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  • July 21, 2012
  • 02:22 AM

50 Shades Of Grey (When It Comes To Defining Rape)

by Jesse Marczyk in Pop Psychology

For those of you who haven’t have been following such things lately, Daniel Tosh recently catalyzed an internet firestorm of offense.The story goes something like this: at one of his shows, he was making some jokes or comments about rape. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 19, 2012
  • 10:42 AM

The Accretionary Wedge #48 - Atomic Geology

by Matt Herod in GeoSphere

This month the Accretionary Wedge is being hosted by Charles Carrigan at Earth-like Planet. It is the 48th edition of AW and the topic is "Geoscience and Technology". The technology used by geoscientists has matured over the centuries. It began simply, with compasses, maps, sketchpads and pencils. However, now it has entered into a digital world in which geology is practised with satellites, lasers and instruments with all sorts of fancy sounding acronyms such as ICP-MS, LA-I........ Read more »

Ragnar Hellborg and Goran Skog. (2008) Accelerator Mass Spectrometry. Mass Spectrometry Reviews, 398-427. DOI: 10.1002/mas.20172  

  • July 17, 2012
  • 11:12 PM

Le rapport suisse sur l’homéopathie

by Dr. Goulu in Pourquoi Comment Combien

Sous des titres comme "Le rapport sur l'homéopathie très critiqué", la presse suisse a récemment mentionné un article de David Martin Shaw publié fin mai dans la Swiss Medical Weekly dans lequel il démonte point par point le rapport [1] qui a servi de justification au remboursement de l'homéopathie par l'assurances maladie obligatoire en Suisse.... Read more »

  • July 16, 2012
  • 05:10 AM

Open Science is already being practiced

by James in Open Science

Part of making science more open is taking our pre-existing ways of disseminating and practicing science, as seen in journals and statistical programs, and making them open. But there is a larger change taking place. Domains previously more reliant on argumentation and advocacy are now starting to equip themselves with the methodological toolkits us scientists are [...]... Read more »

  • July 14, 2012
  • 11:23 AM

What makes us musical animals?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

In a forthcoming issue of Topics in Cognitive Science researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) argue that at least two, seemingly trivial musical skills can be considered fundamental to the evolution of music: relative pitch -- the skill to recognise a melody independent of its pitch level -- and beat induction -- the skill to pick up regularity (the beat) from a varying rhythm. Both are considered cognitive mechanisms that are essential to perceive, make and appreciate music, and, as ........ Read more »

  • July 13, 2012
  • 08:06 PM

Pangio ammophila: a new species of eel-loach unearthed

by sibyphilips in zoospooks

As the title suggest, a new species of teleost has been found out, it was collected, “sort of” unearthed, from the sand bed of a small river in south western India, thus named “ammophila” which means “sand loving”. This species is for now known only from this location, and grows not more than 3 centimeters. [...]... Read more »

Ralf Britz, Anvar Ali and Rajeev Raghavan,. (2012) Pangio ammophila, a new species of eel-loach from Karnataka, southern India (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cobitidae). . Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters,, 23(1), 45-50. info:/

  • July 12, 2012
  • 06:03 AM

On the Frontlines of Wikipedia’s ‘Editorial Wars’

by James in Open Science

It’s often difficult to appreciate the brilliance of Wikipedia. Only eleven years old, this free, collaboratively edited and multilingual encyclopaedia is so ingrained in our everyday experience that, like so many successful cultural products, we now take it for granted. One particular charge that’s grown up with WP concerns its purported inaccuracy. Indeed, anecdotally, I’ve noticed [...]... Read more »

Yasseri T, Sumi R, Rung A, Kornai A, & Kertész J. (2012) Dynamics of conflicts in wikipedia. PloS one, 7(6). PMID: 22745683  

  • July 11, 2012
  • 01:00 PM

Part Three: Welcome to Open Science (an introduction)

by James in Open Science

If I were to crudely cobble together a book on the dissemination of scientific knowledge, then I would probably organise it into three parts. For the first, it would discuss how we evolved from tinkering apes; blindly and, at times, consciously experimenting with various technologies and methods. Over the next few millennia we would see a gradual shift from communal knowledge of tribal communities to the development of writing and its spawning of cultural institutions, such as libraries and univ........ Read more »

Bollen J, Van de Sompel H, Hagberg A, Bettencourt L, Chute R, Rodriguez MA, & Balakireva L. (2009) Clickstream data yields high-resolution maps of science. PloS one, 4(3). PMID: 19277205  

  • July 11, 2012
  • 09:31 AM

Video Tip of the Week: ScienceSeeker for science blogging

by Mary in OpenHelix

Active science outreach is hugely important today, and with many social media outlets it has become much easier for scientists to get the word out about the topics that they know well and find interesting. Blogs provide a particularly convenient format for timely pieces with multiple images and numerous links for explanations and background details. [...]... Read more »

  • July 9, 2012
  • 12:30 PM

Teaching Genetics: Bye Bye Mendel?

by gunnardw in The Beast, the Bard and the Bot

Most introductory genetics courses follow a similar structure: base it on Mendel. Students are introduced to the experiments of the Austrian monk and using these as foundation, are taught transmission genetics. Trait inheritance, dominant and recessive alleles, chromosomes, and so … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 9, 2012
  • 10:00 AM

Conserving endangered species means weaving together science, policy, education, and public participation

by David Steen in Living Alongside Wildlife

The following article is a guest post by Kyle Barrett. Kyle is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the
University of Georgia. His research addresses how large-scale environmental
stressors such as urbanization and climate change influence the abundance and
distribution of vertebrates. His current projects range from habitat
conservation planning in the northeastern US to an assessment of sea ... Read more »

  • July 7, 2012
  • 11:01 AM

If music isn’t a luxury, what is it?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

The title of the newest and fourteenth book by science writer Philip Ball leaves no doubt: this is a counter-attack on claims made by Steven Pinker in his publications The Language Instinct (1994) and How the Mind Works (1997). Pinker characterised music as ‘auditory cheesecake’: a tasty bonus but, from an evolutionary point of view, no more than a by-product of much more important mental functions such as language (‘music could vanish from our species and the rest of our lifestyle would b........ Read more »

Honing, H. (2012) If music isn’t a luxury, what is it? . Journal of Music, Technology and Education,, 5(1), 114-117. info:/10.1386/jmte.5.1.109_5

  • July 6, 2012
  • 11:23 AM

If music isn’t a luxury, what is it?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

The title of the newest and fourteenth book by science writer Philip Ball leaves no doubt: this is a counter-attack on claims made by Steven Pinker in his publications The Language Instinct (1994) and How the Mind Works (1997).... Read more »

Honing, H. (2012) If music isn’t a luxury, what is it? . Journal of Music, Technology and Education,, 5(1), 114-117. info:/10.1386/jmte.5.1.109_5

  • July 5, 2012
  • 09:02 AM

Fewer Water Measuring Stations World Wide

by United Academics in United Academics

Add one more name to the list of institutions negatively impacted by the global financial crisis: water measurement. According to new research regarding the planet’s hydrological cycle, there are a significant amount of uncertainties regarding water estimates, and one of the main reasons is the large scale closing down of measurement stations around the world.... Read more »

  • July 5, 2012
  • 05:22 AM

Just Say No Limit: Trayvon, Dextromethorphan, Marijuana, and MAOA

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

Here is the case that Trayvon Martin’s drug use and genetics could have influenced him to attack George Zimmerman.... Read more »

Amaladoss A, & O'Brien S. (2011) Cough syrup psychosis. CJEM, 13(1), 53-6. PMID: 21324299  

Ivan Berlin, & Robert Anthenelli. (2001) Monoamine oxidases and tobacco smoking. The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 4(01), 33-42. DOI: 10.1017/S1461145701002188  

Christopher Chabris, Benjamin Hebert, Daniel Benjamin, Jonathan Beauchamp, David Cesarini, Matthijs van der Loos, Magnus Johannesson, Patrik Magnusson, Paul Lichtenstein, Craig Atwood.... (2012) Most Reported Genetic Associations with General Intelligence are Probably False Positives. Psychological Science. info:/

Fergusson DM, Boden JM, Horwood LJ, Miller A, & Kennedy MA. (2012) Moderating role of the MAOA genotype in antisocial behaviour. The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science, 200(2), 116-23. PMID: 22297589  

Fisar Z. (2010) Inhibition of monoamine oxidase activity by cannabinoids. Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's archives of pharmacology, 381(6), 563-72. PMID: 20401651  

Fowler JS, Volkow ND, Wang GJ, Pappas N, Logan J, MacGregor R, Alexoff D, Shea C, Schlyer D, Wolf AP.... (1996) Inhibition of monoamine oxidase B in the brains of smokers. Nature, 379(6567), 733-6. PMID: 8602220  

Logan BK, Yeakel JK, Goldfogel G, Frost MP, Sandstrom G, & Wickham DJ. (2012) Dextromethorphan Abuse Leading to Assault, Suicide, or Homicide. Journal of forensic sciences. PMID: 22537430  

Satoshi Yamaori, Yasuka Okamoto, Ikuo Yamamoto, & Kazuhito Watanabe. (2011) Cannabidiol, a Major Phytocannabinoid, As a Potent Atypical Inhibitor for CYP2D6. Drug Metabolism , 39(11), 2049-2056. DOI: 10.1124/dmd.111.041384  

Zawertailo LA, Kaplan HL, Busto UE, Tyndale RF, & Sellers EM. (1998) Psychotropic effects of dextromethorphan are altered by the CYP2D6 polymorphism: a pilot study. Journal of clinical psychopharmacology, 18(4), 332-7. PMID: 9690700  

  • July 4, 2012
  • 06:34 PM

Is blogging not completely outdated?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

Today (4th of July) I'm celebrating precisely six years of blogging on music cognition. While I was doubting whether this was a sensible idea at all in July 2006, and even more so last year, I'm currently really enjoying writing little snippits about research papers that I come across, forcing me to read these papers slightly better than I would do otherwise :-)Thanks to all readers for their reactions and criticisms (today exactly 150!), and Psychology Today for supporting the publication of a ........ Read more »

  • July 4, 2012
  • 06:31 PM

Is blogging not completely outdated?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

Well, what do you think?... Read more »

  • July 4, 2012
  • 09:32 AM

Can we know the evolution of human cognition?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

According to Dick Lewontin (evolutionary biologist, geneticist and social commentator) there is no way to know the evolution of cognition. He argued that we should ‘give up the childish notion that everything that is interesting about nature can be understood. [..] It might be interesting to know how cognition (whatever that is) arose and spread and changed, but we cannot know. Tough luck.’ (Lewontin, 1998:130)... Read more »

Heyes, C. (2012) New thinking: the evolution of human cognition. . Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367(1599), 2091-2096. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0111  

  • July 3, 2012
  • 06:50 PM

Stop hiding!

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

Are you hiding something negative about yourself from your partner? If so, it may be ruining your relationship. ... Read more »

  • June 30, 2012
  • 05:32 AM

False Positive Neuroscience?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Recently, psychologists Joseph Simmons, Leif Nelson and Uri Simonsohn made waves when they published a provocative article called False-Positive PsychologyThe paper's subtitle was "Undisclosed Flexibility in Data Collection and Analysis Allows Presenting Anything as Significant". It explained how there are so many possible ways to gather and analyze the results of a (very simple) psychology experiment that even if there's nothing interesting really happening, it'll be possible to find some "sign........ Read more »

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