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  • February 7, 2011
  • 01:30 PM
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How can I know if I have cataracts and its severity?

by Pablo Artal in Optics confidential

Lear about a new optical method to detect and grade cataract... and more... Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 01:13 PM
  • 740 views

Review: Children Interpret a Comic

by Neil Cohn in The Visual Linguist

This insightful article examines children’s understandings of comic books over time using a Western comic A Gunman in Town!. The study looked at ten children in each of 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade, balanced for gender and race with diverse socio-economic status. They were shown each frame individually and asked its contents following each panel. This might not have hugely hampered the sequential understanding though, since the panels seem largely dominated by text.All the children recognized broad........ Read more »

Pallenik, M. (1976) A Gunman in Town! Children Interpret a Comic Book. Studies in the Anthropology of Visual Communication, 3(1), 38-51. DOI: 10.1525/var.1976.3.1.38  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 12:56 PM
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Mixing it up for organic tomatoes

by Jeremy in Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

The many benefits of growing a mixture of crop varieties together have now been demonstrated for many crops under many conditions. Latest entry is in a kind of specialised niche — organic tomatoes for processing — and the results are a little underwhelming. Three scientists at the University of California, Davis, grew one, three or [...]... Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 12:38 PM
  • 1,093 views

The Personalized Medicine Bargain

by Rob Mitchum in ScienceLife

The future of medicine, we are told time and time again, is genetic and personalized. Someday, physicians will call up the genetic code of a patient and determine their genetic risks and which treatments will work most effectively with the fewest side effects. That information can be organized into individual, unique medical plans for each [...]... Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 12:26 PM
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Messing with the minds of embryonic cuttlefish…

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

an exploration into connections between the sensory modalities of a marine predator.
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Cephalopods are known as the ‘charismatic megafauna’ of the invertebrate world. We humans are generally fascinated by their stealth, their ability to camouflage, and their massive brains. The physical form of cephalopods is so different from our own that we find them [...]... Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 10:54 AM
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Adopt Your Scientific Testimony to Jurors' Skeptical Ears

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama followed the common pattern of giving attention and applause lines to nearly every issue on the national agenda. But there was one issue that received no mention at all: climate change. The absence, noted by many commentators, extended even to areas where it would have been natural to mention the environment. The President's "clean energy" initiative, for example, was touted based on its ability to create jobs and........ Read more »

William R. L. Anderegga, James W. Prallb, Jacob Haroldc, and Stephen H. Schneidera. (2010) Expert credibility in climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. info:/

  • February 7, 2011
  • 10:46 AM
  • 976 views

Masiakasaurus Gets a Few Touch-Ups

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Masiakasaurus was a weird-looking dinosaur. The paper that first described it was titled “A bizarre predatory dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar.” What made it so strange were its teeth. At the front of its lower jaw, this six-foot theropod had forward-tilted teeth much different from those of its larger cousin Majungasaurus, which lived [...]... Read more »

Carrano, M.T., Loewen, M.A., and Sertich, J.J.W. (2011) New Materials of Masiakasaurus knopfleri Sampson, Carrano, and Forster, 2001, and Implications for the Morphology of the Noasauridae (Theropoda: Ceratosauria). Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology, 1-54. info:/

  • February 7, 2011
  • 10:27 AM
  • 1,163 views

Case Study: Stress Testing Supply Chains

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management


Stress tests are an acknowledged method to test systems under extreme conditions. The method is not only used in engineering (eg. Great picture of a Boing wing stress test (Guardian Eyewitness)), but also in business, most notably and in the banking industry. But can this method also be used to test supply chain designs?

Method / Case Study
There is limited literature on using simulation to evaluate supply chains under stress. The authors took the following approach: Determining the scope ........ Read more »

Jain, Sanjay, & Leong, Swee. (2005) Stress Testing a Supply Chain Using Simulation. Proceedings of the 2005 Winter Simulation Conference, 1650-1657. info:/

  • February 7, 2011
  • 09:00 AM
  • 1,006 views

Less Is More: Sequencing on the Benchtop

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

The arms race of sequencing has always been about throughput. The big players (Illumina and Life Tech technologies) have engaged in a continual game of one-upmanship over the last few years. As a result, we’ve seen yields skyrocket to from 10 gigabases per run to the current and outrageous 180-200 gb on the HiSeq. Good [...]... Read more »

Zhao J, & Grant SF. (2010) Advances in Whole Genome Sequencing Technology. Current pharmaceutical biotechnology. PMID: 21050163  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 08:17 AM
  • 912 views

Molecular subsets in lung cancer

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

Over the last couple of years, our knowledge and understanding of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has improved as mutations and translocations that drive tumour growth and survival have been identified. # Unfortunately, while we have many new targeted agents … Continue reading →
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Lovly, C., & Carbone, D. (2011) Lung cancer in 2010: One size does not fit all. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, 8(2), 68-70. DOI: 10.1038/nrclinonc.2010.224  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 07:02 AM
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Does your capital client “look deathworthy”?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

If your client is African American, jurors will demonstrate to you that the answer is much more likely to be yes. And the more stereotypically black (with darker skin and wider nose)—the more likely the death penalty will be assigned. Hard to stomach? Yes. Hard to believe? We didn’t think so. But it is pretty [...]


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Eberhardt JL, Davies PG, Purdie-Vaughns VJ, & Johnson SL. (2006) Looking deathworthy: perceived stereotypicality of Black defendants predicts capital-sentencing outcomes. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 17(5), 383-6. PMID: 16683924  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 07:00 AM
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February 7, 2011

by Erin Campbell in HighMag Blog

Cancer is not a disease…it is many many diseases. Some cancers come about gradually, while others can occur from a single catastrophic cellular event, according to a recent paper.... Read more »

Stephens, P., Greenman, C., Fu, B., Yang, F., Bignell, G., Mudie, L., Pleasance, E., Lau, K., Beare, D., & Stebbings, L. (2011) Massive Genomic Rearrangement Acquired in a Single Catastrophic Event during Cancer Development. Cell, 144(1), 27-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2010.11.055  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 06:42 AM
  • 738 views

BMC Research Notes launches a new thematic series on data standardization, sharing and publication

by Tara Cronin in BioMed Central Blog

Following our call for contributions to BMC Research Notes on data standards, sharing and publication, the journal and this initiative have received considerable attention from the research community. Today we launch this series of educational articles, as we publish the first of the numerous manuscripts we have received since September.
This new article by Tony Mathys and Maged Boulos gives an overview of the geospatial resources available for the health research community and public health s........ Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 06:00 AM
  • 824 views

Article review: How competent do trainees feel?

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

It is 2 a.m. You, the resident, have just spoken to your staff/attending, who told you to do a task. You have seen one, but don't feel comfortable doing one independently.Will you tell your staff/attending about how you feel? What if the patient did poorly after that?This study examines the perception of EM trainees of their competence and adverse events and how they feel about reporting them.MethodsAnonymous web-based survey sent to all trainees from 9 EM programs in Canada outside Quebe........ Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 05:47 AM
  • 1,262 views

Following up on LOX

by Cancer Research UK in Cancer Research UK - Science Update

Around two years ago we wrote about research from scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research, partly funded by Cancer Research UK, who discovered that a molecule called LOX (lysyl oxidase) plays an important role in the spread of breast cancer around the body. Now the same team, led by Dr Janine Erler, has shown [...]... Read more »

Baker AM, Cox TR, Bird D, Lang G, Murray GI, Sun XF, Southall SM, Wilson JR, & Erler JT. (2011) The Role of Lysyl Oxidase in SRC-Dependent Proliferation and Metastasis of Colorectal Cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. PMID: 21282564  

  • February 7, 2011
  • 05:40 AM
  • 980 views

Reef Noise As Guide for Floating Crustaceans

by Sam in Oceanographer's Choice

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a small planktonic crustacean floating in the tropical ocean. Your world is vast, but its physical geography at your scale is relatively simple. Light and warmth are above, dark and cold are down. … Continue reading →... Read more »

Stephen D. Simpson, Andrew N. Radford, Edward J. Tickle, Mark G. Meekan, Andrew G. Jeffs. (2011) Adaptive Avoidance of Reef Noise. PLoS ONE. info:/doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016625

  • February 7, 2011
  • 03:56 AM
  • 866 views

Testing the Fountain of Youth in the lab

by Charles Daney in Science and Reason

It's been more than 10 years since it was noticed that certain enzymes – the sirtuins – had life-extending properties in organisms like yeast, and later nematodes, fruit flies, and mice. The excitement spread to other compounds, such as resveratrol, that seemed to activate or assist sirtuins. Hopes were high that such things might offer the known longevity benefits of calorie restriction in a pill form. Ever since then the gold rush has been on to figure out how these things work &nd........ Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 01:53 AM
  • 1,592 views

Facebook Use and Personality

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD


Does using online social networking compensate for certain character traits? It’s suggested that participating in online social networks such as Facebook or twitter is mostly done by those who struggle to make social connections in face to face contacts. The use of Facebook to enhance their social relationships online. This is called the social compensation [...]


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  • February 7, 2011
  • 12:53 AM
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Choosing chronic pain questionnaires

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

Choosing a set of questionnaires for an assessment battery can be a task fraught with all kinds of traps, because if there is one thing bound to get clinical tongues flapping, it’s the idea that their favourite questionnaire will be left out of the mix! And to complicate matters for us Southern Hemispherians, most of … Read more... Read more »

DWORKIN, R., TURK, D., WYRWICH, K., BEATON, D., CLEELAND, C., FARRAR, J., HAYTHORNTHWAITE, J., JENSEN, M., KERNS, R., & ADER, D. (2008) Interpreting the Clinical Importance of Treatment Outcomes in Chronic Pain Clinical Trials: IMMPACT Recommendations. The Journal of Pain, 9(2), 105-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2007.09.005  

  • February 6, 2011
  • 09:00 PM
  • 1,716 views

Misrepresentation of ADHD in scientific journals and in the mass media

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

The scientific community often discusses the misrepresentation of health news by the media. A less discussed subject is misrepresentation of data in the scientific literature. Gonon, Bezard and Boraud used their knowledge about ADHD to find misrepresentations of data in scientific literature and mass media, and found that the misrepresentation problem often begins in the scientific literature. 1. Internal inconsistenciesThe good news is that only 2 out of about 360 papers (Barbaresi et al and V........ Read more »

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