Sciencebase has been focusing on various environmental and third world problems recently. I say third world, because much of what is euphemistically described as the developing world is sadly not developing at all. If the switch from third to developing has done nothing but salve the conscience of the so-called developed world, then it is, [...]We must stamp our ecological feet is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Crawford Spence. (2009) Organisational resistance to ecological footprinting . Int. J. Management Concepts and Philosophy, 3(4), 362-377.
What is it? Open Notebook means “no insider information” You lab notebook is on a wiki, out there for everyone to see. Negative results & all. You share your research process with the world as you go along. There are many shades to this process: you may share some of your data, edit it, [...]... Read more »
Hoffmann, R. (2008) A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics, 40(9), 1047-1051. DOI: 10.1038/ng.f.217
Sagotsky, J., Zhang, L., Wang, Z., Martin, S., & Deisboeck, T. (2008) Life Sciences and the web: a new era for collaboration. Molecular Systems Biology. DOI: 10.1038/msb.2008.39
I've just read over at Scienceroll about two tools that “help you determine which journal you should choose for publication”, based on your abstract or keywords [See Journal and Author Name Estimator and Huge Steps in Changing Science].The first one is part of ResearchGATE (a “scientific network that connects researchers”) and the second one (which has been around for some time, since early 2008)... Read more »
There are lots of online health tests available, some I’ve reviewed on Sciencebase over the years, such as those that help you answer the question are you at risk of diabetes. Often they are created and publicised by a medical charity, occasionally they are marketing devices posted by companies hoping to sell more of their [...]How Old is Your Heart? is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog... Read more »
D'Agostino, R., Vasan, R., Pencina, M., Wolf, P., Cobain, M., Massaro, J., & Kannel, W. (2008) General Cardiovascular Risk Profile for Use in Primary Care: The Framingham Heart Study. Circulation, 117(6), 743-753. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.107.699579
There are a number of strategies people use to keep their mates their own. Find out what these behaviors are and how they impact relationships.... Read more »
SHACKELFORD, T., GOETZ, A., & BUSS, D. (2005) Mate retention in marriage: Further evidence of the reliability of the Mate Retention Inventory. Personality and Individual Differences, 39(2), 415-425. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2005.01.018
Digital industries continue to wage an unwinnable war against the people and organisations that illicitly copy, share, and sell their products, whether DVD rips, DRM-free music files, or pirated software. But, while arguments about lost revenues, performing rights, and the rest of it rage, at least digital copyright theft is not usually a matter of [...]%%Counterfeit Drugs%% is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog... Read more »
Derek L Bosworth. (2009) Counterfeiting in global pharmaceuticals sector: its consequences and management. International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 3(4), 343-356. DOI: 10.1504/IJIPM.2009.026911
If you live in a temperate deciduous climate, you probably know what a maple tree is. And if you’ve been in a maple forest during spring or fall—or, really, any time of year—you’ve probably seen maple seeds. They look a bit like badminton birdies, only flattened: a heavy, solid "nut" at the bottom, with a single "wing" above. The wing helps the seed fly relatively long distances (for a plant)—up to a few kilometers in some cases. A maple seed. From http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F........ Read more »
Lentink, D., Dickson, W., van Leeuwen, J., & Dickinson, M. (2009) Leading-Edge Vortices Elevate Lift of Autorotating Plant Seeds. Science, 324(5933), 1438-1440. DOI: 10.1126/science.1174196
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Gemma Prat of the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology, School of Psychology, University of Barcelona, Spain, explains in a research review paper earlier this year, that despite claims to the contrary, we really don’t yet fully understand what causes alcohol hangovers. There are, of course, plenty of theories, and even more home-spun [...]... Read more »
Prat, G., Adan, A., & Sánchez-Turet, M. (2009) Alcohol hangover: a critical review of explanatory factors. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 24(4), 259-267. DOI: 10.1002/hup.1023
(Thanks to F.B. for the inspiration).
Sigh… people don’t seem to learn. It’s been almost 22 years (yikes!) since a distinguished group of scientists published a letter in Cell calling for a responsible use of the word “homology”. If you were born when that letter was published, then in the US you can already drink legally. [...]... Read more »
Gerald R. Reeck, Christoph de Haëna, David C. Teller, Russell F. Doolittle, Walter M. Fitch, Richard E. Dickerson, Pierre Chambon, Andrew D. McLachlan, Emanuel Margoliash, Thomas H. Jukes and Emile Zuckerkandl. (1987) "Homology" in proteins and nucleic acids: A terminology muddle and a way out of it. Cell, 50(5), 667. DOI: 10.1016/0092-8674(87)90322-9
A chemical that works like a multitasking hormone in mice not only controls glucose processing in the body but could reduce body weight, according to a report published today in Nature Chemical Biology. The study may ultimately have an effect on treating obesity and diabetes.
Glucagon and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) are natural hormones that regulate glucose [...]... Read more »
Jonathan W Day, Nickki Ottaway, James T Patterson, Vasily Gelfanov, David Smiley, Jas Gidda, Hannes Findeisen, Dennis Bruemmer, Daniel J Drucker, Nilika Chaudhary, Jenna Holland, Jazzminn Hembree, William Abplanalp, Erin Grant , Jennifer Ruehl , Hilary Wi. (2009) A new glucagon and GLP-1 co-agonist eliminates obesity in rodents. Nature Chemical Biology.
Solar power need not be complicated. Research into complex materials that convert the energy from sunlight into electricity is well underway, but offers only low efficiencies.
In contrast direct heating of water sidesteps the intermediary of converting sunlight into electricity and then using that to power a heating element in a water tank. All you need [...]Post from: Sciencebase Science Blog... Read more »
Nitesh Rathore, & S.K. Shukla. (2009) Experimental investigations and comparison of energy and exergy efficiencies of the box type and Solar Parabolic Cooker. Int. J. Energy Technology and Policy, 7(2), 201-212.
It’s not just fighting and conflict that can cause problems in a relationship. Boredom and lack of positivity in a relationship may also cause a gradual decline. A recent study by Irene Tsapelas and her colleagues found that marital boredom, measured by how often the participants felt their marriage was in a rut, [...]... Read more »
Aron, A., Norman, C., Aron, E., McKenna, C., & Heyman, R. (2000) Couples' shared participation in novel and arousing activities and experienced relationship quality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78(2), 273-284. DOI: 10.1037//0022-35126.96.36.1993
Tsapelas, I., Aron, A., & Orbuch, T. (2009) Marital Boredom Now Predicts Less Satisfaction 9 Years Later. Psychological Science, 20(5), 543-545. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02332.x
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It’s taken Winnipeg a generation to get around to building the first leg of a rapid transit system. You might think that settles the matter, and that now we are down to inconsequential details. On closer examination, however, it becomes clear that many important decisions remain, decisions that could make the difference between a successful rapid transit system and a white elephant.... Read more »
John Renne and Peter Newman. (2002) Facilitating the Financing and Development of 'Smart Growth'. Transportation Quarterluy, 56(2), 23-32.
Carlos Filipe (McMaster University, Canada) and coworkers have induced protein microcompartmentation, via aqueous phase separation of elastin-like polypeptides, in genetically engineered cells, which may enable scientists to test theories of intracellular organization and assembly in living cells. This news feature was written on June 29, 2009.... Read more »
Ge, X., Conley, A. J., Brandle, J. E., Truant, R., & Filipe, C. D. M. (2009) In Vivo Formation of Protein Based Aqueous Microcompartments . Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131(25), 9094-9099. DOI: 10.1021/ja902890r
You're running through the cool woods on a hot day, barefoot as dead leaves rustle underfoot and the cold flint tickles beneath. The green leaves and kudzu blur past as you dodge beaming shafts of sunlight and the hot ground they illuminate. You scan the earth ahead for sinkholes and patches of poison ivy, but still, the chilled, humid air coiled around the trees flowing in your ears feels joyous in comparison to the sauna of the open field. You dart between two trees, then suddenly stop and ........ Read more »
Agnarsson, I., Dhinojwala, A., Sahni, V., & Blackledge, T. (2009) Spider silk as a novel high performance biomimetic muscle driven by humidity. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212(13), 1990-1994. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.028282
People love living on the coast, and one of the most destructive human infrastructure practices is replacing natural shorelines with human-made seawalls. These walls are often tall, flat, and featureless, making them bad habitat for shore animals and plants. Biodiversity in these areas, of course, declines.
In a paper published online today in Oecologia, Gee Chapman [...]... Read more »
M. G. Chapman, & D. J. Blockley. (2009) Engineering novel habitats on urban infrastructure to increase intertidal biodiversity. Oecologia.
I'm an ethics bureaucrat - a lowly one at the moment, a member of my departmental ethics committee. I don't like the job, but I stick with it because it keeps me in touch with a system that has to change. The better I understand the system, the better my chances of helping to bring about a change.
In fact, the system changes all the time, sometimes for the better, but mostly for the worse. The most frequent changes for the worse come, not from Canada's Tri-Council Guidelines, which I criticize........ Read more »
James Weinstein. (2007) Institutional Review Boards and the Constitution. Northwestern University Law Review, 101(2), 493-562.
Paleontologists, as most folks know, study fossils (or, more generally, the evidence of past life of any kind). By examining the types and distributions of fossils in rocks of various ages, paleontologists can give us insight into how life on Earth has evolved. Thanks to the study of fossils, we know, for example, that Cambrian oceans were full of trilobites, that the Mesozoic Era was dominated by giant reptiles, and that giant "terror birds" once roamed South America.Yes, fossils are undoubtedl........ Read more »
Western, D., & Behrensmeyer, A. (2009) Bone Assemblages Track Animal Community Structure over 40 Years in an African Savanna Ecosystem. Science, 324(5930), 1061-1064. DOI: 10.1126/science.1171155
In recent paper published in Aging Cell, Dr. Sharpless out of the UNC Medical School reported that expression of protein p16INK4a appeared to increase exponentially with chronological age. Expression was measured in human blood and was found highest in peripheral blood T-lymphocytes (PBTL).
The discovery is exciting as it creates a relatively easy way to measure [...]... Read more »
Liu, Y., Sanoff, H., Cho, H., Burd, C., Torrice, C., Ibrahim, J., Thomas, N., & Sharpless, N. (2009) Expression of in peripheral blood T-cells is a biomarker of human aging . Aging Cell. DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-9726.2009.00489.x
The advent of the description of Limusaurus and the associated hypothesis of digit homologies in the paper is likely to generate quite a lot of interest in dinosaurian and avian circles. However, it will, I suspect, also generate a fair bit of confusion in the short and perhaps even long term, even if the hypothesis [...]... Read more »
Xu, X., Clark, J., Mo, J., Choiniere, J., Forster, C., Erickson, G., Hone, D., Sullivan, C., Eberth, D., Nesbitt, S.... (2009) A Jurassic ceratosaur from China helps clarify avian digital homologies. Nature, 459(7249), 940-944. DOI: 10.1038/nature08124
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