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  • May 10, 2010
  • 06:00 AM

Assessing the vulnerability of coasts to sea-level rise

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

Coastlines around the world will be affected by rising sea level over the next several decades. In some places, the impacts will be severe as flooding, erosion, and storm surge cause damage to coastal towns and transform habitats for coastal species. The big question for resource managers and planners: Where are the most vulnerable places?... Read more »

  • May 10, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Viagra could help women too, but not how you think…

by Helen Jaques in In Sickness and In Health

Since first coming on the market in 1998, erectile dysfunction drug Viagra has improved the lives of countless men. Now new research has suggested that phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors like Viagra could also help women – but not how you think.
Researchers in California have shown that sildenafil (Viagra) and a similar drug called vardenafil [...]... Read more »

  • May 10, 2010
  • 03:40 AM

Freud and Penfield were wrong about memory and it leads to woo

by Barbara Drescher in ICBS Everywhere

Don’t get me wrong, Sigmund Freud and Wilder Penfield were far more intelligent and successful than I, but in hindsight we now have evidence that disconfirms their models of memory. The costs of having an inaccurate model of how memory works are immense.  There are financial and opportunity costs to psychotherapy participants and on occasion [...]... Read more »

Loftus EF, & Loftus GR. (1980) On the permanence of stored information in the human brain. The American psychologist, 35(5), 409-20. PMID: 7386971  

McNally, N. (2003) Remembering Trauma. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University. info:/

Quas JA, Goodman GS, Bidrose S, Pipe ME, Craw S, & Ablin DS. (1999) Emotion and memory: Children's long-term remembering, forgetting, and suggestibility. Journal of experimental child psychology, 72(4), 235-70. PMID: 10074380  

  • May 10, 2010
  • 03:04 AM

Doctors are desensitised to other people's pain

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

When you see someone else in pain, the pain network in your own brain winces as if you were experiencing their pain yourself. This is great for everyday empathy, but not necessarily so useful if you're a doctor. When you're the one wielding the needle or planning a treatment regimen, you need to make sure your concern for your patient's pain doesn't distract you from the task at hand. According to Jean Decety, doctors get around this conflict by reducing their sensitivity to other people's pain......... Read more »

  • May 10, 2010
  • 02:12 AM

Everything you always wanted to know about body piercings

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Do you have a body piercing somewhere? Do you like body piercings? I know of some colleagues who change their hair, the color or size when switching jobs. There’s even a Dutch psychiatrist who thinks that rigorous change of hair style predicts the onset of schizophrenia. More recent is the publication of a review on [...]

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... Read more »

Bui, E., Rodgers, R., Cailhol, L., Birmes, P., Chabrol, H., & Schmitt, L. (2010) Body Piercing and Psychopathology: A Review of the Literature. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 79(2), 125-129. DOI: 10.1159/000276376  

  • May 10, 2010
  • 12:59 AM

The Incredible Healing Mouse

by Evil Monkey in Neurotopia

This is one of those things that isn't really related to neuroscience, to weird science, or to any of Sci's normal science. Really, it was just something Sci found (in various places), and thought was really awesome. Cause it is!



For those who know about working with rodents, it looks like a rat, don't it? It's a mouse! But it looks like a rat because these dudes are some big boys. This is an MRL mouse, which stands for 'Murphy Roths Lar........ Read more »

Bedelbaeva K, Snyder A, Gourevitch D, Clark L, Zhang XM, Leferovich J, Cheverud JM, Lieberman P, & Heber-Katz E. (2010) Lack of p21 expression links cell cycle control and appendage regeneration in mice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(13), 5845-50. PMID: 20231440  

  • May 9, 2010
  • 08:00 PM

The Two Darts of Suffering: Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Voluntary Emotional Intelligence for Personal Growth, Part VI

by David Johnson, MSW, LICSW in Dare To Dream

This is the sixth in a series of articles about emotional intelligence for personal growth. In keeping with the idea that emotional intelligence is one of the foundational concepts of mental health, I dedicate this installment to May, Mental Health Month.

It is often said that life is suffering. Some of that suffering is unavoidable. Life has a way of throwing us adversity. The pain of physical distress and illness as well as the psychological pain of loss is unavoidable. This is the first "Dar........ Read more »

  • May 9, 2010
  • 06:03 PM

Atlatls to Bows: The Hook Brings You Back

by teofilo in Gambler's House

Atlatl weights are the most widespread attachments to atlatls that are durable enough to survive in conditions where the wooden parts decay, but they’re not the only attachments known to have been used.  Another type of attachment, of more obvious function though of much more limited range, is the “hook” or “spur” near the back [...]... Read more »

Goslin, R. (1944) A Bone Atlatl Hook from Ohio. American Antiquity, 10(2), 204. DOI: 10.2307/275117  

Riddell, F., & McGeein, D. (1969) Atlatl Spurs from California. American Antiquity, 34(4), 474. DOI: 10.2307/277746  

  • May 9, 2010
  • 05:32 PM

The Island Submarine Canyon: Buffet, Biodiversity Hot Spot, and Squirrel Heaven

by Jennifer Frazer in The Artful Amoeba

Have you ever wondered what happens to stuff that falls into the ocean from shore? Where does it go? What happens to it? Well, if it’s plastic or something else floaty, it’ll likely end up in some vast floating garbage vortex, as we apparently have, in our apathy, created in several locations on the planet. [...]... Read more »

  • May 9, 2010
  • 03:40 PM

An Ode to the Nematode

by avi_wener in American Biotechnologist

C. elegans is probably the most versatile nematode’s known to molecular and developmental biotechnologists. It has been in use in laboratories since 1974 and was the first multicellular organism to have its entire genome sequenced. As one of the simplest organisms with a nervous system, it is a favorite research specimen of neurobiologists world-wide. [...]... Read more »

Oren-Suissa M, Hall DH, Treinin M, Shemer G, & Podbilewicz B. (2010) The Fusogen EFF-1 Controls Sculpting of Mechanosensory Dendrites. Science (New York, N.Y.). PMID: 20448153  

  • May 9, 2010
  • 03:29 PM

The sense of body ownership and 3D virtual reality

by NeuroKüz in NeuroKüz

A description of a study that demonstrates a 'virtual hand movement' illusion... Read more »

Sanchez-Vives MV, Spanlang B, Frisoli A, Bergamasco M, & Slater M. (2010) Virtual hand illusion induced by visuomotor correlations. PloS one, 5(4). PMID: 20454463  

  • May 9, 2010
  • 01:23 PM

New insights into sensory representations-Lessons from the auditory cortex

by Varun in Wissenschaft

In the brain, there are highly ordered representations of sensory input. The existence of orientation columns in the visual cortex where columns of neurons situated next to each other respond to slightly different stimulus orientations and the barrel cortex in S1 where each barrel faithfully receives inputs from one whisker are testimony to this. Recently two papers in the same issue of Nature Neuroscience dealt with the fidelity of sensory representations in the auditory cortex. Rothschild et ........ Read more »

Castro JB, & Kandler K. (2010) Changing tune in auditory cortex. Nature neuroscience, 13(3), 271-3. PMID: 20177415  

Bandyopadhyay S, Shamma SA, & Kanold PO. (2010) Dichotomy of functional organization in the mouse auditory cortex. Nature neuroscience, 13(3), 361-8. PMID: 20118924  

  • May 9, 2010
  • 12:20 PM

Circadian Influences on Mood Disorders

by Allison in Dormivigilia

A novel area of circadian research is the influence of clock genes and circadian rhythms on the etiology of mood disorders. This area of research suggests a need for alternative therapeutic interventions, such as chronotherapy (using melatonin, bright light therapy, and adjusted sleep/wake schedules),that do not risk addiction by pharmacological treatments. ... Read more »

  • May 9, 2010
  • 04:03 AM

Neanderthals and humans got fiddly

by Bjørn Østman in Pleiotropy

The big news this week in evolution is of course the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome, and the evidence that humans carry some DNA from our extinct cousins. The paper was published in Science yesterday, and has a total of 56 authors, including team leader Svante Pääbo.... Read more »

Green RE, Krause J, Briggs AW, Maricic T, Stenzel U, Kircher M, Patterson N, Li H, Zhai W, Fritz MH.... (2010) A draft sequence of the Neandertal genome. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5979), 710-22. PMID: 20448178  

  • May 8, 2010
  • 09:23 PM

Making Masculinity Visible to Sexual Violence

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Cowburn (2010) suggests that to effectively deal with the problem of male sexual violence, we must pay closer attention to the role of masculinity in shaping harmful behaviours and attitudes.... Read more »

  • May 8, 2010
  • 08:08 PM

New Zealand’s productivity paradox: Part V

by Shaun Hendy in A Measure of Science

I am getting towards the end of my discussion of Philip McCann’s paper, “Economic geography, globalisation and New Zealand’s productivity paradox” [1].
In my last post on this topic, I discussed the importance of agglomeration economies for knowledge based production.  Agglomeration in the modern economy is thought to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the [...]... Read more »

  • May 8, 2010
  • 07:42 PM

Atlatls to Bows: Those Puzzling Weights

by teofilo in Gambler's House

Most of what we know about prehistoric North American atlatls comes from the many well-preserved examples found by Alfred Kidder and Samuel Guernsey in the early twentieth century in Basketmaker II rockshelters near Kayenta, Arizona.  We know much more about atlatl use in Mesoamerica, where the atlatl was still widely used in the contact era, [...]... Read more »

Bushnell, D. I. Jr. (1905) Two Ancient Mexican Atlatls. American Anthropologist, 7(2), 218-221. DOI: 10.1525/aa.1905.7.2.02a00040  

Howard, C. (1974) The Atlatl: Function and Performance. American Antiquity, 39(1), 102. DOI: 10.2307/279223  

Peets, O. (1960) Experiments in the Use of Atlatl Weights. American Antiquity, 26(1), 108. DOI: 10.2307/277169  

  • May 8, 2010
  • 07:38 PM

Better the metagenome you know than the metagenome you don't...

by Daemios in Rudimenthos

Morgan, J., Darling, A., & Eisen, J. (2010). Metagenomic Sequencing of an In Vitro-Simulated Microbial Community PLoS ONE, 5 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010209A new era for the design of metagenomic controls starts! Morgan et al. present the benchmarking of metagenomic tools using artificial "microbial communities" mixed up in the lab.The Hook...Metagenomics is a fancy name for what's actually a large and obscure toolbox of molecular biology procedures and computational algorithms that p........ Read more »

  • May 8, 2010
  • 06:53 PM

Motivating a Cumulative Cognitive Neuroscience

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

Why are large-scale structured databases and meta-analyses important to advance the field of human brain mapping? One reason is that individual functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies can be notoriously unreliable and underpowered (Bennett & Miller, 2010; Fliessbach et al., 2010; Kriegeskorte et al., 2009; Vul et al., 2009). At the recent CNS 2010 Annual Meeting, symposium organizer Dr. Tal Yarkoni gave the first talk in a session on the value of a cumulative cognitive neurosc........ Read more »

  • May 8, 2010
  • 11:57 AM

Catch-All Solution

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Eliminating fishery bycatch isn’t always a good idea

... Read more »

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