. vegetable protein) and waist circumference had anything to do with increased exposure of consumers of animal products to environmental contaminants. This is not my area of research . . . but it is an area of research for a lot of other people. Diabetes and/or Insulin Resistance is associated with exposure to Brominated Flame Retardants, Persistent Organic Poll........ Read more »

  • December 17, 2010
  • 12:14 PM
  • 1,062 views

Getting Off Xanax or Klonopin

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Benzodiazepine drugs such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin and other compounds presents a significant challenge.  The benzodiazepines quickly reduce anxiety in a variety of anxiety disorders such as panic disorder and social anxiety disorder.  They can also be effective adjuncts to other agents in providing symptom relief.However, these agents to have the potential to produce significant withdrawal symptoms.  The withdrawal symptoms appear to be most severe for patients who have........ Read more »

  • December 17, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 317 views

The yeti crab

by beredim in Strange Animals

The yeti crab is a newly discovered crustacean with an average length of 15 cm (5.9 inches).It has pincers that are covered with sinuous, hair-like strands (resembling fur).... Read more »

E. Macpherson, W. Jones . (2006) A new squat lobster family of Galatheoidea (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura) from the hydrothermal vents of the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge. Zoosystema. info:/

  • December 17, 2010
  • 11:16 AM
  • 3,044 views

How did Mozart die? In 140 ways!

by Debajyoti Datta in Medicine...Life

I was going through an article published in the BMJ by Karhausen LR where he describes the different hypotheses put forward to explain the death of Mozart. Karhausen has listed 140 causes proposed to explain the death of Mozart even though he died only once.... Read more »

  • December 17, 2010
  • 11:02 AM
  • 1,217 views

Parasitic worms paint warning colours on their hosts using glowing bacteria

by Ed Yong in Not Exactly Rocket Science


A robin flying over a field sees a juicy caterpillar on a leaf. It dives in for a closer look but it notices something strange: this larva is bright red and glowing slightly. Red means danger – this caterpillar is probably toxic and is best avoided. The robin leaves; the caterpillar apparently lives. But this [...]... Read more »

  • December 17, 2010
  • 10:49 AM
  • 771 views

The Kids Are Alright: New Genes Can Be Essential

by Rob Mitchum in ScienceLife

When it comes to genes, evolutionary biologists have traditionally favored seniority. Genes thought to be most essential to life must be ancient and conserved, the assumption goes, handed down from species to species as the basic instructions of life. That sharing is evident in early developmental stages, which 19th-century biologist Ernst Haeckel observed to be [...]... Read more »

Chen, S., Zhang, Y., & Long, M. (2010) New Genes in Drosophila Quickly Become Essential. Science, 330(6011), 1682-1685. DOI: 10.1126/science.1196380  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 10:44 AM
  • 603 views

Juravenator: Germany’s Other Feathered Dinosaur

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

In 1861, as debates about evolution were brewing among naturalists, two important skeletons were discovered from the Late Jurassic limestone quarries of Germany. Both would be relevant to ideas about how birds evolved. Although not recognized as such until the late 20th century, Archaeopteryx was the first feathered dinosaur ever discovered and was a confirmation [...]... Read more »

  • December 17, 2010
  • 09:54 AM
  • 1,380 views

Rosetta Web Servers

by Nir London in Macromolecular Modeling Blog

The Rosetta macromolecular modeling suite has a very wide range of applications, and although installing and running Rosetta, becomes increasingly easier over the years, some non-experts would still prefer to run it over a comfortable to use web-server. We have assembled here the list of Rosetta applications for which such a web-server exists. Bookmark for future modeling tasks.



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Liu, Y., & Kuhlman, B. (2006) RosettaDesign server for protein design. Nucleic Acids Research, 34(Web Server). DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkl163  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 09:41 AM
  • 786 views

Envy Makes Us Better People?

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Success is sweet, but it can also make you wary of people who might be jealous or you and who could even try to bring you down. New research in ... Read more »

van de Ven, N., Zeelenberg, M., & Pieter,s R. (2010) Warding off the evil eye: when the fear of being envied increases prosocial behavior. Psychological Science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science/ APS, 21(11). PMID: 20889930  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 09:37 AM
  • 1,757 views

Get those computers spinning

by Joerg Heber in All That Matters

This week’s issue of the magazine Science has no less than three papers on a single topic, namely new ways of computing using the quantum mechanical property of spin. Taken together, these provide a brief glimpse into the different ways researchers have progressed in incorporating spin into electronic devices. The fundamental element of a computer [...]... Read more »

Costache, M., & Valenzuela, S. (2010) Experimental Spin Ratchet. Science, 330(6011), 1645-1648. DOI: 10.1126/science.1196228  

Jonietz, F., Muhlbauer, S., Pfleiderer, C., Neubauer, A., Munzer, W., Bauer, A., Adams, T., Georgii, R., Boni, P., Duine, R.... (2010) Spin Transfer Torques in MnSi at Ultralow Current Densities. Science, 330(6011), 1648-1651. DOI: 10.1126/science.1195709  

Bozin, E., Malliakas, C., Souvatzis, P., Proffen, T., Spaldin, N., Kanatzidis, M., & Billinge, S. (2010) Entropically Stabilized Local Dipole Formation in Lead Chalcogenides. Science, 330(6011), 1660-1663. DOI: 10.1126/science.1192759  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 09:17 AM
  • 1,148 views

Analyzing DNA to Determine a Person’s Age

by Terri Sundquist in Promega Connections

People have employed many methods to disguise their age: eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, exercising regularly, protecting their skin from the sun and, if all else fails, undergoing plastic surgery. However, a recent Current Biology paper may make it harder for us to hide our true age. The authors describe a real-time PCR [...]... Read more »

Zubakov D, Liu F, van Zelm MC, Vermeulen J, Oostra BA, van Duijn CM, Driessen GJ, van Dongen JJ, Kayser M, & Langerak AW. (2010) Estimating human age from T-cell DNA rearrangements. Current Biology : CB, 20(22). PMID: 21093786  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 09:06 AM
  • 1,908 views

Doctors happier to prescribe sex drugs than smart drugs

by Caspar Addyman in Your Brain on Drugs

A new survey of family doctors in North America has found that they are more comfortable prescribing viagra than modafinil or ritalin. The new study in PLoS ONE was conducted by Opeyemi Banjo, Roland Nadler and Peter Reiner, three neuroethicists at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. They were interested in doctor’s attitudes to pharmacological cognitive enhancers (or smart drugs as we stupid people call them)... Read more »

  • December 17, 2010
  • 08:47 AM
  • 625 views

Guest post: A new link between ontogeny and phylogeny

by Becky in It Takes 30

Jeremy Purvis writes: I once had an English professor in college who began class by writing the phrase “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny” on the blackboard. He then began to explain—in English-professor terms—how embryos pass through stages of development that closely resemble successive stages in their own evolution. Though I can’t remember exactly, I believe this introduction [...]... Read more »

Kalinka AT, Varga KM, Gerrard DT, Preibisch S, Corcoran DL, Jarrells J, Ohler U, Bergman CM, & Tomancak P. (2010) Gene expression divergence recapitulates the developmental hourglass model. Nature, 468(7325), 811-4. PMID: 21150996  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 08:25 AM
  • 1,144 views

FGFR as a target in lung cancer

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

Here’s an interesting paper in a new journal I recently signed up for, Science and Translational Medicine.  The journal provides little snapshots of how research can potentially be applied to real life disease.  Here’s a snippet from this particular abstract: … Continue reading →... Read more »

Weiss, J., Sos, M., Seidel, D., Peifer, M., Zander, T., Heuckmann, J., Ullrich, R., Menon, R., Maier, S., Soltermann, A.... (2010) Frequent and Focal FGFR1 Amplification Associates with Therapeutically Tractable FGFR1 Dependency in Squamous Cell Lung Cancer. Science Translational Medicine, 2(62), 62-62. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3001451  

Pardo, O., Latigo, J., Jeffery, R., Nye, E., Poulsom, R., Spencer-Dene, B., Lemoine, N., Stamp, G., Aboagye, E., & Seckl, M. (2009) The Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor Inhibitor PD173074 Blocks Small Cell Lung Cancer Growth In vitro and In vivo. Cancer Research, 69(22), 8645-8651. DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-09-1576  

  • December 17, 2010
  • 07:07 AM
  • 1,489 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: Use Christian religious concepts to increase racial prejudice

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

We’ve written a lot about racial biases in the courtroom.  As regular readers of this blog know, we look for ways to mitigate the impact of racial biases. We believe in social justice. We also know (although we don’t like it much) that there are times when in the interests of advocacy, it is important [...]


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Johnson, MK, Rowatt, WC, & LaBouff, J. (2010) Priming Christian religious concepts increases racial prejudice. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1(2). info:/

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