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  • February 27, 2013
  • 01:16 PM

#ifihadglass I Would Build an Augmented Biomed Browser

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In the previous post, I’ve described the relationship between environmental factors and the public’s insights. Moreover, what would happen if we have more than an ideal “physical” environment? Will people embrace a brand new world in which virtual components are added to the physical ones?

We all know that more research should be carried out to create software which supports the most complex and time-consuming portions of the analytical process, so that analysts can respond to incre........ Read more »

Gershon Dublon, & Joseph A. Paradiso. (2012) Tongueduino: hackable, high-bandwidth sensory augmentation. Proceeding CHI EA '12 CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1453-1454. DOI: 10.1145/2212776.2212482  

  • February 27, 2013
  • 01:10 PM

Coming soon to a high street near you… horse meat burgers?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

A Findus ‘100% beef’ lasagne made from 100% horsemeat now has a market value of over £50 ($75). A bargain. The woes of the processed meat industry may continue unabated. The exposé of recent weeks has been staggering: horsemeat and pork in ‘beef’ burgers, Non-Halal meat in ‘Halal’ meals and, staggeringly, 100% beef lasagne without … Continue reading »... Read more »

SafeFood. (2012) What's in that Bun?. Nutrition Takeout Series. info:/

  • February 27, 2013
  • 07:18 AM

The ENCODE Controversy And Professionalism In Science

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

The ENCODE (Encyclopedia Of DNA Elements) project received quite a bit of attention when its results were publicized last year. This project involved a very large consortium of scientists with the goal to identify all the functional elements in the human genome. In September 2012, 30 papers were published in a coordinated release and their extraordinary claim was that roughly 80% of the human genome was "functional". This was in direct contrast to the prevailing view among molecular bi........ Read more »

  • February 24, 2013
  • 06:34 PM

Of Mice and Men Again: New Genomic Study Helps Explain why Mouse Models of Acute Inflammation do not Work in Men

by Laika Spoetnik in Laika's Medliblog

A recent paper published in PNAS [1] caused quite a stir both inside and outside the scientific community. The study challenges the validity of using mouse models to test what works as a treatment in humans. At least this is what many online news sources seem to conclude: “drug testing may be a waste of time”[2], “we are not mice” [3, 4], or a bit more to the point: mouse models of inflammation are worthless [5, 6, 7].

But basically the current study looks only at one ........ Read more »

Seok, J., Warren, H., Cuenca, A., Mindrinos, M., Baker, H., Xu, W., Richards, D., McDonald-Smith, G., Gao, H., Hennessy, L.... (2013) Genomic responses in mouse models poorly mimic human inflammatory diseases. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1222878110  

Hotchkiss RS, Coopersmith CM, McDunn JE, & Ferguson TA. (2009) The sepsis seesaw: tilting toward immunosuppression. Nature medicine, 15(5), 496-7. PMID: 19424209  

van der Worp, H., Howells, D., Sena, E., Porritt, M., Rewell, S., O'Collins, V., & Macleod, M. (2010) Can Animal Models of Disease Reliably Inform Human Studies?. PLoS Medicine, 7(3). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000245  

  • February 24, 2013
  • 01:00 PM

Scientizing Art

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

I've always been fascinated with the way the eye moves around a piece of art. Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World" (or as I looked up "that painting of a girl in a field looking at a house")This piece by Andrew Wyeth is an obvious example of an artist completely controlling your gaze. There are pretty much no options here. You look at the girl and then you follow her gaze to the house. You probably then take a quick glance at that other house/barn to the left, and then maybe follow the edge of the........ Read more »

Massaro D, Savazzi F, Di Dio C, Freedberg D, Gallese V, Gilli G, & Marchetti A. (2012) When art moves the eyes: a behavioral and eye-tracking study. PloS one, 7(5). PMID: 22624007  

  • February 21, 2013
  • 01:21 PM

‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ cites paper that demonstrates there is no such thing as homeopathy

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Does ‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ magazine, in an article entitled ‘Homeopathy is more than placebo’, inappropriately cite this paper?... Read more »

  • February 19, 2013
  • 03:06 PM

Better Journals… Worse Statistics?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

Some of the world’s leading scientific journals are worryingly lax in ensuring that their papers contain adequate statistical details. So say Italian researchers Tressoldi and colleagues in a provocative paper just out: High Impact = High Statistical Standards? Not Necessarily So They considered all articles published in 2011, that concerned any kind of psychological or [...]... Read more »

Tressoldi PE, Giofré D, Sella F, & Cumming G. (2013) High Impact . PLoS ONE, 8(2). PMID: 23418533  

  • February 19, 2013
  • 03:20 AM

Why Do Most Tomatoes Taste So Bland?

by Andrew Porterfield in United Academics

Have you ever noticed that buying a tomato (or a number of other fruits and vegetables) that has anything resembling taste can be very difficult? It’s not just because it’s winter. Most tomatoes sold in supermarkets are bred to be bland, and some scientists are trying to find a way back to good taste.... Read more »

Tieman D, Bliss P, McIntyre LM, Blandon-Ubeda A, Bies D, Odabasi AZ, Rodríguez GR, van der Knaap E, Taylor MG, Goulet C.... (2012) The chemical interactions underlying tomato flavor preferences. Current biology : CB, 22(11), 1035-9. PMID: 22633806  

  • February 18, 2013
  • 10:06 AM

Editorial Crisis: you won't read all this

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In many field beyond Science we could see a huge editorial crisis. A comprehensive study by the University of Bristol and the journalism school of Cardiff University shows that Politics, Economy, Science, Environmental issues and Religion, are some of the topics that general audience have difficulties to understand.[1]

The research - by means of special algorithms - was made by examining two and a half million articles from nearly 500 different sources in the English language, and comparing t........ Read more »

Flaounas, I., Ali, O., Lansdall-Welfare, T., De Bie, T., Mosdell, N., Lewis, J., & Cristianini, N. (2013) RESEARCH METHODS IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL JOURNALISM. Digital Journalism, 1(1), 102-116. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2012.714928  

  • February 13, 2013
  • 11:36 PM

Citation impacts in research from USA are at a stable high level for the past three decades

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Researchers have found the high level of stable citation impact of researches from USA. On the other hand, an increasing trend in the values of citation impact of researches from France, the UK and Germany in different fields of research from 1981 to 2010 has been found. The citation impact of researches from China is relatively low. Japan showed mix trends (decreasing and increasing) in different subject areas.

This research has been published online in the journal PLoS ONE.

Researche........ Read more »

  • February 13, 2013
  • 04:32 PM

Dog poo turning green – the power of science

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hey Julie,Thanks for the run down on ScienceOnline and ‘Lend a Paw’ month.  I completed the survey about my cat’s behaviour, it was quick and easy to do.  I also liked your stroking video, but I’ll get back to that later, right now I need to tell you how dog poo (I think you usually say ‘poop’ in the USA?) is turning green.Dog poo is turning greenIt’s turning green and it’s thanks to the power of science. Or perhaps it’s the science of power? It’s easy to ........ Read more »

Okoroigwe E.C., Ibeto C.N., & Okpara C.G. (2010) Comparative Study of the Potential of Dog Waste for Biogas Production. Trends in Applied Sciences Research, 5(1), 71-77. DOI: 10.3923/tasr.2010.71.77  

Nemiroff Leah. (2007) Design, Testing and Implementation of a Large-Scale Urban Dog Waste Composting Program. Compost Science , 15(4), 237-242. info:other/ studies.pdf

  • February 12, 2013
  • 02:48 PM

Depressed Patients Seek Primary Care Due to Pain

by Kim Kristiansen in Picture of Pain

More than half of patients with depression in primary care comes due to pain... Read more »

Kim Kristiansen, M.D. (2013) Depressed Patients Seek Primary Care Due to Pain. Picture of Pain Blog. info:/

  • February 12, 2013
  • 10:45 AM

Your theory is rubbish (but I won’t say it out loud)

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Science seems to be full of controversies and conflicts; famous scientists willing to kill and be killed for their pet theories, former students challenging the views of their academic “parents” and so on. My favorite biology professor used to tell about the time when his post-doc advisor, after a lecture given by his former post-doc [...]

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Brooks, T. A. (1986) Evidence of Complex Citer Motivations. JASIS. info:/

MacRoberts, M., & MacRoberts, B. (1984) The Negational Reference: or the Art of Dissembling. Social Studies of Science, 14(1), 91-94. DOI: 10.1177/030631284014001006  

  • February 10, 2013
  • 04:35 PM

Why scientists should play games

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

I have just finished reading Jane McGonigal's book Reality is Broken: Why games make us better and how they can change the world. It is a fascinating book which presents a strong case for games (including video games) doing good in the world.Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigalI have to admit, part of me wanted to read this book to make me feel better about my own video game habit. It certainly helped solidify the vague ideas I had about what good they might be doing me.Specifically, the book mad........ Read more »

  • February 10, 2013
  • 07:51 AM

Write longer Research Papers to increase your chances of Citations

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Researchers have found that usually the research articles that are longer get more citations as compared to the less-lengthy articles.

This research has been published online in the journal PLoS ONE.

The citations are considered as the quality of the study and thus show its value and impact on the scientific field. Researchers usually work on several factors, such as impact factor of the journal and study design, while writing a paper that may contribute to the increased citation of the pa........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2013
  • 06:40 AM

Postgraduate education: Time for a rethink

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

According to Lindley and Machin (2012) "It is very clear that the individuals who have done better in terms of wages are those who have acquired higher education qualifications. In turn, the acquisition of higher qualifications has become more skewed towards people from wealthier backgrounds." This issue was highlighted last month when a potential student sued an Oxford college who refused him admission because he did not have sufficient funds to meet their cost of living requirement. ........ Read more »

  • February 7, 2013
  • 07:22 PM

Academic Freedom and International Collaborations

by Andreas Muenchow in Icy Seas

Working in the Arctic is hard. Despite climate warming, despite diminishing ice cover, despite public interest and global impact, it is still a hostile and challenging place. It is also very expensive to get to. It usually takes me 2-4 … Continue reading →... Read more »

Editorial. (2012) Frozen out. Nature, 483(7387), 6-6. DOI: 10.1038/483006a  

  • February 5, 2013
  • 03:39 PM

The “ISW mystery” deepens considerably (II)

by Shaun Hotchkiss in The Trenches of Discovery

This time last year I wrote a few posts describing what I called the “ISW mystery”. A year has passed, it is time for an update on the mystery.

The very short summary is that things are starting to get more than a little bit exciting. All of the plausible ways in which the calculation of the expected ISW signal could have been wrong have been checked and eliminated as possibilities; if the measured signal is real, it is too large for the standard cosmological model. Much, much more exciti........ Read more »

Yan-Chuan Cai, Mark C. Neyrinck, Istvan Szapudi, Shaun Cole, & Carlos S. Frenk. (2013) A Detection of the Cold Imprint of Voids on the Microwave Background Radiation. arXiv. arXiv: 1301.6136v1

S. Ilic, M. Langer, & M. Douspis. (2013) On the detection of the integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect with stacked voids. arXiv. arXiv: 1301.5849v1

  • February 4, 2013
  • 09:47 AM

Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing: webinar series

by Mary in OpenHelix

Hey folks–as a public service announcement I’m posting this email from the Genetic Alliance folks. They’ve assembled a terrific webinar series that cover hot topics in genomics research and privacy issues. I’m posting part of the email, but then will direct you to their page for the full list of upcoming webinars. I’ve read the [...]... Read more »

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. (2012) Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing. info:other/

Gymrek, M., McGuire, A., Golan, D., Halperin, E., & Erlich, Y. (2013) Identifying Personal Genomes by Surname Inference. Science, 339(6117), 321-324. DOI: 10.1126/science.1229566  

  • February 3, 2013
  • 11:59 PM

BAD Science or BAD Science Journalism? – A Response to Daniel Lakens

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

Two weeks ago there was a hot debate among Dutch Tweeps on “bad science, bad science journalism and bad science communication“. This debate was started and fueled by different Dutch blog posts on this topic.[1,4-6]

A controversial post, with both fierce proponents and fierce opposition was the post by Daniel Lakens [1], an assistant professor in Applied Cognitive Psychology.

I was among the opponents. Not because I don’t like a new fresh point of view, but because of a w........ Read more »

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