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  • March 22, 2011
  • 03:28 PM

Can photoshop make my bottom smaller?

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind

I had my annual viewing of Susan Boyle on Britain’s got talent this morning. Then I came across this amazing demonstration of what photoshop can do. Is it possible that if you think you look a particular way, your body changes the way it works to match that?... Read more »

Brian Wansink and Koert van Ittersum. (2006) The Visual Illusions of Food: Why Plates, Bowls, and Spoons Can Bias Consumption Volum. The FASEB Journal. info:/

Moseley GL, Olthof N, Venema A, Don S, Wijers M, Gallace A, & Spence C. (2008) Psychologically induced cooling of a specific body part caused by the illusory ownership of an artificial counterpart. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 105(35), 13169-73. PMID: 18725630  

  • March 22, 2011
  • 02:43 PM

Hello Marine Biologists! What did you do at work today?

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

For those of you that may not be able to guess it from reading my blog – here’s a little factiod: I love, rather LOVE, biology. I’m often daydreaming about various organisms or landscapes – thinking about what it would be like to investigate certain phenomena. It would be nice [...]... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 02:22 PM

“It’s there and I’m stuck with it” – chronic knee pain after knee joint replacement

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

I share an office with an Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He snorted at me one day, and showed me the stats from our national joint register database where I saw that while the main reason given for revision of a total hip joint was dislocation, and pain was the sixth most common reason given; … Read more... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 02:12 PM

A Medical Translation Long in the Making: From a Millennia-Old Mutation to New Hope for Treating AIDS

by Karen Kreeger in Penn Medicine News Blog

A genetic mistake that arose thousands of years ago spares rare HIV-infected individuals the ravages of AIDS. Researchers at Penn’s School of Medicine are in the midst of translating the language of ancient genetic mistakes into today’s cures.... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 01:30 PM

On the origins of smallpox - where and when did variola virus emerge?

by Connor Bamford in The Rule of 6ix

2011 may be the year where the last known officially acknowledged stocks of the deadly smallpox virus, variola are destroyed - a virus that claimed over 500 million lives in the 20th century alone. The extensive collection of 'live' virus and DNA stocks totalling over 500 isolates/strains, which are held between the US Centres for Disease Control and the Russian State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology may be ordered to be eliminated following World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend........ Read more »

Li, Y., Carroll, D., Gardner, S., Walsh, M., Vitalis, E., & Damon, I. (2007) From the Cover: On the origin of smallpox: Correlating variola phylogenics with historical smallpox records. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(40), 15787-15792. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0609268104  

Raymond S. Weinstein. (2011) Should Remaining Stockpiles of Smallpox Virus (Variola) Be Destroyed?. Emerg Infect Dis, 17(Apr). info:/10.3201/eid1704.101865

Rimoin AW, Mulembakani PM, Johnston SC, Lloyd Smith JO, Kisalu NK, Kinkela TL, Blumberg S, Thomassen HA, Pike BL, Fair JN.... (2010) Major increase in human monkeypox incidence 30 years after smallpox vaccination campaigns cease in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(37), 16262-7. PMID: 20805472  

  • March 22, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

Technology with attitude

by David Bradley in Sciencetext

You might think that a smartphone is a smartphone the world over or that perceptions of tablet PCs are the same from nation to nation. Internationally, speaking, isn’t a laptop still a laptop regardless of location? A new study by researchers in the US and India suggests otherwise. The authors of the study suggest that [...]Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkTechnology with attitude
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Kallol Bagchi, Purnendu Mandal, & Arunabha Mukhopadhyay. (2011) Attitude towards technology development: a cross-cultural study of India and the USA. Int. J. Information Systems and Change Management, 5(1), 3-21. info:/

  • March 22, 2011
  • 12:52 PM

Musical Genes

by Lorna Powell in Elements Science

Lorna Powell tunes into new research that suggests our genes could influence our enjoyment of music.

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  • March 22, 2011
  • 11:18 AM

One Nanostep for Technology, One Quantum Leap for Psychiatry

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

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Khodayari-Rostamabad A, Reilly JP, Hasey G, Debruin H, & Maccrimmon D. (2010) Diagnosis of psychiatric disorders using EEG data and employing a statistical decision model. Conference proceedings : .. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, 4006-9. PMID: 21097280  

Charles DeBattista, Gustavo Kinrys, Daniel Hoffman, Corey Goldstein, John Zajecka, James Kocsis, Martin Teicher, Steven Potkin, Adrian Preda, Gurmeet Multani, Len Brandt, Mark Schiller, Dan Iosifescu, Maurizio Fava. (2011) The use of referenced-EEG (rEEG) in assisting medication selection for the treatment of depression . Psychiatric Research, 15(12), 64-75. DOI: The use of referenced-EEG (rEEG) in assisting medication selection for the treatment of depression  

  • March 22, 2011
  • 10:55 AM

Cumulative Spatial Sorting: An Overlooked Evolutionary Contributor

by Michael Long in Phased

Geographical edges of species range dispersal are evolutionary focal points.... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 10:48 AM

Be careful of what you study, how you study it, and how you write it up: the case of climate change and obesity

by Megan Carter in Verdant Nation

I happened upon an article looking at the association between obesity and climate change that was published in 2009 by the International Journal of Epidemiology (I know I am a little behind the times, but was intrigued by the title). It generated a lot of criticism from the North American public and science blogging community (examples here, here, and here). This has been mostly for good reason I think, but not always well articulated as to why. I don't believe that the authors, P. Edwards and I........ Read more »

Edwards P, & Roberts I. (2009) Population adiposity and climate change. International journal of epidemiology, 38(4), 1137-40. PMID: 19377099  

  • March 22, 2011
  • 10:48 AM

Managing landscapes for aesthetics

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Aesthetics may have more to do with protecting land as a nature reserve than we would like to admit. Wetlands are a perfect example. Few people would consider wetlands to be “beautiful” landscapes—they offer few vistas, are difficult to navigate, and can appear rather homogeneous to the layperson. To many, a swamp is a swamp [...]... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 10:33 AM

Finding the Family of Acrocanthosaurus

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Allosaurus has one of the dullest names in all of paleontology. The famous dinosaur’s moniker simply means “different reptile”—a bit of a letdown for one of the top predators of Jurassic North America. Early on, the name fit well—Allosaurus was a very unusual dinosaur compared to other large, predatory species—but since 1878 bone hunters have [...]... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 09:05 AM

Parasitism of a different color

by Jeremy Yoder in Denim and Tweed

The common cuckoo is such a lazy parent that brood parasitism—laying its eggs in the nests of other birds—is built into its biology.

No bird will willingly adopt cuckoo chicks, which usually out-compete, and sometimes kill, their adoptive siblings. Given any hint that one of the eggs in her nest isn't hers, a bird will eject the intruder. So cuckoos have evolved eggs that mimic the coloring of their hosts' eggs—dividing the species into "host races" that specialize on a single host speci........ Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 09:03 AM

moving one inch closer to real world wetware

by Greg Fish in weird things

One of the classic ideas in science fiction is the concept of wetware, a hybrid of biology and electronics which would allow just about any living thing with a brain to hook up to a machine and carry out computing tasks we could never accomplish solely with brains or solely with machinery. As noted last [...]... Read more »

Yu, M., Huang, Y., Ballweg, J., Shin, H., Huang, M., Savage, D., Lagally, M., Dent, E., Blick, R., & Williams, J. (2011) Semiconductor Nanomembrane Tubes: Three-Dimensional Confinement for Controlled Neurite Outgrowth. ACS Nano, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1021/nn103618d  

  • March 22, 2011
  • 09:00 AM

Injury Patterns in Overweight and Obese High School Athletes

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

In case readers are wondering whether the term “obese athlete” is an oxymoron, it is not: from my own practice I know that there are a number of high-performance athletes out there, who can have significant weight-related health problems including obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension and fatty liver disease. But that is NOT the topic of [...]... Read more »

Yard E, & Comstock D. (2011) Injury Patterns by Body Mass Index in US High School Athletes. Journal of physical activity , 8(2), 182-91. PMID: 21415445  

  • March 22, 2011
  • 09:00 AM

Bacterial Burlargy

by Kevin Bonham in Food Matters

I feel like I've seen this movie before. A group of thieves need to gain entry to a highly secured vault. The vault door is nearly impregnable, and once inside, there are motion sensors, security cameras and laser trip lines, all of which sound the alarm. When the security guards hear what's happening, they are told to release a deadly gas into the vault, killing anyone inside. But Salmonella enterica, that charming bug responsible for all manner of unpleasantness, is a clever burglar. It has le........ Read more »

Arpaia N, Godec J, Lau L, Sivick KE, McLaughlin LM, Jones MB, Dracheva T, Peterson SN, Monack DM, & Barton GM. (2011) TLR Signaling Is Required for Salmonella typhimurium Virulence. Cell, 144(5), 675-88. PMID: 21376231  

  • March 22, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Brain Starvation and Why It Is Important

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) currently afflicts more than 5 million Americans and healthcare costs for those who will be affected in 2050 are predicted to surpass one trillion dollars! It is a disease that takes away uniquely human traits and for which there is no cure. In addition, there appears to be little that we can [...]... Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Tuesday Crustie: Indiscriminate?

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

Male fiddler crabs spend a lot of time doing this sort of thing:

This is Uca mjoebergi, a colourful crab from south Pacific shores. They're signalling to someone - but to whom?. To their own species? Their own sex? To predators?

I had fun recently giving a talk about fiddler crab signalling at a local nature center. I had seen a decent amount of research on fiddler crabs, but had never had the opportunity to review it and try to pull it into a story before. And while I was doing that, a new p........ Read more »

  • March 22, 2011
  • 07:47 AM

Low-energy effective Yang-Mills theory

by Marco Frasca in The Gauge Connection

As usual I read the daily from arxiv and often it happens to find very interesting papers. This is the case for a new paper from Kei-Ichi Kondo. Kondo was in Ghent last year (here his talk) and I have had the chance to meet him. His research is on very similar lines as mine. [...]... Read more »

Marco Frasca. (2010) Glueball spectrum and hadronic processes in low-energy QCD. Nucl.Phys.Proc.Suppl.207-208:196-199,2010. arXiv: 1007.4479v2

Marco Frasca. (2008) Infrared QCD. International Journal of Modern Physics E 18, (2009) 693-703. arXiv: 0803.0319v5

Attilio Cucchieri, & Tereza Mendes. (2009) Landau-gauge propagators in Yang-Mills theories at beta . Phys.Rev.D81:016005,2010. arXiv: 0904.4033v2

  • March 22, 2011
  • 07:43 AM

The Extinction of Religion?

by The Twenty-first floor in The Twenty-first floor

Keir Liddle explores the idea, put forward in a paper published online, that in nine countries religion may face extinction.... Read more »

Daniel M. Abrams, Haley A. Yaple, & Richard J. Wiener. (2010) A mathematical model of social group competition with application to the growth of religious non-affiliation. Physics and Society. arXiv: 1012.1375v2

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