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  • November 22, 2012
  • 02:01 PM

Curious Cosmos

by Emarkham in GeneticCuckoo

A discussion of the recent advances in space exploration, looking specifically at the Mars Rover landing as well as other space phenomena during 2012. ... Read more »

E Markham. (2012) Curious Cosmos. Blogspot. info:/

  • November 16, 2012
  • 07:48 PM

The Science Surrounding Children & Dogs: Part 1 (The Good)

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

I love that cute is good for us. All this talk of cute, a website and some observations at home got me thinking this week.  I recently saw this image posted on Facebook and I don’t mind admitting that it tugged at my emotions. Around the same day, I was watching my two year old toddler (an unpublished and independent kawaii survey reports the toddler is somewhat cute) interacting with my dogs (they are cute, no survey required).(source)The toddler is currently learning (slowly) that the worl........ Read more »

Serpell James. (1999) Animals in Children's Lives. Society , 7(2), 87-94. DOI: 10.1163/156853099X00013  

O'Haire Marguerite. (2010) Companion animals and human health: Benefits, challenges, and the road ahead. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 5(5), 226-234. DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2010.02.002  

Blue Gladys F. (1986) The Value of Pets in Children's Lives. Childhood Education, 63(2), 85-90. DOI: 10.1080/00094056.1986.10521747  

Holscher Bernd, Frye Christian, Wichmann H. -Erich, & Heinrich Joachim. (2002) Exposure to pets and allergies in children. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 13(5), 334-341. DOI: 10.1034/j.1399-3038.2002.02063.x  

Anderson Katherine L., & Olson Myrna R. (2006) The value of a dog in a classroom of children with severe emotional disorders. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People , 19(1), 35-49. DOI: 10.2752/089279306785593919  

Gee Nancy R., Harris Shelly L., & Johnson Kristina L. (2007) The Role of Therapy Dogs in Speed and Accuracy to Complete Motor Skills Tasks for Preschool Children. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People , 20(4), 375-386. DOI: 10.2752/089279307X245509  

  • November 16, 2012
  • 06:00 AM

Recent Study Raises Questions About Using Adult Stem Cells for Chronic Heart Disease

by Jalees Rehman in Fragments of Truth

In summary, the POSEIDON trial has shown that treating chronic heart disease patients with bone marrow derived stem cells is not yet ready for prime time. Bone marrow cells from strangers may be just as safe as one’s own cells, but if bone marrow stem cells are not very effective for treating chronic heart disease, than it may just be a moot point.... Read more »

  • November 8, 2012
  • 12:40 PM

Blogging's First Academic Paper

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

In an historic achievement, I can announce that I have become (to my knowledge) the first blogger ever to publish in a peer-reviewed academic journal under a blogging pseudonym.Skeptic, N. (2012) The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell Perspectives on Psychological Science 7 (6) 643-644 This is based on a post from two years ago (far and away the most popular post I've ever done). Now as historic achievements go, this is fairly niche, but I do think it's important.Most of the problems with the way s........ Read more »

Neuroskeptic. (2012) The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7(6), 643-644. DOI: 10.1177/1745691612459519  

  • November 7, 2012
  • 09:24 AM

Video Tip of the Week: Force11 and the future of research communications

by Mary in OpenHelix

Recently the National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO) hosted a webinar about the changing face of research communications. Beyond traditional publication, there are a lot of new methods to do outreach and communication about science–blogs, twitter, videos, social media like Facebook and Google+, MOOCs, software tools, and more. This is for our peers and for [...]... Read more »

Bourne Philip E , Clark Tim, Dale Robert, De Waard Anita, Herman Ivan, Hovy Eduard, & Shotton David. (2012) Improving future research communication and e-scholarship : a summary of findings. Informatik-Spektrum, 35(1), 62. DOI: 10.1007/s00287-011-0592-1  

Bourne, Philip E., Clark, Timothy W., Dale, Robert, de Waard, Anita, Herman, Ivan, Hovy, Eduard H., & David Shotton. (2011) Improving The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship. Dagstuhl Manifestos, 1(1), 41-59. info:/10.4230/DagMan.1.1.41

  • November 6, 2012
  • 09:32 AM

Retreating to Ocean Isle

by Clay Clark in Biochem Blogs

When you think of Italy you may conjure up images of fine wines, food hearty enough to suppress the most insatiable appetite or natural beauty only a poet could describe, but I think of a birthplace. The birthplace of an … Continue reading →... Read more »

Bourne Philip E., & Friedberg Iddo. (2006) Ten Simple Rules for Selecting a Postdoctoral Position. PLoS Computational Biology, 2(11). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.0020121  

Walters Jad, Schipper Joshua L., Swartz Paul, Mattos Carla, & Clark A. Clay. (2012) Allosteric modulation of caspase 3 through mutagenesis. Bioscience Reports, 32(4), 401-411. DOI: 10.1042/BSR20120037  

  • November 3, 2012
  • 09:56 AM

Rediscovering the basics

by SS in Scientific scrutiny

anti-HSA antibody CIM disk... Read more »

  • October 31, 2012
  • 05:06 PM

Ideally amicable: beauty and behaviour (part 2)

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hellloooo Julie,(source)Isn’t it interesting that bigger eyes are a preferred attribute for attractiveness, yet we find animals covering their faces (and therefore obscuring their eyes!) super cute? The eyes have it, but they obviously aren’t the full story. I look forward to hearing more!While you tell me about what rings our bells in terms of physical looks, I'd like to get back to telling you about Tammie King's research into behaviour assessment and contemplating what behaviour........ Read more »

  • October 27, 2012
  • 11:32 AM

Why Publishing in the NEJM is not the Best Guarantee that Something is True: a Response to Katan

by Laika Spoetnik in Laika's Medliblog

Katan also states that “publishing in the NEJM is the best guarantee something is true”.

I think the latter statement is wrong for a number of reasons.*

First, most published findings are false [6]. Thus journals can never “guarantee” that published research is true.
Factors that make it less likely that research findings are true include a small effect size, a greater number and lesser preselection of tested relationships, selective outcome reporting, the ........ Read more »

de Ruyter JC, Olthof MR, Seidell JC, & Katan MB. (2012) A trial of sugar-free or sugar-sweetened beverages and body weight in children. The New England journal of medicine, 367(15), 1397-406. PMID: 22998340  

Fang, F., & Casadevall, A. (2011) Retracted Science and the Retraction Index. Infection and Immunity, 79(10), 3855-3859. DOI: 10.1128/IAI.05661-11  

  • October 25, 2012
  • 02:53 PM

Why You Should Reject the “Rejection Improves Impact” Meme

by caseybergman in I wish you'd made me angry earlier

Over the last two weeks, a meme has been making the rounds in the scientific twittersphere that goes something like “Rejection of a scientific manuscript improves its eventual impact”.  This idea is based a recent analysis of patterns of manuscript submission reported in Science by Calcagno et al., which has been actively touted in the [...]... Read more »

  • October 24, 2012
  • 09:31 AM

Commercial Publishing is Taking Open Access Seriously

by James in Open Science

This morning I came across a paper by Laakso & Björk (2012) examining the volume of scientific articles published as OA journals from 2000 to 2011. One of the most interesting points they demonstrated was the internal shift in the structure of publisher types that are involved in OA: What we see here is the total [...]... Read more »

  • October 23, 2012
  • 07:41 AM

Ideally amicable: beauty and behaviour (Part 1)

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hi Julie!How was the APDT conference? Those citizen science projects in your last post were completely awesome – I still can’t decide if the slowed down baby laughter sound is hilarious or scary! Not sure I’d want to hear my kid’s giggle turned into Uncle Fester’s slow-play snicker is all I’m saying.Looking at those babies’ behaviour, we can obviously tell they are happy little campers, but what assessments can be made about dog behaviour? More importantly, what........ Read more »

King Tammie, Marston Linda C., & Bennett Pauleen C. (2009) Describing the ideal Australian companion dog. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 120(1-2), 93. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2009.04.011  

King Tammie, Marston Linda, & Bennett Pauleen. (2011) Development of the Monash Canine Amicablity Assessment (MCAA). Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 6(1). DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2010.08.033  

  • October 23, 2012
  • 07:31 AM

Convicted Scientists, Earthquakes and Communication

by gunnardw in The Beast, the Bard and the Bot

Yesterday, October 22nd, six scientists and one government official were sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter. A consequence of the events surrounding the earthquake (magnitude: 6.3) that hit the Italian city of L’Aquila on April 6th 2009, and … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • October 20, 2012
  • 03:45 AM

When Replication Goes Bad

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

How to ensure that results in psychology (and other fields) are replicated has become a popular topic of discussion recently. There's no doubt that many results fail to replicate, and also, that people don't even try to replicate findings as much as they should.Yet psychologist Gregory Francis warns that replication per se is not always a good thing: Publication bias and the failure of replication in experimental psychologyAmong experimental psychologists, successful replication enhances belief ........ Read more »

  • October 18, 2012
  • 01:00 AM

Graduate Students Should Be Able to Specialize In Replication

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Now that the need for more replication has forced its way onto the scientific agenda we should begin thinking about how to build systems to support its growth and institutionalization. New publications and conferences are all good steps, but we should go beyond relying on a loosely organized group of scientists who dedicate time to [...]... Read more »

  • October 16, 2012
  • 06:05 PM

SfN Neuroblogging 2012: Implicit and Explicit Gender Bias

by TheCellularScale in The Cellular Scale

Today I am going to talk about just one thing rather than poster highlights from the whole day. As always, all the SfN Neuroblogging posts can be found here. Other posts on gender and neurosexism can be found here.  Today was the annual "Celebration of Women in Neuroscience Luncheon." This is one of the highlights of SfN for me each year. There is always a fantastic speaker (Phyllis Wise this year) and the lunch is delicious. Phyllis Wise brought up the 'exact same resume study' in her........ Read more »

Moss-Racusin CA, Dovidio JF, Brescoll VL, Graham MJ, & Handelsman J. (2012) Science faculty's subtle gender biases favor male students. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(41), 16474-9. PMID: 22988126  

  • October 14, 2012
  • 05:55 AM

Citizen science and digital platforms: folding it all the way to outer space

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

ScienceRewired is a philanthropic initiative that aims to promote public engagement in science through digital and social technologies. Their mission is to aid non-technical science practitioners and the digital domain in working together, to look at science from new perspectives while helping educate and empower individuals to create significant positive change in the world. Their focus spreads across science education, science communication and citizen science initiatives – what’s not to........ Read more »

Hand Eric. (2010) Citizen science: People power. Nature, 466(7307), 687. DOI: 10.1038/466685a  

Khatib F., Cooper S., Tyka M. D., Xu K., Makedon I., Popovic Z., Baker D., & Players F. (2011) From the Cover: Algorithm discovery by protein folding game players. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(47), 18953. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1115898108  

Parsons Jeffrey, Lukyanenko Roman, & Wiersma Yolanda. (2011) Easier citizen science is better. Nature, 471(7336), 37. DOI: 10.1038/471037a  

  • October 13, 2012
  • 11:53 AM

Science and the gender problem

by Sam Hardman in Ecologica

Within academic science there has long been a gender bias favouring men over women. Male scientists are more likely to be hired than women despite equivalent qualifications, men get paid [...]... Read more »

Ceci S. J., & Williams W. M. (2011) Understanding current causes of women's underrepresentation in science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(8), 3157-3162. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1014871108  

Moss-Racusin C. A., Dovidio J. F., Brescoll V. L., Graham M. J., & Handelsman J. (2012) Science faculty's subtle gender biases favor male students. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(41), 16474-16479. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1211286109  

  • October 13, 2012
  • 11:00 AM

A new vocal learner found?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

In a study that appeared in PLoS ONE two days ago, co-authored by Gustavo Arriaga, Eric Zhou and Erich Jarvis (Duke University), it was shown that a motor cortex region in mice is active during singing, and that it projects directly to brainstem vocal motor neurons that is necessary for keeping song more stereotyped and on pitch.... Read more »

Holy TE, & Guo Z. (2005) Ultrasonic songs of male mice. PLoS biology, 3(12). PMID: 16248680  

Arriaga, G., Zhou, E. P., & Jarvis, E. D. (2012) Of Mice, Birds, and Men: The Mouse Ultrasonic Song-system Has Some Features SImilar to Humans and Song-Learning Birds. PLoS ONE, 7(10). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0046610

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