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  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Cheap Cell-Phone Microscopes Might Make Distance Ed Science Labs Feasible

by Michael Windelspecht in RicochetScience

Review of recent advances in cell phone microscopes... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Pharyngeal pressures and the masako maneuver

by Adam in slowdog

Explores how pharyngeal pressures are effected by tongue-hold swallow. ... Read more »

Doeltgen SH, Macrae P, & Huckabee ML. (2011) Pharyngeal pressure generation during tongue-hold swallows across age groups. American journal of speech-language pathology / American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 20(2), 124-30. PMID: 21386045  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Is this journal for real?

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

This year 134 suspect new journals have appeared from the abyss, all published by the same clandestine company “Scientific & Academic Publishing, USA“... Read more »

Morrison, Heather. (2012) Scholarly Communication in Crisis. Freedom for scholarship in the internet age. Simon Fraser University School of Communication. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Synthesising Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

The paper describes how “in the past most stores were able to sell pseudoephedrine”, the US’s most popular decongestant but new laws require pharmacies, often with restricted opening hours to sell the medicine only to those carrying government issued ID. The paper argues that “it would be of great interest to have a simple synthesis of pseudoephedrine from reagents which can be more readily procured”. The study is published in the splendidly titled Journal of Apocry........ Read more »

Hai, O. Hakkenshit, I.B. (2012) A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine. Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry, 213-21. info:/1F.1BC9/b00000F00A

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Dizziness When Standing Up Linked to Greater Risk of Heart Failure: Research

by United Academics in United Academics

Many people feel suddenly dizzy when they stand up too quickly. This is caused by orthostatic hypotension, a rapid drop in blood pressure. Now a team of scientists at the University of North Carolina suggest that people with orthostatic hypotension might have a greater risk of developing heart failure.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Are Your Children too Impulsive and Emotional? Maybe They Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

by Jaime Menchén in United Academics

It seems that just half an hour of sleep makes a big difference when it comes to children ages 7 to 11. Researchers in Canada have found that kids who were allowed to sleep just a bit more than usual performed much better at school than kids who were deprived almost one hour of sleep over the week.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

More evidence that antibiotics are over-prescribed - How should that change?

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

Today Lancet Infectious Diseases posted an early release of an article that shows that the antibiotic amoxicillin still does not work on viruses.

Many doctors still routinely prescribe antibiotics for viral infections.

Bias, perhaps the biggest confounder in medical research, is controlled for very well.

What does the study show?... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Testing Hair Can Detect Heart Disease

by Andrew Porterfield in United Academics

Usually, doctors take a blood test to determine levels of cortisol, a hormone that’s elevated by stress and is linked to a number of cardiovascular disorders. But a blood test just takes a cross-section “snapshot” of blood cortisol levels, and can’t tell how long these levels have been high.... Read more »

Manenschijn, L., Schaap, L., van Schoor, N., van der Pas, S., Peeters, G., Lips, P., Koper, J., & van Rossum, E. (2013) High Long-Term Cortisol Levels, Measured in Scalp Hair, Are Associated With a History of Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology , 98(5), 2078-2083. DOI: 10.1210/jc.2012-3663  

  • November 30, 1999
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by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In 2008, doctor Sergio Canavero, an italian neurosurgeon based in Turin, IT, have awakened a 20 years old lady from a permanent post-traumatic vegetative state, by means of a bifocal extradural cortical electro-stimulation. Today, while Science still find it hard to explain consciousness and embodied cognition – the world-class neurosurgeon made a shock announcement: “I’m ready for the first head transplant on a man.”

In the manuscript published on Surgical Neurology I........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Anatomy of a "Serving"

by Austin Bouck in Animal Science Review

s it how much you’re expected to eat? How much you should eat? Pardon me, but if I want to eat an entire bag of potato chips, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

I say this as the guy who helps create nutrition facts panels for food products for a living. I have read, reread, proof read, and colored red hundreds of these little tables in my time, and believe it or not, people aren’t lining up at parties to hear my thrilling stories... Read more »

Conrad J. Choinière, & Amy Lando. (2008) 2008 Health and Diet Survey. FDA Consumer Behavior Research Foos Safety Surveys (FSS). info:/

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

2014: The Year in Science

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

The year in review: innovative discoveries and progress in all different fields of science. [Infographic]... Read more »

Qiu, X., Wong, G., Audet, J., Bello, A., Fernando, L., Alimonti, J., Fausther-Bovendo, H., Wei, H., Aviles, J., Hiatt, E.... (2014) Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disease in nonhuman primates with ZMapp. Nature, 514(7520), 47-53. DOI: 10.1038/nature13777  

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

Quintana, E., Barclay, T., Raymond, S., Rowe, J., Bolmont, E., Caldwell, D., Howell, S., Kane, S., Huber, D., Crepp, J.... (2014) An Earth-Sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star. Science, 344(6181), 277-280. DOI: 10.1126/science.1249403  

A.K. Geim, & K. S. Novoselov. (2010) The rise and rise of graphene. Nature Nanotechnology, 5(11), 755-755. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2010.224  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Is Your Tech Working for You? Accuracy of Activity Trackers

by Rodney Steadman in Gravity's Pull

A look at two studies that investigate the effectiveness of activity trackers.... Read more »

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