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  • September 28, 2011
  • 02:18 PM

A flawed study claiming prevention of Lyme spirochete infection with topical antibiotics

by Microbe Fan in Spirochetes Unwound

Two recent papers tested the effectiveness of topical antibiotics in preventing Borrelia burgdorferi infection in mice following a tick bite.  Infection by the Lyme disease spirochete was successfully halted in the Knauer et al. study from Germany1 but not in the Wormser et al. study conducted in New York.2  However a flaw in the Knauer study may have unfairly tipped the outcome in the antbiotic's favor.  (I'll save the Wormser study for another post.)The paper by Knauer and colle........ Read more »

  • September 28, 2011
  • 01:09 PM

The Orange-Dotted Tuskfish Strikes Back: Movie Shows New Species of Fish Using Tool

by Paul Norris in AnimalWise

Recently, the blackspot tuskfish (Choerodon schoenleinii) became a media sensation when it was captured in photos using a rock as tool to open a clam. Apparently not happy with the print media attention afforded to its relative, the orange-dotted tuskfish (Choerodon anchoago) has taken the behavior to the movies … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • September 28, 2011
  • 09:42 AM

Where to put Australoithecus sediba?

by Eric in APE

It took me some time to decide what I should do with Australopithecus sediba on this Blog, in the end I decided to concentrate on the aspects I at least know a little bit of, one of them is taxonomy.I had to reconstruct a bunch of phylogenetic trees in the last few months and I found a someof free online tools which enabled me to do this without using any fancy (and expensive) Computer Programs. The only disadvantage of these resources is that they were originally made for molecular data sets. T........ Read more »

Berger, L., de Ruiter, D., Churchill, S., Schmid, P., Carlson, K., Dirks, P., & Kibii, J. (2010) Australopithecus sediba: A New Species of Homo-Like Australopith from South Africa. Science, 328(5975), 195-204. DOI: 10.1126/science.1184944  

Strait, D., Grine, F., & Moniz, M. (1997) A reappraisal of early hominid phylogeny. Journal of Human Evolution, 32(1), 17-82. DOI: 10.1006/jhev.1996.0097  

  • September 28, 2011
  • 09:17 AM

Tip of the Week: Introduction to R Statistical Software (with video)

by Mary in OpenHelix

This week’s video tip is different from our usual tips in several ways. First, you won’t hear me–this webinar was done by Heather Merk of Ohio State. We also usually highlight web-based tools, and this presentation on R statistical computing tools relies on the command line. And it’s longer than we usually do–but because of [...]... Read more »

Blankenberg, D, Von Kuster, G, Coraor, N, Ananda, G, Lazarus, R, Mangan, M, Nekrutenko, A, & Taylor, J. (2010) Galaxy: A Web-Based Genome Analysis Tool for Experimentalists. Current Protocols in Molecular Biology, 19(10). DOI: 10.1002/0471142727.mb1910s89  

  • September 28, 2011
  • 08:42 AM

Religious People Like Other Religious People; The Non-Religious Don’t Judge

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

More fuel for the mindlessly intense “Who’s better, atheists or Christians?” war:

While research has shown that religious individuals are perceived as being more moral than the nonreligious, the present studies suggest that these findings are affected by in-group bias. Participants low and high in religious fundamentalism (RF) were asked to form an impression of a target’s moral and social dimensions.... Read more »

  • September 28, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Friends with Negatives

by Radhika Takru, MA in Brain Blogger

When you meet someone for the first time, it’s only natural to assume that you’d like to put your best foot forward and leave a positive first impression. You might choose to do this by touching upon topics like your favorite music and movies. You might, if this goes well, move on to more profound [...]... Read more »

  • September 28, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

That juror is nodding—are they agreeing with me or with themself?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

It’s a common mistake. We see someone nodding and assume they are agreeing with us. And in the courtroom, that can be a serious error. Recent persuasion research puts even more evidence in the corner of being careful not to assume. As it happens, nodding can simply mean you are agreeing with your own internal dialogue [...]

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Excuse me, potential juror, but just how big is your amygdala?........ Read more »

Brinol, P., Petty, R., & Wagner, B. (2009) Body posture effects on self-evaluation: A self-validation approach. . European Journal of Social Psychology . info:/

  • September 28, 2011
  • 01:44 AM

Not exactly mind-reading

by Janet Kwasniak in Thoughts on thoughts

I don’t pretend to understand the computations that have been used in this study, only the general idea. The results are both a lot more and also a lot less than they appear. This is a group that have been able to fairly accurately identify a black and white photo that a subject in a [...]... Read more »

  • September 28, 2011
  • 12:20 AM

Lace-up Ankle Braces on Injury Rates in High School Football Players

by Jeffrey B. Driban in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Ankle injuries are common in high school sports and it has been estimated that 24% of all ankle injuries among high school athletes are sustained by football players. Lace-up braces are commonly used with the goal of preventing ankle injuries. Unfortunately, there is limited data about the efficacy of lace-up braces among adolescent football players. Therefore, McGuine et al assessed whether using a lace-up ankle brace reduced the number and severity of acute first-time and recurrent ankle injur........ Read more »

  • September 27, 2011
  • 07:56 PM

Your first fight

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

What happens when the honeymoon ends and conflict begins? When this happens, you might question the love between you two, and whether it was a mistake to get married. But don’t panic, at least not yet: conflict in early marriage doesn’t necessarily mean doom for the relationship. Find out why...... Read more »

Karney, B.R., & Bradbury, T.N. (1997) Neuroticism, marital interaction, and the trajectory of marital satisfaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72(5), 1075-92. PMID: 9150586  

Karney, B.R., & Bradbury, T.N. (2000) Attributions in marriage: state or trait? A growth curve analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78(2), 295-309. PMID: 10707336  

Murray, S.L., Bellavia, G.M., Rose, P., & Griffin, D.W. (2003) Once hurt, twice hurtful: How perceived regard regulates daily marital interactions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(1), 126-47. PMID: 12518975  

  • September 27, 2011
  • 03:34 PM

The Ways We Talk About Pain

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Excerpts from the Personal Journal of Krystal D’Costa [i] Tuesday: I fell. Again. This time it was while getting out of the car. I’m not sure how I managed it. I got my foot caught on the door jamb and tumbled forward. I hit my shin—hard—against the door jamb and I think I tweaked my [...]

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Pia Haudrup Christensen. (1999) "It Hurts": Children's Cultural Learning About Everyday Illness. Stichting Ethnofoor, 12(1), 39-52. info:/

  • September 27, 2011
  • 03:09 PM

Even Monkeys Can Tell Red from Grue

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Unsure of the difference between ochre and ecru? Mauve and maize? Don't feel bad, because there's at least one color distinction you can handle: warm versus cool colors. You may have thought it was made up by your art teacher to torment you, but the concept is biologically based and universal to cultures around the world. Even a monkey knows the difference.

Researchers led by Youping Xiao at Mount Sinai School of Medicine based their study, in part, on data from the World Color Survey. That ........ Read more »

  • September 27, 2011
  • 02:22 PM

Topiramate Augmentation in Major Depression

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Molecular Model of the Drug TopiramateCurrently available antidepressants provide significant relief from major depression in many patients.  However, a significant number of patients receive little or limited relief following an initial trial of a standard first-line drug from the selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor class of agents.A common clinical strategy after initial drug non-response and non-remission is to consider pharmacological augmentation.  Augmentation options for cli........ Read more »

  • September 27, 2011
  • 12:01 PM

Congratulations Dr. Guskiewicz & Reliability of Self-Reported Concussion History

by Jeffrey B. Driban in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

This past week the new MacArthur fellowships, popularly referred to as the “genius grants” were announced and among the recipients was Kevin Guskiewicz. Dr. Guskiewicz has “made major advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related concussions.” Unlike many funding opportunities this award is unique in that you must be anonymously nominated, show exceptional merit and promise in your work, and the award money can be used in any way to advance the in........ Read more »

  • September 27, 2011
  • 11:13 AM

Climate uncertainty: moving from 'what' to 'when'

by Ed Hawkins in Climate Lab Book

Climate projections (such as from the IPCC) usually consider the question of "what will happen to our future climate". But, this question may be more informative if it is changed to "when will it happen"?... Read more »

  • September 27, 2011
  • 10:42 AM

Mangrove forest distribution of the Philippines

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

Here’s a quick post on the mangrove forest covering of the Philippines circa 2000. In an article published in Sensors [1], J.B. Long and C. Giri of the USGS mapped the mangrove forest distribution of the Philippines.  They used the publicly available Landsat data (mostly from the Global Land Survey).  By mapping out the spatial distribution of [...]... Read more »

  • September 27, 2011
  • 10:00 AM

World’s First Systematic Review On Sedentary Behaviour & Health in School-Aged Children

by Travis Saunders, MSc in Obesity Panacea

Some exciting news this week - the world’s first systematic review on the relationship between sedentary behaviour and health in school-aged children has just been published online in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. I am one of 8 authors on the review (nestled nicely in the middle), which was created to inform the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, released earlier this year.... Read more »

Tremblay, M., LeBlanc, A., Kho, M., Saunders, T., Larouche, R., Colley, R., Goldfield, G., & Connor Gorber, S. (2011) Systematic review of sedentary behaviour and health indicators in school-aged children and youth. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8(1), 98. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-8-98  

  • September 27, 2011
  • 08:38 AM

In which creationism threatens patients

by Björn Brembs in

Republican presidential hopeful and Texas governor Rick Perry is pushing hard in support for unapproved stem-cell therapies in Texas and allegedly had such a therapy performed on himself. In this case not coincidentally, Perry is also a self-professed creationist. There are many reasons why stem-cell therapies might be dangerous, the two recently reported deaths are among the so far unidentified causes. One other, recently discovered potential risk of stem-cell therapies involves mutation and se........ Read more »

Hussein, S., Batada, N., Vuoristo, S., Ching, R., Autio, R., Närvä, E., Ng, S., Sourour, M., Hämäläinen, R., Olsson, C.... (2011) Copy number variation and selection during reprogramming to pluripotency. Nature, 471(7336), 58-62. DOI: 10.1038/nature09871  

  • September 27, 2011
  • 06:32 AM

Approach or avoidance matching

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

A few weeks ago I wrote about regulatory focus theory (approach and avoidance motivations) and its possible impact on your career satisfaction. To summarise quickly: approach or promotion focus is about trying to achieve positive outcomes, whereas avoidance or prevention focus is about trying to preclude negative outcomes. Different types of goals and situations can [...]... Read more »

Righetti, F., Finkenauer, C., & Rusbult, C. (2011) The benefits of interpersonal regulatory fit for individual goal pursuit. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101(4), 720-736. DOI: 10.1037/a0023592  

  • September 27, 2011
  • 05:00 AM

Yellowline arrow crab

by beredim in Strange Animals

The Yellowline arrow crab (or simply arrow crab) is a strange species of crab that looks like a daddy longlegs arachnid. This crab can be found in coral reefs, at depths of 3 to 9 m. They are suitable for pets, obviously in an aquarium. ... Read more »

Giese C, Mebs D, & Werding B. (1996) Resistance and vulnerability of crustaceans to cytolytic sea anemone toxins. Toxicon : official journal of the International Society on Toxinology, 34(8), 955-8. PMID: 8875782  

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