In my last post I started writing about the next step a coding student can take after learning the basics. This next step is of course learning not just to code, but to code responsibly. Last time I talked about using version control to keep track of code changes as you work through a project. For this next post, I want to take the conversation further by discussing...... Read more »
Life as we know it, when we peer deep into the vastness of space we look for someone — or something — that resembles ourselves. Carbon based, needs water lifeforms, but what if we’re being narrow-minded? A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of researchers suggests we are being too closed minded about life.... Read more »
James Stevenson,, Jonathan Lunine,, & Paulette Clancy. (2015) Membrane alternatives in worlds without oxygen: Creation of an azotosome. Science Advances. info:/http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1400067
Dear Alice’s fan, this poem by Shel Silverstein is titled ‘Alice’ and now it’s your turn: are you ready to go down the rabbit hole again and be guided in our mind’s wonderland? So, let’s see what the blow up-potion and the shrinking-cake are made of.... Read more »
Kuo YT, Chiu NC, Shen EY, Ho CS, & Wu MC. (1998) Cerebral perfusion in children with Alice in Wonderland syndrome. Pediatric neurology, 19(2), 105-8. PMID: 9744628
Odumade OA, Hogquist KA, & Balfour HH Jr. (2011) Progress and problems in understanding and managing primary Epstein-Barr virus infections. Clinical microbiology reviews, 24(1), 193-209. PMID: 21233512
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Simonetta Genovesi MD Department of Health Science University of Milano-Bicocca, Monza Italy Nephrology Unit San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? Dr. Genovesi: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in … Continue reading →... Read more »
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Dr. Simonetta Genovesi MD. (2015) Study Weighs Risks/Benefits of Oral Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation in Hemodialysis Patients. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: William Mair, Ph.D Assistant Professor Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases Harvard T. H Chan School of Public Health Boston, MA 02115 MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Mair: Dietary … Continue reading →... Read more »
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & William Mair, Ph.D. (2015) Cellular Energy Sensor Links Calorie Restriction With Healthy Aging. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
by Abel Molina in Evolutionary Games Group
There are some situations, perhaps lucky ones, where it is felt that an activity needs no external motivation or justification. For the rest, it can be helpful to think of what the task at hand can be useful for. This of course doesn’t answer the larger question of what is worth doing, since it just distributes […]... Read more »
Barton, N.H., Novak, S., & Paixão, T. (2014) Diverse forms of selection in evolution and computer science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(29), 10398-9. PMID: 25009183
MedicalResearch.com Interview Invitation Frank Struyf MD PhD Director, Lead Clinical Development HPV vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, Rixensart, Belgium MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Struyf: Cervical cancer is the fourth … Continue reading →... Read more »
MedicalResearch.com Interview Invitation, & Frank Struyf MD PhD. (2015) HPV-16/18 Vaccine Provides Some Cross Protection To Other Cancer-Causing Subtypes. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Shyamasundaran Kottilil MBBS, PhD Division of Infectious Diseases, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore Laboratory of Immunoregulation, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland Medical Research: What is the … Continue reading →... Read more »
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Shyamasundaran Kottilil MBBS, PhD. (2015) Oral Medication For Hepatitis C- HIV Combined Infection. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Nisha Bansal MD MAS Assistant Professor Associate Program Director for Research Kidney Research Institute Division of Nephrology University of Washington Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Bansal: We … Continue reading →... Read more »
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Nisha Bansal MD MAS Assistant Professor. (2015) Equation Helps Predict Mortality In Elderly Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Professor Daniela Jakubowicz MD Diabetes Unit. E. Wolfson Medical Center Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University and Tel Aviv Medical Center Israel MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Professor … Continue reading →... Read more »
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Professor Daniela Jakubowicz MD. (2015) Bigger Breakfast, Smaller Dinner May Improve Glycemic Control. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
In an interesting short paper just published in Trends in Cognitive Science, Caltech neuroscientist Ralph Adolphs offers his thoughts on The Unsolved Problems of Neuroscience.
Here's Adolphs' list of the top 23 questions (including 3 "meta" issues), which, he says, was inspired by Hilbert's famous set of 23 mathematical problems:
Problems that are solved, or soon will be:
I. How do single neurons compute?
II. What is the connectome of a small nervous system, like that of Caenorhabi... Read more »
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Gwen Borlaug, CIC, MPH Coordinator, HAI Prevention Program Wisconsin Division of Public Health Madison, WI 53702 MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Healthcare-associated transmission of blood borne pathogens such … Continue reading →... Read more »
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Gwen Borlaug, CIC, MPH. (2015) One Case Of Hepatitis C Transmitted From Shared Kidney Perfusion Machine. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dave Kennaway, PhD Professor Lloyd Cox Senior Research Fellow, Head Circadian Physiology Laboratory School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health Robinson Research Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical School, University of Adelaide Australia MedicalResearch: What is the background … Continue reading →... Read more »
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Dave Kennaway, PhD Professor,. (2015) Melatonin Has Endocrine Risks For Children. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Elmar A. Joura, M.D Gynecologist University of Vienna MedicalResearch: What are the main findings of this study? Dr. Joura: This study demonstrates that the new ninevalent HPV vaccine induces a good immunogenicity against HPV 6/11/16/18 and gives a … Continue reading →... Read more »
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Elmar A. Joura, M.D. (2015) New Ninevalent HPV Vaccine Gives Greater Protection Against Cervical Cancer and Genital Warts. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
"Scientists discover robust evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome is a biological illness" went the title of the press release for the study by Mady Hornig and colleagues  (open-access) detailing an immune 'signature' and also possible staging of the illness.I couldn't help but wince at some of the media headlines reporting on this study as 'proof' that chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a real illness. As I've indicated before on this blog (see here) anyon........ Read more »
Mady Hornig, José G. Montoya, Nancy G. Klimas, Susan Levine, Donna Felsenstein, Lucinda Bateman, Daniel L. Peterson, C. Gunnar Gottschalk, Andrew F. Schultz, Xiaoyu Che.... (2015) Distinct plasma immune signatures in ME/CFS are present early in the course of illness. Science Advances, 1(1). info:/http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1400121
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Masae Kawamura MD Director and TB Controller City and County of San Francisco Department of Health Principal investigator for the Regional TB Training and Medical Consultation Center MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What … Continue reading →... Read more »
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Dr. Masae Kawamura MD. (2015) QuantiFERON-TB Gold Testing For Latent TB Eliminates False Positives From BCG Vaccination . MedicalResearch.com. info:/
Autoimmune diseases are tough to live with, frankly we don’t really understand the reasons they start at all, how to treat them, or even where to start in forming a cure. Well there might be some good news — as far as a treatment goes anyway — a newly characterized group of pharmacological compounds block both the inflammation and nerve cell damage seen in mouse models of multiple sclerosis.... Read more »
Haines, J., Herbin, O., de la Hera, B., Vidaurre, O., Moy, G., Sun, Q., Fung, H., Albrecht, S., Alexandropoulos, K., McCauley, D.... (2015) Nuclear export inhibitors avert progression in preclinical models of inflammatory demyelination. Nature Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1038/nn.3953
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Anne-Marie Schjerning Olsen, MD, PhD Department of Cardiology Gentofte Hospital, University of Copenhagen Denmark MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? Dr. Olsen: The question addressed in the study was: Do people who have had a … Continue reading →... Read more »
Anne-Marie Schjerning Olsen, MD, PhD, & Department of Cardiology. (2015) NSAIDS After Heart Attack Increase Risk of Bleeding and Further Heart Attacks. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
You won't see a chickadee shoveling out a parking space and claiming it with a folding chair, no matter how good your binoculars are. But birds, too, have to be resourceful when they live in inhospitable climates. Travel just 600 meters up a mountain, and you'll find chickadees vastly more clever than their peers living a more comfortable life below.
How do you test the cleverness of birds? Using tubes with tasty worms inside, naturally. Biologists don't like to call animals "smart," thou... Read more »
Kozlovsky, D., Branch, C., & Pravosudov, V. (2015) Problem-solving ability and response to novelty in mountain chickadees (Poecile gambeli) from different elevations. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-015-1874-4
About a year ago, DeepMind was bought for half a billion dollars by Google for creating software that could learn to beat video games. Over the past year, DeepMind has detailed how they did it. Let us say that you were … Continue reading →... Read more »
Mnih V, Kavukcuoglu K, Silver D, Rusu AA, Veness J, Bellemare MG, Graves A, Riedmiller M, Fidjeland AK, Ostrovski G.... (2015) Human-level control through deep reinforcement learning. Nature, 518(7540), 529-533. PMID: 25719670
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