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  • April 6, 2013
  • 03:16 PM
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Induced Hibernation in Rat: an interview with Matteo Cerri

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Semanto.me

The possibility of inducing a suspended animation state similar to natural torpor would be greatly beneficial in medical science, since it would avoid the adverse consequence of the powerful autonomic activation evoked by external cooling. Previous attempts to systemically inhibit metabolism were successful in mice, but practically ineffective in nonhibernators. Here we show that the selective pharmacological inhibition of key neurons in the central pathways for thermoregulatory cold defense is ........ Read more »

  • April 5, 2013
  • 08:59 AM
  • 900 views

A short rant about numbered references

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

I find the numbered (Vancouver) referencing system adopted by many journals very irritating, and I explain why.... Read more »

  • April 2, 2013
  • 03:04 AM
  • 696 views

Steven Pinker: "People in music hate this theory"

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

Steven Pinker explains again why music is not an adaptation but should be seen as a kind of 'supernormal stimulus'...... Read more »

Honing, H. (2011) Muziek is geen luxe.. maar wat dan wel?. Academische Boekengids. info:/

Collier, D., Honing, H., & Oliver, R. (2012) REVIEWS. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 5(1), 109-121. DOI: 10.1386/jmte.5.1.109_5  

  • April 1, 2013
  • 05:00 PM
  • 1,044 views

Can a Sea Lion keep the beat too?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

Yesterday another piece of evidence was published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology showing a sea lion (Zalophus californianus) being able to learned to entrain to the beat of the music.... Read more »

  • March 31, 2013
  • 09:14 AM
  • 713 views

Greenland, Frederica de Laguna, and Early Convergences

by Andreas Muenchow in Icy Seas

Not sure why, but this photo of two young scientists working off Greenland has been in my mind for the last 3 days. It shows a 25-year graduate student of Anthropology from Columbia University, Frederica de Laguna, with one of … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 28, 2013
  • 06:57 PM
  • 602 views

Throw another dog in the (data) pool

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hello Julie,My, oh my! What an exciting time it was last week, witnessing Dog Spies' migration to the Scientific American Blog Network. Such a great day for dogs, for science and for YOU!  Yah! for this recognition of your fabulous writing achievements, communicating the field of canine science to a broader audience. WELL DONE!As for your question about writing and how I do it, I have to admit I'm 'between systems' currently. By this, I mean that I sometimes map out ideas and plan........ Read more »

Liberati Alessandro, Altman Douglas G., Tetzlaff Jennifer, Mulrow Cynthia, Gøtzsche Peter C., Ioannidis John P.A., Clarke Mike, Devereaux P.J., Kleijnen Jos, & Moher David. (2009) The PRISMA statement for reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses of studies that evaluate health care interventions: explanation and elaboration. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 62(10). DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2009.06.006  

Dorey Nicole R., Udell Monique A.R., & Wynne Clive D.L. (2009) Breed differences in dogs sensitivity to human points: A meta-analysis. Behavioural Processes, 81(3), 409-415. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2009.03.011  

Fratkin Jamie L, Sinn David L, Patall Erika A, & Gosling Samuel D. (2013) Personality consistency in dogs: a meta-analysis. PloS one. PMID: 23372787  

Nimer Janelle, & Lundahl Brad. (2007) Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Meta-Analysis. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People , 20(3), 225-238. DOI: 10.2752/089279307X224773  

  • March 25, 2013
  • 08:00 AM
  • 380 views

Steering into the skid: what can we fix with formal training in grad school?

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

A couple of years ago, I got into a car wreck. A tire blew out on a truck to my right. It swerved and hit me. I skidded across the road. You know what you’re supposed to do in that situation, right?

You’re supposed to steer into the skid.

I did not. I was unable to correct the skid, and wound up crossing a couple of lanes of the highway. There was no oncoming traffic, and I was fine.

I was trained to do the correct thing and steer into the skid. I took driving lessons. Steering into the s........ Read more »

Fang F. C., Steen R. G., & Casadevall A. (2012) Misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted scientific publications. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(42), 17028-17033. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1212247109  

  • March 22, 2013
  • 06:50 PM
  • 645 views

A great role model for collaborative science: meet the OpenWorm

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

Sometimes even big project could start from a tweet.

Matteo Cantarelli - member of the OpenWorm team - says: "It was 2007 when Giovanni Idili and I started - naively - talking about simulating the worm. We were approaching the problem after having hit common limits of artificial intelligence. We never got to write any code for the worm at that time, we just had lengthy conversations and paper reading sessions together."
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  • March 21, 2013
  • 10:00 AM
  • 772 views

Blogging as post-publication peer review: reasonable or unfair?

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

In a previous blogpost, I criticized a recent paper claiming that playing action video games improved reading in dyslexics. In a series of comments below the blogpost, two of the authors have responded to my criticisms. I thank them for taking the trouble to spell out their views and giving readers the opportunity to see another point of view. I am, however, not persuaded by their arguments, which make two main points. First, that their study was not methodologically weak and so Current Biology ........ Read more »

Ioannidis JP, Pereira TV, & Horwitz RI. (2013) Emergence of large treatment effects from small trials--reply. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association, 309(8), 768-9. PMID: 23443435  

  • March 21, 2013
  • 08:27 AM
  • 600 views

Setting the record a little straighter regarding trade in African grey parrots

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

SUMMARY: I am trying to learn the truth regarding a published piece that caused at least one reader to ask: "Is this really true??? If it is not true how can they get away with saying this???" Read more... Read more »

  • March 20, 2013
  • 09:13 AM
  • 517 views

Video Tip of the Week: figshare + GenoCAD = outreach

by Mary in OpenHelix

For this week’s video tip of the week, I’m going to highlight the services of figshare. Figshare is a terrific resource for storing data, posters, paper, slides, code, movies, and more. Nearly any sort of digital item that you may be creating as part of your research or research communications projects can be uploaded to [...]... Read more »

Singh, J. (2011) FigShare. Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics, 2(2), 138. DOI: 10.4103/0976-500X.81919  

  • March 18, 2013
  • 04:27 PM
  • 375 views

Today in cognitive dissonance: celebrating “landmark” openness in a closed journal

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

A new editorial in The Journal of Comparative Neurology celebrates a paper that goes the extra mile in making its anatomical data available:


(The authors) provide an unprecedented level of access to their supporting data by publishing their full set of experimental outcomes in the form of virtual slides, or whole‐slide images.

The editorial nicely summarizes why archiving data from brain slices is particularly important. Brains are complex structures, and there is necessarily a lot of inter........ Read more »

Karten Harvey J., Glaser Jack R., & Hof Patrick R. (2013) A landmark in scientific publishing. Journal of Comparative Neurology. DOI: 10.1002/cne.23329  

  • March 17, 2013
  • 06:00 PM
  • 407 views

Science needs to be mainstream; but not that mainstream!!!

by Stuart Miller in UKSportSci

The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research is a good portal for the S&C coach. However, I keep reading articles in it that make me question its scientific rigour. I’ve already written about a recent paper in which a completely invalid methodology was used (although I must thank them for this as it was a great teaching tool). Now, they have published an article entitled “Changes in Height, Body Weight, and Body Composition in American Football Players From 1942 to 2011″.... Read more »

Anzell AR, Potteiger JA, Kraemer WJ, & Otieno S. (2013) Changes in height, body weight, and body composition in American football players from 1942 to 2011. Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength , 27(2), 277-84. PMID: 23222088  

  • March 15, 2013
  • 09:20 PM
  • 878 views

The heat(map) is on... The colours of canine welfare.

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hey Julie, All those conferences sound completely AMAZING! I love that both dog urine and poo are totally appropriate topics for us to discuss in our conversations. All the other scientists are so jealous right now!I hope you've been well since getting home again. We've just been through the longest heatwave ever recorded in Melbourne over the past fortnight (9 days over 30oC / 90oF in a row) and today it's finally cooled off, hooray! I haven't posted you the TimTams I promised you on Twitt........ Read more »

Seligman Martin E. P., Ernst Randal M., Gillham Jane, Reivich Karen, & Linkins Mark. (2009) Positive education: positive psychology and classroom interventions. Oxford Review of Education, 35(3), 293-311. DOI: 10.1080/03054980902934563  

  • March 15, 2013
  • 03:20 PM
  • 785 views

Passive Radio Ice Depth Experiment

by Olga Vovk in Milchstraße

I would like to discuss one method used for estimate thickness of Antarctic ice, which could be easily adopted for space exploration and could be used to estimate the thickness of ice mantle on extraterrestrial planets, on Ceres and other bodies in the main asteroid belt, and on Jovian moons.... Read more »

  • March 15, 2013
  • 05:16 AM
  • 591 views

How Neuroscientists Scan the Media

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

In case you missed it, I had a guest post this week in Nature's SpotOn NYC series on Communication and the Brain (#BeBraiNY), held in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week. The theme concerned the challenges of engaging the public's interest in cognitive sciences, and communicating the knowns (and unknowns) of brain disorders:In the current funding climate of budget cuts and sequestration, there’s a wide latitude between overselling the immediate clinical implications of "imaging every spike........ Read more »

Joachim Allgaier, Sharon Dunwoody, Dominique Brossard, Yin-Yueh Lo, & Hans Peter Peters. (2013) Journalism and Social Media as Means of Observing the Contexts of Science. BioScience. info:/10.1525/bio.2013.63.4.8

  • March 14, 2013
  • 09:57 AM
  • 647 views

The Benefits of Current Mars Research

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

Martian exploration is unquestionably a hot topic right now. Mainstream media outlets have largely focused on the most visible efforts of the Curiosity mission, and that’s a good thing. While people might be thrilled with the photographs that they have an opportunity to view on their screens however, they may be less familiar with the [...]... Read more »

  • March 13, 2013
  • 08:46 AM
  • 536 views

Predicting Technological Progress: Putting Moore’s Law to the Test

by gunnardw in The Beast, the Bard and the Bot

Being able to predict the pace of technological development could be quite useful for a lot of people. No surprise then, that several models (or ‘laws’) have been posited that aim to describe how technological progress will unfurl (the most famous one probably being Moore’s law, for those interested: original article here). However, these laws [...]... Read more »

  • March 12, 2013
  • 02:28 AM
  • 585 views

What Is This Thing Called Neuroscience?

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

"It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is." -President Bill Clinton, August 17, 1998image: Brain electrodes, by laimagendelmundoDr. Vaughan Bell at Mind Hacks wrote a terrific post on The history of the birth of neuroculture as a follow-up to his Observer piece on Folk Neuroscience. That article explained how neuro talk has invaded many aspects of everyday discourse. In the new post he briefly covers the history of modern neuroscience, a necessary prelude to contemporary neuroc........ Read more »

  • March 10, 2013
  • 07:00 AM
  • 1,082 views

High-impact journals: where newsworthiness trumps methodology

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

Because it is hard to get a paper published in a high-impact journal, it is often assumed that such papers are of particularly high quality. In practice, however, these journals focus more on newsworthiness of findings than methodological rigour, and, as Tressoldi et al (2013) have shown, their standards of statistical reporting can be low. This point is illustrated by a recent paper in Current Biology entitled "Action video games make dyslexic children read better." This study was ser........ Read more »

Tressoldi, P., Giofré, D., Sella, F., & Cumming, G. (2013) High Impact . PLoS ONE, 8(2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056180  

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