Sci’s not gonna lie, the past several days have been, to say the least, incredibly stressful. I have no idea when blogging went from something that was fun and interesting to something that took up my entire life, but WHOA DUDES. The end result is stress, and Sci has been eating junkfood, not sleeping, and [...]... Read more »
Vialou V, Robison AJ, Laplant QC, Covington HE 3rd, Dietz DM, Ohnishi YN, Mouzon E, Rush AJ 3rd, Watts EL, Wallace DL.... (2010) DeltaFosB in brain reward circuits mediates resilience to stress and antidepressant responses. Nature neuroscience, 13(6), 745-52. PMID: 20473292
BMC Neurology has just published the findings of a group of Dutch researchers in their quest to develop multidisciplinary guidelines for treatment of CRPS. They looked at literature from 1980 – 2005. It is a major piece of work and I reckon it deserves publication. It is also a shocker when one produces such a [...]... Read more »
 Perez, R., Zollinger, P., Dijkstra, P., Thomassen-Hilgersom, I., Zuurmond, W., Rosenbrand, K., Geertzen, J., & Task force, T. (2010) Evidence based guidelines for complex regional pain syndrome type 1. BMC Neurology, 10(1), 20. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2377-10-20
Below is a draft of a chapter I’m writing for Subjective Time, an upcoming book from MIT Press edited by Valtteri Arstila and Dan Lloyd. In a bowling alley, a professional player launches his ball down the lane. As the ball rolls toward the pins, our visual experience of it is smooth and seamless. The [...]... Read more »
Holcombe, A. (2009) Seeing slow and seeing fast: two limits on perception. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13(5), 216-221. DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2009.02.005
Kline, K., & Eagleman, D. (2008) Evidence against the temporal subsampling account of illusory motion reversal. Journal of Vision, 8(4), 13-13. DOI: 10.1167/8.4.13
VanRullen R, Reddy L, & Koch C. (2005) Attention-driven discrete sampling of motion perception. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(14), 5291-6. PMID: 15793010
From Schlupp, I., Riesch, R., Tobler, M., Plath, M., Parzefall, J., & Schartl, M. (2010) Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Straight men let’s face it. We will do anything if we think females will find it attractive. No matter how ludicrous, expensive, or time-consuming it may be, we will do it. The rise of mullets and Camaros . . . → Read More: 70’s Porn Staches and the Female Fish Who Love Them... Read more »
Schlupp, I., Riesch, R., Tobler, M., Plath, M., Parzefall, J., & Schartl, M. (2010) A novel, sexually selected trait in poeciliid fishes: female preference for mustache-like, rostral filaments in male Poecilia sphenops. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-010-0996-y
A little over a week ago in Lindau, Germany Theordor Hanch hinted at new measurements of the size of the proton which may impact the fundamental theory of quantum electrodynamics. Hansch's lecture was an overview of the history of lasers progressing from our realization of the wave/particle duality nature of light to new research published in Nature on the size of the proton.... Read more »
One of the more vexing problems in pain management is how to measure functional performance. I’ve written before about the problems with functional capacity evaluations (lack of predictive validity, poor reliability and so on), and these problems also apply to assessments of the ability to carry out activities of daily living. Amongst some of the … Read more... Read more »
Wæhrens, E., Amris, K., & Fisher, A. (2010) Performance-based assessment of ADL ability among women with chronic widespread pain. Pain. DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2010.06.008
I’m trying to think my way through some of the results in Mechanisms of burn-induced impairment in gastric slow waves and emptying in rats by Sallam et al. This article (like almost all of the articles I talk about on this blog) is outside of my subfield in physiology, so I’m trying to apply the [...]... Read more »
Sallam, H., Oliveira, H., Liu, S., & Chen, J. (2010) Mechanisms of Burn-induced Impairment in Gastric Slow Waves and Emptying in Rats. AJP: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. DOI: 10.1152/ajpregu.00135.2010
Mojo: The libido. The life force. The essence. The right stuff. What the French call a certain… I don’t know what.
Mojoceratops was discovered when Nicholas Longrich from Yale University was looking at existing fossils from American Museum of Natural History in New York. They had been classified as another species, Chasmosaurus, but Nicholas believed [...]... Read more »
Longrich, Nicholas R. (2010) Mojoceratops perifania, A New Chasmosaurine Ceratopsid from the Late Campanian of Western Canada. Journal of Paleontology, 84(4), 681-694. info:/
This question came in from @holabendez for Science Week. What causes a double rainbow? The question is inspired by, in my opinion, the best youtube video since Keyboard Cat met Hall and Oates. Check out the Double Rainbow video below - if I'm this happy for just one day in my life, it will have been a happy life:
And now you'd better check out the Double Rainbow Song....
Rainbows are the result of the reflection and refraction of light by water droplets. They can be seen when there are wa........ Read more »
In 2009, I contributed a chapter about the social inclusion of migrants in Australia to an edited book about immigration policy published in Japanese in Japan. The book is doing well – a second edition has just been published – … Continue reading →... Read more »
Choi, P. (2010) 'Weep for Chinese university': a case study of English hegemony and academic capitalism in higher education in Hong Kong. Journal of Education Policy, 25(2), 233-252. DOI: 10.1080/02680930903443886
Is it a wolf? No. A coyote? No. A mixture of the two? Oh, yes. Northeastern wild canids have been leading biologists on a wild goose chase recently, as science scrambles to catch up with just what, exactly, Mother Nature has been cooking up in Massachusetts. Reports of extra large eastern coyotes have been rolling [...]... Read more »
Jon Way, Linda Rutledge, Tyler Wheeldon, & Bradley N. White. (2010) Genetic characterization of eastern coyotes in eastern Massachussets. Northeastern Naturalist. info:/
When animals are made to feel anxious and frustrated, they often turn to displacement activities - goals which may be irrelevant, but which they can at least achieve. Rats may run so eagerly on wheel that they starve themselves to death. Dogs may lick themselves so repetitively that they develop skin lesions. But what do humans do?
One thing we can do, according to new research by Ian McGregor and colleagues at York University, Toronto, Canada, is to become more fervent in our pursuit of cheris........ Read more »
Paul, the ‘Psychic’ octopus who can apparently predict* World Cup football match results, has inspired a lot of silliness attracted a lot of media attention recently. But can any other marine organisms see into the future? Sea snakes of the genus Laticauda (Fig 1.) are not entirely aquatic – not only must they regularly return [...]... Read more »
Y.-L. Liu, H. B. Lillywhite, and M.-C. Tu1. (2010) Sea snakes anticipate tropical cyclone. Marine Biology. info:/
When I took my GCSE science exams, sometimes the questions were set in the context of an experiment. John and Sarah are investigating the effect of temperature on the rate of photosynthesis. or A physicist was investigating this or that...... Read more »
Good JJ, Woodzicka JA, & Wingfield LC. (2010) The effects of gender stereotypic and counter-stereotypic textbook images on science performance. The Journal of social psychology, 150(2), 132-47. PMID: 20397590
Chan and Hayashi (2010) think that Japanese men might be badly afflicted by gender role conflict, only to happily discover that it's nothing that can't be fixed by a bit of cognitive therapy.... Read more »
Chan, R.K.H., & Hayashi, K. (2010) Gender Roles and Help-Seeking Behaviour: Promoting Professional Help among Japanese Men. Journal of Social Work, 10(3), 243-262. info:/
One of those really cool and useful "evolution stories" gets verified and illuminated by actual research. And blogging!
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Baldwin, W. P. (1946) Clam catches oyster-catcher. The Auk, 589-589. info:other/
In the first of a likely irregular column on politics and evidence based policy, Keir Liddle looks at proposals to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol, querying what effects it may have and whether the policy seems justified.... Read more »
Purshouse, R., Meier, P., Brennan, A., Taylor, K., & Rafia, R. (2010) Estimated effect of alcohol pricing policies on health and health economic outcomes in England: an epidemiological model. The Lancet, 375(9723), 1355-1364. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60058-X
Another one from the annals of weird deaths. Believe it or don't, wading birds sometimes get their toes or bill-tips caught in bivalve shells, they remain trapped, and they then drown when the tide comes in. Here is rare photographic evidence of this behaviour...
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Baldwin, W. P. (1946) Clam catches oyster-catcher. The Auk, 589-589. info:/
In his 2009 paper Brian Tomlin analyzes strategies to mitigate disruption risks in a three echelon supply chain.
Focus in his research is a single company, with its suppliers and customers. The objective is to maximize expected utility, while demand and supply are uncertain. There are two products available which can be used as substitutes. The time horizon for the decision maker is one season where the products can be sold.
Three different sourcing structures are considered.
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Tomlin, B. (2009) Disruption-management strategies for short life-cycle products. Naval Research Logistics, 56(4), 318-347. DOI: 10.1002/nav.20344
A low-carbohydrate Mediterranean diet improved HDL cholesterol levels and glucose control better than either the standard Mediterranean diet or American Diabetes Association diet, according to Israeli researchers reporting earlier this year.
Prior studies suggest that diets rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (olive oil, for example) elevate HDL cholesterol and reduce LDL cholestrol and triglycerides in type [...]... Read more »
Elhayany, A., Lustman, A., Abel, R., Attal-Singer, J., & Vinker, S. (2010) A low carbohydrate Mediterranean diet improves cardiovascular risk factors and diabetes control among overweight patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a 1-year prospective randomized intervention study. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, 12(3), 204-209. DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-1326.2009.01151.x
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