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  • July 22, 2011
  • 12:58 PM

Sex, Lies, and Power = Lies about Power and Sex.

by Melanie Tannenbaum in PsySociety

Can we please stop sounding the depressing alarm claiming that all powerful men are destined to be cheating husbands? Yes, in recent history we’ve had Anthony Weiner and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But we’ve also had Barack Obama and Mark Wahlberg. However … Continue reading →... Read more »

Lammers, J., Stoker, J.I., Jordan, J., Pollmann, M., & Stapel, D.A. (2011) Power Increases Infidelity Among Men and Women. Psychological Science. PMID: 21771963  

Lichtenstein, S., Slovic, P., Fischhoff, B., Layman, M., & Combs, B. (1978) Judged frequency of lethal events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Learning and Memory, 4(6), 551-578. DOI: 10.1037/0278-7393.4.6.551  

  • July 22, 2011
  • 12:57 PM

CARing for pulmonary arterial hypertension

by Sanford- Burnham in Beaker

Targeting peptides developed by Dr. Masanobu Komatsu and colleagues could be used to deliver therapeutic compounds and imaging probes directly to lungs affected by pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).... Read more »

Urakami T, Järvinen TA, Toba M, Sawada J, Ambalavanan N, Mann D, McMurtry I, Oka M, Ruoslahti E, & Komatsu M. (2011) Peptide-directed highly selective targeting of pulmonary arterial hypertension. The American journal of pathology, 178(6), 2489-95. PMID: 21549345  

  • July 22, 2011
  • 12:54 PM

It's Silent. But is it Deadly ?

by db in Defectivebrain @ FOS

Last February, an international controversy descended over the landlocked country of Malawi. The cause of this was a new bill about to be put forward that centred on the maintenance of clear air in public places.
Any person who vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious to the public to the health of persons in general dwelling or carrying on business in the neighbourhood or passing along a public way shall be guilty of a misdemeanourThis would prohibit smoking in &n........ Read more »

McKee WM, Di Caprio JM, Roberts CE Jr, & Sherris JC. (1966) Anal carriage as the probable source of a streptococcal epidemic. Lancet, 2(7471), 1007-9. PMID: 4162660  

  • July 22, 2011
  • 12:39 PM

Japan wins the FIFA Women’s World Cup, people care

by Ryo in Skeptikai

Who cares about the Women's World Cup? A whole hell of a lot of people. Continue reading →... Read more »

Rosenbaum DA, Sanghani RR, Woolen T, & Davis SW. (2011) Estimation of Injury Simulation in International Women's Football. Research in sports medicine (Print), 19(3), 162-9. PMID: 21722004  

  • July 22, 2011
  • 11:54 AM

New Antidepressant - Old Tricks

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

The past decade has been a bad one for antidepressant manufacturers. Quite apart from all the bad press these drugs have been getting lately, there's been a remarkable lack of new antidepressants making it to the market. The only really novel drug to hit the shelves since 2000 has been agomelatine. There were a couple of others that were just minor variants on old molecules, but that's it.This makes "Lu AA21004" rather special. It's a new antidepressant currently in development and by all acco........ Read more »

Alvarez E, Perez V, Dragheim M, Loft H, & Artigas F. (2011) A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, active reference study of Lu AA21004 in patients with major depressive disorder. The international journal of neuropsychopharmacology / official scientific journal of the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum (CINP), 1-12. PMID: 21767441  

  • July 22, 2011
  • 11:48 AM

Move Over Penis Captivus, Cello Scrotum and Guitar Nipple, we have TEXTER’S THUMB!

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

The medical mind has pondered and pondered on the existence of maladies of the body and mind which are real, and sometimes, not so real. While the cynics say that the latter exist only in the realms of medical lore, … Continue reading →... Read more »

Walkinshaw, E. (2011) Thumbs up and down. Canadian Medical Association Journal. DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.109-3911  

  • July 22, 2011
  • 11:19 AM

Dance for me

by Becky in It Takes 30

Ah, courtship. That crazy time when you'll do almost anything to show off for your potential mate: drink too much, fight with rivals, play chicken with cars, and generally behave in ways that make you shudder in later life. The courtship rituals of suburbia are complex enough, but they pale in comparison to the behaviors some animals show. Why do these rituals evolve? Darwin hypothesized that both sex-specific ornamentation, such as the tail of the peacock (bling, if you will), and elaborate ........ Read more »

Barske J, Schlinger BA, Wikelski M, & Fusani L. (2011) Female choice for male motor skills. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society. PMID: 21508030  

  • July 22, 2011
  • 10:43 AM

Light Logic for 'Light'-ning Fast Computers

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

For some time now, the idea of building light-based devices to supplement semiconductor-based computing has attracted the interest of researchers and computer engineers alike. Why? Because, as eloquently put in a 2007 issue of Scientific American, "Light is a wonderful medium for carrying information."... Read more »

  • July 22, 2011
  • 10:22 AM

Minority Living Kidney Donors with ESRD or Wait Listed (so faux pt 3)

by Cristy at Living Donor 101 in Living Donors Are People Too

I'm pulling material from two sources today: the OPTN dataset I requested, and an article recently published by Cherikh (see citation) to look at minority living kidney donors and their risk of end-stage renal disease and/or being wait listed in need of their own transplant. Those are two different things because not everyone who is diagnosed with ESRD is wait listed. Some are content on dialysis and some choose not to have a transplant. Some receive a 'pre-emptive' transplant are never wait lis........ Read more »

Cherikh WS, Young CJ, Kramer BF, Taranto SE, Randall HB, & Fan PY. (2011) Ethnic and Gender Related Differences in the Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease After Living Kidney Donation. American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. PMID: 21672160  

  • July 22, 2011
  • 09:30 AM

Nature’s hybrids

by Maria Delaney in Science Calling

Recent research discovered that modern polar bears descended from a common female ancestor, the Irish brown bear. The scientists showed that over 20,000 years ago hybridisation occurred between Irish brown bears and polar bears. This post explores the causes of modern hybrids and if we can learn from species that interbred in the past. ... Read more »

Edwards CJ, Suchard MA, Lemey P, Welch JJ, Barnes I, Fulton TL, Barnett R, O'Connell TC, Coxon P, Monaghan N.... (2011) Ancient hybridization and an Irish origin for the modern polar bear matriline. Current biology : CB, 21(15), 1251-8. PMID: 21737280  

Kelly BP, Whiteley A, & Tallmon D. (2010) The Arctic melting pot. Nature, 468(7326), 891. PMID: 21164461  

  • July 22, 2011
  • 08:27 AM

Friday Weird Science: The Lion Eats Tonight

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

A weemahway, A weemahway... You think too hard about this paper, you'll get this song in your head for the next few days. Don't say I didn't warn you. Humans. We have a lot of fears, many of them somewhat justified. Heights, spiders, the scream mask. The dark. In Westernized countries a lot of these [...]... Read more »

  • July 22, 2011
  • 08:20 AM

A quick Mendel follow-up

by Daniel in Ego sum Daniel

As a footnote to my previous post about Gregor Mendel, I offer these interesting Google NGrams.

To start off, we plot the terms "Gregor Mendel", just "Mendel", "Mendelian" as well as the genus of the garden pea Mendel worked with, "Pisum".

Not surprisingly, the years 1866 and 1900 (or there around) stand out markedly.

1866 was of course the year Mendel published his paper Experiments in Plant Hybridization, and we can see that mentions of his name, or at least his surname, and mentions of ........ Read more »

Weinstein, A. (1977) How unknown was Mendel's paper?. Journal of the History of Biology, 10(2), 341-364. DOI: 10.1007/BF00572646  

Lenay C. (2000) Hugo De Vries: from the theory of intracellular pangenesis to the rediscovery of Mendel. Comptes rendus de l'Academie des sciences. Serie III, Sciences de la vie, 323(12), 1053-60. PMID: 11147091  

  • July 22, 2011
  • 08:13 AM

Moon wanes, Leo rises – lion attacks more common in week after a full moon

by Ed Yong in Not Exactly Rocket Science

It’s been a week since the last full moon on 15th July. During this time, the odds of being attacked by a lion are highest than at any other point in the month, which is why I’ve been walking around the neighbourhood with two guard bears and a platoon of ninjas. The fact that I live in a leafy suburb of London is inconsequential. You can never be too careful. Constant vigilance.
Of course, lion attacks are more of a problem in other parts of the world. In Tanzania, lions have attacked more t........ Read more »

  • July 22, 2011
  • 07:55 AM

Viable Ancient Choanoflagellates from Siberian Permafrost

by Starshade in Microworlds

  Choanoflagellates are the closest unicellular relatives of the animals (Metazoa).   They seem like very simple organisms, they have a flagellum, a collar like sponge choanocytes which they use to capture bacteria and some species have other external structures like basket-looking loricas and thecas.  Read more about choanoflagellates here and here.  They are very common in freshwater and marine environments and they look very gentle and fragile. Yet they managed to survive for around 35 th........ Read more »

Anastassia V. Shatilovich, Lubov A. Shmakova, Alexander P. Mylnikov and David A. Gilichinsky. (2009) Ancient Protozoa Isolated from Permafrost . Permafrost Soils, 16(II), 97-115. info:/10.1007/978-3-540-69371-0_8

  • July 22, 2011
  • 07:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: “You know you want to trust me!”

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Sometimes it’s sort of scary to leave the house in the morning. There is a lot of scary research out there.  And now, we are told that it only takes two simple words to influence us to view a message more positively, act in accordance with that message, and positively view the message source. Wow. [...]

Related posts:Simple Jury Persuasion: Building Trust (but not) in Ten Easy Words
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Simple Jury Persuasion: Make them eat brussel sprout........ Read more »

Legal, JB,, Chappe, J,, Coiffard, V., & Villard-Forest, A. (2011) Don’t you know that you want to trust me? Subliminal goal priming and persuasion. . Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. info:/

  • July 22, 2011
  • 05:17 AM

VHL, HIF and epigenetic modifications in clear cell renal cancer

by Danielle Stevenson in BHD Research Blog

In an earlier blog post, Vicki discussed a paper by Dalgliesh et al. (2010), which describes the identification of mutations in a variety of histone modifying genes in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). One of the genes identified codes for a … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 22, 2011
  • 03:33 AM

Friday fun: Food and mood

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

We all know that coffee is energizing, oysters are an aphrodisiac (maybe), and turkey makes us sleepy, especially when combined with gravy and stuffing. But there are many other important - and less obvious - links between food and mood. Here are a few of them:
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  • July 22, 2011
  • 01:31 AM

Tools of Paleomicrobiology

by Michelle Ziegler in Contagions

Studying ancient microbes requires creativity. Contamination and  preservation are the primary problems, dealing with limited and degraded tissues. We don’t find corpses in permafrost every day! Most of the time tissue is confined to bones and mummies kept in a wide variety of environments. This post will review some of the major tools I have [...]... Read more »

Drancourt, M., & Raoult, D. (2005) Palaeomicrobiology: current issues and perspectives. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 3(1), 23-35. DOI: 10.1038/nrmicro1063  

  • July 21, 2011
  • 11:00 PM

It's Silent, But is it Deadly?

by The Defective Brain in The Defective Brain

Last February, an international controversy descended over the landlocked country of Malawi. The cause of this was a new bill about to be put forward that centred on the maintenance of clear air in public places.
Any person who vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious to the public to the health of persons in general dwelling or carrying on business in the neighbourhood or passing along a public way shall be guilty of a misdemeanour... Read more »

McKee WM, Di Caprio JM, Roberts CE Jr, & Sherris JC. (1966) Anal carriage as the probable source of a streptococcal epidemic. Lancet, 2(7471), 1007-9. PMID: 4162660  

  • July 21, 2011
  • 10:48 PM

Mole Crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae)

by Marc in Teaching Biology

Mole crickets (Gryllotalpidae) are cosmopolitan (except the poles), 3.2 – 3.5 cm (average, they can be larger than 5 cm!) relatives of crickets (suborder Ensifera, superfamily Grylloidea), named after the mole, since they are both animals that are highly-dependent on burrowing, and they kind of resemble each other (see drawing of Gryllotalpa hexadactyle to the [...]... Read more »

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