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  • May 26, 2011
  • 02:31 AM
  • 2,286 views

The Olympics is Coming to London: So Why won’t Brits be any Happier?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

It was a shock announcement. Back in 2005, everyone thought Paris had the winning bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. Unlike the UK’s hastily put together pitch, the French had spent 20 years fine-tuning theirs. When the IOC president declared that the Olympics were coming to London, scenes of jubilant crowds filled the screens … Continue reading »... Read more »

Kavetsos, G., & Szymanski, S. (2010) National well-being and international sports events. Journal of Economic Psychology, 31(2), 158-171. DOI: 10.1016/j.joep.2009.11.005  

  • May 26, 2011
  • 02:10 AM
  • 864 views

Don’t just rub it better, cross it over – the analgesic effect of crossing your arms.

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind

There is a new paper just out in Pain that raises the possibility of a quick and easy analgesic strategy – crossing your arms. My mum reckons that her mum was onto that decades ago ... Read more »

[1]Gallace A, Torta DM, Moseley GL, & Iannetti GD. (2011) The analgesic effect of crossing the arms. Pain, 152(6), 1418-23. PMID: 21440992  

  • May 26, 2011
  • 12:27 AM
  • 1,152 views

Sparrows show us a new way to have sexes

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

Hypothesis: A close look at a common North American songbird, the white-throated sparrow, reveals that it may be evolving a second pair of sex chromosomes! ... Read more »

  • May 25, 2011
  • 10:35 PM
  • 1,391 views

Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference 2011

by davejhayes in neurosphere

The Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CCNP) is the premier college in Canada for expert knowledge on the pharmacology of brain function. This year’s conference was held in la belle ville de Montréal.... Read more »

  • May 25, 2011
  • 10:02 PM
  • 1,248 views

Canine hepacivirus, a relative of hepatitis C virus

by Vincent Racaniello in virology blog

Contemporary human viruses most likely originated by cross-species transmission from non-human animals. Examples include HIV-1, which crossed from chimpanzees to humans, and SARS coronavirus, which originated in bats. Since the 1989 discovery of hepatitis C virus (classified as a hepacivirus in the family Flaviviridae) the origin of the virus been obscure. During the characterization of [...]... Read more »

A. Kapoor, P. Simmonds, G. Gerold, N. Qaisar, K. Jain, J.A. Henriquez, C. Firth, D.L. Hirschberg, C. Rice, S. Shields.... (2011) Characterization of a canine homolog of hepatitis C virus. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. info:/

  • May 25, 2011
  • 09:29 PM
  • 750 views

What Makes a “Kiva” “Great”?

by teofilo in Gambler's House

Although the idea that the small round rooms that area so common at Chacoan sites are ceremonial “kivas” has been increasingly challenged recently, it is still widely accepted that the large, formal, round structures known as “great kivas” were in fact community-wide ceremonial or integrative facilities.  Even Steve Lekson agrees, and he continues to use [...]... Read more »

  • May 25, 2011
  • 08:16 PM
  • 1,357 views

Do hips spread with age?

by Kristina Killgrove in Powered By Osteons

New research by UNC Chapel Hill scientists suggests that hip bones grow with age.... Read more »

Berger AA, May R, Renner JB, Viradia N, & Dahners LE. (2011) Surprising evidence of pelvic growth (widening) after skeletal maturity. Journal of orthopaedic research : official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society. PMID: 21608025  

  • May 25, 2011
  • 07:37 PM
  • 853 views

Potential cancer drug DCA tested in early trials

by crabsallover in Science of Healthy Long Life

reposted from: Cancer Research UK comments: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2010/05/12/potential-cancer-drug-dca-tested-in-early-trials/crabsallover highlights, key points, comments / links.I read about DCA in Cancer Research UK newsfeed on 16th May 2011. It was also mentioned by Guy http://www.meetup.com/HASSNERS/messages/boards/thread/11130311/20#42889221 on 25th May 2011.Update, 16th May 2011: Several websites are reporting that last week ‘cancer w........ Read more »

Michelakis ED, Sutendra G, Dromparis P, Webster L, Haromy A, Niven E, Maguire C, Gammer TL, Mackey JR, Fulton D.... (2010) Metabolic modulation of glioblastoma with dichloroacetate. Science translational medicine, 2(31). PMID: 20463368  

P. Kaufmann, K. Engelstad, Y. Wei, S. Jhung, M. C. Sano, D. C. Shungu, W. S. Millar, X. Hong, C. L. Gooch, X. Mao.... (2006) Dichloroacetate causes toxic neuropathy in MELAS . Neurology, 324-330. DOI: http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/abstract/66/3/324  

  • May 25, 2011
  • 05:04 PM
  • 741 views

What Is a Kiva?

by teofilo in Gambler's House

As I mentioned in the previous post, one of the ongoing debates in Chacoan architectural studies concerns the function of the round rooms that are very noticeable and numerous at the excavated great houses in the canyon.  The standard interpretation for many years, which is still fairly common among archaeologists and nearly universal among the [...]... Read more »

  • May 25, 2011
  • 04:16 PM
  • 1,838 views

Beach Vacation 2k11vs Tanning Bed 2k11

by Brooke N in Smaller Questions

A review over why the sun is better than the tanning bed. ... Read more »

Anne Bagg Britt. (1995) Repair of DNA Damage Induced by Ultraviolet Radiation . Plant Physiologyq, 891-896. info:/

  • May 25, 2011
  • 03:03 PM
  • 1,138 views

How To Set Someone On Fire

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

I've just come across a deeply disturbing paper: Attempted ignition of petrol vapour by lit cigarettes and lit cannabis resin jointsThe authors set out to discover whether you could set petrol on fire by dropping a lit cigarette or hash joint onto it. It turns out, surprisingly, that you can't.Thirty nine (39) ignition attempts that involved exposing lit commercial cigarettes, hand-rolled cigarettes and cannabis resin joints to petrol vapour were undertaken; ignition was not achieved in any of t........ Read more »

  • May 25, 2011
  • 01:59 PM
  • 1,370 views

A truly tiny Cretaceous theropod... from England?

by Darren Naish in Tetrapod Zoology





Steve Sweetman and I have just published a paper on a new maniraptoran theropod dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous Wealden Supergroup of East Sussex, England (Naish & Sweetman 2011).

As you might know if you're a regular reader, much of my technical work has been devoted to Wealden theropods and I publish papers on them fairly regularly (recent articles: Benson et al. (2009), Naish (2010); see links below). I still have yet to publish one of my most significant contributions - the monograp........ Read more »

Naish, D., & Sweetman, S. C. (2011) A tiny maniraptoran dinosaur in the Lower Cretaceous Hastings Group: evidence from a new vertebrate-bearing locality in south-east England. Cretaceous Research, 464-471. info:/10.1016/j.cretres.2011.03.001

  • May 25, 2011
  • 01:01 PM
  • 1,588 views

Why should we become more engaged in civil society? For health, that's why!

by Megan Carter in Verdant Nation

I am an intense believer in the social determinants of health and looking at health problems through a social-ecological lens (i.e. determinants of health exist at multiple social levels of influence and are not just attributable to the individual or to the healthcare system). I think this is why I’ve also gotten incredibly interested in politics – from this perspective, government policies can influence population and environmental health.  An interesting social determinant of health, ........ Read more »

  • May 25, 2011
  • 12:48 PM
  • 1,511 views

Bones, Burials and Ancestors

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

Death is big business. This past year, Americans spent $15 billion on funeral related expenses. Americans are not outliers when it comes to death spending; funeral related expenditures around the world are estimated to be at least this much and probably more. Strangely, the ratio of death spending does not diminish in poorer countries. In [...]... Read more »

  • May 25, 2011
  • 12:28 PM
  • 1,155 views

Raptors in the city

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Pip, the recently hatched red-tailed hawk featured in the New York Times “hawk cam,” was only the latest in a string of successful raptor hatchings in big cities. On the surface, raptors appear to have adapted to city living marvelously. Tall buildings present ideal perches and nesting sites, and lackadaisical pigeons provide easy meals. But [...]... Read more »

Chace, J., & Walsh, J. (2006) Urban effects on native avifauna: a review. Landscape and Urban Planning, 74(1), 46-69. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2004.08.007  

Dunn, Erica H. (1993) Bird Mortality from Striking Residential Windows in Winter. Journal of Field Ornithology, 64(3), 302-309. info:/

  • May 25, 2011
  • 12:15 PM
  • 1,943 views

Palawan’s fauna 14,000 to 5,000 (cal) years before present

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

An accounting of the fauna of the island of Palawan (Philippines) 14,000 to 5,000 years before present.... Read more »

Piper, P., Ochoa, J., Robles, E., Lewis, H., & Paz, V. (2011) Palaeozoology of Palawan Island, Philippines. Quaternary International, 233(2), 142-158. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2010.07.009  

  • May 25, 2011
  • 11:59 AM
  • 734 views

How to get to the gym when you would rather sit on the couch.

by Psych Your Mind in Psych Your Mind

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For months now a good friend has been trying to convince me to run a half marathon with him. Each time the conversation comes up I casually change the subject, check my phone for new messages, or look him in the face and say “heck no.”  Why am I resistant to such a healthful, fun, and challenging event?

I have two reasons. First, I am by no means in shape. I get winded after five minutes at a light jog. The thought that my sorry body could take me 13 miles is unfathoma........ Read more »

Gollwitzer, P., & Brandstätter, V. (1997) Implementation intentions and effective goal pursuit. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73(1), 186-199. DOI: 10.1037//0022-3514.73.1.186  

  • May 25, 2011
  • 10:50 AM
  • 1,339 views

Why use a cofactor when you can create your own?

by The Curious Wavefunction in The Curious Wavefunction

Blogging has been swamped lately by that miracle called life but I could not help but be drawn to a paper in this week's Science which describes a most unholy and unexpected stabilizing alliance in a protein's innards.Proteins are known to form cross-links such as disulfide bonds to stabilize interactions with ligands and substrates. Any reasonable chemist would expect these kinds of interactions to be mediated between polar residues. But nature usurps us low-lifes once again. In this week's Sci........ Read more »

  • May 25, 2011
  • 10:50 AM
  • 1,041 views

Xtreme C-H functionalization: Natural Edition

by The Curious Wavefunction in The Curious Wavefunction

Blogging has been swamped lately by that miracle called life but I could not help but be drawn to a paper in this week's Science which describes a most unholy and unexpected stabilizing alliance in a protein's innards.Proteins are known to form cross-links such as disulfide bonds to stabilize interactions with ligands and substrates. Any reasonable chemist would expect these kinds of interactions to be mediated between polar residues. But nature usurps us low-lifes once again. In this week's Sci........ Read more »

  • May 25, 2011
  • 10:04 AM
  • 1,492 views

Attention Training in ADHD

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

The relative merits of medication versus behavioral treatment of ADHD continues to be an focus of concern for parents and researchers.  It has been nearly 12 years since the publication of the classic study titled: Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA).  This study compared children with ADHD assigned randomly to one of four treatment arms:stimulant drug treatment alone (titrated to response),intensive behavioral treatment alone, combined stimulant and behavioral ........ Read more »

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