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  • October 22, 2010
  • 12:00 PM


by beredim in Strange Animals

The viperfish species are one of the most unusual-looking fish in the deep sea known for their frightening appearance and for being one of the fiercest predators of the deep.... Read more »

  • October 22, 2010
  • 11:56 AM

The Fish-Stache: A Whole New Level of Sexual Selection

by Dr. Carin Bondar in Dr. Carin Bondar - Biologist With a Twist

Excuse me…I think you’ve got something stuck on your upper lip -
Sexual selection is alive and well in the animal kingdom…there are brilliant colors, structures, dances and songs to attest to the power of female choice when it comes to selecting a mate. ‘Beauty’ in the animal kingdom naturally translates to a biologically fit [...]... Read more »

  • October 22, 2010
  • 10:42 AM

Should Video Games Be Used in Therapy? (VG Series Part 7/10)

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Part 7 of my series examining research evidence for the value of video games. This time: video games and their use in psychotherapy.... Read more »

Ceranoglu, T. (2010) Video games in psychotherapy. Review of General Psychology, 14(2), 141-146. DOI: 10.1037/a0019439  

  • October 22, 2010
  • 09:47 AM

Remember the Alamosaurus

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

The Late Jurassic was the heyday of sauropod dinosaurs in prehistoric North America. Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, Barosaurus and Brachiosaurus were among the titans found in the 156- to 146-million-year-old Morrison Formation. But after this slice of geologic time, North American sauropods all but disappear.
There have been just a few discoveries of Cretaceous sauropods in North America. [...]... Read more »

D'Emic, M., Wilson, J., & Thompson, R. (2010) The end of the sauropod dinosaur hiatus in North America. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 297(2), 486-490. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.08.032  

  • October 22, 2010
  • 09:02 AM

Norms of reaction

by miko in Reaction Norm

For a blog called Reaction Norm, it’s about time I wrote something about gene-environment interactions. First, the term itself. It is trivial to say that genes and the environment “interact” since broadly speaking we know that all organisms and therefore all phenotypic traits at some level depend on the environment and at some level depend [...]... Read more »

  • October 22, 2010
  • 08:43 AM

A Nose For Rice

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

The toll is horrendous. Each year, some 100 people – and 50 elephants – are killed in farmer-pachyderm clashes around some of Sri Lanka’s lush rice paddies. Now, two researchers are wondering if a rice “deodorant” could reduce the carnage.
The tiny island nation of Sri Lanka is home to 20 million people and about […] Read More »... Read more »

  • October 22, 2010
  • 08:34 AM

The many ways bacteria move

by Lab Rat in Lab Rat

Considering the many diverse environments that bacteria live in, it isn't surprising that they have many different ways of moving. Swimming, swarming, gliding, twitching, floating: these aren't just different ways of describing the same movement, these are specifically different mechanisms that bacteria use to manouvre themselves across surfaces, through liquids and towards their preferred environments and food sources.Most bacteria use their flagella to swim. These are long proteinous threads w........ Read more »

Jarrell KF, & McBride MJ. (2008) The surprisingly diverse ways that prokaryotes move. Nature reviews. Microbiology, 6(6), 466-76. PMID: 18461074  

  • October 22, 2010
  • 08:26 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: The dark side of psychological closeness

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

I swear there are times when simply reading a research report gives me chills. This is one of those times. We’ve written a lot about making your client more “like” jurors. In our posts on witness preparation you will see a lot of thoughts about making witnesses relatable to jurors without pandering to them.  It’s a [...]

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Simple Jury Persuasion: Alpha an........ Read more »

Gino, F., & Galinsky, A. (2010) When Psychological Closeness Creates Distance from One’s Moral Compass. SSRN. info:/

  • October 22, 2010
  • 08:24 AM

Geim and Novoselov Isolate Graphene, Win 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics

by A. Goldstein in WiSci

It is 100 times stronger than steel and the best heat conductor known to man. Most people have produced this substance unwittingly, yet it could be used to substantially improve computer chips, solar cells, and even satellites. What is this astonishing material? The first truly 2-dimensional crystalline material: graphene. This year, two pioneering physicists received [...]... Read more »

Tsoukleri, G., Parthenios, J., Papagelis, K., Jalil, R., Ferrari, A., Geim, A., Novoselov, K., & Galiotis, C. (2009) Subjecting a Graphene Monolayer to Tension and Compression. Small, 5(21), 2397-2402. DOI: 10.1002/smll.200900802  

  • October 22, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

The Personality of Chronic Fatigue

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

Studies suggest that chronic fatigue may not only have the power to change a person’s personality but that certain personality traits may also put a person at higher risk of developing chronic fatigue. One recent study, in particular, examined the personalities of both people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and victims of medically unexplainable chronic [...]... Read more »

Buckley L, MacHale SM, Cavanagh JT, Sharpe M, Deary IJ, & Lawrie SM. (1999) Personality dimensions in chronic fatigue syndrome and depression. Journal of psychosomatic research, 46(4), 395-400. PMID: 10340240  

Kato K, Sullivan PF, Evengård B, & Pedersen NL. (2006) Premorbid predictors of chronic fatigue. Archives of general psychiatry, 63(11), 1267-72. PMID: 17088507  

Magnusson AE, Nias DK, & White PD. (1996) Is perfectionism associated with fatigue?. Journal of psychosomatic research, 41(4), 377-83. PMID: 8971668  

Taillefer SS, Kirmayer LJ, Robbins JM, & Lasry JC. (2003) Correlates of illness worry in chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of psychosomatic research, 54(4), 331-7. PMID: 12670610  

  • October 22, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

When is yawning contagious?

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

It’s a little embarrassing.

Despite being about as familiar and as commonplace as you can get, we still don’t have a clear understanding of why humans yawn.

We know we start yawning early. We know we yawn when we’re tired. We know we yawn when we’re bored. And we know that yawning can sometimes be contagious. But the function, the why, has been elusive.

A new paper by Giganti and Zilli ties together a couple of yawning’s features: that the amount people yawn varies throughout the d........ Read more »

  • October 22, 2010
  • 07:00 AM

How to make a bigger periodic table

by David Bradley in Reactive Reports Chemistry Blog

A paper published this week in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics maps out 54 unknown chemical elements that could lie beyond element 118, ununoctium. Mendeleev’s original classification of the elements into groups and periods is underpinned by chemical quantum mechanics, which describes the interactions of electrons and protons and dictates the electronic structures of the elements. There are [...]... Read more »

Pekka Pyykko. (2010) A Q1 suggested periodic table up to Z r 172, based on Dirac–Fock calculations on atoms and ions. Phys Chem Chem Phys. info:/

  • October 22, 2010
  • 06:29 AM

Asch's conformity study without the confederates

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

With the help of five to eight 'confederates' (research assistants posing as naive participants), Solomon Asch in the 1950s found that when it came to making public judgments about the relative lengths of lines, some people were willing to agree with a majority view that was clearly wrong.

Asch's finding was hugely influential, but a key criticism has been his use of confederates who pretended to believe unanimously that a line was a different length than it really was. They might well have beh........ Read more »

  • October 22, 2010
  • 06:14 AM

Mosquitos: Blaming the victim?

by iayork in Mystery Rays from Outer Space

Malaria parasite in mosquito midgut We often think of mosquitoes as willing co-conspirators in spreading human1 pathogens. But of course, in most cases the mosquito would be just as happy to get rid of the pathogen themselves; even if it doesn’t cause as severe as disease in the mosquito as in humans, it’s not doing [...]... Read more »

Bartholomay, L., Waterhouse, R., Mayhew, G., Campbell, C., Michel, K., Zou, Z., Ramirez, J., Das, S., Alvarez, K., Arensburger, P.... (2010) Pathogenomics of Culex quinquefasciatus and Meta-Analysis of Infection Responses to Diverse Pathogens. Science, 330(6000), 88-90. DOI: 10.1126/science.1193162  

  • October 22, 2010
  • 04:35 AM

To adapt or to transform? The choice is yours.

by Jan Husdal in

Many businesses believe themselves to be nested in a stable environment and are confounded when things suddenly change, and the world today no longer is the same world it was yesterday. While adaptation may work temporarily, transformation and building a resiliency capacity is what works best in the long run. What is it about resilience that is so important, and most importantly, why?... Read more »

  • October 22, 2010
  • 03:50 AM

Phrenology: A Beginner's Guide Part 1 - The Basics

by John Wayland in The Darwin Tribune

We often see and hear Phrenology mentioned in the media. Most readers many remember the classic Simpsons scene which goes as follows:Detective Friday: Are you sure this is the woman you saw in the post office?Burns: Absolutely! Who could forget such a monstrous visage? She has the sloping brow and cranial bumpage of the career criminal.Smithers: Uh, Sir? Phrenology was dismissed as quackery 160 years ago.Burns: Of course you'd say have the brainpan of a stagecoach tilter!Phrenology se........ Read more »

Fowler OS. (1853) Phrenological Conditions as Indicating Character. The Illustrated Self-Instructor in Phrenology , 35-42. info:/

  • October 22, 2010
  • 03:45 AM

The Physics of Wet Dogs

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

Dog owners no longer have to lay awake at night, wondering how rapidly a wet dog should oscillate its body to dry its fur. Presumably, dogs already know, and now, thanks to slo-mo photography, physicists know, too... Read more »

Andrew Dickerson, Grant Mills, Jay Bauman, Young-Hui Chang, & David Hu. (2010) The Wet-Dog Shake. Fluid Dynamics. info:/

  • October 22, 2010
  • 02:30 AM

Friday Weird Science: SLIME MOLD TAKES TOKYO

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

This week Sci continues her coverage of the IgNobel prizes, those prizes given for the greatest and WEIRDEST (but not at all useless) science on the planet. It’s an award after Sci’s own little heart. And today we get to one of my personal favorites from this year: GODZILLA SLIME MOLDS!!! Oops. This is a [...]... Read more »

Tero, A., Takagi, S., Saigusa, T., Ito, K., Bebber, D., Fricker, M., Yumiki, K., Kobayashi, R., & Nakagaki, T. (2010) Rules for Biologically Inspired Adaptive Network Design. Science, 327(5964), 439-442. DOI: 10.1126/science.1177894  

  • October 22, 2010
  • 01:13 AM

The faithful Christian seizure

by NeuroKüz in NeuroKüz

When I sit down to use my computer, the first thing I usually do is double-click the icon that opens up an internet browser. I do this so often, that even when I need to use the computer for purposes other than internet-browsing, I mindlessly open up the internet browser anyway. This action is an example of a learned automatism -- an unconscious behaviour that is generated as a result of trained associations in previous experiences.Learned automatisms can last a long time, and the contexts in wh........ Read more »

  • October 21, 2010
  • 08:35 PM

International Stock-Brokers: Greedy or Illogical?

by Michael Long in Phased

The ongoing global financial crisis has prompted many to question why it happened. A recent study by Markus Knauff (Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany) and coworkers investigates the possible role of stock-brokers' irrational behavior in the international meltdown. This news feature was written on October 21, 2010.... Read more »

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