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  • November 9, 2015
  • 07:10 AM

The Future of Micro Pigs

by Rita dos Santos Silva in United Academics

Different colors and flavors of pig?

pig, micro pig, genetics, gene editing, agriculture, pets

The Chinese genomics institute BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute) has announced that tiny pigs, created through genetic-editing techniques, are now being sold as pets. The profits generated through revenue will be used to further develop research in this area.

Demand for pigs as pets has been growing, especially among the U.S public. Yong Li, director of BGI believes that in the future gene-edit........ Read more »

  • November 9, 2015
  • 07:02 AM

The Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale 

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

You likely know we love a good conspiracy theorist here. For entertainment value it adds a lot to an otherwise dull story. In fact, one of our favorite blog-moments was when a conspiracy theorist left a raging comment for us regarding a post that questioned the existence of Big Foot. We’ve posted a few scales […]

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Conspiracy beliefs and the relation to emotional uncertainty
Is there an effective strategy that reduces a conspiracy  theorist’s intense beliefs?
Measuring........ Read more »

  • November 9, 2015
  • 04:32 AM

Head circumference and brain size in autism meta-analysed

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

I read with interest the paper by Roberto Sacco and colleagues [1] providing some much needed clarity on the topic of head circumference and brain size in relation to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Detailing the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis based on "27 studies defining percentages of macrocephalic patients and 44 structural brain imaging studies providing total brain volumes for patients and controls", researchers provided "conclusive effect sizes and prevalence rates f........ Read more »

  • November 8, 2015
  • 10:30 PM

Resistance to plant toxins in milkweed butterflies is linked to toxin storage for defense

by Betty Zou in Eat, Read, Science

Cornell biologists have shown that resistance to milkweed toxins is an evolutionary response to toxin sequestration as a defense mechanism and not as an adaptation to a toxic diet.... Read more »

  • November 8, 2015
  • 03:34 PM

The connection between masculinity, energy drink use, and sleep problems

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Energy drinks have grown in popularity for many Americans, but there is growing concern about the health risks of consuming them in large quantities. Because men are the main consumers of energy drinks, a research team lead by Dr. Ronald F. Levant, a professor of psychology at The University of Akron, set out to study a possible link between masculinity, expectations about the benefits of consuming energy drinks, how those expectations affect energy drink use, and the impact on sleep.... Read more »

  • November 8, 2015
  • 08:40 AM

Osteology Everywhere: Bacon or first rib?

by zacharoo in Lawn Chair Anthropology

I went to a cafe today to eat breakfast and get some work done. It’s important to be properly nourished to ensure maximal productivity. But I was aghast to behold the food they placed before me: First of all, this is not a sufficient amount of bacon. Secondably, this bacon is a spitting image of a first rib: […]... Read more »

Lordkipanidze D, Jashashvili T, Vekua A, Ponce de León MS, Zollikofer CP, Rightmire GP, Pontzer H, Ferring R, Oms O, Tappen M.... (2007) Postcranial evidence from early Homo from Dmanisi, Georgia. Nature, 449(7160), 305-10. PMID: 17882214  

Schmid P, Churchill SE, Nalla S, Weissen E, Carlson KJ, de Ruiter DJ, & Berger LR. (2013) Mosaic morphology in the thorax of Australopithecus sediba. Science, 340(6129), 1234598. PMID: 23580537  

White TD, Asfaw B, Beyene Y, Haile-Selassie Y, Lovejoy CO, Suwa G, & WoldeGabriel G. (2009) Ardipithecus ramidus and the paleobiology of early hominids. Science, 326(5949), 75-86. PMID: 19810190  

  • November 7, 2015
  • 07:16 PM

Acute Kidney Injury Following Heart Surgery: Do Statins Help?

by Marie Benz in Interview with: Frederic T. (Josh) Billings IV, MD, Msc Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Vanderbilt University Medical Center  Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Billings: Acute kidney … Continue reading →
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Frederic T. (Josh) Billings IV, MD, Msc. (2015) Acute Kidney Injury Following Heart Surgery: Do Statins Help?. info:/

  • November 7, 2015
  • 06:43 PM

Model Predicts Children At High Risk For Asthma Related Acute Care Visits

by Marie Benz in Interview with: Jill Hanson, MD Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City MO  Background from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology “Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children, and one of the most difficult to manage, which … Continue reading →
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Jill Hanson, MD. (2015) Model Predicts Children At High Risk For Asthma Related Acute Care Visits. info:/

  • November 7, 2015
  • 02:32 PM

The first line of defense? Think Mucus

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

By licking a wound it heals faster — this is not simply popular belief, but scientifically proven. Our saliva consists of water and mucus, among other things, and the mucus plays an important role. It stimulates white blood cells to build a good defense against invaders, according to a group of researchers at Lund University in Sweden together with colleagues from Copenhagen and Odense in Denmark.... Read more »

Mohanty, T., Sjogren, J., Kahn, F., Abu-Humaidan, A., Fisker, N., Assing, K., Morgelin, M., Bengtsson, A., Borregaard, N., & Sorensen, O. (2015) A novel mechanism for NETosis provides antimicrobial defense at the oral mucosa. Blood, 126(18), 2128-2137. DOI: 10.1182/blood-2015-04-641142  

  • November 7, 2015
  • 10:07 AM

Bioanthro lab activity: Sexual dimorphism

by zacharoo in Lawn Chair Anthropology

A few weeks ago we examined sexual dimorphism – characteristic differences between males and females – in my Intro to Bioanthro class. Sexual dimorphism roughly correlates with aspects of social behavior in animals, and so we compared dimorphism in our class with what is seen in other primates. For the lab, we collected our body masses, heights, […]... Read more »

  • November 7, 2015
  • 06:50 AM

Capgras delusion

by neurosci in Neuroscientifically Challenged

Think for a moment about the people in your life whom you are closest to and most familiar with---those whom you see, talk to, and maybe share intimate moments with on a regular basis. Perhaps this would be your spouse, partner, parents, siblings, or friends. Now, try to imagine waking up tomorrow and, upon seeing one of these people, being overcome with an unshakable feeling that it is not really them you are seeing. Even though you know it sounds crazy, you can't stop yourself from thinking th........ Read more »

Young, G. (2008) Capgras delusion: An interactionist model. Consciousness and Cognition, 17(3), 863-876. DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2008.01.006  

  • November 7, 2015
  • 03:36 AM

First there was CFS/ME, then SEID, now... NIOF

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

A quick-ish post for you today, to bring the paper by Michael Maes [1] to your attention and illustrate how when it comes to research at least, this year (2015) seems to be truly moving forward when it comes to the topic of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).The latest Maes paper (one of many by this author on this topic) provides some further research discussion on how progress in getting to the root cause of CFS/ME and developing suitable interventions has to some........ Read more »

  • November 6, 2015
  • 10:54 PM

Cancer survivors less likely to receive callbacks from potential employers

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Job applicants who are cancer survivors are less likely to receive callbacks from potential retail employers than those who did not disclose their health history, according to a recent study by Rice University and Penn State University researchers.... Read more »

  • November 6, 2015
  • 05:30 PM

Concept Before Procedure? It Doesn't Matter

by Joshua Fisher in Text Savvy

Overall, both longitudinal and experimental studies indicate that procedural knowledge leads to improvements in conceptual knowledge, in addition to vice versa. The relations between the two types of knowledge are bidirectional. It is a myth that it is a "one-way street" from conceptual knowledge to procedural knowledge.... Read more »

  • November 6, 2015
  • 12:07 PM

When Does an Android Become a Creepazoid?

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

The uncanny valley is a place no one wants to be. Somewhere between machine and human, the theory goes, robots take a dive into creepiness. But roboticists aren't sure the valley really exists. Now, researchers in California say they have new evidence for this icky zone, and they can even draw a map of it.

Robotics professor Masahiro Mori first proposed the uncanny valley in 1970. The idea feels right—certainly some robots are charming and others, especially androids not quite succeeding ........ Read more »

  • November 6, 2015
  • 06:47 AM

Broca’s area processes both music and language at the same time

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

When you read a book and listen to music, the brain doesn’t keep these two tasks nicely separated. In a new article just out, I show that there is a brain area which is busy with both tasks at the same time (Kunert et al., 2015). This brain area might tell us a lot about […]... Read more »

  • November 6, 2015
  • 06:32 AM

Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

Once upon a time there was a high school student who was struggling to write a literature essay. The student couldn’t find anything good about the writer she had to discuss; he simply looked like a depressed misogynist, unable to even properly commit suicide at the first try. There is no need to write and publish a poem called “Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes” just because a woman broke up with you (not that the student would blame her), right?

The student grew up, f........ Read more »

  • November 6, 2015
  • 05:25 AM

In response to amino acids yeast FLCN-FNIP orthologues Lst7-Lst4 stimulate TORC1 activity

by Danielle Stevenson in BHD Research Blog

In eukaryotic cells TORC1 signalling has a key role in controlling cell growth in response to nutritional status. Folliculin (FLCN) and the FNIP proteins regulate mTORC signalling via interactions with Rag family GTPases (Petit et al., 2013, Tsun et al., 2012). Recently Péli-Gulli et al. (2015) reported that the yeast orthologues of FLCN and FNIP, Lst7 and Lst4, form a heterodimer that acts as a GTPase Activating Protein (GAP) for yeast Rag family GTPase Gtr2 . Lst4-Lst7 is the first GAP ........ Read more »

  • November 6, 2015
  • 04:31 AM

Reduced zinc levels in schizophrenia: study AND meta-analysis

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

"Single element analysis indicated that the concentrations of cesium, zinc, and selenium were significantly reduced in patients with schizophrenia in both the training and test groups."Those were some of the findings reported by Lei Cai and colleagues [1] (open-access available here) as part of their study "to quantify the levels of 35 elements in the sera of 111 Schizophrenia patients and 110 healthy participants, which consisted of a training (61/61 for cases/controls included) and a test grou........ Read more »

  • November 5, 2015
  • 09:47 PM

Your good deeds are pleasing God? That might impress kids but it doesn’t impress adults!

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

The most magnificent charitable gesture can fall flat if it turns out that you just did it to get a promotion, or get some other kind of pay off. People don’t like it if they think they detect a hidden motive behind apparently charitable behaviour. Last year, research by University of Kentucky psychologist Will Gervais [Read More...]... Read more »

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