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  • May 23, 2011
  • 12:48 PM

Younger doctors prescribe more heart drugs to no apparent benefit

by James Brooks in Elements Science

James Brooks looks at an Italian study that shows younger medics are less inclined to give lifestyle advice to heart patients than more experienced colleagues

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  • May 23, 2011
  • 08:31 AM

Earthquake prediction: fact or fiction?

by Michael Jones in Elements Science

Accurate prediction of hazards saves millions of lives and billions of dollars each year, but as Michael Jones reports, this isn’t always easy.

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  • May 23, 2011
  • 02:53 AM

Blue Lights Shown to Give a Brain Boost! But is a Better than Coffee?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

It’s 6 am and the alarm sounds. Mornings aren’t a friendly place until you’ve had a coffee. Loathed by some but loved by many more, caffienated drinks are the world’s most popular drug. Effective as a stimulant, a mood-booster and an learning-enhancer, caffeine is an indispensable part of modern-day living for 90% of Westerners. Coffee … Continue reading »... Read more »

Vandewalle, G., Maquet, P., & Dijk, D. (2009) Light as a modulator of cognitive brain function. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13(10), 429-438. DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2009.07.004  

Lehrl, S., Gerstmeyer, K., Jacob, J., Frieling, H., Henkel, A., Meyrer, R., Wiltfang, J., Kornhuber, J., & Bleich, S. (2007) Blue light improves cognitive performance. Journal of Neural Transmission, 114(4), 457-460. DOI: 10.1007/s00702-006-0621-4  

Smith, A. (2002) Effects of caffeine on human behavior. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 40(9), 1243-1255. DOI: 10.1016/S0278-6915(02)00096-0  

  • May 21, 2011
  • 10:13 PM

Life, Death, and Silver Bullets

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

A Science Fiction story about the Age of the Superbug

There was something about her... a pale, reddish complexion, so rare these days... all the other desks in the dull classroom where occupied by students who faded together in their blue and gray hues... who snuck furtive glances at the ruddy newcomer, in her bright blue overalls and frizzy, untamed hair.
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Patterson, J. (2010) Rising plague. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 120(3), 649-649. DOI: 10.1172/JCI42104  

  • May 20, 2011
  • 11:12 PM

You're just a number: introduction to the h-index

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Measuring a single scientist's output has always been problematic. Why? First, in order for the statistics to be reliable, the scientist has to produce a considerable publication output and get cited. That takes time. Second, measures like research productivity, number of publications and citations don't always correlates. Measuring the output of journals and universities has been far more reliable than measuring that of one person. Suggested by physicist Jorge Hirsch, h-index (2005) offers an ........ Read more »

  • May 20, 2011
  • 03:28 PM

The 9,000-year-old La Jolla Fisherman and -woman

by Kristina Killgrove in Powered By Osteons

Who owns the past, and who should have a say in the disposition of Palaeoindian skeletons?... Read more »

Dalton R. (2008) No burial for 10,000-year-old bones. Nature, 455(7217), 1156-7. PMID: 18971985  

Dalton R. (2009) Scientists in bone battle. Nature, 458(7236), 265. PMID: 19295571  

Schoeninger MJ, Bada JL, Masters PM, Bettinger RL, & White TD. (2011) Unexamined bodies of evidence. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6032), 916. PMID: 21596975  

  • May 20, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Paucis Verbis: International Registry on Aortic Dissection (IRAD)

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

What do these three people have in common? Lucille Ball (comedienne)Jonathan Larson (wrote the musical "Rent")John Ritter (comedian)They all died from an aortic dissection. We commonly consider this diagnosis for Emergency Department patients presenting with severe chest pain. There is an International Registry on Aortic Dissection which published a retrospective, descriptive study of 464 patients with aortic dissections.I find this list helpful, because it illustrates the fact that the cla........ Read more »

  • May 20, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Paucis Verbis: International Registry on Aortic Dissection (IRAD)

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

What do these three people have in common? Lucille Ball (comedienne)Jonathan Larson (wrote the musical "Rent")John Ritter (comedian)They all died from an aortic dissection. We commonly consider this diagnosis for Emergency Department patients presenting with severe chest pain. There is an International Registry on Aortic Dissection which published a retrospective, descriptive study of 464 patients with aortic dissections.I find this list helpful, because it illustrates the fact that the cla........ Read more »

  • May 19, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Full Text And Details For Nature Letter “Data Archiving Is A Good Investment”

by Heather Piwowar in Research Remix

We hope publishing the argument in this high-visibility venue will inspire hallway conversations amongst scientists and influence how they view long-term data archive funding. Particularly those scientists who also wear hats in funding agencies!... Read more »

Piwowar, HA, Vision, TJ, & Whitlock, MC. (2011) Data archiving is a good investment. Nature, 473(7347), 285-285. DOI: 10.1038/473285a  

Piwowar HA, Vision TJ, & Whitlock MC. (2011) Data from: Data archiving is a good investment. Dryad Digital Repository. info:/10.5061/dryad.j1fd7

  • May 19, 2011
  • 09:32 AM

Cultural Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny

by Samuel Arbesman in

In evolutionary biology, there is a now-discredited idea that “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.” In other words, the development of an organism follows its evolutionary history. Human embryos look like they have gills because people evolved from fish, we have tails in utero because of the same origins, and so forth. In a recent paper in PLoS [...]... Read more »

  • May 17, 2011
  • 05:51 PM

Are Wind Turbines Ugly? New Research gives Answers…

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

For many of us, Wind Turbines symbolise hope. The image of a slowly rotating wind turbine on a blue sky represents a rose-tinted future where energy is abundant and free; global warming has been conquered (and bunnies leap gaily around fields). But who would really want to live near a wind farm? We long for … Continue reading »... Read more »

Frantál, B., & Kunc, J. (2011) Wind turbines in tourism landscapes. Annals of Tourism Research, 38(2), 499-519. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2010.10.007  

  • May 17, 2011
  • 01:59 AM

Empathy or Etiquette

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

We have discussed the term empathy several times.
The most clarifying definition of empathy is based on viewing it as a process. This process of empathy consists of the following stages.

The patient expresses feelings by way of verbal and non-verbal communication. Patients are not always aware of these expressions.
The doctor also notices these emotions in himself [...]

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  • May 16, 2011
  • 01:27 AM

We Want More Science, said the American Public

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Counter to trends of cutbacks for science coverage in newspapers and newsrooms over the last few years (examples include the Boston Globe and CNN), and to the excitement of science journalists nationwide, there DOES remain a high public interest in science. What’s more, not only does this interest remain… it seems to be growing. But if our nation’s ‘Big League’ newspapers are cutting back on science coverage and freelance budgets, where do the American public turn ........ Read more »

Woolley, M. (2005) Public Attitudes and Perceptions About Health-Related Research. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 294(11), 1380-1384. DOI: 10.1001/jama.294.11.1380  

  • May 11, 2011
  • 11:41 PM

Modern Day Alchemy: Turning Silver to Gold

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

The Xia lab group members at Washington University in St. Louis are modern day alchemists, daily converting very small cubes of silver into hollow, porous boxes of gold, termed gold nanocages. Beyond conquering the age-old quest to turn base metals into precious gold, these scientists are going a step further, using gold nanocages as 'magic bullets' in the war against cancer.... Read more »

Xia Y, Li W, Cobley CM, Chen J, Xia X, Zhang Q, Yang M, Cho EC, & Brown PK. (2011) Gold Nanocages: From Synthesis to Theranostic Applications. Accounts of chemical research. PMID: 21528889  

Chen J, Glaus C, Laforest R, Zhang Q, Yang M, Gidding M, Welch MJ, & Xia Y. (2010) Gold nanocages as photothermal transducers for cancer treatment. Small (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), 6(7), 811-7. PMID: 20225187  

  • May 11, 2011
  • 09:15 AM

Unraveling The Fear o' the Jolly Roger

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Calico Jack Rackham's Jolly Roger.

Blackbeard's Jolly Roger.

Walter Kennedy's Jolly Roger.

Emanuel Wynn's Jolly Roger.

Above: A sampling of pirate flags.
The NYTimes recently explored the "pirate brand" by tracing the emergence of the skull and crossbones—the Jolly Roger—as a symbol of terror on the high seas. The Times hails the ominous design as a magnificent exercise in collective hybrid branding, noting that economics drove pirates to adopt a version of this particular symb........ Read more »

Anderson, JL. (1995) Piracy and World History: An Economic Perspective on Maritime History. Journal of World History, 6(2), 175-199. info:/

  • May 11, 2011
  • 12:49 AM

Better than creationism? Or fueling the fire?

by Colin Clark in Mens Rea

Last year, Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer put out a monograph, titled "Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle to Control America's Classrooms." It describes their nationwide survey of public high school teachers on their views and practices in regards to teaching evolution or nonscientific alternatives.Now, what's clear that evolution is winning in the courts, as time and again efforts to "... Read more »

  • May 9, 2011
  • 05:52 PM

US Trained Crows to Hunt Bin Laden

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

True story.... Read more »

Marzluff, J., Walls, J., Cornell, H., Withey, J., & Craig, D. (2010) Lasting recognition of threatening people by wild American crows. Animal Behaviour, 79(3), 699-707. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.12.022  

  • May 9, 2011
  • 10:00 AM

A phase map analysis algorithm for numerical correction of fields with an optical vortex

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

The position of an optical vortex has been determined with precision with their new algorithm. By knowing the position, they were able to correct the distortion of the phase caused by this vortex.... Read more »

  • May 9, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Is your research future predicted by your supervisor’s research past?

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

At the end of last week, I published a bit of a rant. After I had cooled a bit, I wondered if the response of my gut would survive scrutiny by my head.

The NeuroTree website says:

Big families stay big. Children of researchers with many offspring tend to have many offspring of their own.
This suggests a “pedigree” effect that many would see as positive (more students means more success). They don’t give the data supporting that claim, though.

I went looking for research on the effect o........ Read more »

  • May 9, 2011
  • 01:24 AM

Wiki in Resident Education

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Recently updated the external web page for our residency training for psychiatry. It’s in Dutch and still rather dull. There’s also a website for residents of psychiatry on the intra net. It’s even duller. Mostly outdated documents. Wouldn’t a Wiki be an alternative instead for a static web page?
Advantages of a Wiki

It can combine several [...]

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