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February 02, 2015

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9:18 PM | Hennessy, Everclear, And Alcohol-Related Violence
What do Hennessy, Jack Daniels, and Everclear have in common? According to a rather fascinating new study, these three brands are especially popular with those teenage drinkers who get into booze-related fights. In the new paper, researchers Sarah P. Roberts and colleagues of Boston say that some brands of alcohol are correlated with self-reported involvement in "alcohol related fights and injuries", in a national sample of American underage drinkers (i.e. drinkers under the age of 21).

Roberts SP, Siegel MB, DeJong W, Naimi TS & Jernigan DH (2015). Brand Preferences of Underage Drinkers Who Report Alcohol-Related Fights and Injuries., Substance use & misuse, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25612075

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5:26 PM | Literature and Philosophy in the Laboratory Meeting
Research institutions in the life sciences engage in two types of regular scientific meet-ups: scientific seminars and lab meetings. The structure of scientific seminars is fairly standard. Speakers give Powerpoint presentations (typically 45 to 55 minutes long) which provide the necessary scientific background, summarize their group's recent published scientific work and then (hopefully) present newer, unpublished data. Lab meetings are a rather different affair. The purpose of a lab meeting […]

Thomas Kuhn (2012). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, University of Chicago Press, DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226458106.001.0001

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5:26 PM | Literature and Philosophy in the Laboratory Meeting
Research institutions in the life sciences engage in two types of regular scientific meet-ups: scientific seminars and lab meetings. The structure of scientific seminars is fairly standard. Speakers give Powerpoint presentations (typically 45 to 55 minutes long) which provide the necessary scientific background, summarize their group's recent published scientific work and then (hopefully) present newer, unpublished data. Lab meetings are a rather different affair. The purpose of a lab meeting […]

Thomas Kuhn (2012). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, University of Chicago Press, DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226458106.001.0001

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4:27 PM | Climate Change: Heatwaves and Poverty in Pakistan
In the summer of 2010, over 20 million people were affected by the summer floods in Pakistan. Millions lost access to shelter and clean water, and became dependent on aid in the form of food, drinking water, tents, clothes and medical supplies in order to survive this humanitarian disaster. It is estimated that at least $1.5 billion to $2 billion were provided as aid by governments, NGOs, charity organizations and private individuals from all around the world, and helped contain the […]

Mueller V, Gray C & Kosec K (2014). Heat Stress Increases Long-term Human Migration in Rural Pakistan., Nature Climate Change, 4 182-185. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25132865

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3:12 PM | Melatonin is Not a Magic Pill
European hamsters showed us that there is more to annual body rhythms than melatonin. Image by Agnieszka Szeląg at Wikimedia Commons.Many animals undergo seasonal physiological changes in order to ensure that their babies are born during a time of more abundant food and milder weather and to help their bodies prepare for harsh winter conditions. In order to precisely time these physiological changes with the seasons, most animals have evolved to respond to the most reliable marker for time […]

Monecke, S., Sage-Ciocca, D., Wollnik, F. & Pevet, P. (2013). Photoperiod Can Entrain Circannual Rhythms in Pinealectomized European Hamsters, Journal of Biological Rhythms, 28 (4) 278-290. DOI: 10.1177/0748730413498561

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3:05 PM | Ritratti: Lodovico Ferrari
C'era un tempo in cui i matematici si sfidavano in singolar tenzone, a dimostrarsi teoremi e risolvere equazioni su piazza pubblica. C'era un tempo in cui, come nel far west, per farsi un nome i matematici lanciavano sfide a quelli bravi. C'era un tempo in cui quelli bravi passavano anche dall'Italia, a sfidare un provetto risolutore: Gerolamo Cardano.In un certo senso il buon Gerolamo si considerava un miracolato. Scrive infatti nella sua autobiografia: Dopo che mia madre aveva tentato senza […]

Chahal J.S. (2006). Solution of the Cubic, Resonance, 11 (8) 53-61. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/bf02855778

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8:06 AM | Bisphenol A Exposure in Children With Autism
The paper by T. Peter Stein and colleagues [1] suggesting an "association" between BPA (Bisphenol-A) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was always bound to create some interest. Reporting results based on the analysis of urine samples from a group of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (n=46) compared to controls (n=52), authors concluded that: "there is an association between BPA and ASD." Association... note that word.C'mon. Let's go see how much we're going for on […]

Stein, T., Schluter, M., Steer, R., Guo, L. & Ming, X. (2015). Bisphenol A Exposure in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Autism Research, DOI: 10.1002/aur.1444

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February 01, 2015

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8:48 PM | Alternatives to antibiotics in an antibiotic resistant world
Let’s be honest, we’ve been getting a little fancy with the antibiotics, creating new and more relevant versions of old favorites like penicillin. Truthfully, we are the problem, how many times do we have to drive home the idea that antibiotics are for bacteria, not viruses. It is not all the consumers fault, the Doctors […]

WHO (2014). Antimicrobial resistance, World Health Organization , Other:

Lewis NE, Hixson KK, Conrad TM, Lerman JA, Charusanti P, Polpitiya AD, Adkins JN, Schramm G, Purvine SO, Lopez-Ferrer D & Weitz KK (2010). Omic data from evolved E. coli are consistent with computed optimal growth from genome-scale models., Molecular systems biology, 6 390. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20664636

Solomon SL & Oliver KB (2014). Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States: stepping back from the brink., American family physician, 89 (12) 938-41. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25162160

Tellería-Orriols JJ, García-Salido A, Varillas D, Serrano-González A & Casado-Flores J (2014). TLR2-TLR4/CD14 polymorphisms and predisposition to severe invasive infections by Neisseria meningitidis and Streptococcus pneumoniae., Medicina intensiva / Sociedad Espanola de Medicina Intensiva y Unidades Coronarias, 38 (6) 356-62. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24144680

Sulakvelidze, A., Alavidze, Z. & Morris, J. (2001). Bacteriophage Therapy, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 45 (3) 649-659. DOI: 10.1128/AAC.45.3.649-659.2001

Reardon, S. (2014). Phage therapy gets revitalized, Nature, 510 (7503) 15-16. DOI: 10.1038/510015a

Matsuzaki, S., Uchiyama, J., Takemura-Uchiyama, I. & Daibata, M. (2014). Perspective: The age of the phage, Nature, 509 (7498) DOI: 10.1038/509S9a

Ledford, H. (2009). Engineered viruses fight bacteria, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/news.2009.131

Corie Lok (2001). Antibiotic resistance switched off, Nature, Other:

Shen, H. (2013). CRISPR technology leaps from lab to industry, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature.2013.14299

Cobb RE, Wang Y & Zhao H (2014). High-Efficiency Multiplex Genome Editing of Streptomyces Species Using an Engineered CRISPR/Cas System., ACS synthetic biology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25458909

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3:02 PM | FeRh: Making the transition to a well-understood potential spintronic material
FeRh is a metallic alloy that has been well investigated over the past 70 years or so, yet a thorough understanding of some of its... The post FeRh: Making the transition to a well-understood potential spintronic material appeared first on Spin and Tonic.

Kudrnovský, J., Drchal, V. & Turek, I. (2015). Physical properties of FeRh alloys: The antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic transition, Physical Review B, 91 (1) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.014435

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3:02 PM | FeRh: Making the transition to a well-understood potential spintronic material
FeRh is a metallic alloy that has been well investigated over the past 70 years or so, yet a thorough understanding of some of its... The post FeRh: Making the transition to a well-understood potential spintronic material appeared first on Spin and Tonic.

Kudrnovský, J., Drchal, V. & Turek, I. (2015). Physical properties of FeRh alloys: The antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic transition, Physical Review B, 91 (1) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.014435

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1:30 PM | A Conversation with Mia Cobb
On Wednesday we covered Mia Cobb’s new paper on working dogs and canine performance science. Mia's research has the potential to have a big impact on the lives of working dogs. She kindly agreed to talk to us about working dogs, animal welfare, and her new puppy Rudy.How can we improve the training of working dogs?One of the key things that would help to improve the success rates of trainee working dogs would be wider recognition of the sum of all the parts that make a successful working […]

Cobb, M., Branson, N., McGreevy, P., Lill, A. & Bennett, P. (2015). The advent of canine performance science: Offering a sustainable future for working dogs, Behavioural Processes, 110 96-104. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.10.012

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11:46 AM | Hot spot volcanoes: no plumes required?
It’s a simple and well-known picture. Volcanoes form either at plate boundaries due to subduction or inside plates due to mantle plumes. Invoking plumes – columns of hot rock rising from deep in the mantle – is an awfully useful way of explaining … Continue reading →

Davies D.R. (2014). On the origin of recent intraplate volcanism in Australia, Geology, 42 (12) 1031-1034. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/g36093.1

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