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  • March 14, 2011
  • 07:00 AM

March 14, 2011

by Erin Campbell in HighMag Blog

Actin is as essential to a cell’s function as Girl Scout cookies are to mine. With all of the biologists sorting out the many different functions and regulators of actin, it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed as a reader and actin admirer. Thankfully, a recent paper delves into the world of RhoA to clarify exactly what it is doing in our skin cells. RhoA is an actin small GTPase, which means it serves as a molecular switch to regulate actin cytoskeleton organization. RhoA is important in m........ Read more »

Jackson, B., Peyrollier, K., Pedersen, E., Basse, A., Karlsson, R., Wang, Z., Lefever, T., Ochsenbein, A., Schmidt, G., Aktories, K.... (2011) RhoA is dispensable for skin development, but crucial for contraction and directed migration of keratinocytes. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 22(5), 593-605. DOI: 10.1091/mbc.E09-10-0859  

  • March 14, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Article Review: Emergency physicians interruptions

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

What exactly do ED attendings do on shift? This novel prospective, time-motion study tracks the activities of ED attendings at 2 academic and 2 community sites. All sites used paper charting in the ED and computerized medical records for labs and radiology results.METHODSTrained observers recorded tasks in 1-minute increments over a 2-hour period. Three general categories were defined as:Direct patient care (lifting patients, bedside history/physical exam, direct interaction with patient, o........ Read more »

  • March 14, 2011
  • 03:14 AM

Space and time

by Janet Kwasniak in Thoughts on thoughts

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I have taken for granted that our sense of time is founded on our sense of space and that this is an example of embodied thought. A recent paper (citation below) examines this assumption and shows it far from clear.
Kranjec and Chatterjee say:
Is time an embodied concept? People often talk and [...]... Read more »

  • March 14, 2011
  • 02:40 AM

The Many Faces of Empathy

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Based on recent literature and a lecture it appeared to me that not everyone is talking about the same phenomenon when it comes to empathy. In much animal research resonance is mostly the adequate description of what is being studied. Resonance is the phenomenon of one person unconsciously mirroring the motor actions as basis of [...]

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Shamay-Tsoory, S. (2010) The Neural Bases for Empathy. The Neuroscientist, 17(1), 18-24. DOI: 10.1177/1073858410379268  

  • March 14, 2011
  • 02:04 AM

Science in Film

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Name Best and Worst Science-Based Movies Read more »

  • March 13, 2011
  • 07:48 PM

A New Safe Blood Test to Diagnose Down Syndrome

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

The established method to prenatally diagnose chromosomal gross abnormalities is to obtain fetal cells from the womb with a fine needle, either by Amniocentesis (a sample of the fluid surrounding the foetus in the womb)  or by Chorionic villus sampling (CVS, a sample of the placenta taken via the vaginal route). The procedures are not to be sneezed [...]... Read more »

LO, Y., CORBETTA, N., CHAMBERLAIN, P., RAI, V., SARGENT, I., REDMAN, C., & WAINSCOAT, J. (1997) Presence of fetal DNA in maternal plasma and serum. The Lancet, 350(9076), 485-487. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(97)02174-0  

Papageorgiou, E., Karagrigoriou, A., Tsaliki, E., Velissariou, V., Carter, N., & Patsalis, P. (2011) Fetal-specific DNA methylation ratio permits noninvasive prenatal diagnosis of trisomy 21. Nature Medicine. DOI: 10.1038/nm.2312  

  • March 13, 2011
  • 07:45 PM

Psycasm - The Cognitive Differences between Christians and Atheists.

by Rift in Psycasm

It's generally accepted that as a nation's mean IQ increases their irreligiousity increases too (Lynn, Harvey & Nyborg, 2009). That is, there's a negative correlation between Intelligence (as measured by IQ tests) and religious beliefs (be that belief in (a) God(s), an after-life, or super-beings). The Lynn, Harvey and Nyborg (2009) paper claims the relationship between g and &#; (read more)

Source: Psycasm - Discipline: Psychology... Read more »

Colzato, L., Beest, I., van den Wildenberg, W., Scorolli, C., Dorchin, S., Meiran, N., Borghi, A., & Hommel, B. (2010) God: Do I have your attention?. Cognition, 117(1), 87-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2010.07.003  

  • March 13, 2011
  • 06:35 PM

Bubbles under the microscope

by sarah in One Small Step

  As the data from the Milky Way Project are starting to come in, and Rob is making progress with the data reduction of  many clicks and drawings, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to these gorgeous bubbles we’re seeing. How were they created, why do they appear the way they do, and what [...]... Read more »

  • March 13, 2011
  • 04:30 PM

Rape Myth #1: She's Probably Lying

by Stephanie Zvan in Almost Diamonds

Tawana Brawley. Duke University men's lacrosse team.If you see a rape allegation in the news, those words aren't far behind. They are talismans, touchstones for the idea that we must never, ever forget that women lie about rape. These women lied; therefore, women lie.The truth is, of course, that some women do lie about having been raped. That shouldn't surprise us. People make false accusations about every type of crime, even murder, where it is excruciatingly difficult to do. If no woman ever ........ Read more »

  • March 13, 2011
  • 04:00 PM

Species abundance distributions and basketball

by Scott Chamberlain in Recology

A post over at the Phased blog ( highlights a recent paper in PLoS One by Robert Warren et al. Similar results were obtained in a 2007 Ecology Letters paper by Nekola and Brown, who showed that abundance distributions found in ecology are similar to those found for scientific citations, Eastern North American precipitation, among other things. A similar argument was made by Nee et al. in 1991 (in the journal PRSL-B). The author of the blog appears to agree with ........ Read more »

  • March 13, 2011
  • 01:40 PM

Antidepressants… is the name misleading?

by Keith Bredemeier in ionpsych

Some of you have probably read that taking an aspirin every day can decrease your chances of having a heart attack.  But will doing this really improve your quality of life?  Or prolong your life?  If so, how much?  These … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 13, 2011
  • 12:32 PM

Cancer and the media

by Medical Media Watch in Medical Media Watch

A paper which examined the over-diagnosis of breast cancer (referenced below) received more press attention than any other study I looked at. Coverage of cancer is ever-present in our newspapers, televisions and online media. From the latest way to reduce your chance of getting it, to new treatments and heart-wrenching stories of patients with the [...]... Read more »

  • March 13, 2011
  • 11:38 AM

Different Speeds have Different Meanings in our Bodies' Performance in Pain

by mc in begin to dig (b2d)

Every little thing in the complex systems that are us seems to impact every other thing - or at least a whole lot of other things.  Take speed.  Have you ever tried to do a familiar movement either really fast or really slow? Say whipping an egg in a bowl, making a shoulder circle, lifting a knee up and down. Speed changes performance, doesn't it? Something else we've seen change performance is pain: pain will change event what muscles get recruited,when performing an action. Recent r........ Read more »

Tsatalas, T., Giakas, G., Spyropoulos, G., Paschalis, V., Nikolaidis, M., Tsaopoulos, D., Theodorou, A., Jamurtas, A., & Koutedakis, Y. (2010) The effects of muscle damage on walking biomechanics are speed-dependent. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 110(5), 977-988. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-010-1589-1  

  • March 13, 2011
  • 10:45 AM

Moving on up – Vertical migrations of Nautilus

by Mike Mike in Cephalove

If you like nature documentaries, you’ve probably seen the following clip (from the BBC’s “Planet Earth“): Nautiluses are really cool – they’re misfits among cephalopods, having many tentacles and external shells while their fellow squids and octopodes are squishy and eight- or ten-armed. In this clip, at least, they come across as sort of mysterious, [...]... Read more »

BRUCE A. CARLSON, JAMES N. McKIBBEN, AND MICHAEL V. DEGRuy. (1984) Telemetric Investigation of Vertical Migration of Nautilus belauensis in Palau. Pacific Science. info:/

  • March 13, 2011
  • 08:22 AM

Supply Chain Risk Management Thesis (Impact of demographics on supply chain risk management practices)

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

This is somewhat of the fifth contribution to my series on doctoral dissertations, apart from not being a doctoral thesis but a master thesis on Supply Chain Risk Management. Nonetheless, an immense effort and dedication is spent on these works only to find the results hidden in the libraries. So the goal is raise interest in the research of my peers.

Author / Topic
This thesis was written by Kenneth Kanyagui in 2010 as his master thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambri........ Read more »

Kanyagui, K. (2010) Impact of Demographics on Supply Chain Risk Management Practice. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master Thesis. info:/

  • March 13, 2011
  • 08:14 AM

Is the Treatment Outcome Profile (TOP) “criminally invalid”?

by PeaPod in Binge Inking

No treatment outcome tool is perfect. In England, the Treatment Outcome Profile (TOP) is king. A lot hinges on the data reported through the TOP, but this study questions its reliability particularly with regard to crime.... Read more »

  • March 13, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Willpower and the Unconscious on Automatic Pilot

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

What is the practical value of research delving into our sense of self? Willpower is one answer. In the course of putting the pieces of my consciousness back together after assaults to my brain, I came to see my conscious self as being the size of a person navigating on the high seas. There was [...]... Read more »

Dijksterhuis, A., & Aarts, H. (2010) Goals, Attention, and (Un)Consciousness. Annual Review of Psychology, 61(1), 467-490. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.psych.093008.100445  

  • March 13, 2011
  • 12:32 AM

How Bacteria Swim in Your Stomach

by Lorax in Angry by Choice

We started our Microbiology Journal Club of the new year, technically a new decade. We started off with a bang, well a bang from a physics perspective, more of a whimper from a microbiology perspective.

The paper under discussion was:

Helicobacter pylori moves through mucus by reducing mucin viscoelasticity. by Celli JP et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Aug 25;106(34):14321-6.

The basic premise is that H. pylori, a spiral shaped bacteria is thought to burrow its wa........ Read more »

Celli, J., Turner, B., Afdhal, N., Keates, S., Ghiran, I., Kelly, C., Ewoldt, R., McKinley, G., So, P., Erramilli, S.... (2009) Helicobacter pylori moves through mucus by reducing mucin viscoelasticity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(34), 14321-14326. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0903438106  

  • March 12, 2011
  • 06:28 PM

Results in a nutshell: clinical research and the popular press

by Medical Media Watch in Medical Media Watch

Before Jack and James engaged in a one-two on sources in science reporting, we’d just finished our analsis of our results from the research side of MMW project. It strikes me that taken as a whole, their assessment of science reporting (or lack thereof in the case of churnalism), the peer review process and our [...]... Read more »

  • March 12, 2011
  • 05:57 PM

Bowling together... in most of Europe, at least

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Ten years ago, the sociologist Robert Putnam created shockwaves with his analysis of the breakdown of US society in recent decades -

We sign fewer petitions, belong to fewer organizations that meet, know our neighbors less, meet with friends less frequently, and even socialize with our families less often. We're even bowling alone [Source: Bowling Alone].

Putnam's analysis of the causes was pretty nuanced (read: no-one really knows), but he did point out that the decline of religion in the US ........ Read more »

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