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  • January 17, 2013
  • 01:54 PM

How to export, delete and replace your Mendeley account and library

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

News that Reed Elsevier is in talks to buy will have many scientists reaching for their “delete account” button. Mendeley has built an impressive user-base of scientists and other academics since they started, but the possibility of an Elsevier takeover has worried some of its users. Elsevier has a strained relationship with some groups in the scientific community [1], so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

If you’ve built a personal library of sci........ Read more »

  • January 17, 2013
  • 10:15 AM

Soft Lego Built in the Computer

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Barbara Capone of the Computational Physics Group of the University of Vienna has developed a new method for the construction of building blocks at the nanoscale. The researcher in Soft Matter Physics, who works at the group of Christos Likos, Professor for Multiscale Computational Physics, is specialized on topics of self-assembly of materials at the [...]... Read more »

  • January 16, 2013
  • 04:11 PM

Oscar-worthy smoke signals

by Perikis Livas in Chilon

Top honour for ETH-Zurich professor and Disney director Markus Gross: he is to receive a “Tech Oscar” from the Academy of Motion and Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) along with three other computer scientists for a procedure they developed which leading special effects studios now use to simulate smoke and explosions in Hollywood films.... Read more »

Peter Rüegg. (2013) Oscar-worthy smoke signals. ETH Life. info:/

  • January 16, 2013
  • 02:24 AM

Show Some Love for the Data Glove

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Data Gloves (or wired gloves or cybergloves), as the name implies, are computer input devices that are worn on the hand like a glove. They utilize motion trackers to translate finger manipulations into electrical signals. In the near future, this technology might revolutionize the way that disabled people are able to access computer resources. For [...]... Read more »

Yamaura H, Matsushita K, Kato R, & Yokoi H. (2009) Development of hand rehabilitation system for paralysis patient - universal design using wire-driven mechanism. Conference proceedings : .. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, 7122-5. PMID: 19963950  

Dalley, S., Varol, H., & Goldfarb, M. (2012) A Method for the Control of Multigrasp Myoelectric Prosthetic Hands. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 20(1), 58-67. DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2011.2175488  

  • January 14, 2013
  • 10:52 PM

Brighter LEDs bioinspired from fireflies

by Cath in Basal Science (BS) Clarified

A team of researchers from Belgium, Canada, and France have developed a more efficient gallium nitride (GaN)-based LED using a design inspired by the firefly. The design, fabrication, and characterization of this [...]... Read more »

  • January 11, 2013
  • 11:59 AM

A joke about teaching and learning via Jason Bangbala

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

What is the difference between primary, secondary and higher education?... Read more »

Vardi, M. (2012) Will MOOCs destroy academia?. Communications of the ACM, 55(11), 5-5. DOI: 10.1145/2366316.2366317  

Khan, S. (2013) What college could be like. Communications of the ACM, 56(1), 41. DOI: 10.1145/2398356.2398370  

  • January 9, 2013
  • 04:00 PM

Controlling variability - Likelihood calculus paper series review part 1

by Travis DeWolf in studywolf

Dr. Terry Sanger has a series of papers that have come out in the last few years describing what he has named ‘likelihood calculus’. The goal of these papers is to develop a ‘a theory of optimal control for variable, uncertain, and noisy systems that nevertheless accomplish real-world tasks reliably.’ The idea being that successful performance can be thought of as modulating variance of movement, allocating resources to tightly control motions when required and allowing variability in ta........ Read more »

Sanger TD. (2010) Controlling variability. Journal of motor behavior, 42(6), 401-7. PMID: 21184358  

  • January 7, 2013
  • 09:24 PM

QR Codes to be used to prevent drug counterfeiting

by Cath in Basal Science (BS) Clarified

Think Quick Response (QR) codes are just for advertising products or transferring addresses and contact information between smartphones? Well, it turns out they can also be used to prevent drug [...]... Read more »

  • January 7, 2013
  • 02:27 PM

New Path to More Efficient Organic Solar Cells

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Why are efficient and affordable solar cells so highly coveted? Volume. The amount of solar energy lighting up Earth’s land mass every year is nearly 3,000 times the total amount of annual human energy use. But to compete with energy from fossil fuels, photovoltaic devices must convert sunlight to electricity with a certain measure of [...]... Read more »

  • January 4, 2013
  • 11:43 AM

The Science of Choosing Space Pioneers

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

I often ask others if they would live in space or on another planet if given the opportunity. More often than not, the answer is in the affirmative. But what if you were given the chance and actually wanted to go, but were declined because you weren’t selected by a computer algorithm as one of [...]... Read more »

Yusof, N., & van Loon, J. (2012) Engineering a Global City: The Case of Cyberjaya. Space and Culture, 15(4), 298-316. DOI: 10.1177/1206331212453676  

Saaty, T., & Sagir, M. (2012) Global awareness, future city design and decision making. Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, 21(3), 337-355. DOI: 10.1007/s11518-012-5196-z  

  • January 4, 2013
  • 10:44 AM

Cellular Recap of 2012 #2: favorites

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

As promised, here are my favorite posts from each month.January: The Human Neuron" not so special after all?Butti C, Santos M, Uppal N, & Hof PR (2011). Von Economo neurons: Clinical and evolutionary perspectives. Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior PMID: 22130090February: If you give a mouse a placebo...Wise RA, Wang B, & You ZB (2008). Cocaine serves as a peripheral interoceptive conditioned stimulus for central glutamate and dopamine release. P........ Read more »

Butti C, Santos M, Uppal N, & Hof PR. (2011) Von Economo neurons: Clinical and evolutionary perspectives. Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior. PMID: 22130090  

Benolken RM, & Jacobson SL. (1970) Response properties of a sensory hair excised from Venus's flytrap. The Journal of general physiology, 56(1), 64-82. PMID: 5514161  

Forterre Y, Skotheim JM, Dumais J, & Mahadevan L. (2005) How the Venus flytrap snaps. Nature, 433(7024), 421-5. PMID: 15674293  

Kay JN, De la Huerta I, Kim IJ, Zhang Y, Yamagata M, Chu MW, Meister M, & Sanes JR. (2011) Retinal ganglion cells with distinct directional preferences differ in molecular identity, structure, and central projections. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 31(21), 7753-62. PMID: 21613488  

Casile A, Caggiano V, & Ferrari PF. (2011) The mirror neuron system: a fresh view. The Neuroscientist : a review journal bringing neurobiology, neurology and psychiatry, 17(5), 524-38. PMID: 21467305  

Marx M, Günter RH, Hucko W, Radnikow G, & Feldmeyer D. (2012) Improved biocytin labeling and neuronal 3D reconstruction. Nature protocols, 7(2), 394-407. PMID: 22301777  

Finger TE, & Kinnamon SC. (2011) Taste isn't just for taste buds anymore. F1000 biology reports, 20. PMID: 21941599  

Triana-Del Rio R, Montero-Domínguez F, Cibrian-Llanderal T, Tecamachaltzi-Silvaran MB, Garcia LI, Manzo J, Hernandez ME, & Coria-Avila GA. (2011) Same-sex cohabitation under the effects of quinpirole induces a conditioned socio-sexual partner preference in males, but not in female rats. Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior, 99(4), 604-13. PMID: 21704064  

Labour MN, Banc A, Tourrette A, Cunin F, Verdier JM, Devoisselle JM, Marcilhac A, & Belamie E. (2012) Thick collagen-based 3D matrices including growth factors to induce neurite outgrowth. Acta biomaterialia, 8(9), 3302-12. PMID: 22617741  

  • January 4, 2013
  • 02:14 AM

Sweet Science

by Emarkham in GeneticCuckoo

A look at the new fun approach and interest taken in science and how this is being marketed and aimed at young people. ... Read more »

E Markham. (2013) Sweet Science. Blogspot. info:/

  • January 1, 2013
  • 02:27 PM

Reaching E.T. Through Standardized Protocols

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Choosing a single telecommunications protocol has always been difficult for engineers on Earth, so it’s especially difficult for those who want to communicate with beings from another star system. While it’s nice to imagine that extraterrestrial beings would be able to interface with whatever protocol humans decide to encode a message in, that’s not a [...]... Read more »

  • December 30, 2012
  • 06:42 PM

Is asparagus a hangover cure?

by Cath in Basal Science (BS) Clarified

As you get ready to celebrate the New Year, you’ve likely come across articles about different food ‘cures’ that can prevent or reduce alcohol hangovers. Aside from anecdotic ‘evidence’ that [...]... Read more »

B.-Y. KIM, Z.-G. CUI, S.-R. LEE, S.-J. KIM, H.-K. KANG, Y.-K. LEE, & D.-B. PARK. (2009) Effects of Asparagus officinalis Extracts on Liver Cell Toxicity and Ethanol Metabolism. JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCE. info:/10.1111/j.1750-3841.2009.01263.x

  • December 27, 2012
  • 11:16 PM

Age of Sail 2.0

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Wind power is free, which is why German engineers have been experimenting with a device they termed SkySails. They’ve proved that inflatable kites can actually haul freighters across the ocean. This mirrors research conducted over 20 years ago by a Japanese firm. Those who say that sails aren’t a new emerging technology should be careful, [...]... Read more »

  • December 18, 2012
  • 06:07 PM

How to Build a Neuron: step 4

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

And now, the next step in neuron building! You can see all the previous steps and shortcuts here. Step 4 is adding intrinsic channels to your neuron.Potassium Channel (source)Pretty much all neurons need sodium and potassium channels so they can fire action potentials, but other channels such as calcium channels are also commonly seen in computational models. To add these channels you have to extract the parameters from known data. This means extracting Boltzmann curves and time constant informa........ Read more »

Kispersky TJ, Caplan JS, & Marder E. (2012) Increase in sodium conductance decreases firing rate and gain in model neurons. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 32(32), 10995-1004. PMID: 22875933  

  • December 18, 2012
  • 12:02 PM

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Woman To Feed Herself Using Robotic Arm

by Zach Urbina in United Academics

A neurobiology team at the University of Pittsburgh has given a Jan Scheuermann the power to do something that a degenerative disease had taken away. Thanks to a brain-computer interface and a robotic arm she affectionately calls “Hector,” Jan is now able to feed herself, despite her paralysis.... Read more »

Collinger, J., Wodlinger, B., Downey, J., Wang, W., Tyler-Kabara, E., Weber, D., McMorland, A., Velliste, M., Boninger, M., & Schwartz, A. (2012) High-performance neuroprosthetic control by an individual with tetraplegia. The Lancet. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61816-9  

  • December 16, 2012
  • 10:37 PM

Using light to detect the internal damage of materials

by Cath in Basal Science (BS) Clarified

You can usually tell when a material is about to fail, you might see sagging, cracks, dents, holes, etc. But sometimes materials can fail suddenly—without warning— this known as catastrophic [...]... Read more »

  • December 10, 2012
  • 05:45 PM

Biofuel that’s better than carbon neutral

by Perikis Livas in Chilon

The race is on to create a biofuel that sucks carbon out of the sky and locks it away where it can’t warm the planet

THE green sludge burbles away quietly in its tangle of tubes in the Spanish desert. Soaking up sunshine and carbon dioxide from a nearby factory, it grows quickly. Every day, workers skim off some sludge and take it away to be transformed into oil. People do in a single day what it took geology 400 million years to accomplish.

Indeed, this is no ordinary oil. It belong........ Read more »

Bob Holmes. (2012) Biofuel that's better than carbon neutral. New Scientist. info:/

  • December 10, 2012
  • 11:41 AM

Are Physicians Using Medical Smartphones Apps?

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

The number and types of medical apps for physicians and other medical providers is rapidly increasing.  Smart phone apps (i.e. iPhone and Android apps) have the potential to allow physicians real time access to medical records, treatment guidelines and medical reference information. As these apps increase in number and type, it will be important to understand the facilitators and barriers to implementation in the medical setting.  Additionally, research will be needed to document ........ Read more »

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