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  • October 8, 2015
  • 09:36 AM

Tough luck, Stretch!

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

Tall people are more likely to get cancer......aren't they?... Read more »

AG McCluskey. (2015) Tough Luck, Stretch. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/

  • October 8, 2015
  • 12:30 AM

Social Class Differences in Mental Health: Do Parenting Style and Friendship Play a Role?

by Mark Rubin in Mark Rubin's Social Psychology Research Blog

It is now well-established that social class is positively related to mental health. However, researchers remain unclear about the specific processes that underlie the relation between social class and depression. In some recent research, we investigated the potential roles of parenting style and friendship in explaining the relationship between social class and mental health.... Read more »

  • October 4, 2015
  • 06:36 PM

History of Cataloguing. 2. Jewett

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

The second in a series on the History of Cataloguing, this post highlights OCLC's news that they will no longer be printing catalogue cards and provides an insight into Charles Coffin Jewett's suggestion that shared cataloguing be undertaken, led by the Smithsonian Institution in the mid-nineteenth century.... Read more »

Charles Coffin Jewett. (1853) On the Construction of Catalogues of Libraries, and their Publication by Means of Separate, Stereotyped Titles, with Rules and Examples. 2nd ed. Hathi Trust Digital Library. info:/

  • September 27, 2015
  • 07:24 PM

History of Cataloguing. 1. Ranganathan

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

This post is the first in a series sparked by the selection of books for the History of Cataloguing section of the reading list for the core cataloguing module on the MA LIS. It highlights what Ranganathan had to say in his Five Laws (1931) regarding Cataloguing.... Read more »

S.R. Ranganathan. (1931) The Five Laws of Library Science. Hathi Trust Digital Library. info:/

  • September 25, 2015
  • 07:25 AM

Scientists unravel mysteries around rhythm and language

by Cath Jex in Tak Fur The Kaffe

Struggling to learn a language? How are your musical skills? Scientists discover some of the hidden ways in which the two are linked.... Read more »

  • September 23, 2015
  • 07:25 AM

Clear global warming signal since the second world war

by Cath Jex in Tak Fur The Kaffe

Climate scientists have calculated that global warming first became evident in temperature records in Africa in the 1940s.... Read more »

King, A., Donat, M., Fischer, E., Hawkins, E., Alexander, L., Karoly, D., Dittus, A., Lewis, S., & Perkins, S. (2015) The timing of anthropogenic emergence in simulated climate extremes. Environmental Research Letters, 10(9), 94015. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/094015  

  • September 18, 2015
  • 06:34 AM

What Do Bats and Plants Have in Common? High-pitched Screaming!

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

Polyglot like a pitcher plant or cryptolectic like a sperm whale?

A: “Pitcher Tower, this is Bat K hardwickii, established ILS 16. Do you copy me?”
B: “Bat K hardwickii, clear to land. Please confirm: are you ready to discharge the cargo?”
A: “Roger. Affirmative.”

This is how I imagined a conversation between the tropical carnivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes hemsleyana and the bat Kerivoula hardwickii would go. No, I am not on drugs; bats and plants can........ Read more »

Cantor M, Shoemaker LG, Cabral RB, Flores CO, Varga M, & Whitehead H. (2015) Multilevel animal societies can emerge from cultural transmission. Nature communications, 8091. PMID: 26348688  

Schöner MG, Schöner CR, Simon R, Grafe TU, Puechmaille SJ, Ji LL, & Kerth G. (2015) Bats Are Acoustically Attracted to Mutualistic Carnivorous Plants. Current biology : CB, 25(14), 1911-6. PMID: 26166777  

  • September 9, 2015
  • 03:47 PM


by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

Why does cancer therapy cause side effects? And can they be prevented?... Read more »

AG McCluskey. (2015) Bullseye!. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/

  • August 24, 2015
  • 07:25 AM

Helium Indicates Imminent Volcanic Eruptions

by Cath Jex in Tak Fur The Kaffe

Gradual changes in hot spring chemistry around Mt Ontake, Japan, indicated the build of pressure in the lead up to its eruption in 2014.... Read more »

Sano, Y., Kagoshima, T., Takahata, N., Nishio, Y., Roulleau, E., Pinti, D., & Fischer, T. (2015) Ten-year helium anomaly prior to the 2014 Mt Ontake eruption. Scientific Reports, 13069. DOI: 10.1038/srep13069  

  • August 23, 2015
  • 11:46 AM

Photography – an art, a science, and a job

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Points:

Photography is an interesting task that inspires many people to inspire many others. It starts from the art of creativity and imagination, goes from the science of click and light, and ends with a beautiful memory in the hand or book. For some people, this memory helps them in earning more memories.

So, one of my favorite ideas to earn more memories is through Dreamstime. You can join Dreamstime to earn money and help others to earn money through photography, here:

http://w........ Read more »

Park, D., Lodi-Smith, J., Drew, L., Haber, S., Hebrank, A., Bischof, G., & Aamodt, W. (2013) The Impact of Sustained Engagement on Cognitive Function in Older Adults: The Synapse Project. Psychological Science, 25(1), 103-112. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613499592  

  • August 21, 2015
  • 07:25 AM

Older folks are more distractible than young adults

by TakFurTheKaffe in Tak Fur The Kaffe

Young people tend to think alike, but the older you get, the more easily distracted you become, shows new research.... Read more »

  • August 17, 2015
  • 07:25 AM

Ancient Chinese graffiti records severe drought and hardship

by Cath Jex in Tak Fur The Kaffe

500-year-old graffiti in a Chinese cave documents local residents prayers for rain during periods of severe water shortages.... Read more »

Tan, L., Cai, Y., An, Z., Cheng, H., Shen, C., Breitenbach, S., Gao, Y., Edwards, R., Zhang, H., & Du, Y. (2015) A Chinese cave links climate change, social impacts, and human adaptation over the last 500 years. Scientific Reports, 12284. DOI: 10.1038/srep12284  

  • August 14, 2015
  • 07:21 AM

Six Surprising Facts About Energy Drinks

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Energy drinks boost your adrenaline, but not without health risks.... Read more »

Higgins, J., Tuttle, T., & Higgins, C. (2010) Energy Beverages: Content and Safety. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 85(11), 1033-1041. DOI: 10.4065/mcp.2010.0381  

  • August 11, 2015
  • 04:56 PM

Feelgood … Feel lucky

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

Wilko Johnson is a rock legend. And his story gives some insight into how doctors diagnose cancer and plan treatment.... Read more »

AG McCluskey. (2015) Feelgood … Feel lucky. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/

  • August 10, 2015
  • 07:25 AM

Feeling stressed? Visit an aquarium to improve mental wellbeing

by TakFurTheKaffe in Tak Fur The Kaffe

A new study has shown that visiting aquariums and spending time watching fish has benefits for both physical and mental health.... Read more »

  • August 5, 2015
  • 07:25 AM

How T. Rex could bite through bone and flesh

by Cath Jex in Tak Fur The Kaffe

Dinosaurs like the T. Rex had a unique set of teeth that allowed them to rip through the flesh and bone of other large predators with ferocious ease, says new research.... Read more »

Brink KS, Reisz RR, LeBlanc AR, Chang RS, Lee YC, Chiang CC, Huang T, & Evans DC. (2015) Developmental and evolutionary novelty in the serrated teeth of theropod dinosaurs. Scientific reports, 12338. PMID: 26216577  

  • August 3, 2015
  • 08:06 AM

Bright Club: Educate, Entertain & Inform!

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

How do Researchers explain their work to a general audience? One way is to use comedy. Welcome to Bright Club.... Read more »

AG McCluskey. (2015) Bright Club: Educate, Entertain . Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/

  • August 3, 2015
  • 07:25 AM

What your taste in music says about how you think

by TakFurTheKaffe in Tak Fur The Kaffe

Empathetic personalities tend to opt for gentle and sensual music, whilst the more analytical types preferred strong, intense tunes, new research shows.... Read more »

Greenberg DM, Baron-Cohen S, Stillwell DJ, Kosinski M, & Rentfrow PJ. (2015) Musical Preferences are Linked to Cognitive Styles. PloS one, 10(7). PMID: 26200656  

  • July 30, 2015
  • 05:47 PM

No Cure For Comedy – Bright Club!

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

How do you explain difficult concepts? Make 'em laugh!... Read more »

AG McCluskey. (2015) No Cure For Comedy - Bright Club!. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/

  • July 28, 2015
  • 08:53 AM

New evidence for cultural differences in Chimpanzees

by TakFurTheKaffe in Tak Fur The Kaffe

New evidence has emerged, reporting cultural differences between neighbouring groups of chimps in Uganda – raising more questions as to what really distinguishes us from our closest living relatives. ... Read more »

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