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  • June 21, 2011
  • 09:25 PM
  • 1,201 views

Linguistic interactions in the UK

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Ratti et al. (2010) take data from 12 billion telephone calls made over the space of a month and estimate regions of human interaction. The map seems to correlate with regional accent.... Read more »

Ratti, Carlo, Sobolevsky, Stanislav, Calabrese, Francesco, Andris, Clio, Reades, Jonathan, Martino, Mauro, Claxton, Rob, & Strogatz, Steven H. (2010) Redrawing the map of Great Britain from a network of human interaction. PLoS ONE. info:/

  • June 21, 2011
  • 08:28 PM
  • 1,448 views

The new fungus from Bikini Bottom

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

ABSTRACT: There's a newly discovered fungus amongus and its name is SpongeBob SquarePants ... Read more »

Dennis E. Desjardin, Kabir G. Peay, & Thomas D. Bruns. (2011) Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of gasteroid bolete from Borneo. Mycologia. info:/10.3852/10-433

  • June 21, 2011
  • 08:28 PM
  • 1,942 views

The new fungus from Bikini Bottom

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

What's round, bright orange, full of holes and resembles a sponge? A newly-discovered fungus that was named SpongeBob SquarePants, Spongiforma squarepantsii ... Read more »

Dennis E. Desjardin, Kabir G. Peay, & Thomas D. Bruns. (2011) Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of gasteroid bolete from Borneo. Mycologia. info:/10.3852/10-433

  • June 21, 2011
  • 07:44 PM
  • 1,114 views

UK Drugs Strategy: off balance?

by PeaPod in Binge Inking

Does the UK Drugs Strategy offer a balanced approach? What's to be welcomed and what is there to be concerned about? Eric Carlin's paper in "Criminal Justice Matters" sets out his views in a logical manner and acts as an antidote to less tempered opinions predominating this week.... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 04:44 PM
  • 1,980 views

More magic numbers

by nuclear.kelly in Miss Atomic Bomb

I was alerted to some interesting work by a recent report in the IoP's Physics World magazine. Researchers have finally worked out that there is, in fact, a correlation between group size and quality of research.The paper (available on arxiv and published in Scientometrics, which is apparently the research of... research) took information from a survey of UK universities (and a few French) and determined the "quality vs quantity" of the research output (the "quality" metric is described in more ........ Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 03:47 PM
  • 1,410 views

Evidence of a QCD critical endpoint at RHIC

by Marco Frasca in The Gauge Connection

A critical endpoint in QCD is a kind of holy grail in nuclear physics. It has been theorized as a point where deconfinement occurs and hadronic matter leaves place to some kind of plasma of quarks and gluons. We know that the breaking of chiral symmetry is something that people has proposed several years ago [...]... Read more »

Z. Fodor, & S. D. Katz. (2001) Lattice determination of the critical point of QCD at finite T and \mu. JHEP 0203 (2002) 014. arXiv: hep-lat/0106002v2

Philippe de Forcrand. (2010) Simulating QCD at finite density. PoS (LAT2009)010, 2009. arXiv: 1005.0539v2

M. A. Stephanov. (2008) Non-Gaussian fluctuations near the QCD critical point. Phys.Rev.Lett.102:032301,2009. arXiv: 0809.3450v1

Christiana Athanasiou, Krishna Rajagopal, & Misha Stephanov. (2010) Using Higher Moments of Fluctuations and their Ratios in the Search for the QCD Critical Point. Physical review D. arXiv: 1006.4636v2

  • June 21, 2011
  • 02:21 PM
  • 2,181 views

Mediterranean Diet for Diabetes

by Steve Parker, M.D. in Diabetic Mediterranean Diet Blog

In 2009, Current Diabetes Reports published “The usefulness of a Mediterranean-based diet in individuals with type 2 diabetes,” by Catherine M. Champagne, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N.  Unfortunately, the full article isn’t available to you at no cost.  But I read it.  … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 02:04 PM
  • 1,257 views

Spanish Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet Cures Metabolic Syndrome

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


The very-low-carb Spanish Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet cures metabolic syndrome, according to investigators at the University of Córdoba in Spain. 
The metabolic syndrome is a collection of clinical factors that are linked to high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  Individual components of the syndrome include elevated blood sugar, high trigylcerides, low HDL cholesterol, high [...]... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 01:59 PM
  • 3,289 views

Can Cottonmouths Bite Underwater?

by David Steen in Living Alongside Wildlife


Yes.
            A few years ago, I was asked to comment on a proposed snake exhibit in a local nature-themed education center. The exhibit was going to be a large swampy area, complete with water snakes, Cottonmouths, and various other wetland reptiles, like turtles.  Although I personally would have enjoyed viewing such a display, I warned those at the nature center that ... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 01:09 PM
  • 1,254 views

The oceans rise, even as they decline... so long, fish!

by Madhu in Reconciliation Ecology

Two interesting, alarming reports this week about what's happening (no small thanks to us) to the dominant habitat on this watery planet. First, that habitat is becoming even more dominant: a paper...

... Read more »

Kemp, A., Horton, B., Donnelly, J., Mann, M., Vermeer, M., & Rahmstorf, S. (2011) Climate related sea-level variations over the past two millennia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1015619108  

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:44 PM
  • 1,020 views

What can cities do about climate change?

by James Keirstead in James Keirstead.ca

A review of actions taken by the C40 Cities network shows that not all cities own and operate key parts of their urban infrastructure. This means that if they are going to achieve their ambitious climate change and energy policy goals, then they will need to work together with other levels of government, private sector partners, and civil society.... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:43 PM
  • 1,580 views

Post-Hoc Supernatural Punishers

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

In the inaugural issue of Religion, Brain & Behavior, Jeffrey Schloss and Michael Murray examine the idea that belief in supernatural agents is adaptive because these agents are punishers: supernatural policeman if you will. This policing can have two effects. First, belief in supernatural punishment can enhance within group cooperation. Second, it can reduce cheating [...]... Read more »

Schloss, Jeffrey P., & Murray, Michael J. (2011) Evolutionary Accounts of Belief in Supernatural Punishment: A Critical Review. Religion, Brain , 1(1), 46-99. info:/10.1080/2153599X.2011.558707

Brandhorst, Mario. (2010) Naturalism and the Genealogy of Moral Institutions. The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, 5-28. info:/

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:30 PM
  • 1,978 views

Lice, Ancient DNA and Napoleon's Grand Army

by Michelle Ziegler in Contagions

Life in Napoleon’s Grand Army wasn’t always so grand. The Russian campaign was a disaster, recently most tangibly manifest in the mass grave found at Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2001. Local records suggested that the remains belonged to Napoleon’s soldiers who paused at Vilnius during their retreat from Moscow in 1812. The densely packed bodies were buried at the same time leaving behind buttons, buckles and gear of 40 regiments of Napoleon’s army. The initial trench revealed ........ Read more »

Raoult D, Dutour O, Houhamdi L, Jankauskas R, Fournier PE, Ardagna Y, Drancourt M, Signoli M, La VD, Macia Y.... (2006) Evidence for louse-transmitted diseases in soldiers of Napoleon's Grand Army in Vilnius. The Journal of infectious diseases, 193(1), 112-20. PMID: 16323139  

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:29 PM
  • 821 views

Research Practices on the Web in the Field of Technology Enhanced Learning

by Peter Kraker in Science and the Web

Last week, I attended Websci’11, the 3rd International Conference on Web Science. It was a great experience to engage with such a diverse crowd; there were people from computer science, information science, social science, psychology, philosophy (and some others that I probably missed here) representing many different aspects from this multi-disciplinary field. I am still …Read More... Read more »

Kraker, P., & Lindstaedt, S. (2011) Research Practices on the Web in the Field of Technology Enhanced Learning. Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11. info:/

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:28 PM
  • 838 views

The oceans rise, even as they decline... so long, fish!

by Madhusudan Katti in a leafwarbler's gleanings




Two interesting, alarming reports this week about what's happening (no small thanks to us) to the dominant habitat on this watery planet. First, that habitat is becoming even more dominant: a paper in PNAS meticulously reconstructs global sea-levels over the past two millenia to show that the oceans have been steadily rising, in concert with climatic changes, and that their rise has accelerated in recent years. This figure ought to worry you:




via realclimate.org
Meanwhile, though........ Read more »

Kemp, A., Horton, B., Donnelly, J., Mann, M., Vermeer, M., & Rahmstorf, S. (2011) Climate related sea-level variations over the past two millennia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1015619108  

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:28 PM
  • 886 views

The oceans rise, even as they decline... so long, fish!

by Madhusudan Katti in a leafwarbler's gleanings




Two interesting, alarming reports this week about what's happening (no small thanks to us) to the dominant habitat on this watery planet. First, that habitat is becoming even more dominant: a paper in PNAS meticulously reconstructs global sea-levels over the past two millenia to show that the oceans have been steadily rising, in concert with climatic changes, and that their rise has accelerated in recent years. This figure ought to worry you:




via realclimate.org
Meanwhile, though........ Read more »

Kemp, A., Horton, B., Donnelly, J., Mann, M., Vermeer, M., & Rahmstorf, S. (2011) Climate related sea-level variations over the past two millennia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1015619108  

  • June 21, 2011
  • 12:05 PM
  • 1,093 views

Carbon dioxide could fight global warming

by Charles Harvey in Charles Harvey - Science Communicator

Carbon sequestration and geothermal energy could be combined together in a system that could produce electricity with a negative carbon footprint.... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 11:25 AM
  • 1,222 views

NMES & Dysphagia Part 2: Cerebral plasticity

by Adam in slowdog

An important component of any rehabilitation regime, whether it be for speech pathology or another allied health profession, is the ability of an intervention to affect cerebral plasticity. Generally speaking, cerebral plasticity is the ability of the brain to be co-opted for new uses. In the case of brain damage, it could be that the damaged area regains some of its prior function, or an entirely different area of the brain changes to accomodate the lost funtion of the damaged area. Cerebral pl........ Read more »

Fraser, C., Power, M., Hamdy, S., Rothwell, J., Hobday, D., Hollander, I., Tyrell, P., Hobson, A., Williams, S., & Thompson, D. (2002) Driving Plasticity in Human Adult Motor Cortex Is Associated with Improved Motor Function after Brain Injury. Neuron, 34(5), 831-840. DOI: 10.1016/S0896-6273(02)00705-5  

Robbins J, Butler SG, Daniels SK, Diez Gross R, Langmore S, Lazarus CL, Martin-Harris B, McCabe D, Musson N, & Rosenbek J. (2008) Swallowing and dysphagia rehabilitation: translating principles of neural plasticity into clinically oriented evidence. Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR, 51(1). PMID: 18230851  

  • June 21, 2011
  • 11:00 AM
  • 1,753 views

Depressed Dads and Their One Year-Olds

by Anita M. Schimizzi, Ph.D. in Child-Psych

There has been a lot of research done on maternal depression and we know that it can have a big impact on children.  We don’t know as much about paternal depression because, quite frankly, there just hasn’t been the same focus on this issue.  I was excited to come across an article by Davis and [...]... Read more »

  • June 21, 2011
  • 10:44 AM
  • 1,726 views

Are people with social anxiety preoccupied by social rank?

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

People with a diagnosis of social anxiety disorder find social situations nerve wracking, from mixing with friends to speaking in public. A number of explanations have been proposed for why they feel this way, including that they are pre-occupied with creating the right impression. A new study makes a related but distinct claim, which is that people with social anxiety are overly concerned with social hierarchy, and struggle with what's called the affiliative side of relationships. In simple ter........ Read more »

O Weisman, I Aderka, S Marom, H Hermesh, & E Gilboa-Schechtman. (2011) Social rank and affiliation in social anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy. DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2011.03.010  

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