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  • February 14, 2011
  • 07:54 AM
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(un)Happy Valentines day in space

by Stuart Lynn in we are all in the gutter

Its the 14th of February, or at least thats what the calendar on the wall says, you have been out in deep space heading towards that new colony for so long each day pretty much blurs in to the next. Despite how cold it is outside (and believe me its cold), today is a day [...]... Read more »

Tore Straume, Steve Blattnig, & Cary Zeitlin. (210) Radiation Hazards and the Colonization of Mars: Brain, Body, Pregnancy, In-Utero Development, Cardio, Cancer, Degeneration. Journal of Cosmology, 3992-4033. info:/

  • February 14, 2011
  • 07:02 AM
  • 1,388 views

Women are soft (and sweet) and men are hard (and tough)

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Here’s a new entry in the embodied cognition research. You remember, it’s the research that leads us to see others as ‘warm’ when we are holding a cup of hot coffee.  There are associations (warm drink = warm person) and there are symbolic meanings (like Pontius Pilate or Lady MacBeth washing their hands). And then. Then [...]


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Slepian ML, Weisbuch M, Rule NO, & Ambady N. (2011) Tough and tender: embodied categorization of gender. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 22(1), 26-8. PMID: 21106884  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 07:00 AM
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February 14, 2011

by Erin Campbell in HighMag Blog

Cancer cells are smart little guys, unfortunately. Many cancer therapies target a specific type of cancer cell migration, but many cancer cells are able to switch to a different mode of migration and evade the attack. Today’s image is from a paper looking at these two modes of migration by using 3D cultures of malignant breast cancer cells.Malignant cancer cells are able to spread beyond the initial tumor, and their migration can occur from using either of two types of cancer cell migration........ Read more »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 06:47 AM
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How structural biology solved a 110-year immunological mystery

by Wellcome Trust in Wellcome Trust Blog

  In December last year, a new research paper revealed how a protein called perforin – the ‘bullet’ of the immune system – kills rogue cells in our body. How these immune pore-forming proteins function has been a key question since the discovery of “haemolytic complement proteins” in the 1890s by the Nobel laureate Jules [...]... Read more »

Law RH, Lukoyanova N, Voskoboinik I, Caradoc-Davies TT, Baran K, Dunstone MA, D'Angelo ME, Orlova EV, Coulibaly F, Verschoor S.... (2010) The structural basis for membrane binding and pore formation by lymphocyte perforin. Nature, 468(7322), 447-51. PMID: 21037563  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 06:00 AM
  • 987 views

Article Review: Generational differences in academic EM

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus.By learning about our differences, we can learn to appreciate and better communicate with those who are different from us.The same falls true for working with residents and faculty from different "generations", as defined as traditionalists, baby boomers, generation Xers, and millennials.This literature review and consensus document is quite extensive and even comes in 2 parts in Academic Emergency Medicine. There is a great summary table of the gener........ Read more »

Mohr NM, Moreno-Walton L, Mills AM, et al. (2011) Generational Influences in Academic Emergency Medicine: Teaching and Learning, Mentoring, and Technology (Part I). Academic Emergency Medicine, 190-199. info:/10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00985.x

  • February 14, 2011
  • 06:00 AM
  • 1,123 views

Know your type

by David Winter in Careers - in Theory

In last week’s post about employability I presented four approaches to employability (Careerist, Ritualist, Rebel and Retreatist). This got me all enthusiastic about typologies that put people into boxes which describe their approach to career management and decision making. I’ve found a few, but I’m hoping that you can come up with some more for [...]... Read more »

  • February 14, 2011
  • 02:52 AM
  • 1,597 views

Shattered chromosomes cause cancer chaos

by Cancer Research UK in Cancer Research UK - Science Update

At its heart, cancer is caused when our genes – the instructions encoded in the DNA found within our cells – go wrong. Without the correct instructions, cells start to multiply out of control, fail to die when damaged, and begin to spread around the body. Scientists studying the precise nature of these microscopic – [...]... Read more »

Stephens PJ, Greenman CD, Fu B, Yang F, Bignell GR, Mudie LJ, Pleasance ED, Lau KW, Beare D, Stebbings LA.... (2011) Massive genomic rearrangement acquired in a single catastrophic event during cancer development. Cell, 144(1), 27-40. PMID: 21215367  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 02:09 AM
  • 1,566 views

Is oxytocin truly a universal social panacea?

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD


Oxytocin is the new hormone possibly responsible for increase of trust, “the hormone of love”, and improvement of social cognition. This optimism is sometimes turned around in the way that some researchers believe that oxytocine could also ameliorate social deficits such as present in social phobia and autism. I don’t share this optimism, in biology [...]


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Bartz, J., Zaki, J., Bolger, N., Hollander, E., Ludwig, N., Kolevzon, A., & Ochsner, K. (2010) Oxytocin Selectively Improves Empathic Accuracy. Psychological Science, 21(10), 1426-1428. DOI: 10.1177/0956797610383439  

  • February 14, 2011
  • 01:24 AM
  • 541 views

Eating, Stress, Reward, and Obesity

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

Sci recently covered a mouse paper on dieting and subsequent high fat eating in mice (LINK), and then she found THIS paper, on stress reactions in overweight humans! And I like how the two link up. So let’s take a look at this one, and then go back to the OTHER one, and see how [...]... Read more »

  • February 13, 2011
  • 11:30 PM
  • 1,337 views

Classics: Shifting baselines

by CJA Bradshaw in ConservationBytes

The Conservation Classics series will soon be collated and published in a special chapter for the book ‘Biodiversity’ to be published later this year by InTech. The chapter is co-authored by Barry Brook, Navjot Sodhi, Bill Laurance and me. This is a snippet of one ‘classic’ I haven’t yet really covered extensively on ConservationBytes.com. – [...]... Read more »

  • February 13, 2011
  • 09:42 PM
  • 951 views

Existential Neuroscience

by Psychothalamus in Psychothalamus

Is it reasonable to fear death? If you agree with Lucretius, you will say no. In what is known as the Symmetry Argument, Lucretius contends that that the time before our existence is similar to the time of our future non-existence. And since we do not fear the time before we existed, it is not reasonable to fear our future non-existence i.e. death. ... Read more »

  • February 13, 2011
  • 06:09 PM
  • 2,125 views

Do you speak Swiss?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

A most amazing book has just landed on my desk: Do you speak Swiss, edited by Walter Haas, is the final report on a Swiss National Research Project devoted to Linguistic Diversity and Language Competence in Switzerland. Initiated by the … Continue reading →... Read more »

Walter Haas (Ed.). (2010) Do you speak Swiss? Sprachenvielfalt und Sprachkompetenz in der Schweiz. Nationales Forschungsprogramm NFP 56. NZZ Libro. info:/

  • February 13, 2011
  • 05:00 PM
  • 895 views

Were ancient cities sustainable?

by Michael Smith in Wide Urban World

This post talks about the issue of urban sustainability as applied to ancient cities. Instead of defining sustainability in terms of values and practices, archaeologists use the perspective of longevity - how long did a city (or society) exist?... Read more »

  • February 13, 2011
  • 04:49 PM
  • 2,090 views

CORKSCREW LIGHT: Measuring Orbital Angular Momentum Will Give Us Extra Information About Black Holes and Frame Dragging

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Frame Dragging, an effect spinning black holes have on spacetime and on the light in its vicinity, is causing a measurable corkscrew effect on photons, newly discovered and published in this issue of Nature Physics. "Twisting of light around rotating black holes"... Read more »

Tamburini, F., Thidé, B., Molina-Terriza, G., & Anzolin, G. (2011) Twisting of light around rotating black holes. Nature Physics. DOI: 10.1038/nphys1907  

  • February 13, 2011
  • 02:33 PM
  • 850 views

The Mystery of Stiff Person Syndrome

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

"Stiff Person Syndrome" (SPS) is a rare neurological disease with a silly name but serious symptoms.Not in fact a disorder caused by an overdose of Viagra, the defining feature of SPS is uncontrollable muscle rigidity, which comes and goes in bouts, but generally gets worse over time. However, other symptoms are seen including depression, anxiety, and other neurological features such as cerebellar ataxia.What causes SPS? Well, it's been known for over 20 years that most SPS patients have antibod........ Read more »

Geis, C., Weishaupt, A., Grünewald, B., Wultsch, T., Reif, A., Gerlach, M., Dirkx, R., Solimena, M., Perani, D., Heckmann, M.... (2011) Human Stiff-Person Syndrome IgG Induces Anxious Behavior in Rats. PLoS ONE, 6(2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016775  

  • February 13, 2011
  • 09:09 AM
  • 1,088 views

Noise of Aviation

by Frautech in Engineer Blogs

What is it that keeps us awake at night? A new study from the German Aerospace Center on sleep patterns showed the unpredictable noises are the most disturbing to our sleep patterns. Noises like an airplane taking off have a more gradual rise and fall in sound despite lasting longer than the passing of a car. And yet in sleep surveys, people report aircraft noise as disturbing their sleep. The study’s authors speculated this was because a typical sleep cycle lasts 20 minutes and so airplan........ Read more »

  • February 13, 2011
  • 12:39 AM
  • 622 views

Cannabis Makes Young Men Jumping Mad

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Large et al. (2011) add to the mounting evidence that cannabis causes psychosis in young people. Or does it? When using such terminology, I would suggest, defining the actual psychotic experience, experienced, including its demonstrable symptoms, duration and response to treatment, would distinguish one-off freak out events from a lifetime of disabling poor mental health. There are many more such quandaries regarding this rather seductive topic, that are equally begging for resolution. ... Read more »

Large M, Sharma S, Compton MT, Slade T, & Nielssen O. (2011) Cannabis Use and Earlier Onset of Psychosis: A Systematic Meta-analysis. Archives of general psychiatry. PMID: 21300939  

  • February 12, 2011
  • 05:08 PM
  • 1,067 views

Fightin’ mad: a story of squid, sex, and proteins

by Mike Mike in Cephalove

A story about squid has been making the rounds in news sources and blogs this weekend. Just two days ago, a paper came out showing that male squid (loligo peleii) react with extreme agression to a certain protein found on the surface of squid eggs. The paper was written by a group of researchers (including [...]... Read more »

Scott F. Cummins, Jean G. Boal, Kendra C. Buresch,, Chitraporn Kuanpradit, Prasert Sobhon,, Johanna B. Holm, Bernard M. Degnan, Gregg T. Nagle,, & and Roger T. Hanlon. (2011) Extreme Aggression in Male Squid Induced by a b-MSP-like Pheromone. Current Biology. info:/10.1016/j.cub.2011.01.038

Anahí Franchi N, Avendaño C, Molina RI, Tissera AD, Maldonado CA, Oehninger S, & Coronel CE. (2008) beta-Microseminoprotein in human spermatozoa and its potential role in male fertility. Reproduction (Cambridge, England), 136(2), 157-66. PMID: 18469041  

  • February 12, 2011
  • 05:05 PM
  • 1,015 views

Terror Birds Ain’t What They Used to Be – A Titanis Take-Down

by Laelaps in Laelaps

You know a novel is going to be bad when the main endorsement on the jacket comes from the movie producer who is trying to turn the mass of pulp into a film. It’s the literary equivalent of saying “Well, my mom thinks I’m handsome.” All the same, I just couldn’t resist picking up James [...]... Read more »

Blanco, R., & Jones, W. (2005) Terror birds on the run: a mechanical model to estimate its maximum running speed. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 272(1574), 1769-1773. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2005.3133  

Pierce Brodkorb. (1963) A Giant Flightless Bird from the Pleistocene of Florida. The AUk, 80(2), 111-115. info:/

  • February 12, 2011
  • 04:24 PM
  • 687 views

Violence and Sex, Sex and Violence

by Allison in Dormivigilia

Neuroscientists have uncovered that the ventrolateral portion of the ventral medial hypothalamus governs both aggression and sex. Could this research have any impact on the legal system and the conviction of rapists???... Read more »

Lin D, Boyle MP, Dollar P, Lee H, Lein ES, Perona P, & Anderson DJ. (2011) Functional identification of an aggression locus in the mouse hypothalamus. Nature, 470(7333), 221-6. PMID: 21307935  

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