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  • June 28, 2014
  • 01:57 PM

On Luck, Skill and Hard Work - in Soccer and Life

by Aurametrix team in Health Technologies

Big data doesn't always get us closer to truth. Especially if there a fair bit of luck involved. And many think this applies to football/soccer games (Sally and Anderson, for example, say that soccer results are 50% luck). Yet data analysis provides valuable, sometimes counter-intuitive insights into this beautiful sport and the science of winning and losing in general.How many measurable elements of a soccer game contribute to the outcome? 2014 FIFA world cup's statistics page displays scores c........ Read more »

Javier López Peña, & Hugo Touchette. (2012) A network theory analysis of football strategies. In C. Clanet (ed.), Sports Physics: Proc. 2012 Euromech Physics of Sports Conference, p. 517-528, \'Editions de l'\'Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, 2013. (ISBN 978-2-7302-1615-9). arXiv: 1206.6904v1

Cotta, C., Mora, A., Merelo, J., & Merelo-Molina, C. (2013) A network analysis of the 2010 FIFA world cup champion team play. Journal of Systems Science and Complexity, 26(1), 21-42. DOI: 10.1007/s11424-013-2291-2  

Padulo J, Haddad M, Ardigò LP, Chamari K, & Pizzolato F. (2014) High frequency performance analysis of professional soccer goalkeepers: a pilot study. The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness. PMID: 24921614  

  • June 28, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

A Startling New Climate Change Revelation!

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Call out the troops, call the Marines, we need tanks, lots of tanks. Well okay, maybe not. Brute force won’t stop global warming and thanks to a new study on […]... Read more »

Pierrehumbert, R. (2014) Short-Lived Climate Pollution. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 42(1), 341-379. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-earth-060313-054843  

  • June 28, 2014
  • 12:37 PM

Quinoa is high in Protein and Stimulates Protein Synthesis via Phytoecdysteroids

by AB Kirk in Stiff Competition

I’m not sure where Quinoa falls on the dietary good-evil spectrum these days.  Many value it for its high protein and mineral content.  It can be a staple food for the health-minded vegetarian.  On the other side of the spectrum, Quinoa has been on the do-not-eat list for followers of the Paleo diet because advocates […]
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  • June 28, 2014
  • 09:48 AM

Children’s effect on language

by Janet Kwasniak in Neuro-patch

  It seems that children can invent language, but adults cannot and they only invent ‘pidgins’. Languages once invented also are re-made by each generation’s learning of them. So it may be that languages carry the marks of how children think and communicate. A recent paper by Clay and others (citation below) investigates this idea. […]... Read more »

  • June 28, 2014
  • 08:42 AM

Introduction to open peer review

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Last post we talked about traditional peer review, which is at least single-blinded. This time we will focus on Open Peer Review (OPR). The narrowest way to describe OPR is as a process in which the...

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  • June 28, 2014
  • 03:25 AM

On parental inflammatory bowel disease and offspring autism risk

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The paper by Ane Birgitte Telén Andersen and colleagues [1] (open-access here) concluding "no evidence of an increased risk of ASD [autism spectrum disorders] among children born to parents with IBD [inflammatory bowel disease]" caught my eye recently.Qays and Layla @ Wikipedia Based on an analysis of one of those Danish Registries which seem to be providing all-manner of important correlations and non-correlations, the authors looked for the presence of parental IBDs such a........ Read more »

  • June 28, 2014
  • 02:03 AM

Shrinking dairy’s carbon hoofprint

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

As the world’s appetite for dairy produce grows along with its population so too will emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from cow guts – but US dairy industry consultant Joanne Knapp and her team have found that measures including more intensive farming and ensuring healthy herds can offset a lot of this. ... Read more »

  • June 27, 2014
  • 01:47 PM

Study: Fracking Increases Groundwater Radioactivity, But Only So Much

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A study finds that hydraulic fracturing can increase groundwater radioactivity, but not above exposure limits set for human health in the UK.... Read more »

Almond, S., Clancy, S., Davies, R., & Worrall, F. (2014) The flux of radionuclides in flowback fluid from shale gas exploitation. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-014-3118-y  

  • June 27, 2014
  • 01:19 PM

Tofu and Solar Cells: An unlikely pairing

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Solar cells, they’re kind of a big deal. Good for the environment, produce power from that big ball of burning gas we call our sun, they like long walks on […]... Read more »

  • June 27, 2014
  • 12:00 PM


by Lucy Gee in Antisense Science

In the world food has always been a necessity, but for most it represents a ritual, a pleasure, our culture. For many of us it’s synonymous with celebration and often associated with some of the happier moments in our lives – but do we need it? One man, Rob Rhinehart has embarked on a new life, without the need for solid food. He has created a product named Soylent (I know what you’re thinking, like that sci-fi book right? We’ve all heard of Soylent Green), which is an en........ Read more »

Epstein LH, Carr KA, Cavanaugh MD, Paluch RA, & Bouton ME. (2011) Long-term habituation to food in obese and nonobese women. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 94(2), 371-6. PMID: 21593492  

  • June 27, 2014
  • 08:46 AM

Objects Bring Fear the Closer They Appear

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Quick: which of these things should you worry about if it’s coming toward you? a.) grizzly bear b.) pedestrian c.) frowny face emoticon You many not have time to assess all the risks (is the bear running? does the frowny face have greater-than-symbol eyebrows?). But without thinking about it, you’ll have a bad feeling about […]The post Objects Bring Fear the Closer They Appear appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

Hsee, C., Tu, Y., Lu, Z., & Ruan, B. (2014) Approach aversion: Negative hedonic reactions toward approaching stimuli. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(5), 699-712. DOI: 10.1037/a0036332  

  • June 27, 2014
  • 08:13 AM

f0(500) and f0(980) are not tetraquarks

by Marco Frasca in The Gauge Connection

Last week I have been in Giovinazzo, a really beautiful town near Bari in Italy. I participated at the QCD@Work conference. This conference series is now at the 7th edition and, for me, it was my second attendance. The most striking news I heard was put forward in the first day and represents a striking […]... Read more »

Irinel Caprini, Gilberto Colangelo, & Heinrich Leutwyler. (2005) Mass and width of the lowest resonance in QCD. Phys.Rev.Lett.96:132001,2006. arXiv: hep-ph/0512364v2

Jaffe, R. (1977) Multiquark hadrons. II. Methods. Physical Review D, 15(1), 281-289. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.15.281  

G. Mennessier, S. Narison, & X. -G. Wang. (2010) The sigma and f_0(980) from K_e4 pi-pi, gamma-gamma scatterings, J/psi, phi to gamma sigma_B and D_s to l nu sigma_B. Nucl.Phys.Proc.Suppl.207-208:177-180,2010. arXiv: 1009.3590v1

Marco Frasca. (2010) Glueball spectrum and hadronic processes in low-energy QCD. Nucl.Phys.Proc.Suppl.207-208:196-199,2010. arXiv: 1007.4479v2

  • June 27, 2014
  • 07:27 AM

What is “Cultural IQ” training and does it really work?

by Christian Jarrett in BPS Research Digest

IQ was once the only game in town. Now it rubs shoulders with a gaggle of human ability measures such as Emotional Intelligence, Empathy Quotient, and Rationality Quotient. The increasingly interconnected and diverse world of work has magnified interest in another newcomer: CQ, or cultural intelligence. With it come courses promising to prepare their students to work with colleagues, partners and customers who have different values and norms. A new paper investigates how effective this training ........ Read more »

  • June 27, 2014
  • 07:22 AM

Jokes To Use And Not To Use In Your Relationship

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

To clear the air it’s always good to make a joke, right? It releases the tension, which could especially come in handy during a serious discussion with your partner. But don’t be too jolly. Some jokes only make it worse. Two researchers at the University of Minnesota attempted to quantitavely investigate which humour is advisable to use in certain romantic situations, and which is not.... Read more »

  • June 27, 2014
  • 06:00 AM

Evidence of Hobbling, Torture Discovered at Ancient Massacre Site in Colorado

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

The site of a gruesome massacre some 1,200 years ago in southwestern Colorado is yielding new evidence of the severity, and the grisly intensity, of the violence that took place there.... Read more »

  • June 27, 2014
  • 05:08 AM

Scurvy, vitamin C and autism

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

I'd been thinking about writing this post on scurvy, vitamin C and autism for quite a while. The paper by Kitcharoensakkul and colleagues [1] really made the decision for me, following their discussions on three young children with walking difficulties who were eventually diagnosed with scurvy, one of whom was diagnosed with autism. The authors concluded: "These clinical manifestations and radiologic findings highlight the importance for rheumatologists to have a higher index of suspicion f........ Read more »

Kitcharoensakkul M, Schulz CG, Kassel R, Khanna G, Liang S, Ngwube A, Baszis KW, Hunstad DA, & White AJ. (2014) Scurvy revealed by difficulty walking: three cases in young children. Journal of clinical rheumatology : practical reports on rheumatic , 20(4), 224-8. PMID: 24847751  

  • June 27, 2014
  • 03:00 AM

FNIP1 is required for iNKT cell maturation

by Lizzie Perdeaux in BHD Research Blog

In 2012, two independent studies found that the FLCN-interacting protein FNIP1 is required for proper β-cell maturation, and were the first studies to suggest a role for FLCN and its partners in the immune system. Following their 2012 discovery that … Continue reading →... Read more »

Park H, Tsang M, Iritani BM, & Bevan MJ. (2014) Metabolic regulator Fnip1 is crucial for iNKT lymphocyte development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(19), 7066-71. PMID: 24785297  

  • June 26, 2014
  • 09:54 PM

Sensory deficits in runners with an overuse injury

by Craig Payne in Running Research Junkie

Sensory deficits in runners with an overuse injury... Read more »

  • June 26, 2014
  • 07:32 PM

The Dollars and Cents of Eating Disorders

by Andrea in Science of Eating Disorders

I must admit that I cringe slightly every time I try to think about healthcare from an economics perspective. To me, this comes a little close to putting a dollar value on human beings, which feels uncomfortably post-humanistic to me. Nonetheless, there is no ignoring the ways in which economic concerns factor into policy decisions that drive our human services, including health care.
There are also a number of pragmatic reasons for thinking about the costs associated with illnesses; talki........ Read more »

Crow S. (2014) The economics of eating disorder treatment. Current psychiatry reports, 16(7), 454. PMID: 24817201  

  • June 26, 2014
  • 07:09 PM

Rethinking sustainable eating: vegetarian diets reduce greenhouse gas emissions

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

A new study has gathered data throughout the literature showing that vegetarian diets are more sustainable than and reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to meat-based diets. Find the details here!... Read more »

Sabate, J., & Soret, S. (2014) Sustainability of plant-based diets: back to the future. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 100(Supplement_1), 476-482. DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.113.071522  

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