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  • February 23, 2011
  • 04:35 AM

Supply Chain Risk Sources, Consequences, Drivers and Mitigation

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

I just stumbled upon one of the articles I already read about a year ago, shortly after I started my research. Beside indication of a future research agenda (see as well here), Jüttner et al. (2003) also explain some fundamental concepts of supply chain risk management.

How to get there?
Jüttner et al. decided to conduct a exploratory study with practitioner interviews and compare these results with a literature review. Four basic concepts for Supply Chain Risk Management evolved from th........ Read more »

Juttner, U., Peck, H., & Christopher, M. (2003) Supply Chain Risk Management: Outlining an Agenda for Future Research. International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 6(4), 197-210. DOI: 10.1080/13675560310001627016  

  • February 23, 2011
  • 04:00 AM

Cut down to size: supermassive black holes turn out not to be so “super” after all

by Kelly Oakes in Basic Space

You might not be able to tell from wherever you are reading this, but black holes in the distant universe just shrunk down to as little as a tenth of their previous size. This is not some cosmic disappearing act; … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 23, 2011
  • 02:00 AM

Information anywhere, any when: the role of the smartphone

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Business Information Review The library of the future is in your pocket, and over the next few years accessing information over mobile phones and other mobile devices is going to transform access to online services and the internet. This is the beginning – we’ve collected valuable data on which mobile devices are being used [...]... Read more »

  • February 23, 2011
  • 12:35 AM

Cell phones: coming for your brain cells since…well, maybe not.

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

After however long Sci has been in the blogsphere, I think I’ve become inured to the near constant babble of breathless science reporting.  Oral contraceptives CHANGE YOUR BRAIN!!  You are yourself…ON HORMONES.  Cell phones cause brain cancer!  TIDAL WAVES of hormones. TSUNAMIS of brain activity!  A veritable STORM SURGE  of wave metaphors have invaded our [...]... Read more »

Nora D. Volkow, MD, Dardo Tomasi, PhD, Gene-Jack Wang, MD, Paul Vaska, PhD, Joanna S. Fowler, PhD, Frank Telang, MD, Dave Alexoff, BSE, Jean Logan, PhD, & Christopher Wong, MS. (2011) Effects of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Signal Exposure on Brain Glucose Metabolism. JAMA, 305(8). DOI: 2011;305(8):808-814  

  • February 22, 2011
  • 11:16 PM

Of Stuttering Mice and Stammering Kings

by Katie Pratt in

If you’ve seen The King’s Speech, you know that stuttering (a.k.a. stammering) is a debilitating condition. If you haven’t seen The King’s Speech, stop reading and put it in your Netflix queue. If you don’t have Netflix, or a DVD player, or are encountering some other road-block in seeing the film, it depicts King George [...]... Read more »

Kang C, Riazuddin S, Mundorff J, Krasnewich D, Friedman P, Mullikin JC, & Drayna D. (2010) Mutations in the lysosomal enzyme-targeting pathway and persistent stuttering. The New England journal of medicine, 362(8), 677-85. PMID: 20147709  

  • February 22, 2011
  • 09:38 PM

Psycasm - For the Benefit of Other Patrons, Please Refrain from using your Mobile Phone. You Dick.

by Rift in Psycasm

 In 1994 Monk and friends investigated why people on mobile phones are annoying. You know what I'm talking about. When you're sitting on a train just minding your own business and you heard the dingle-dingle of someone's phone and you just know you're going to hear all about someone's baby / Saturday night / shopping list / job. FSM, that's annoying. Seriousl; (read more)

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

Monk, A., Carroll, J., Parker, S., & Blythe, M. (2004) Why are mobile phones annoying?. Behaviour , 23(1), 33-41. DOI: 10.1080/01449290310001638496  

  • February 22, 2011
  • 05:03 PM

Why non-religious Americans die younger

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

If you're 55 right now and living in the USA, this graphic shows you how much longer you have left to live!

The data come from the Health and
Retirement Study, which was started back in 1992 and has been following a group of 18,000 Americans ever since. Over that time, just over 4,000 have died.

In a new analysis, Allison Sullivan of the Population Studies Center at the
University of Pennsylvania has looked how religiosity in 1992 was linked to early deaths later on. The top-line results are i........ Read more »

ALLISON R. SULLIVAN. (2010) Mortality Differentials and Religion in the United States: Religious Affiliation and Attendance. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49(4), 740-753. info:/

  • February 22, 2011
  • 04:11 PM

The Future of Drugs in The UK: An Evening with Professor Nutt

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

An interview with Professor David Nutt on the future direction of UK drugs policy.... Read more »

  • February 22, 2011
  • 03:30 PM

The Brain's Sarcasm Centre? Wow, That's Really Useful

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

A team of Japanese scientists have found the most sarcastic part of the brain known to date. They also found the metaphor centre of the brain and, well, it's kind of like a pair of glasses.The paper is Distinction between the literal and intended meanings of sentences and it's brought to you by Uchiyama et al. They took 20 people and used fMRI to record neural activity while the volunteers read 4 kinds of statements:Literally trueNonsensicalSarcasticMetaphoricalThe neat thing was that the statem........ Read more »

  • February 22, 2011
  • 02:27 PM

Naps Boost Cognitive Performance in Seniors

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Insomnia is a common complaint among elderly individuals. With aging, there is a pattern of decreased number of total sleep time and reduced time in deep sleep. Deep sleep is considered restorative sleep, an important component of feeling rested and alert the following day.Sleep hygiene recommendations commonly warn against napping during the day time as it is felt to reduce the quantity and quality of sleep at night. However, many individuals report that napping during the day is helpful for........ Read more »

Campbell, S., Stanchina, M., Schlang, J., & Murphy, P. (2011) Effects of a Month-Long Napping Regimen in Older Individuals. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(2), 224-232. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03264.x  

  • February 22, 2011
  • 12:41 PM

Ancestor Worship

by Laelaps in Laelaps

By the close of 2002, there were at least three contenders for the title of “earliest known human.” There was the 7 million year old Sahelanthropus tchadensis from the Djurab Desert, the 6 million year old Orrorin tugenensis from Kenya, and the 5.6 million year old Ardipithecus kadabba from northeastern Ethiopia’s Afar region. Though very [...]... Read more »

Brunet, M., Guy, F., Pilbeam, D., Mackaye, H., Likius, A., Ahounta, D., Beauvilain, A., Blondel, C., Bocherens, H., Boisserie, J.... (2002) A new hominid from the Upper Miocene of Chad, Central Africa. Nature, 418(6894), 145-151. DOI: 10.1038/nature00879  

McBrearty, S., & Jablonski, N. (2005) First fossil chimpanzee. Nature, 437(7055), 105-108. DOI: 10.1038/nature04008  

White, T., Asfaw, B., Beyene, Y., Haile-Selassie, Y., Lovejoy, C., Suwa, G., & WoldeGabriel, G. (2009) Ardipithecus ramidus and the Paleobiology of Early Hominids. Science, 326(5949), 64-64. DOI: 10.1126/science.1175802  

Wood, B., & Harrison, T. (2011) The evolutionary context of the first hominins. Nature, 470(7334), 347-352. DOI: 10.1038/nature09709  

  • February 22, 2011
  • 12:35 PM

Plants rockin’ the suburbs, animals not so much

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Where there are more people, there’s less nature. It’s a fairly well established fact. Manhattan may have the odd hawk or falcon, but the paved island’s diversity of plants and animals just can’t compare to that of 23 square miles of pristine wilderness. What’s less known is how well biodiversity fares in human landscapes that [...]... Read more »

  • February 22, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

10 ways to make your web site more accessible

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

Researchers in Hungary have developed a tool that allowed them to assess the accessibility of hundreds of web sites around the world. 500 sites in 18 countries were tested with XValid in all. They were then able to analyze the data they accrued and to work out ten minimal guidelines for making web sites more [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech Talk10 ways to make your web site more accessible
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Cecília Sik Lányi, Nóra Czank, & András Sik. (1011) Testing the accessibility of websites. Int. J. Knowledge and Web Intelligence, 2(1), 87-98. info:/

  • February 22, 2011
  • 11:32 AM

Tricking Touch with Plaids

by Rob Mitchum in ScienceLife

Imagine yourself at a street corner, watching cars go by and waiting for your turn to cross. When the eye tracks a moving object like a car, it inspires fireworks of activity in the visual systems of the brain. Initially, the information is pixelated into independent scraps, as primary visual neurons respond to their preferred [...]... Read more »

  • February 22, 2011
  • 11:30 AM

John Shea, Human Evolution, and Behavioral Variability – Not Behavioral Modernity

by Daniel Lende in Neuroanthropology PLoS

John Shea, a professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, gives us a double whammy of actual human evolution this month, rather than the typical victorious narrative. Using fossil and archaeological evidence, Shea takes down the idea that we became “modern” late in human evolution, with that sense of modernity (or progress) often tied to causes like “a cognitive revolution” or “an explosion of culture.”
In other words, he wants to contradict the popul........ Read more »

Shea, J. (2011) Is as Was . Current Anthropology, 52(1), 1-35. DOI: 10.1086/658067  

  • February 22, 2011
  • 11:30 AM

John Shea, Human Evolution, and Behavioral Variability – Not Behavioral Modernity

by gregdowney in Neuroanthropology

John Shea, a professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, gives us a double whammy of actual human evolution this month, rather than the typical victorious narrative. Using fossil and archaeological evidence, Shea takes down the idea that we became “modern” late in human evolution, with that sense of modernity (or progress) often tied to causes like “a cognitive revolution” or “an explosion of culture.”
In other words, he wants to contradict the popul........ Read more »

Shea, J. (2011) Is as Was . Current Anthropology, 52(1), 1-35. DOI: 10.1086/658067  

  • February 22, 2011
  • 11:06 AM

This “Week” in the Universe: February 1st – February 21st

by S.C. Kavassalis in The Language of Bad Physics

So I’ve been remiss in my reading lately, but here are my picks from the past few weeks.  We have Outstanding Problems in Galaxy Formation, Herschel on Dark Matter, Dark Matter Detection Discussed, “Symmetry Breaking” in Graphene?, Closed Timelike Curves and Postselection, Frame-Like Geometry of Double Field Theory, and Loop Lectures with Carlo Rovelli.
Astrophysics and Gravitation:

Outstanding Problems in Galaxy Formation
Joseph Silk (2011). Feedback in Galaxy Formation arXiv arXiv:........ Read more »

Joseph Silk. (2011) Feedback in Galaxy Formation. arXiv. arXiv: 1102.0283v1

San-Jose, P., González, J., & Guinea, F. (2011) Electron-Induced Rippling in Graphene. Physical Review Letters, 106(4). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.045502  

Lloyd, S., Maccone, L., Garcia-Patron, R., Giovannetti, V., Shikano, Y., Pirandola, S., Rozema, L., Darabi, A., Soudagar, Y., Shalm, L.... (2011) Closed Timelike Curves via Postselection: Theory and Experimental Test of Consistency. Physical Review Letters, 106(4). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.040403  

Hohm, O., & Kwak, S. (2011) Frame-like geometry of double field theory. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 44(8), 85404. DOI: 10.1088/1751-8113/44/8/085404  

Carlo Rovelli. (2011) Lectures on loop gravity. arXiv. arXiv: 1102.3660v2

  • February 22, 2011
  • 10:38 AM

What Do We Really Know About Utahraptor?

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

When it was released in 1993, Jurassic Park turned Velociraptor into a household name. Agile and cunning, it was a type of predatory dinosaur theater audiences hadn’t seen before. But paleontologists knew the movie’s raptors were drawn with a bit of artistic license. For one thing, the dinosaurs had actually been based on the sickle-clawed [...]... Read more »

Kirkland, J.I.; Gaston, R.; Burge, D. (1993) A large dromaeosaur [Theropoda] from the Lower Cretaceous of Uta. Hunteria, 1-16. info:/

  • February 22, 2011
  • 10:30 AM

Weight loss? There’s an app for that! Pt. 5

by pennydeck in Feedback Solutions for Obesity

This is the conclusion (Part 5) of my series on iPhone apps that track calories in and calories out. As discussed previously, there are many different apps available, but other than user reviews posted in the app store, there’s currently … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 22, 2011
  • 10:03 AM

To Feel Less Pain, Don’t Look Away

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Dreading getting your flu shot? Surprisingly, if you want the shot to hurt less, don’t look away—look at the shot! A study published in Psychological Science
found that people experienced ... Read more »

Mancini, F., Longo, M.R., Kammers, M.P., & Haggard, P. (2011) Visual Distortion of Body Size Modulates Pain Perception. Psychological Science. PMID: 21303990  

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