Hey Julie,it's not every week I get to issue an invitation to the entire world, but that's exactly what I'm doing today! MiaStudents invited to compete in global dog poo competition:Poo Power! Global Challenge launches Monday 25 November 2013Students and classes will be pitched against each other to see who can identify the most and largest dog waste 'hotspots' in their local neighbourhood in the 'Poo Power! Global Challenge'. Participants use a GPS-enabled iPhone to download the free Poo P........ Read more »
Okoroigwe E.C., Ibeto C.N., & Okpara C.G. (2010) Comparative Study of the Potential of Dog Waste for Biogas Production. Trends in Applied Sciences Research, 5(1), 71-77. DOI: 10.3923/tasr.2010.71.77
Nemiroff Leah. (2007) Design, Testing and Implementation of a Large-Scale Urban Dog Waste Composting Program. Compost Science , 15(4), 237-242. info:other/http://montrealndgdogrun.org/image/downloads/compost studies.pdf
When I was young, the one superpower I craved above all was perfect memory. I’d picture my eyes as camcorder lenses, recording everything I read, saw and experienced into the Kodak film that was my brain. Anytime I wanted to re-experience something, I’d simply hit a mental “play” button and BAM! The video of my […]... Read more »
Patihis L, Frenda SJ, Leport AK, Petersen N, Nichols RM, Stark CE, McGaugh JL, & Loftus EF. (2013) False memories in highly superior autobiographical memory individuals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24248358
Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae by increasing lipid output without sacrificing growth.... Read more »
Trentacoste E.M., Shrestha R.P., Smith S.R., Glé C., Hartmann A.C., Hildebrand M., & Gerwick W.H. (2013) Metabolic engineering of lipid catabolism increases microalgal lipid accumulation without compromising growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24248374
Researchers have found that females have better ability to recognize hostile angry movement of males while males have better ability to recognize happy walking of females.
In the present study, researchers presented human locomotion with various emotional expressions, i.e. neutral, happiness and anger, to fifty three healthy female and male adult observers in the age range of 22-25 years.
Researchers found that emotions portraye........ Read more »
The members of the Tissue Engineering Team at the Dept. of Histology at the University of Granada.Yesterday, researchers at the University of Granada announced an important scientific breakthrough, that may aid in the immediate use of artificially-grown skin for major burn patients, since the skin could be stored in tissue banks and made available when needed.One of the problems major burn victims face is that, using the current protocols for artificial skin, they need to wait several weeks in ........ Read more »
Garzón I, Miyake J, González-Andrades M, Carmona R, Carda C, Sánchez-Quevedo Mdel C, Campos A, & Alaminos M. (2013) Wharton's jelly stem cells: a novel cell source for oral mucosa and skin epithelia regeneration. Stem cells translational medicine, 2(8), 625-32. PMID: 23817131
Suki Manabe overcame a near nervous breakdown and a crashed early supercomputer to devise the first climate models to reliably simulate the role of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and include both the atmosphere and oceans. ... Read more »
Syukuro Manabe and Richard T Wetherald. (1967) Thermal equilibrium of the atmosphere with a given distribution of relative humidity. ournal of the Atmospheric Sciences. DOI: 10.1175/1520-0469(1967)024
Syukuro Manabe and Kirk Bryan. (1969) Climate calculations with a combined ocean-atmosphere model. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. DOI: 10.1175/1520-0469(1969)026
Do you rely on your spouse to remember special events and travel plans? Your coworker to remember how to submit a frustrating form? Your cell phone to store every phone number you’ll ever need? Yeah, me too. You might call this time saving or delegating, but if you were a fancy psychologist you’d call it transactive memory.... Read more »
Sparrow B, Liu J, & Wegner DM. (2011) Google effects on memory: cognitive consequences of having information at our fingertips. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6043), 776-8. PMID: 21764755
Scientists have found the neutrinos that are far beyond the known energy of neutrinos expected to be produced in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Neutrinos are the elementary particles that are thought to be produced outside of our solar system. High-energy neutrinos have the ability to pass through normal matter and billions of them pass through Earth every second.
The IceCube neutrino observatory at the South Pole pre........ Read more »
IceCube Collaboration. (2013) Evidence for High-Energy Extraterrestrial Neutrinos at the IceCube Detector. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.1242856
Healthy individuals appear to be more frequent carriers of the two parasites Blastocystis and Dientamoeba fragilis. We would like to know why and what the public health implications are of this.... Read more »
Krogsgaard LR, Engsbro AL, & Bytzer P. (2013) The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome in Denmark. A population-based survey in adults ≤50 years of age. Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology, 48(5), 523-9. PMID: 23506174
Just because girl talk between bees is wordless doesn't mean it lacks for intimate details. When sister honey bees gather around their queen, they can tell from her pheromones whether she's mated—and how much. What they learn may determine whether they let her live.The queen honey bee doesn't do much day-to-day ruling, but she does lay nearly every egg in the hive. Her daughters become worker bees, who keep the colony running. Pheromones that the queen and the workers emit—then spread throug........ Read more »
Niño EL, Malka O, Hefetz A, Tarpy DR, & Grozinger CM. (2013) Chemical Profiles of Two Pheromone Glands Are Differentially Regulated by Distinct Mating Factors in Honey Bee Queens (Apis mellifera L.). PloS one, 8(11). PMID: 24236028
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have unveiled a profound biological process that explains how DNA can be damaged during genome replication. In addition, the scientists developed a new analytical tool to measure the cell’s response to chemotherapy, which could have an important impact on future cancer therapy. The results are now published in the scientific journal Cell.... Read more »
Luis Ignacio Toledo, Matthias Altmeyer, Maj-Britt Rask, Claudia Lukas, Dorthe Helena Larsen, Lou Klitgaard Povlsen, Simon Bekker-Jensen, Niels Mailand, Jiri Bartek, Jiri Lukas. (2013) ATR Prohibits Replication Catastrophe by Preventing Global Exhaustion of RPA. Cell. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.10.043
Wheel invention: was it because of scarab beetles? Some evidence suggests that humans got inspired by scarab beetles in the use of wheel... Read more »
Scholtz G. (2008) Scrab beetles at the interface of wheel invention in nature and culture? . Contributions to Zoology. info:/
Brown adipose tissue (fat) in a woman shown in a PET/CT examObesity and diabetes have become a global epidemic leading to severe cardiovascular disease. Now, researchers at the University of Utah say that their recent identification of brown fat stem cells in adult humans may lead to new treatments for heart and endocrine disorders.The study was led by Amit N. Patel, M.D. M.S., director of Clinical Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering and associate professor in the Division of Cardiothor........ Read more »
Francisco J Silva1, Dolly J Holt, Vanessa Vargas1, James Yockman, Sihem Boudina, Donald Atkinson, David W Grainger, Monica P Revelo, Warren Sherman, David A Bull1, Amit N Patel. (2013) Metabolically active human brown adipose tissue derived stem cells . STEM CELLS. DOI: 10.1002/stem.1595
Brain of a 4-year-old boy with Alexander disease showing macroencephaly and periventricular demyelinisationAlexander disease (also known as fibrinoid leukodystroph) is a devastating brain disease that very few have actually heard of.Alexander disease strikes young or old, and in children destroys white matter in the front of the brain. Many patients, especially those with early onset, have significant intellectual disabilities.Regardless of the age when it begins, Alexander disease is always fat........ Read more »
Tracy L. Hagemann, Richard Paylor, and Albee Messing. (2013) Deficits in Adult Neurogenesis, Contextual Fear Conditioning, and Spatial Learning in a Gfap Mutant Mouse Model of Alexander Disease. The Journal of Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3693-13.2013
For Pancreatic Cancer:
Regarding pancreatic cancer, researchers are of opinion that mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) could be the potential targets to eliminate pancreatic cancer stem cells (Shyuichiro Matsubara et al., 2013).
mTOR is a protein that maintains cell growth, cell proliferation, cell motility, cell survival, protein synthesis, and transcription in the body.
Biological function of mTOR pathway in the regulation of cancer microenvironment has to be investigated.
What i........ Read more »
Shyuichiro Matsubara et al. (2013) mTOR plays critical roles in pancreatic cancer stem cells through specific and stemness-related functions. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep03230
Sun-Yong Kim,Toshio Hakoshima, Ken Kitano. (2013) Structure of the RecQ C-terminal Domain of Human Bloom Syndrome Protein. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep03294
by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room
Two weeks ago we did a mock trial with a group of attorneys who were passionate about their case and yet got along very well with each other. It was a high-adrenalin experience that lasted 48 hours. On the morning of the second day, the Plaintiff attorney went into the presentation room a little early […]
When you wear glasses you are less attractive but more smart and trustworthy
Republicans prefer ‘Republican-looking’ political candidates
Should you want guilt-prone l........ Read more »
Chen, FF, Jing, Y., & Lee, JM. (2013) The looks of a leader: Competent and trustworthy, but not dominant. . Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. . DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2013.10.008
Health literacy is defined as the ability of an individual to obtain, understand and process health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions (Institute of Medicine, 2004). Those with poorer health literacy have poorer health, find medication difficult … Continue reading →... Read more »
Berkman ND, Sheridan SL, Donahue KE, Halpern DJ, & Crotty K. (2011) Low health literacy and health outcomes: an updated systematic review. Annals of internal medicine, 155(2), 97-107. PMID: 21768583
Whales learn new tunes at shared Antarctic feeding grounds.... Read more »
Garland EC, Gedamke J, Rekdahl ML, Noad MJ, Garrigue C and Gales N. (2013) Humpback whale song on the Southern Ocean feeding grounds: Implications for cultural transmission. PLoS ONE . DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079422
Evidence for High-Energy Extraterrestrial Neutrinos at the IceCube Detector
We report on results of an all-sky search for high-energy neutrino events interacting within the IceCube neutrino detector conducted between May 2010 and May 2012.
Science | DOI: 10.1126/science.1242856
Further Reading and Links
IceCube pushes neutrinos to the forefront of astronomy
“This is the first indication of very high-energy neutrinos coming from outside our solar system, with en........ Read more »
IceCube Collaboration. (2013) Evidence for High-Energy Extraterrestrial Neutrinos at the IceCube Detector. Science AAAS. DOI: 10.1126/science.1242856
The latest version of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) controversial diagnostic code - "the DSM-5" - continues the check-list approach used in previous editions. To receive a specific diagnosis, a patient must exhibit a minimum number of symptoms in different categories. One problem - this implies someone either has a mental illness or they don't.To avoid missing people who ought to be diagnosed, over time the criteria for many conditions have expanded, and nowhere is this more appar........ Read more »
Isaac R. Galatzer-Levy, & Richard A. Bryant. (2013) 636,120 Ways to Have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Perspectives on Psychological Science. info:/
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