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  • July 1, 2014
  • 04:48 AM

Mercury exposure and autism or ADHD meta-analysed

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The paper by Yoshimasu and colleagues [1] is the talking point today, and their assertion following meta-analysis that: "Moderate adverse effects were observed only between environmental inorganic or organic mercury exposures and ASD/ADHD".Eruption... @ Wikipedia For clarity, ASD means autism spectrum disorder and ADHD refers to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Inorganic and organic mercury refer to some of the different forms of mercury. Meta-analysis, as I've said befor........ Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 04:47 AM

Is It Time To Redraw the Map of the Brain?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

A provocative and important paper just out claims to have identified a pervasive flaw in many attempts to map the function of the human brain. University College London (UCL) neuroscientists Yee-Haur Mah and colleagues say that in the light of their findings, “current inferences about human brain function and deficits based on lesion mapping must […]The post Is It Time To Redraw the Map of the Brain? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 01:56 AM

Heroes and Villains: Banal or Special People? Part 1 of 2

by Scott McGreal in Eye on Psych

Situationists have claimed that heroism and evil are equally "banal", i.e. people choose between good and evil mainly due to situational pressures rather than their personal traits. However, the situationist analysis is inconsistent. Evil is attributed to external forces, whereas heroism results from character. ... Read more »

  • June 30, 2014
  • 06:53 PM

Publishing in English as an academic lingua franca

by Ray Carey in ELFA project

Few researchers would disagree that publishing in English is a necessity. The pressure to publish in high-ranking journals means publishing in English-language journals, and academics using English as a second or foreign language often find an uneven linguistic playing field. This has received a good deal of attention in the field of English for Academic […]... Read more »

  • June 30, 2014
  • 05:52 PM

A not so curious coincidence: another tick, another phlebovirus

by Andrew Shaw in Virus Musings

Yet another tick phleobovirus has been isolated, this time from ticks associated with shy albatrosses.... Read more »

Wang J, Selleck P, Yu M, Ha W, Rootes C, Gales R, Wise T, Crameri S, Chen H, Broz I.... (2014) Novel phlebovirus with zoonotic potential isolated from ticks, australia. Emerging infectious diseases, 20(6), 1040-3. PMID: 24856477  

  • June 30, 2014
  • 04:19 PM

Aqueous Flow Organic Battery for Grid-Scale Energy Storage Developed

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have created an inexpensive aqueous flow organic battery for grid-scale energy storage. The new battery contains no metals or toxic materials.... Read more »

  • June 30, 2014
  • 04:03 PM

Exploding the 10,000 hours myth - it's no guarantee for greatness

by Christian Jarrett in BPS Research Digest

Swedish psychologist K. Anders Ericsson has studied elite performers in music, chess and sport for decades, and he says the main distinguishing characteristic of experts is the amount of deliberate practice they've invested - typically over 10,000 hours.This is painstaking practice performed for the sole purpose of improving one's skill level. Best-selling authors like Gladwell, Daniel Pink, Matthew Syed and others, have taken Ericsson's results and distilled them into the uplifting message that........ Read more »

Hambrick, D., Oswald, F., Altmann, E., Meinz, E., Gobet, F., & Campitelli, G. (2014) Deliberate practice: Is that all it takes to become an expert?. Intelligence, 34-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.intell.2013.04.001  

  • June 30, 2014
  • 01:38 PM

Noninvasive Brain Control via Jaws!

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Mind control, we’ve seen several semi [see very] invasive ways to make it happen here from the Labs. Now those crazy scientists from MIT  have developed a technique that allows […]... Read more »

  • June 30, 2014
  • 12:43 PM

Novel Device Cleans Up Spills by Pumping Oil Through ‘Sponge’

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

While porous hydrophobic/oleophilic materials (PHOMs) show promise for cleaning up oil spills, such a cleanup would require a large quantity of PHOMS due to their limited absorption capacity. Chinese scientists have now proposed a way to solve this problem.... Read more »

  • June 30, 2014
  • 09:05 AM


by Jack Gunter in Antisense Science

Now there’s a sentence I bet you never thought you’d see. Have your parents ever misplaced their keys? Walked into the room and forgotten why they were there? Put things away in a ‘safe’ place which means they are never found again or somehow got your name confused with that of the family dog? This is no exaggeration, mine actually have!

Often people associate this type of forgetfulness with a lack of intelligence in comparison to those who don’t suffer from thes........ Read more »

  • June 30, 2014
  • 08:42 AM

The Ethics of a Pre-Diabetic Living Kidney Donor

by Cristy at Living Donor 101 in Living Donors Are People Too

Diabetes accounts for 44% of end-stage kidney disease in the US (per USRDS). Apparently, Mexico is no different. What is different is that three Mexican researchers penned an article, published in a Medical Ethics journal, that criticizes the use of pre-diabetic folks as living kidney donors. (emphasis mine)   In prediabetic persons there are well known …
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  • June 30, 2014
  • 07:38 AM

Researchers Encourage Use of Net Energy Analysis

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Net energy analysis—a technique that seeks to compare the amount of energy a technology delivers over its lifetime with the energy needed to build and maintain it—should be a critical energy policy tool, according to Stanford scientists.... Read more »

Carbajales-Dale, M., Barnhart, C., Brandt, A., & Benson, S. (2014) A better currency for investing in a sustainable future. Nature Climate Change, 4(7), 524-527. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2285  

  • June 30, 2014
  • 07:11 AM

June 30, 2014

by Erin Campbell in HighMag Blog

Which came first, the primordial germ cell or the gamete? Unlike the old chicken or egg philosophical dilemma, we know for certain that the primordial germ cell came first. And, thanks to a recent paper about primordial germ cells in sea urchins, we now know that they can migrate across the urchin embryo. During development, germ cells produce gametes (eggs or sperm). In many organisms, including mammals, primordial germ cells (PGCs) are born far from the eventual location of gametes and must........ Read more »

Campanale, J., Gökirmak, T., Espinoza, J., Oulhen, N., Wessel, G., & Hamdoun, A. (2014) Migration of sea urchin primordial germ cells. Developmental Dynamics, 243(7), 917-927. DOI: 10.1002/dvdy.24133  

  • June 30, 2014
  • 04:37 AM

AAP policy statement on iodine deficiency and pollutants

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The quite recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) drafted by Rogan and colleagues [1] is the source for today's short(ish) post. Highlighting a growing concern on the issue of iodine deficiency in women of reproductive age, the policy document also raises awareness of "commonly encountered environmental chemicals" potentially exacerbating such deficiency, and in particular "thiocyanate, nitrate and perchlorate". These chemicals are specifically mentioned because of ........ Read more »

  • June 29, 2014
  • 11:55 PM

Safety of Intranasal Fentanyl in the Out-of-Hospital Setting - A Prospective Observational Study

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

I have been very critical of plans to have first responders treat people they suspect of having a heroin (or other) opioid overdose with naloxone.

Would first responders be safer with fentanyl?

It is not really the same question, but it does highlight the differences and why I think fentanyl is safer. The patient will be seen by someone more likely to recognize when the treatment is inappropriate. This study looked at IN (IntraNasal) fentanyl given by basic EMTs prior to transport to the E........ Read more »

  • June 29, 2014
  • 05:44 PM

“Tanning is addictive”: um, not quite

by Shelly Fan in Neurorexia

“Repeated visits to the beach or tanning salon could be signs of an addiction, according to a study in mice.” – Nature, Research highlights doi:10.1038/510447e....... Read more »

Fell GL, Robinson KC, Mao J, Woolf CJ, & Fisher DE. (2014) Skin β-Endorphin Mediates Addiction to UV Light. Cell, 157(7), 1527-34. PMID: 24949966  

  • June 29, 2014
  • 04:59 PM

Snowflakes Help Study Wind Turbine Airflow

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the University of Minnesota (UMN) used snowflakes from a winter snowstorm to study the airflow patterns around large wind turbines. This measurement technique could prove valuable to improving wind energy efficiency.... Read more »

Hong, J., Toloui, M., Chamorro, L., Guala, M., Howard, K., Riley, S., Tucker, J., & Sotiropoulos, F. (2014) Natural snowfall reveals large-scale flow structures in the wake of a 2.5-MW wind turbine. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5216  

  • June 29, 2014
  • 01:43 PM

Wolf spiders walking on water

by Africa Gomez in BugBlog

The other day in the wildlife garden, I noticed a wolf spider, Pardosa sp., running on the pond water. I had to look closely as I had never seen them doing this and I wondered if it was a Pirate Wolf spider instead, which also live in the pond and are normally associated to water. But alas, no, it was definitely a common wolf spider like those living in my garden. She confortably moved by the water's edge, often with its front legs resting on the water surface, happily floated on the water ........ Read more »

  • June 29, 2014
  • 01:12 PM

Science Fiction vs. Fact: Zombies

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Zombies, those brain loving little guys [and girls] are everywhere. From shows like The Walking Dead – a zombie show where they call them anything but zombies– to video games, music videos, […]... Read more »

Lafferty KD. (2006) Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 273(1602), 2749-55. PMID: 17015323  

Vyas A, Kim SK, Giacomini N, Boothroyd JC, & Sapolsky RM. (2007) Behavioral changes induced by Toxoplasma infection of rodents are highly specific to aversion of cat odors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(15), 6442-7. PMID: 17404235  

Thomas, F., Schmidt-Rhaesa, A., Martin, G., Manu, C., Durand, P., & Renaud, F. (2002) Do hairworms (Nematomorpha) manipulate the water seeking behaviour of their terrestrial hosts?. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 15(3), 356-361. DOI: 10.1046/j.1420-9101.2002.00410.x  

W. Wesołowska T. Wesołowski. (2014) Do Leucochloridium sporocysts manipulate the behaviour of their snail hosts?. Journal of Zoology , 292(3), 151-155. info:/10.1111/jzo.12094

  • June 29, 2014
  • 12:05 PM

Vertebrate sexual systems

by Bjørn Østman in Pleiotropy

Awesome figure of the sexual systems used by 2,145 vertebrates species (705 fish, 173 amphibian, 593 non-avian reptilian, 195 avian, 479 mammalian).... Read more »

Ashman, T., Bachtrog, D., Blackmon, H., Goldberg, E., Hahn, M., Kirkpatrick, M., Kitano, J., Mank, J., Mayrose, I., Ming, R.... (2014) Tree of Sex: A database of sexual systems. Scientific Data. DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2014.15  

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