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  • June 9, 2010
  • 09:09 AM

“As Close to a ‘Polluting Plant’ As One Can Find”

by Promega Corporation in Promega Connections

Far Eastern vines Run from the clay banks they are Supposed to keep from eroding. Up telephone poles, Which rear, half out of leafage As though they would shriek, Like things smothered by their own Green, mindless, unkillable ghosts. In Georgia, the legend says That you must close your windows At night to keep it [...]... Read more »

  • June 9, 2010
  • 08:30 AM

Bonobos Share Their Food

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

Bonobo Week continues! I'm donating whatever proceeds I receive from my blogging shenanigans for the entire month of June to help the bonobos at Lola Ya Bonobo.

Primate researchers used to think that only humans voluntarily share their own food with others. At the time, it was a reasonable conclusion to make, since lots of studies indicated that chimps don't. But that was before anyone checked to see if bonobos were willing to share their food with others.
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  • June 9, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Antidepressants Carry Equal Risks

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

For nearly a decade, the public has heeded warnings of suicidal behavior related to antidepressant use in children and adolescents. However, the use of antidepressants in this population is still increasing. Initially, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the most common class of antidepressants prescribed for children, were the only drugs associated with the increase in [...]... Read more »

Jick H, Kaye JA, & Jick SS. (2004) Antidepressants and the risk of suicidal behaviors. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 292(3), 338-43. PMID: 15265848  

Schneeweiss S, Patrick AR, Solomon DH, Dormuth CR, Miller M, Mehta J, Lee JC, & Wang PS. (2010) Comparative safety of antidepressant agents for children and adolescents regarding suicidal acts. Pediatrics, 125(5), 876-88. PMID: 20385637  

Simon GE, Savarino J, Operskalski B, & Wang PS. (2006) Suicide risk during antidepressant treatment. The American journal of psychiatry, 163(1), 41-7. PMID: 16390887  

Vitiello B, Silva SG, Rohde P, Kratochvil CJ, Kennard BD, Reinecke MA, Mayes TL, Posner K, May DE, & March JS. (2009) Suicidal events in the Treatment for Adolescents With Depression Study (TADS). The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 70(5), 741-7. PMID: 19552869  

  • June 9, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Why do butterflies have marginal eyespots?

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

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  • June 9, 2010
  • 05:07 AM

Clearing up eukaryotic life histories

by Psi Wavefunction in Skeptic Wonder

I can still vaguely recall the horrid hell that was my second year "non-vascular 'plant'" course (valid contender for most polyphyletic course in existence...) - amid the poorly explained phylogenetic clusterfuck, we also had to cram life cycle diagrams from hell. Ever thought red algae looked cute? Not quite so much after realising you get three fundamental life cycle phases to plow through...the night before a final, as it always is. In hindsight, it actually makes a lot of sense, once you gra........ Read more »

  • June 9, 2010
  • 05:03 AM

by Lars Fischer in EuCheMS 2010 Blog

With increasing demand for effective separation of small-molecule gases – think of carbon caption and storage – there has been a lot of research recently into strategies and materials suitable for those applications. The traditional way to separate gases like nitrogen, oxygen or carbon dioxide is to freeze them out one by one, which is [...]... Read more »

  • June 9, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Nature promotes vitality in people, study finds

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

New research shows that interaction with nature, whether actual or imagined, has a significantly positive effect on self-reported levels of mental and physical energy...... Read more »

Ryan, R., Weinstein, N., Bernstein, J., Brown, K., Mistretta, L., & Gagné, M. (2010) Vitalizing effects of being outdoors and in nature. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30(2), 159-168. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2009.10.009  

  • June 9, 2010
  • 04:01 AM

the media finds life on titan. sort of…

by Greg Fish in weird things

Around the web, headlines are buzzing about alleged evidence for life on Saturn’s biggest moon Titan, citing a paper which noted a suspicious lack of hydrogen build-up in the lower atmosphere and listing among many a mundane explanation, the possibility of methane-based life. Now, while on this blog I discussed that it’s not impossible to [...]... Read more »

  • June 9, 2010
  • 12:14 AM

…Just hook it up to my veins!

by Rift in Psycasm

In a previous post I reported that ‘fascinating stimuli’ are potentially better at restoring attention/vigilance than non-fascinating stimuli (Zainaghi and Bettella, 2009) [here]; and that, in my opinion, this was more effective than going and spending time observing natural settings (Berman, Jonides and Kaplan, 2008) [here]. We’ll in looking at that I’ve tried a few [...]... Read more »

  • June 8, 2010
  • 11:34 PM

The neuroscience of birdsong

by NeuroKüz in NeuroKüz

I’ve decided to write a couple of articles on a relatively underappreciated area of neuroscience: the study of birds. I hope to demonstrate that although the term “bird brain” is used as an insult in everyday bicker, the tiny brains of birds are more complex than they are perceived to be. Bird brains may even be able to teach us a thing or two about the brightest of human brains. In this first post, I will describe birdsong – a rare example of music production in nonhumans.You’ve proba........ Read more »

Brenowitz EA, Margoliash D, & Nordeen KW. (1997) An introduction to birdsong and the avian song system. Journal of neurobiology, 33(5), 495-500. PMID: 9369455  

Teramitsu I, Kudo LC, London SE, Geschwind DH, & White SA. (2004) Parallel FoxP1 and FoxP2 expression in songbird and human brain predicts functional interaction. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 24(13), 3152-63. PMID: 15056695  

  • June 8, 2010
  • 10:22 PM

Copepod Power

by Kelsey in Mauka to Makai

It’s human nature to think of the big bad animals that eat other animals as powerful and the animals that get eaten as wimpy. Of course, humans are often wrong (see “clusterf**kery”). Copepods get eaten by lots of animals—even by critters like jellyfish and right whales, which are known for their lack of speed—but they’re [...]... Read more »

Kiørboe T, Andersen A, Langlois VJ, & Jakobsen HH. (2010) Unsteady motion: escape jumps in planktonic copepods, their kinematics and energetics. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society. PMID: 20462876  

  • June 8, 2010
  • 09:39 PM

Shape Shifter

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Fish evolve different body shapes in reservoirs

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Haas, T.C., Blum, M.J., & D.C. Heins. (2010) Morphological responses of a stream fish to water impoundment. Biology Letters. info:/10.1098/rsbl.2010.0401

  • June 8, 2010
  • 08:03 PM

Group-based CBT for pain in primary care

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

I briefly discussed yesterday the content of this six-session group-based cognitive behavioural approach for chronic pain, delivered in the community. Today I want to look a little more closely at the way the programme was delivered and how the findings might differ from what happens in New Zealand. To refresh your memory, this is a … Read more... Read more »

  • June 8, 2010
  • 07:02 PM

Wake-Up Call

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Sedentary snake populations are dwindling

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Reading, C.J. et al. (2010) Are snake populations in widespread decline?. Biology Letters. info:/10.1098/rsbl.2010.0373

  • June 8, 2010
  • 06:30 PM

Library preparation for ChIP-Seq

by epibio in EpiCentral

While Epicentre’s novel Nextera™ technology is revolutionizing next-generation sequencing library preparation, many laboratories are still using older methods of creating genomic DNA libraries for next-generation sequencing. A recent study (Cheung et al.*) of transcriptional regulation mediated by trimethylated histone H3K4 used ChIP-Seq analysis in samples obtained from the human prefrontal cortex.Preparation of the ChIP-Seq libraries involved several Epicentre products: the End-It™ DNA E........ Read more »

  • June 8, 2010
  • 06:04 PM

Pollen gathering face brushes

by Africa Gomez in BugBlog

Most non-parasitic female bees collect pollen as well as nectar to provision their brood cells. Pollen is brushed from the plant anthers using their front legs and stored on specialised structures on the bee body or legs. Some bees, however, specialize on collecting pollen from flowers with raised anthers, which touch over the bee's head or thorax when bees land on them. These are called nototribic flowers and include species from the Lamiaceae (the mint family) and Scrophulariaceae (the figwort........ Read more »

  • June 8, 2010
  • 04:18 PM

ResearchBlogCast #8: Protecting the Environment While Reducing Poverty

by Dave Munger in News

Some of the most bio-diverse areas of the world are also some of the most impoverished, which is why it can seem cruel to create national parks and other protected areas to preserve these ecosystems. Aren’t the human lives in those regions more important than plants or other animals? Some research has supported the idea [...]... Read more »

Andam, K., Ferraro, P., Sims, K., Healy, A., & Holland, M. (2010) Protected areas reduced poverty in Costa Rica and Thailand. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(22), 9996-10001. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0914177107  

  • June 8, 2010
  • 03:26 PM

Heart Patients, Listen Up: Mediterranean Diet to the Rescue

by Steve Parker, M.D. in Advanced Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet preserves heart muscle performance and reduces future heart disease events, according to Greek researchers reporting in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 19, 2010.
Reuters and other news services have covered the story.
The Mediterranean diet is well-established as an eating pattern that reduces the risk of death or illness related to cardiovascular disease—mostly heart [...]... Read more »

  • June 8, 2010
  • 12:03 PM

Mate-Choice Copying in Humans

by Daniel Hawes in Ingenious Monkey | 20-two-5

Guppies do it. Why shouldn't we?... Read more »

  • June 8, 2010
  • 11:58 AM

New data suggests one in two of us experience mental illness in our life-times

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Mental health charities and campaigners typically claim that one in four of us will experience a mental illness at some point in our life-times. This prompts disbelief in some quarters. The rates can't possibly be that high, so the argument goes, there must be something wrong with the figures. A new study led by Terrie Moffitt confirms that 'Yes', there is something wrong with the one in four figure - it should be one in two!Previous estimates for the prevalence of mental illness are largely bas........ Read more »

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