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  • August 31, 2010
  • 12:02 PM
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Synesthesia more prevalent than originally thought

by Psychology 379 bloggers in Cognition & the Arts

Originally posted on Cognitive Daily. This is a guest post by Jonathan Leathers, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007. Take a look at this word: MONDAY What color do you see? Red? Blue? While you may see nothing unusual, some people report being able to perceive colors associated with different days of [...]... Read more »

Simner J, Mulvenna C, Sagiv N, Tsakanikos E, Witherby SA, Fraser C, Scott K, & Ward J. (2006) Synaesthesia: the prevalence of atypical cross-modal experiences. Perception, 35(8), 1024-33. PMID: 17076063  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 11:56 AM
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Balaur bondoc: A Raptor Unlike Any You Have Ever Seen

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking


Thanks to their prominent appearances in museum displays and the Jurassic Park film franchise, many people are very familiar with what dromaeosaurid dinosaurs looked like. Relatively small and lightly-built, these predators had long, grasping hands and a hyperextendable second toe on each foot tipped in a large sickle-shaped claw. But a newly-discovered “raptor” from the [...]... Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 11:56 AM
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Human GPS: Some of us are better equipped than others

by Psychology 379 bloggers in Cognition & the Arts

Originally posted on Cognitive Daily. This is a guest post by Dan Griffin, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007 How well do you think you can navigate through these woods? How about when your field of view is significantly reduced? When external information such as sight is decreased, our ability to make [...]... Read more »

Fortenbaugh FC, Hicks JC, Hao L, & Turano KA. (2006) High-speed navigators: Using more than what meets the eye. Journal of vision, 6(5), 565-79. PMID: 16881789  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 11:49 AM
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This side up: Perceiving visual orientation

by Psychology 379 bloggers in Cognition & the Arts

Originally posted on Cognitive Daily. This is a guest post by Aaron Couch, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007 When looking out a window, or watching a movie in a theater, the image you see is typically presented as right-side-up. Let’s say though, that you’re lying on your side in bed and [...]... Read more »

Howard IP, Hu G, Saxe R, & James EZ. (2005) Visual orientation in a mirror world tilted 90 degrees. Perception, 34(1), 7-15. PMID: 15773603  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 11:14 AM
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Rewriting Masculine Gender Scripts...

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Gast and Peak (2010) think that 'masculine gender scripts' seriously frustrate men from seeking help for their health problems. ... Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 11:02 AM
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The Price of Sequencing Versus the Cost

by Mike in Mike the Mad Biologist



So, Nature Reviews Genetics has an article, "Computational solutions to large-scale data management and analysis", which claims the following in the abstract (italics mine):

Today we can generate hundreds of gigabases of DNA and RNA sequencing data in a week for less than US$5,000. The astonishing rate of data generation by these low-cost, high-throughput technologies in genomics is being matched by that of other technologies, such as real-time imaging and mass spectrometry-based flow cytomet........ Read more »

Schadt EE, Linderman MD, Sorenson J, Lee L, & Nolan GP. (2010) Computational solutions to large-scale data management and analysis. Nature reviews. Genetics, 11(9), 647-57. PMID: 20717155  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 10:44 AM
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Rapid Human Adaptation to High Altitudes

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

Two studies in the journal Science demonstrated that genes in the hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) oxygen signaling pathway have undergone strong, recent positive selection in Tibetan highlanders. One study was a genome-wide scan using SNP arrays; the other a large-scale exome sequencing effort. The exome study was particularly interesting; using the Nimblegen 2.1M exon capture array [...]... Read more »

Storz, J. (2010) Genes for High Altitudes. Science, 329(5987), 40-41. DOI: 10.1126/science.1192481  

Simonson TS, Yang Y, Huff CD, Yun H, Qin G, Witherspoon DJ, Bai Z, Lorenzo FR, Xing J, Jorde LB.... (2010) Genetic evidence for high-altitude adaptation in Tibet. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5987), 72-5. PMID: 20466884  

Yi X, Liang Y, & Huerta-Sanchez E. (2010) Sequencing of 50 human exomes reveals adaptation to high altitude. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5987), 75-8. PMID: 20595611  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 10:34 AM
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What causes resistance to BRAF inhibition in melanoma?

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

Last week there was lot of excitement and interest surrounding the blog post on Roche/Plexxikon's data on PLX4032 in metastatic melanoma published in the New England Journal of Medicine. A number of the discussions on Twitter and email centred around...... Read more »

Crouthamel, M., Kahana, J., Korenchuk, S., Zhang, S., Sundaresan, G., Eberwein, D., Brown, K., & Kumar, R. (2009) Mechanism and Management of AKT Inhibitor-Induced Hyperglycemia. Clinical Cancer Research, 15(1), 217-225. DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-08-1253  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 08:33 AM
  • 913 views

Blood Viscosity in Capillaries

by Arunn in nOnoScience (a.k.a. Unruled Notebook)

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  • August 31, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 2,658 views

Kidney Fat Predicts Kidney Disease?

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

Yesterday, at the ongoing 2010 European Society of Cardiology, I attended as session focussing on the potential role of excess fat tissue that may surround blood vessels or the heart. Regular readers will recall, that the role of these fat depots have been a focus of my interest in past years.
A new study by Olga [...]... Read more »

Lamacchia O, Nicastro V, Camarchio D, Valente U, Grisorio R, Gesualdo L, & Cignarelli M. (2010) Para- and perirenal fat thickness is an independent predictor of chronic kidney disease, increased renal resistance index and hyperuricaemia in type-2 diabetic patients. Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association. PMID: 20798120  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
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A Reflection on the Mirror Box

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind

I met a fellow called Max. He was impressive with his command of the facts.  He does some cool studies.  He’s not one of the Luddies.  And certainly not one of the hacks.  That is what happens when one is a bit too low on sleep.  Which I am. But Max is not. Max works [...]... Read more »

ALTSCHULER, E., WISDOM, S., STONE, L., FOSTER, C., GALASKO, D., LLEWELLYN, D., & RAMACHANDRAN, V. (1999) Rehabilitation of hemiparesis after stroke with a mirror. The Lancet, 353(9169), 2035-2036. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(99)00920-4  

Mechsner F, Kerzel D, Knoblich G, & Prinz W. (2001) Perceptual basis of bimanual coordination. Nature, 414(6859), 69-73. PMID: 11689944  

Ramachandran, V., Rogers-Ramachandran, D., & Cobb, S. (1995) Touching the phantom limb. Nature, 377(6549), 489-490. DOI: 10.1038/377489a0  

Stevens, J. (2003) Using Motor Imagery in the Rehabilitation of Hemiparesis ,. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 84(7), 1090-1092. DOI: 10.1016/S0003-9993(03)00042-X  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 620 views

Hot and getting HOTTER… Heatwave preparedness since 2003, Part I

by Elements Team in Elements

By: Rosemary Stephen PMed, (cert) EOH, IPM, Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence

Even just a few years ago heatwaves were limited and isolated events, but now they occur regularly world wide. Each year climatologists tell us that the current year has become the new “hottest on record”. [...]... Read more »

Rosemary Stephen PMed, (cert) EOH, IPM. (2010) Hot and getting HOTTER.. Heatwave preparedness since 2003, Part I. Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence. info:/

  • August 31, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
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Neurons in the wild

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

Anyone who’s thought about science knows the promise and perils of simplification. People joke about physicists who begin working on an applied problem by saying, “Assume the cow is a perfect sphere...”

Working on an animal in a lab is a little like assuming a cow is a perfect sphere. You can get a pretty long way by simplifying the situation. But as I’ve talked about before, you often get many unexpected and delightful findings when you let an animal be an animal, in the environment an........ Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 07:21 AM
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Solar cells brought into shape

by Joerg Heber in All That Matters

Solar energy is a huge market and any improvement to the efficiency of solar cells has a significant impact. In 2008, worldwide photovoltaic solar energy production was about 5 gigawatts, and this is expected to rise to 15 gigawatts in 2015. To put this figure in context, a nuclear reactor produces around 1 to 1.5 [...]... Read more »

Ferry, V., Verschuuren, M., Li, H., Verhagen, E., Walters, R., Schropp, R., Atwater, H., & Polman, A. (2010) Light trapping in ultrathin plasmonic solar cells. Optics Express, 18(S2). DOI: 10.1364/OE.18.00A237  

Atwater, H., & Polman, A. (2010) Plasmonics for improved photovoltaic devices. Nature Materials, 9(3), 205-213. DOI: 10.1038/nmat2629  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 07:00 AM
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Chemistry of the Great Big Blue: Metals

by Bluegrass Blue Crab in Southern Fried Science


The ocean is full of metals and minerals that naturally occur such as zinc, copper, and cobalt and many marine organisms therefore depend upon access to those metals in small concentrations. However, inshore marine systems receive inputs from industrial, mining, and stormwater runoff that far exceed what these organisms can use. So what’s the effect?  [...]... Read more »

M. Mayer-Pinto, A.J. Underwood, T. Tolhurst, R.A. Coleman. (2010) Effects of metals on aquatic assemblages: What do we really know?. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol., 1-9. info:/

  • August 31, 2010
  • 05:45 AM
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caterpillar drool enhances plants' calls for help

by alison in bioblog

A while ago now I discussed how some plants are able to warn others when they're under attack by grazing animals. Now it seems that these responses and interactions are even more subtle - a new paper describes how signalling...... Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 05:30 AM
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The important links between ADHD, Heroin use and the type and extent of offending among prisoners

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Predictors of offending among prisoners: the role of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and substance use From Journal of Psychopharmacology This research significantly furthers our understanding of the role of ADHD and substance use in the offending history of truly persistent offenders. Findings reveal that frequent use of heroin in the year prior to imprisonment was the [...]... Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 05:00 AM
  • 1,110 views

How good are we at estimating other people's drunkenness?

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Sloshed, trollied, hammered, plastered. We've done a sterling job of inventing words for the inebriated state, but when it comes to judging from their behaviour how much a person has drunk, we could do (a lot) better. That's according to a review of the literature by US psychologist Steve Rubenzer.

We all have our trusted indices for judging other people's drunkenness. Perhaps it's when the eyeballs start floating about as if under the control of a clumsy puppeteer. Or maybe the effusive 'you k........ Read more »

Rubenzer, S. (2010) Judging intoxication. Behavioral Sciences . DOI: 10.1002/bsl.935  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 01:16 AM
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The new linguistic relativism: Guy Deutscher in the NYTimes

by gregdowney in Neuroanthropology

How does language affect thought and perception? It’s a question we’ve looked at here at Neuroanthropology.net on a number of occasions, but Prof. Guy Deutscher, offers a nice general survey of the current state of play in the research over at The New York Times in ‘Does Your Language Shape How You Think?’ Posts on [...]... Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 12:22 AM
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Someone finally dissects the role new neurons play in fear conditioning

by Jason Snyder in Functional Neurogenesis

Based on a true story – how progress is made in the field of adult neurogenesis*

A group of scientists reduce neurogenesis and report a memory deficit.
A second group repeats the experiment, with only a few minor differences in protocol, and fails to find a memory deficit.
A third group, using the same species as the first [...]... Read more »

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