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July 02, 2014

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11:51 AM | What happens to the cool kids when they grow up?
"Cool kids", according to a new study, are those early teens (aged 13 to 15) who want to be popular, and try to impress their peers by acting older than their years. They have precocious romantic relationships, commit relatively minor acts of bad behaviour (such as sneaking into the cinema without paying), and surround themselves with good-looking friends. These teenagers attract respect from their peers at first, but what's the story by the time they reach early adulthood?Joseph Allen and his […]

Allen JP, Schad MM, Oudekerk B & Chango J (2014). What Ever Happened to the "Cool" Kids? Long-Term Sequelae of Early Adolescent Pseudomature Behavior., Child development, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24919537

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7:40 AM | Quality of life and autism
The BBC ran an interesting article on their website recently titled: Happiness and disability. Discussions about the disability paradox - whereby some people with often significant and persistent disability report experiencing a good or excellent quality of life (QoL) - got me thinking about QoL and in particular, how it might relate to the very wide and very heterogeneous autism spectrum. I might add that I am not insinuating that everyone diagnosed on the autism spectrum are 'disabled' but […]

Chiang, H. & Wineman, I. (2014). Factors associated with quality of life in individuals with autism spectrum disorders: A review of literature, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8 (8) 974-986. DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2014.05.003

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2:05 AM | How much surface area can you fit in a space the size of an ice cube? Several football fields in a new battery cathode!
If any of us ever hope to complete the romantic cross-country trip across the US by electric car, the answer lies in better battery technology.  Current batteries just can’t store enough energy to last trips without frequent stops to recharging stations. … Continue reading →

He, G., Mandlmeier, B., Schuster, J., Nazar, L. & Bein, T. (2014). Bimodal Mesoporous Carbon Nanofibers with High Porosity: Freestanding and Embedded in Membranes for Lithium–Sulfur Batteries, Chemistry of Materials, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1021/cm403740r

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1:37 AM | DNA analysis reveals Bigfoot is a big fake | @GrrlScientist
A newly-published genetic analysis of hair samples suspected as being from a cryptic primate known by various names such as "bigfoot" or "yeti", has revealed they actually originated from dogs, horses, bears or other well known mammals. A newly-published genetic analysis of hair samples suspected as being from a cryptic primate known by various names such as "bigfoot" or "yeti", has revealed they actually originated from dogs, horses, bears or other, well known, mammals. The analysis was […]

Sykes B.C., Mullis R.A., Hagenmuller C., Melton T.W. & Sartori M. (2014). Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti, bigfoot and other anomalous primates, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0161

MacLeod N. (2014). Molecular analysis of ‘anomalous primate’ hair samples (commentary), Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0843

Hailer F., B. M. Hallstrom, D. Klassert, S. R. Fain, J. A. Leonard, U. Arnason & A. Janke (2012). Nuclear Genomic Sequences Reveal that Polar Bears Are an Old and Distinct Bear Lineage, Science, 336 (6079) 344-347. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1216424

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July 01, 2014

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7:06 PM | Heather Can Help UK Meet Bioenergy Targets
Harvesting energy from heather could reduce carbon dioxide emissions and help the UK meet its bioenergy targets, according to new research by scientists at Durham and Manchester Universities.

Worrall, F. & Clay, G. (2014). The potential use of heather, Calluna vulgaris, as a bioenergy crop, Biomass and Bioenergy, 64 140-151. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.03.007

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5:18 PM | St. Johns Wort and the Dangers of “Alternative” Medicine
Grapefruit juice, I hate the stuff. But did you know that if you drink as little as 8 oz. of it when you take certain medications it could dramatically increase […]

Davis SA, Feldman SR & Taylor SL (2014). Use of St. John's Wort in Potentially Dangerous Combinations., Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.), PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24956073

Bailey, D., Malcolm, J., Arnold, O. & David Spence, J. (2002). Grapefruit juice-drug interactions, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 46 (2) 101-110. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2125.1998.00764.x

Rao TS & Andrade C (2011). The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud., Indian journal of psychiatry, 53 (2) 95-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21772639

Corti N & Taegtmeyer AB (2012). [Clinically important food-drug interactions: what the practitioner needs to know]., Praxis, 101 (13) 849-55. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22715076

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5:18 PM | St. Johns Wart and the Dangers of “Alternative” Medicine
Grapefruit juice, I hate the stuff. But did you know that if you drink as little as 8 oz. of it when you take certain medications it could dramatically increase […]

Davis SA, Feldman SR & Taylor SL (2014). Use of St. John's Wort in Potentially Dangerous Combinations., Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.), PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24956073

Bailey, D., Malcolm, J., Arnold, O. & David Spence, J. (2002). Grapefruit juice-drug interactions, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 46 (2) 101-110. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2125.1998.00764.x

Rao TS & Andrade C (2011). The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud., Indian journal of psychiatry, 53 (2) 95-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21772639

Corti N & Taegtmeyer AB (2012). [Clinically important food-drug interactions: what the practitioner needs to know]., Praxis, 101 (13) 849-55. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22715076

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2:09 PM | Porous Nanofiber Opens Way for Better Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
Chemists at the NIM Cluster at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and at the University of Waterloo, Canada, have created a novel type of porous nanofiber that can help make lithium-sulfur batteries more efficient.

He, G., Mandlmeier, B., Schuster, J., Nazar, L. & Bein, T. (2014). Bimodal Mesoporous Carbon Nanofibers with High Porosity: Freestanding and Embedded in Membranes for Lithium–Sulfur Batteries, Chemistry of Materials, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1021/cm403740r

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2:00 PM | Response regulators…the new Holy Grail in the world of antibiotics?
In this day and age, the human race is plagued with resilient, pathogenic bacteria that can cause serious complications in our lives. These bacteria cause problems because they are resistant to many of our most powerful antibiotics, methicillin and vancomycin for example. Typically, these antibiotics interfere with the biosynthesis of bacterial peptidoglycan—a protective outer-layer of […]

Liu, Y., Belcheva, A., Konermann, L. & Golemi-Kotra, D. (2009). Phosphorylation-Induced Activation of the Response Regulator VraR from Staphylococcus aureus: Insights from Hydrogen Exchange Mass Spectrometry, Journal of Molecular Biology, 391 (1) 149-163. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2009.06.017

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1:25 PM | To Feed the World, Try Legos
“It was an idea that just popped into my head,” says Ludovico Cademartiri, a materials scientist who’s upped his research game by using Legos. He hopes other researchers will steal his idea, and not just because Legos are fun. Cademartiri thinks the humble bricks could help solve the world’s impending food crisis. Members of Cademartiri’s […]The post To Feed the World, Try Legos appeared first on Inkfish.

Lind, K., Sizmur, T., Benomar, S., Miller, A. & Cademartiri, L. (2014). LEGO® Bricks as Building Blocks for Centimeter-Scale Biological Environments: The Case of Plants, PLoS ONE, 9 (6) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100867

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1:00 PM | A guide to the science and pseudoscience of A Troublesome Inheritance, part I: The genetics of human populations
This is the first in a series of guest posts in which Chris Smith will examine the evolutionary claims made in Nicholas Wade’s book A Troublesome Inheritance. Chris is an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Willamette University. He uses population genetic approaches to understand coevolution of plants and insects, and he teaches the interdisciplinary course “Race, Racism, and Human […]

Bryc K., T. Karafet, A. Moreno-Estrada, A. Reynolds, A. Auton, M. Hammer, C. D. Bustamante & H. Ostrer (2010). Genome-wide patterns of population structure and admixture among Hispanic/Latino populations, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107 (Supplement_2) 8954-8961. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0914618107

Cavalli-Sforza L.L., C.R. Cantor, R.M. Cook-Deegan & M.-C. King (1991). Call for a worldwide survey of human genetic diversity: A vanishing opportunity for the Human Genome Project, Genomics, 11 (2) 490-491. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0888-7543(91)90169-f

Evanno G. & J. Goudet (2005). Detecting the number of clusters of individuals using the software structure: a simulation study, Molecular Ecology, 14 (8) 2611-2620. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-294x.2005.02553.x

Gagneux P., U. Gerloff, D. Tautz, P. A. Morin, C. Boesch, B. Fruth, G. Hohmann, O. A. Ryder & D. S. Woodruff (1999). Mitochondrial sequences show diverse evolutionary histories of African hominoids, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 96 (9) 5077-5082. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.96.9.5077

Moreno-Estrada A., J. C. Fernandez-Lopez, F. Zakharia, M. Sikora, A. V. Contreras, V. Acuna-Alonzo, K. Sandoval, C. Eng, S. Romero-Hidalgo & P. Ortiz-Tello & (2014). The genetics of Mexico recapitulates Native American substructure and affects biomedical traits, Science, 344 (6189) 1280-1285. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1251688

Moreno-Estrada A., Fouad Zakharia, Jacob L. McCauley, Jake K. Byrnes, Christopher R. Gignoux, Patricia A. Ortiz-Tello, Ricardo J. Martínez, Dale J. Hedges, Richard W. Morris & Celeste Eng & (2013). Reconstructing the population genetic history of the Caribbean, PLoS Genetics, 9 (11) e1003925. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1003925

Novembre J., Katarzyna Bryc, Zoltán Kutalik, Adam R. Boyko, Adam Auton, Amit Indap, Karen S. King, Sven Bergmann, Matthew R. Nelson & Matthew Stephens & (2008). Genes mirror geography within Europe, Nature, 456 (7218) 98-101. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature07331

Rosenberg N.A., Sohini Ramachandran, Chengfeng Zhao, Jonathan K. Pritchard & Marcus W. Feldman (2005). Clines, clusters, and the effect of study design on the inference of human population structure, PLoS Genetics, 1 (6) e70. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.0010070

Rosenberg N.A. (2002). Genetic structure of human populations, Science, 298 (5602) 2381-2385. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1078311

Tishkoff S.A., F. R. Friedlaender, C. Ehret, A. Ranciaro, A. Froment, J. B. Hirbo, A. A. Awomoyi, J.-M. Bodo, O. Doumbo & M. Ibrahim & (2009). The genetic structure and history of Africans and African Americans, Science, 324 (5930) 1035-1044. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1172257

Wang S., Mattias Jakobsson, Sohini Ramachandran, Nicolas Ray, Gabriel Bedoya, Winston Rojas, Maria V. Parra, Julio A. Molina, Carla Gallo & Guido Mazzotti & (2007). Genetic variation and population structure in Native Americans, PLoS Genetics, 3 (11) e185. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.0030185

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8:48 AM | Mercury exposure and autism or ADHD meta-analysed
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 […]

Yoshimasu K, Kiyohara C, Takemura S & Nakai K (2014). A meta-analysis of the evidence on the impact of prenatal and early infancy exposures to mercury on autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the childhood., Neurotoxicology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24952233

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8:47 AM | Is It Time To Redraw the Map of the Brain?
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.

Mah, Y., Husain, M., Rees, G. & Nachev, P. (2014). Human brain lesion-deficit inference remapped, Brain, DOI: 10.1093/brain/awu164

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5:49 AM | Heroes and Villains: Banal or Special People? Part 1 of 2
What moves a person to become a hero or a villain? Do people perform heroic actions, acts which involve genuine risk to themselves, because they are special people, or is it just a matter of circumstance, being in the right place at the right time? Do people who perform evil actions do so because of flaws in their character, or are they just victims of an evil system that corrupts the innocent, inducing otherwise “good” people to do terrible things? Those who subscribe to […]

Carnahan T & McFarland S (2007). Revisiting the Stanford prison experiment: could participant self-selection have led to the cruelty?, Personality & social psychology bulletin, 33 (5) 603-14. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17440210

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June 30, 2014

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5:38 PM | Noninvasive Brain Control via Jaws!
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 […]

Kramer, R., Mourot, A. & Adesnik, H. (2013). Optogenetic pharmacology for control of native neuronal signaling proteins, Nature Neuroscience, 16 (7) 816-823. DOI: 10.1038/nn.3424

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12:43 PM | Why Forgetfulness is Actually Clever: Shattering the Stereotypes- Guest Post from Jack Gunter
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 […]

Markett S, Montag C, Diekmann C & Reuter M (2014). Dazed and confused: a molecular genetic approach to everyday cognitive failure., Neuroscience letters, 566 216-20. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24598436

Olchik MR, Farina J, Steibel N, Teixeira AR & Yassuda MS (2013). Memory training (MT) in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) generates change in cognitive performance., Archives of gerontology and geriatrics, 56 (3) 442-7. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23260332

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8:37 AM | AAP policy statement on iodine deficiency and pollutants
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 […]

, . (2014). Iodine Deficiency, Pollutant Chemicals, and the Thyroid: New Information on an Old Problem, PEDIATRICS, 133 (6) 1163-1166. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2014-0900

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June 29, 2014

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5:12 PM | Science Fiction vs. Fact: Zombies
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, […]

Lafferty KD (2006). Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?, Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 273 (1602) 2749-55. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/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: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17404235

Passamonti L, Crockett MJ, Apergis-Schoute AM, Clark L, Rowe JB, Calder AJ & Robbins TW (2012). Effects of acute tryptophan depletion on prefrontal-amygdala connectivity while viewing facial signals of aggression., Biological psychiatry, 71 (1) 36-43. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21920502

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. Other:

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10:36 AM | Another Education Neuromyth Debunked
What does neuroscience have to say about the educational value of lectures? Not much, says pedagogist Ken Masters in a lively article just published in Medical Teacher: Nipping an education myth in the bud: Poh’s brain activity during lectures Masters lays into an emerging slice of neurononsense. The claim is that neuroscientists have shown that, […]The post Another Education Neuromyth Debunked appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Masters, K. (2014). Nipping an education myth in the bud: Poh’s brain activity during lectures, Medical Teacher, 1-4. DOI: 10.3109/0142159X.2014.916785

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June 28, 2014

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8:55 PM | Vitamin C and Pregnant Women Who Smoke
Improving pulmonary function in newborns. 500 mg of daily vitamin C given to pregnant smoking women “decreased the effects of in-utero nicotine” and “improved measures of pulmonary function” in their newborns, according to a study  by Cindy T. McEvoy and others at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers have long known that smoking during pregnancy can […]

McEvoy C.T., Nakia Clay, Keith Jackson, Mitzi D. Go, Patricia Spitale, Carol Bunten, Maria Leiva, David Gonzales, Julie Hollister-Smith & Manuel Durand & (2014). Vitamin C Supplementation for Pregnant Smoking Women and Pulmonary Function in Their Newborn Infants, JAMA, 311 (20) 2074. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.2014.5217

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5:00 PM | A Startling New Climate Change Revelation!
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 […]

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

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4:37 PM | Quinoa is high in Protein and Stimulates Protein Synthesis via Phytoecdysteroids
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 […] The post Quinoa is high in Protein and Stimulates Protein Synthesis via Phytoecdysteroids appeared first on WODMasters: Stiff Competition.

Dinan L (2009). The Karlson Lecture. Phytoecdysteroids: what use are they?, Archives of insect biochemistry and physiology, 72 (3) 126-41. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19771554

Báthori M, Tóth N, Hunyadi A, Márki A & Zádor E (2008). Phytoecdysteroids and anabolic-androgenic steroids--structure and effects on humans., Current medicinal chemistry, 15 (1) 75-91. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18220764

Foucault AS, Even P, Lafont R, Dioh W, Veillet S, Tomé D, Huneau JF, Hermier D & Quignard-Boulangé A (2014). Quinoa extract enriched in 20-hydroxyecdysone affects energy homeostasis and intestinal fat absorption in mice fed a high-fat diet., Physiology & behavior, 128 226-31. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24534167

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1:48 PM | Children’s effect on language
  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. […]

Clay, Z., Pople, S., Hood, B. & Kita, S. (2014). Young Children Make Their Gestural Communication Systems More Language-Like: Segmentation and Linearization of Semantic Elements in Motion Events, Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/0956797614533967

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12:42 PM | Introduction to open peer review
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... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Editorial (2006). Peer review on trial, Nature, 441 (7094) 668-668. DOI: 10.1038/441668a

Faulkes, Z. (2014). The Vacuum Shouts Back: Postpublication Peer Review on Social Media, Neuron, 82 (2) 258-260. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.03.032

Ford, E. (2013). Defining and Characterizing Open Peer Review: A Review of the Literature, Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 44 (4) 311-326. DOI: 10.3138/jsp.44-4-001

Pöschl U (2012). Multi-stage open peer review: scientific evaluation integrating the strengths of traditional peer review with the virtues of transparency and self-regulation., Frontiers in computational neuroscience, 6 33. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22783183

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7:25 AM | On parental inflammatory bowel disease and offspring autism risk
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 […]

Andersen AB, Ehrenstein V, Erichsen R, Frøslev T & Sørensen HT (2014). Autism spectrum disorders in children of parents with inflammatory bowel disease - a nationwide cohort study in Denmark., Clinical and experimental gastroenterology, 7 105-10. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24855384

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6:03 AM | Shrinking dairy’s carbon hoofprint
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.

Knapp, J., Laur, G., Vadas, P., Weiss, W. & Tricarico, J. (2014). Invited review: Enteric methane in dairy cattle production: Quantifying the opportunities and impact of reducing emissions, Journal of Dairy Science, 97 (6) 3231-3261. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2013-7234

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June 27, 2014

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7:25 PM | Aqueous Flow Organic Battery for Grid-Scale Energy Storage Developed
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.

Yang, B., Hoober-Burkhardt, L., Wang, F., Surya Prakash, G. & Narayanan, S. (2014). An Inexpensive Aqueous Flow Battery for Large-Scale Electrical Energy Storage Based on Water-Soluble Organic Redox Couples, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 161 (9) DOI: 10.1149/2.1001409jes

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6:31 PM | Novel Device Cleans Up Spills by Pumping Oil Through ‘Sponge’
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.

Ge, J., Ye, Y., Yao, H., Zhu, X., Wang, X., Wu, L., Wang, J., Ding, H., Yong, N., He, L. & Yu, S. (2014). Pumping through Porous Hydrophobic/Oleophilic Materials: An Alternative Technology for Oil Spill Remediation, Angewandte Chemie, 126 (14) 3686-3690. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201310151

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5:19 PM | Tofu and Solar Cells: An unlikely pairing
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 […]

Major, J., Treharne, R., Phillips, L. & Durose, K. (2014). A low-cost non-toxic post-growth activation step for CdTe solar cells, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13435

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5:09 PM | Researchers Encourage Use of Net Energy Analysis
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.

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

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