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  • June 3, 2011
  • 12:22 AM
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Countdown to extinction!

by John Carroll in Chronicles of Zostera


One of my favorite Megadeth albums and songs, although that’s for another time.  The title also fits for a handful of species from a  group particularly close to my heart – seagrasses.  Seagrasses made the news recently, as a recent report suggest as many as 10 of the 72 known seagrass species are at risk of . . . → Read More: Countdown to extinction!... Read more »

Short, FT, Polidoro, B, Livingstone, SR, Carpenter, KE, Bandeira, S, Bujang, JS, Calumpong, HP, Carruthers, TJB, Coles, RG, Dennison, WC.... (2011) Extinction risk assessment of the world's seagrass species. Biological Conservation. info:/10.1016/j.biocon.2011.04.010

ORTH, R., CARRUTHERS, T., DENNISON, W., DUARTE, C., FOURQUREAN, J., HECK, K., HUGHES, A., KENDRICK, G., KENWORTHY, W., OLYARNIK, S.... (2006) A Global Crisis for Seagrass Ecosystems. BioScience, 56(12), 987. DOI: 10.1641/0006-3568(2006)56[987:AGCFSE]2.0.CO;2  

  • June 2, 2011
  • 09:27 PM
  • 1,424 views

The Confederacy of Dunces: The House of Cards is Falling

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

REPORT OF THEGLOBAL COMMISSIONON DRUG POLICY finds drug war has failed.... Read more »

Jahangir, A. Fuentes, C. Gaviria, C. Zedillo, E.Cardoso, F. Papandreou, G. Shultz, G. Solana, J. Whitehead, J. Annan, K. Arbour, L. Cattaui, M. Llosa, M. Caspers-Merk,M. Kazatchkine,M. Volcker, P. Branson, R. Dreifuss, R. Stoltenberg, T. (2011) WAR ON DRUGS. REPORT OF THE GLOBAL COMMISSION ON DRUG POLICY, 1-22. info:/

  • June 2, 2011
  • 06:26 PM
  • 728 views

Religious Factors & hippocampal atrophy or hypertrophy?

by Kausik Datta in In Scientio Veritas

As a testament to humankind's everlasting quest for knowledge and understanding of the self, a number of scientific studies in the recent times have examined the elusive relationship between the human brain and that fountainhead of human emotion and...... Read more »

  • June 1, 2011
  • 03:15 AM
  • 1,275 views

Calling all science writers and bloggers… Is anyone listening?

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

I considered giving a health warning with this post. Today, I abandon my usual calm demeanour and embark upon a part-rant, part impassioned call to action. As I climb onto my soapbox, be advised, things might get ugly (well, relatively – I am British after all). Over the past 20 or so years, millions of … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • May 30, 2011
  • 07:09 PM
  • 1,390 views

Study Demonstrates False Memories Implanted Via Advertising

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A study builds false memories of experience tasting popcorn using advertising. Methodology, questionable.... Read more »

Rajagopal, Priyali and Montgomery, Nicole Votolato,. (2011) I Imagine I Experience, I Like: The False Experience Effect . The Journal of Consumer Research. info:/

  • May 30, 2011
  • 03:29 PM
  • 1,412 views

Curcumin and the Big 'C'

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Summer is almost here, and with it days of sunbathing and feasting on soul foods at that 4th of July throw-down. Unfortunately, we do need to be concerned with the amount of time we spend basking in sun rays. "Given the increasing incidence of skin cancer and even higher incidence of condemned skin in the aging population, the application of curcumin in prevention of skin carcinogenesis holds great potential," says Dr. Cherie Ann Nathan.... Read more »

Phillips JM, Clark C, Herman-Ferdinandez L, Moore-Medlin T, Rong X, Gill JR, Clifford JL, Abreo F, & Nathan CA. (2011) Curcumin Inhibits Skin Squamous Cell Carcinoma Tumor Growth In Vivo. Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. PMID: 21493306  

  • May 30, 2011
  • 11:00 AM
  • 1,366 views

Prelim Finding The Holdouts: Who Is Required To Publicly Archive Data But Still Doesn’t?

by Heather Piwowar in Research Remix

Knowing who is least likely to publicly archive data, even when required to do so, could help us uncover unrecognized hurdles in data archiving tools, policies, practice, and culture. The results could be used to study these issues and direct educational and policy resources as necessary.... Read more »

Piwowar HA. (2011) Data from: Who shares? Who doesn’t? Factors associated with openly archiving raw research data. Dryad Digital Repository. info:/doi:10.5061/dryad.mf1sd

  • May 30, 2011
  • 06:00 AM
  • 762 views

Article review: Improving case presentations with theater training

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

"To be or not to be?"What could be more strange on a medical school curriculum than a theater training course? The authors of this study in Medical Humanities innovatively designed a 1-week elective course to help medical students at Mayo Medical School to improve their case presentation skills in partnership with the Guthrie Theater.In this pilot course, seven medical students (six 1st year students, one 4th year student) participated. The learning objectives were:Hear stories: those told by pa........ Read more »

Hammer RR, Rian JD, Gregory JK, Bostwick JM, Barrett Birk C, Chalfant L, Scanlon PD, & Hall-Flavin DK. (2011) Telling the Patient's Story: using theatre training to improve case presentation skills. Medical humanities, 37(1), 18-22. PMID: 21593246  

  • May 30, 2011
  • 06:00 AM
  • 665 views

Article review: Improving case presentations with theater training

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

"To be or not to be?"What could be more strange on a medical school curriculum than a theater training course? The authors of this study in Medical Humanities innovatively designed a 1-week elective course to help medical students at Mayo Medical School to improve their case presentation skills in partnership with the Guthrie Theater.In this pilot course, seven medical students (six 1st year students, one 4th year student) participated. The learning objectives were:Hear stories: those told by pa........ Read more »

Hammer RR, Rian JD, Gregory JK, Bostwick JM, Barrett Birk C, Chalfant L, Scanlon PD, & Hall-Flavin DK. (2011) Telling the Patient's Story: using theatre training to improve case presentation skills. Medical humanities, 37(1), 18-22. PMID: 21593246  

  • May 29, 2011
  • 01:47 AM
  • 1,340 views

Yet Another Call to Arms

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

A recent Salmonella outbreak hit 35 states, causing 73 infections and 1 death according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reporting on incidents this April.The recent outbreak is cause for special concern, because it was discovered to have originated in clinical and teaching microbiology laboratories, controlled environments where appropriate safety regulations are supposedly enforced. ... Read more »

Hayden EC. (2011) Salmonella hits US teaching labs. Nature, 473(7346), 132. PMID: 21562531  

  • May 27, 2011
  • 08:45 PM
  • 1,114 views

Filtering Out Propaganda from the Medical Literature

by Michael Long in Phased

A checklist can help scientists who evaluate technical medical manuscripts to recognize medical propaganda, thereby helping to prevent unwarranted hype from becoming mainstream knowledge.... Read more »

  • May 27, 2011
  • 07:29 PM
  • 1,017 views

Article review: Self-reflection using blogs

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

Self-reflection is an unique metacognition learning tool. It is increasingly being used in medical education (another prior blog entry). Traditionally, reflection pieces are writing assignments which are shared amongst peers in faculty-facilitated, small-group discussions.With the advent of new technologies, such as blogs (web-logs), how does blogging one's self-reflection pieces compare to the traditional method?Some of the research questions included:How does the level of reflection evide........ Read more »

Fischer MA, Haley HL, Saarinen CL, & Chretien KC. (2011) Comparison of blogged and written reflections in two medicine clerkships. Medical education, 45(2), 166-75. PMID: 21208262  

  • May 27, 2011
  • 07:59 AM
  • 846 views

Good things come in pairs: mothers of twins “naturally healthier” than other women

by James Brooks in Elements Science

Mining the historical records in the US state of Utah has yielded a link between innate healthiness, longevity and double births, reports James Brooks



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  • May 27, 2011
  • 06:00 AM
  • 1,046 views

Paucis Verbis: Outpatient treatment for diverticulitis

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

The classic teaching for the treatment of diverticulitis includes:Hospital admissionBowel rest (NPO)IV fluidsBroad spectrum IV antibioticsDo ALL patients need to be admitted? There is some early literature suggesting that there is a small sub-population who fare well with outpatient treatment.This article from Annals of EM in the "Best Available Evidence" series summarizes the existing literature well. Plus, I was one of the journal reviewers for the article and am thrilled to see this coming ou........ Read more »

  • May 25, 2011
  • 12:15 PM
  • 1,792 views

Palawan’s fauna 14,000 to 5,000 (cal) years before present

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

An accounting of the fauna of the island of Palawan (Philippines) 14,000 to 5,000 years before present.... Read more »

Piper, P., Ochoa, J., Robles, E., Lewis, H., & Paz, V. (2011) Palaeozoology of Palawan Island, Philippines. Quaternary International, 233(2), 142-158. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2010.07.009  

  • May 25, 2011
  • 09:28 AM
  • 439 views

Poland’s doctors earn £65million a year for illegal abortions

by James Brooks in Elements Science

Abortion is illegal in Poland and, as a recent report shows, doctors benefit financially from this situation. James Brooks reports.



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  • May 25, 2011
  • 04:55 AM
  • 581 views

Camouflage in the eyes of the beholder

by Jennifer Appleton in Elements Science

An animal’s ability to camouflage itself is a practical defence, but as Jennifer Appleton finds out, their technique isn’t always flawless.... Read more »

Chiao CC, Wickiser JK, Allen JJ, Genter B, & T Hanlon R. (2011) Hyperspectral imaging of cuttlefish camouflage indicates good color match in the eyes of fish predators. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 21576487  

  • May 24, 2011
  • 07:00 PM
  • 1,401 views

Motion, Theme, and a Human Face

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Lessons for a Science Writer from a New York Times Editor's Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing

I recently picked up Francis Flaherty's The Elements of Story in my campus bookstore, as I was browsing and drinking my third cup of coffee in between experiments. Turns out, I made an excellent choice from among those titles I randomly picked off the "Books about Books" shelf. I'm already an impulsive book buyer.... The quote from Library Journal on the cover, "An essen........ Read more »

Editorial. (2010) Science scorned. Nature, 467(7312), 133. PMID: 20829750  

  • May 24, 2011
  • 01:27 PM
  • 732 views

The Science of Beauty

by Abi Millar in Elements Science

From parasite resistance to the golden ratio – Abi Millar examines the science behind what is considered ‘beautiful’.



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  • May 24, 2011
  • 04:16 AM
  • 766 views

‘Guilty’ Dog look, all in the owners imagination

by Jennifer Appleton in Elements Science

Jennifer Appleton reports on how even the most innocent of dogs will get the blame for giving a look which is all in the owners mind.



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