Guess what’s the largest hurdle impeding scientific progress in astronomy? Lack of money? Governmental disinterest? Nope, according to a paper published yesterday it’s our bad programming skills. Modern astronomers are much more likely to be found in front of a computer these days than behind a telescope. We spend our time analysing our data and [...]... Read more »
Igor Chilingarian, & Ivan Zolotukhin. (2010) The True Bottleneck of Modern Scientific Computing in Astronomy. Astronomical Societ of the Pacific. arXiv: 1012.4119v1
Things are not how they used to be: there are male nurses, Stay-at-home dads and female crane operators. Many people hold jobs that aren’t traditionally associated with their genders. However, ... Read more »
Brescoll, V.L., Dawson, E., & Uhlmann, E.L. (2010) Hard won and easily lost: the fragile status of leaders in gender-stereotype-incongruent occupations. Psychological Science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science/ APS, 21(11), 1640-2. PMID: 20876882
Lactose intolerance is a common condition; 70% of humans experience lactose intolerance worldwide, with abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas, and diarrhea coming from the consumption of dairy products. I have a hunch that I might be lactose intolerant, but I do not know, so I'm going to learn a little bit about lactose intolerance and do a study to assess the correlation between my eating habits and abdominal issues.... Read more »
Burger, J., Kirchner, M., Bramanti, B., Haak, W., & Thomas, M. (2007) Absence of the lactase-persistence-associated allele in early Neolithic Europeans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(10), 3736-3741. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0607187104
Lomer MC, Parkes GC, & Sanderson JD. (2008) Review article: lactose intolerance in clinical practice--myths and realities. Alimentary pharmacology , 27(2), 93-103. PMID: 17956597
I have been unable to blog for the past few days because I was busy moving to Chapel Hill for a postdoc at UNC Chapel Hill. I am very excited about this move and my upcoming research which is going to involve protein design and folding. Regular blogging will resume soon. Until then, happy holidays, and I will leave you with the following interesting paper published by a group from my new institution.One of the abiding puzzles in the origin of life is to explain how life arose in the relatively s........ Read more »
Stockbridge, R., Lewis, C., Yuan, Y., & Wolfenden, R. (2010) Impact of temperature on the time required for the establishment of primordial biochemistry, and for the evolution of enzymes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(51), 22102-22105. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1013647107
When Eugene Goldwasser launched the project that would become his life’s work, he thought it would only take a matter of months. Since the early 20th century, biologists had predicted that a hormone they named erythropoietin must exist to promote the production of red blood cells when the body was running low. But in 1955, [...]... Read more »
Habituation: a necessary method for primate research, but is it ethical from a biocentric perspective?... Read more »
Doran-Sheehy, D., Derby, A., Greer, D., & Mongo, P. (2007) Habituation of western gorillas: the process and factors that influence it. American Journal of Primatology, 69(12), 1354-1369. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.20442
As Tom Lehrer once sang on his winterval carol: “Christmas time is here, by golly, Disapproval would be folly, Deck the halls with hunks of holly, Fill the cup and don’t say ‘when.’ Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens, Mix the punch, drag out the Dickens, Even though the prospect sickens, Brother, here we go [...]... Read more »
Mark Miodownik. (2005) Facts not opinions? Devoloping both the physical and aesthetic properties of materials. Nature Materials, 4(7), 506-508. DOI: 10.1038/nmat1416
Known as caribou in North America, reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) were once widespread in Europe reaching as far south as Spain, but are now mainly found in Norway and parts of Russia, in some cases being found wild alongside domesticated herds. Whilst their bones occur frequently in prehistoric middens, the last reliable record in Britain was approximately 8,300 years ago after which they disappeared (later records are uncertain), probably due to climate change, although hunting pressure may have........ Read more »
In 2007 the UK government published its landmark Cancer Reform Strategy. As with previous government strategies, such as the 2000 NHS Cancer Plan, the report aimed to tackle the fact that the country’s cancer survival lagged behind other similar countries. But unlike previous cancer strategies, which focused on improving patients’ access to the latest cancer [...]... Read more »
Coleman, M., Forman, D., Bryant, H., Butler, J., Rachet, B., Maringe, C., Nur, U., Tracey, E., Coory, M., & Hatcher, J. (2010) Cancer survival in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and the UK, 1995–2007 (the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership): an analysis of population-based cancer registry data. The Lancet. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62231-3
It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to start thinking about the flu! The flu is notoriously tricky to prevent with vaccines, partly because there are so many strains of influenza virus, and each strain is constantly undergoing genetic … Continue reading →... Read more »
Bryan B. Hsu, Sze Yinn Wong, Paula T. Hammond, Jianzhu Chen, and Alexander M. Klibanov. (2010) Mechanism of inactivation of influenza viruses by immobilized hydrophobic polycations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1017012108
Today I am taking a closer look at how buyer-supplier relationships evolve over time. This is the buyer-supplier relationship life cycle, where supply chains are dynamic and where supply chain partners are constantly changing: New suppliers are added, others are contractually terminated, cease to exist or become obsolete. Needless to say, nurturing and honing these relationships also improves supply chain performance. However, as Stephan Wagner points out in his recently published article on........ Read more »
Wagner, S. (2011) Supplier development and the relationship life-cycle. International Journal of Production Economics, 129(2), 277-283. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2010.10.020
Email overload is the feeling of being overwhelmed by a large volume of incoming messages. Email overload makes the management of the Inbox necessary. Wouldn’t it be great if the inbox itself could filter the email by prioritization, information structuring and work-flow management?
Now the user has to assess and prioritize the message based on [...]
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Szóstek, A. (2010) ‘Dealing with My Emails’: Latent user needs in email management. Computers in Human Behavior. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2010.09.019
Illuminations, class identities and the contested landscapes of Christmas From Sociology In the last two decades, illuminating the outside of a house with multi-colored lights has become a popular British Christmas practice. Whereas in the US these illuminations typically cover large middle-class homes, in Britain they have been largely adopted within working-class neighborhoods. This article investigates [...]... Read more »
Edensor, T., & Millington, S. (2009) Illuminations, Class Identities and the Contested Landscapes of Christmas. Sociology, 43(1), 103-121. DOI: 10.1177/0038038508099100
Many people have the perception that they are likely to gain 5 or 10 pounds during the holiday season (Thanksgiving to after New Year’s Day). This myth has been propagated by media (4), perhaps partially explaining why it exists. But … Continue reading →... Read more »
Andersson I, & Rössner S. (1992) The Christmas factor in obesity therapy. International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders : journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, 16(12), 1013-5. PMID: 1335971
Reid, R., & Hackett, A. (1999) Changes in nutritional status in adults over Christmas 1998. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 12(6), 513-516. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-277x.1999.00205.x
Yanovski, J., Yanovski, S., Sovik, K., Nguyen, T., O'Neil, P., & Sebring, N. (2000) A Prospective Study of Holiday Weight Gain. New England Journal of Medicine, 342(12), 861-867. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200003233421206
Hull HR, Hester CN, & Fields DA. (2006) The effect of the holiday season on body weight and composition in college students. Nutrition , 44. PMID: 17192197
Costa CI, Moreira PII, & Teixeira VIII. (2007) HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN IN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. Alimentação Humana. info:/
Phelan S, Wing RR, Raynor HA, Dibello J, Nedeau K, & Peng W. (2008) Holiday weight management by successful weight losers and normal weight individuals. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 76(3), 442-8. PMID: 18540737
"Most people are other people," Oscar Wilde wrote. "Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." You get the feeling, somehow, that he thought this was a bad thing. Seems likelier that it's just an inevitable fact about a species whose members ...Read More
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Ireland, M., & Pennebaker, J. (2010) Language style matching in writing: Synchrony in essays, correspondence, and poetry. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99(3), 549-571. DOI: 10.1037/a0020386
Stephens, G., Silbert, L., & Hasson, U. (2010) Speaker-listener neural coupling underlies successful communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1008662107
Stopping at the charity field on the way back from pollinating, I noticed a ripening rye cover crop the next field over - and decided to look for my friend, ergot.*
I couldn't believe my luck! There were little black pods sprouting from rye spikes all over the edge of the field. This is a very exciting creature to a plant pathologist - and one that's had quite an impact on European history...
Ergot is a plant disease caused by Claviceps purpurea, a member of one of my favorite fungal families........ Read more »
Stone, R. (2008) MYCOLOGY: Last Stand for the Body Snatcher of the Himalayas?. Science, 322(5905), 1182-1182. DOI: 10.1126/science.322.5905.1182
While researching a recent post on the history of nuclear physics (here), I happened across a short but rather fascinating letter written in 1903. It seems to be the first article in print that makes the connection between the processes … Continue reading →... Read more »
Low-functioning autistic children tend to be most violent when they are anxious or excited.... Read more »
Bronsard, G., Botbol, M., & Tordjman, S. (2010) Aggression in Low Functioning Children and Adolescents with Autistic Disorder. PLoS ONE, 5(12). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0014358
Everyone knows that there are two kinds of elephants in this world: Asian and African. The Asian is the only one that can be trained and the African ones live in harmony with their environment until hunters come by and shoot them. Scratch a little deeper, and the African bush elephant lives by destroying its environment and moving on to new areas, where it destroys that environment, cycling back to the original region over generational time; Both African and Asian elephants can be trained; and........ Read more »
Rohland, N., Reich, D., Mallick, S., Meyer, M., Green, R., Georgiadis, N., Roca, A., & Hofreiter, M. (2010) Genomic DNA Sequences from Mastodon and Woolly Mammoth Reveal Deep Speciation of Forest and Savanna Elephants. PLoS Biology, 8(12). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000564
Part of an ongoing series examining the evidence for Simon Baron-Cohen's "extreme male brain" theory of autism... Read more »
Lutchmaya, S., Baron-Cohen, S., & Raggatt, P. (2001) Foetal testosterone and vocabulary size in 18- and 24-month-old infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 24(4), 418-424. DOI: 10.1016/S0163-6383(02)00087-5
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