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  • July 28, 2009
  • 02:54 AM

Computer Games at Work are Good For You

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

I’ve told you that so now and than I am playing computer games. Not only at home but since I’ve installed some games on my IPhone I also play while waiting for patients, meetings etc. It relaxes me. Getting my mind of. That’s why a recent study got my attention. The study investigated the [...]... Read more »

  • July 27, 2009
  • 03:00 PM

Steering the Teachable Momentum of the Gates Arrest in an Anthropological Direction.

by Kevin Karpiak in Anthropoliteia: the anthropology of policing

Public discussion of the Gates arrest is all over the place: people with a stake in race issues insist on speaking about race, analysts of governing technologies attempt to bracket race and focus on procedure, libertarians focus on citizen rights, etc. The aggregate effect has been to generate an argument in which the various sides work on reinforcing their respective positions by talking past each other, seemingly avoiding confrontation over any potentially conclusive point of direct disagreeme........ Read more »

  • July 27, 2009
  • 02:20 PM

Absolut standards: report from the M3-2009 meeting, part 2: signature genes and big science

by Iddo Friedberg in Byte Size Biology

If we take a sample of soil, how can we know whether it is adequate for growing a certain crop? For example, does it have the necessary bacteria to provide the nutrients for that crop from raw compounds in the soil? Or when examining a person with an apparent metabolic disorder, could it be that certain characteristics of their gut bacteria are causing this? We have already seen this happen with obesity.... Read more »

Dutilh, B., Snel, B., Ettema, T., & Huynen, M. (2008) Signature Genes as a Phylogenomic Tool. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 25(8), 1659-1667. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msn115  

Seshadri, R., Kravitz, S., Smarr, L., Gilna, P., & Frazier, M. (2007) CAMERA: A Community Resource for Metagenomics. PLoS Biology, 5(3). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050075  

  • July 27, 2009
  • 01:39 PM

Calendar calculating savants with autism - how do they do it?

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Savants with autism are people who exhibit an exceptional ability whilst also having social and cognitive impairments. One such ability is calendar calculating - being able to say, with astounding accuracy and alacrity, what day of the week a given date falls on. Just how some savants with autism are able to achieve this feat has baffled researchers. It's been suggested that they use complex algorithms, but this seems implausible given that the same individuals often struggle with maths.To help ........ Read more »

Dubischar-Krivec, A., Neumann, N., Poustka, F., Braun, C., Birbaumer, N., & Bölte, S. (2008) Calendar calculating in savants with autism and healthy calendar calculators. Psychological Medicine, 39(08), 1355. DOI: 10.1017/S0033291708004601  

  • July 27, 2009
  • 11:59 AM

JANE: Journal and Author Name Estimator

by Alejandro Montenegro-Montero in MolBio Research Highlights

I've just read over at Scienceroll about two tools that “help you determine which journal you should choose for publication”, based on your abstract or keywords [See Journal and Author Name Estimator and Huge Steps in Changing Science].The first one is part of ResearchGATE (a “scientific network that connects researchers”) and the second one (which has been around for some time, since early 2008)... Read more »

Schuemie, M., & Kors, J. (2008) Jane: suggesting journals, finding experts. Bioinformatics, 24(5), 727-728. DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btn006  

  • July 27, 2009
  • 10:55 AM

Calorie Counts on Restaurant Menus - To Wait or Not to Wait

by Travis Saunders, MSc in Obesity Panacea

Last week I came across a very interesting post on Marion Nestle's blog discussing the issue of posting calorie counts on restaurant menus, which has become a surprisingly controversial issue in recent years. For example, in 2008 the president-elect of The Obesity Society (an association of obesity researchers and practitioners which counts both Peter and I as members) was forced to resign following the backlash that erupted when he acted as a paid consultant arguing against a law requirin........ Read more »

  • July 27, 2009
  • 10:33 AM

Influences on Peer Review: Authors as Reviewers

by Kristen DiCerbo in Connections Research Blog

I usually stick to education research topics, but part of what influences what I see there is what actually gets published. And that is influenced by peer review. Peer review is a hotly debated topic in academia. This is probably not surprising since so much of professors’ evaluation, both formal (within the university) and informal (prestige [...]... Read more »

Aarssen, L., Lortie, C., Budden, A., Koricheva, J., Leimu, R., & Tregenza, T. (2009) Does Publication in Top-Tier Journals Affect Reviewer Behavior?. PLoS ONE, 4(7). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0006283  

  • July 27, 2009
  • 10:30 AM

Modeling Control Without Controlling the Model

by Michael in dlPFC

The great hope of Henry Markram’s Blue Brain project (recently discussed here and here) is that it will demonstrate both that consciousness and agency are emergent properties of an entirely mechanistic system like the brain and how that could possibly be true.  Despite Markram’s headline-grabbing claim at TED last week that he’s 10 years away [...]... Read more »

  • July 27, 2009
  • 10:13 AM

An Iconoclastic Endosymbiont

by Moselio Schaechter in Small Things Considered

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  • July 27, 2009
  • 09:00 AM

Migraine and Vascular Disease

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

Migraine is a recurring headache of moderate to severe intensity that is associated with gastrointestinal, neurologic, and autonomic symptoms. As the most common of the chronic headache disorders, migraine affects 18% of women and 6% of men in the United States. More than one-half of all migraine sufferers report significant disability with the migraine. While [...]... Read more »

Scher, A., Gudmundsson, L., Sigurdsson, S., Ghambaryan, A., Aspelund, T., Eiriksdottir, G., van Buchem, M., Gudnason, V., & Launer, L. (2009) Migraine Headache in Middle Age and Late-Life Brain Infarcts. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 301(24), 2563-2570. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2009.932  

  • July 27, 2009
  • 08:00 AM

How Old is Your Heart?

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

There are lots of online health tests available, some I’ve reviewed on Sciencebase over the years, such as those that help you answer the question are you at risk of diabetes. Often they are created and publicised by a medical charity, occasionally they are marketing devices posted by companies hoping to sell more of their [...]How Old is Your Heart? is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog... Read more »

D'Agostino, R., Vasan, R., Pencina, M., Wolf, P., Cobain, M., Massaro, J., & Kannel, W. (2008) General Cardiovascular Risk Profile for Use in Primary Care: The Framingham Heart Study. Circulation, 117(6), 743-753. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.107.699579  

  • July 27, 2009
  • 07:00 AM

Escaping flatland, or: How fish remember where they’re going

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

What do you do when you’re trying to get somewhere, and you get conflicting information? The person in the passenger’s seat swears he knows which way to turn, but the GPS unit in your car tells you to go the opposite direction. Problematic. Indeed, possibly relationship-changing depending on who’s in the passenger seat.

Still, humans generally have it easy when it comes to navigating. Our decisions are usually “turn left” or “turn right.” We are close........ Read more »

  • July 27, 2009
  • 06:00 AM

Elective fertility cryo-preservation instigates debate in the Netherlands

by Rense Nieuwenhuis in Curving Normality

New technology has that unique property of creating fascinating moral debates, which is especially so when it relates to new technology regarding life, death, or in this case: fertility. For a few years, technology has been available for the cryo-preservation of oocytes or ovarian tissue, which is used to help save the fertility of women who run the risk of losing it, for instance due to chemotherapy. Now, the question is raised whether such techniques should be made available to healthy women a........ Read more »

  • July 27, 2009
  • 02:59 AM

Medical Interviewing or Listening

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

As a psychiatrist you get the opportunity to listen to your patients. Especially in psychotherapy you have the privilege of listening and understanding the patient. As a general practitioner this time is not always given. In The Netherlands most appointments with a GP lasts for 5 to 10 minuets at the most. Here is a [...]... Read more »

Lucassen, P. (2009) The man, the poem, the secret☆. Patient Education and Counseling, 75(2), 147-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2008.10.011  

  • July 26, 2009
  • 05:39 PM

Religious parents, atheist children, and family strife

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas, has been looking into how family harmony is affected when children adopt religious beliefs different from their parents'. You might know the name already - he's wrote a book a couple of years back: Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers.In his latest paper, he (along with grad student Charles Stokes) has analysed data from the US National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. What he was looking at was diff........ Read more »

  • July 25, 2009
  • 03:00 PM

Anthropoliteia In the News 7/25/09

by Kevin Karpiak in Anthropoliteia: the anthropology of policing

News about police, policing and security from an anthropological perspective... Read more »

  • July 25, 2009
  • 02:00 PM

Nontoxic Inhibition and Disruption of Bacterial Biofilms

by Michael Long in Phased

Christian Melander (North Carolina State University, Raleigh) and coworkers have synthesized a drug molecule of highly promising anti-biofilm activity against a medically-relevant class of bacteria. This news feature was written on July 25, 2009.... Read more »

  • July 25, 2009
  • 12:48 PM

The Diamondback Rattlesnake’s Predatory Might

by Johnny in Ecographica

Photo and video taken last week… the food capturing mode of Crotalus adamanteus can easily be described as “predatory,” their relative contribution, or “predatory influence,” within ecosystems is not especially clear. Typically, when viewing a system’s predator-prey functionality the response and feedback between prey availability (how many are present) is weighed against the number of predators acting antagonistically within the system…... Read more »

  • July 25, 2009
  • 10:40 AM

How romantic jealousy hijacks the mind

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

"Jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of [its] objects than love" George Eliot (1860)The mind is altered by fear that our beloved is about to be lured away. Attention and memory systems are hijacked, turned to focus on attractive rivals. That's according to Jon Maner and colleagues who say theirs is one of the first studies to look at how romantic jealousy alters low-level cognitive functioning.Maner's team conducted four studies with hundreds of heterosexual student participants. All began a........ Read more »

Jon Maner, Saul Miller, Aaron Rouby, & Matthew Gailliot. (2009) Intrasexual vigilance: The implicit cognition of romantic rivalry. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74-87. DOI:  

  • July 25, 2009
  • 09:27 AM

In Science, Popularity Means Inaccuracy

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Who's more likely to start digging prematurely: one guy with a metal-detector looking for an old nail, or a field full of people with metal-detectors searching for buried treasure? In any area of science, there will be some things which are more popular than others - maybe a certain gene, a protein, or a part of the brain. It's only natural and proper that some things get of lot of attention if they seem to be scientifically important. But Thomas Pfeiffer and Robert Hoffmann warn in a PLoS One p........ Read more »

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