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December 18, 2014

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9:48 PM | Computational clues into the structure of a promising energy conversion catalyst (J. Physical Chemistry)
By Tien Nguyen, Department of Chemistry Hydrogen fuel is a promising source of clean energy that can be produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen gas with the help of a catalyst, a material that can speed up the process. Although most known catalysts are inefficient, one called iron-doped nickel oxide is promising but […]
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9:40 PM | How to prepare a resume for a non-academic science job?
As you probably know already, my career path hasn’t exactly been a straight line. The transferable skills I developed during graduate school were very critical when I was looking for a job as a science communicator. Recently after a twitter conversation about the importance of transferable skills with Karen Lo (@kareynlo ) and Joanne Kamens (@JKamens), I was […]
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7:35 PM | Gene fragments linked to brain development and autism
While the anti-vaccine movement enjoys the simple (and very wrong) answer to the cause of autism, there are people who want the actual truth. This drive had lead to a […]

Irimia, M., Weatheritt, R., Ellis, J., Parikshak, N., Gonatopoulos-Pournatzis, T., Babor, M., Quesnel-Vallières, M., Tapial, J., Raj, B., O’Hanlon, D. & Barrios-Rodiles, M. (2014). A Highly Conserved Program of Neuronal Microexons Is Misregulated in Autistic Brains, Cell, 159 (7) 1511-1523. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.11.035

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7:35 PM | Gene fragments linked to brain development and autism
While the anti-vaccine movement enjoys the simple (and very wrong) answer to the cause of autism, there are people who want the actual truth. This drive had lead to a […]

Irimia, M., Weatheritt, R., Ellis, J., Parikshak, N., Gonatopoulos-Pournatzis, T., Babor, M., Quesnel-Vallières, M., Tapial, J., Raj, B., O’Hanlon, D. & Barrios-Rodiles, M. (2014). A Highly Conserved Program of Neuronal Microexons Is Misregulated in Autistic Brains, Cell, 159 (7) 1511-1523. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.11.035

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5:00 PM | How Happiness Happens from the Inside-Out
How Happiness Happens from the Inside-Out [Article via Psychology Today. Click above for full post] Congratulations – You just got that job! You just got promoted! You just got married! Your kids got accepted into Harvard! What if I told... Read More ›
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2:50 PM | View from an M.D./Ph.D.: The Winding Road to Research Success
Graduate school is, for many, the first big dose of “failure is the mother of success.” After my first grant application came back with a substantially worse score on the revision submission than on the initial submission (how is that possible?), and the paper I was working on was rejected for the third time, my [...]
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12:58 PM | Using Collaboration and Innovation to Counteract Flat Federal Research Funding
With such astounding shortfalls in funding for biomedical research, Penn Medicine, a key stakeholder of the new Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), is looking for fresh ways to fund research and partner with the private sector. The PCI consolidates and unifies the enterprise previously known as the Penn Center for Technology Transfer with other campus entities charged with commercializing Penn research and Development into license agreements, sponsored research agreements, startup companies and […]
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11:59 AM | Logos for science projects – NQO COST Action
Here some test for the logo of our COST Action on Nanoscale Quantum Optics that will start shortly. Together with Andrè Xuereb we have produced this first logo. I like that it highlights that nanotechnology deals with the constituent of matter down to the nanoscale. In particular nanophotonics is the science of light (hence the […]
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11:10 AM | The many Rs of e-Research
The 6 12 many Rs of e-Research…what else could/should we add to this (especially in the context of research objects and supporting reproducible research)?Filed under: Research, Science
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7:35 AM | Obesity causes inflammation
Hormones produced by the adipose tissue can cause diseases. The risk of arthritis is much higher among the obese than people of normal weight, and one reason for this is...
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3:16 AM | The Opioid Dependence Big Picture
First Posted 1/16/2014 Below, internet colleague Paul Dessauer shares his extensive knowledge of opioids in comments about my naltrexone post. His comments were particularly interesting in that they provide evidence that at least someone is aware of the big picture about addiction to heroin and pain pills. In my post about naltrexone, I described how some people […]

December 17, 2014

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7:54 PM | Epigenetic changes and autism
Despite what you may think, the supposed “explosion” of children diagnosed with autism can directly attributed to better diagnosing techniques and — more importantly — the change of definition to […]

Gao, Z., Lee, P., Stafford, J., von Schimmelmann, M., Schaefer, A. & Reinberg, D. (2014). An AUTS2–Polycomb complex activates gene expression in the CNS, Nature, 516 (7531) 349-354. DOI: 10.1038/nature13921

Ntziachristos, P., Tsirigos, A., Welstead, G., Trimarchi, T., Bakogianni, S., Xu, L., Loizou, E., Holmfeldt, L., Strikoudis, A., King, B. & Mullenders, J. (2014). Contrasting roles of histone 3 lysine 27 demethylases in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, Nature, 514 (7523) 513-517. DOI: 10.1038/nature13605

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7:54 PM | Epigenetic changes and autism
Despite what you may think, the supposed “explosion” of children diagnosed with autism can directly attributed to better diagnosing techniques and — more importantly — the change of definition to […]

Gao, Z., Lee, P., Stafford, J., von Schimmelmann, M., Schaefer, A. & Reinberg, D. (2014). An AUTS2–Polycomb complex activates gene expression in the CNS, Nature, 516 (7531) 349-354. DOI: 10.1038/nature13921

Ntziachristos, P., Tsirigos, A., Welstead, G., Trimarchi, T., Bakogianni, S., Xu, L., Loizou, E., Holmfeldt, L., Strikoudis, A., King, B. & Mullenders, J. (2014). Contrasting roles of histone 3 lysine 27 demethylases in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, Nature, 514 (7523) 513-517. DOI: 10.1038/nature13605

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7:54 PM | Epigenetic changes and autism
Despite what you may think, the supposed “explosion” of children diagnosed with autism can directly attributed to better diagnosing techniques and — more importantly — the change of definition to […]

Gao, Z., Lee, P., Stafford, J., von Schimmelmann, M., Schaefer, A. & Reinberg, D. (2014). An AUTS2–Polycomb complex activates gene expression in the CNS, Nature, 516 (7531) 349-354. DOI: 10.1038/nature13921

Ntziachristos, P., Tsirigos, A., Welstead, G., Trimarchi, T., Bakogianni, S., Xu, L., Loizou, E., Holmfeldt, L., Strikoudis, A., King, B. & Mullenders, J. (2014). Contrasting roles of histone 3 lysine 27 demethylases in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, Nature, 514 (7523) 513-517. DOI: 10.1038/nature13605

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7:54 PM | Epigenetic changes and autism
Despite what you may think, the supposed “explosion” of children diagnosed with autism can directly attributed to better diagnosing techniques and — more importantly — the change of definition to […]

Gao, Z., Lee, P., Stafford, J., von Schimmelmann, M., Schaefer, A. & Reinberg, D. (2014). An AUTS2–Polycomb complex activates gene expression in the CNS, Nature, 516 (7531) 349-354. DOI: 10.1038/nature13921

Ntziachristos, P., Tsirigos, A., Welstead, G., Trimarchi, T., Bakogianni, S., Xu, L., Loizou, E., Holmfeldt, L., Strikoudis, A., King, B. & Mullenders, J. (2014). Contrasting roles of histone 3 lysine 27 demethylases in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, Nature, 514 (7523) 513-517. DOI: 10.1038/nature13605

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5:28 PM | Of mice and men: exploring Mouse ENCODE
The Mouse ENCODE Project released a slew of papers late last month reporting findings from a three-year effort to comprehensively map functional elements in the mouse genome. Their major findings are summarized in an integrative paper in Nature (Yue, F. et. al., 2014). Similar to the goals of the human ENCODE project (The ENCODE Project Consortium, […]
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1:46 PM | Study: Reduced emissions from electric cars could prevent thousands of deaths
When compared with gasoline-powered cars, vehicles fueled with electricity from renewable sources could cut air pollution-related deaths by 70 percent, according to a new study, which noted that air pollution is the country’s greatest environmental health threat.
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1:46 PM | Study: Reduced emissions from electric cars could prevent thousands of deaths
When compared with gasoline-powered cars, vehicles fueled with electricity from renewable sources could cut air pollution-related deaths by 70 percent, according to a new study, which noted that air pollution is the country’s greatest environmental health threat.

December 16, 2014

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7:37 PM | Methamphetamine use and the onset of parkinson’s
We’ve all seen the PSA’s trying to show the effects of meth use and in particular, what it does to your teeth. Typically, when it comes to drug use, people […]

Curtin K, Fleckenstein AE, Robison RJ, Crookston MJ, Smith KR & Hanson GR (2014). Methamphetamine/amphetamine abuse and risk of Parkinson's disease in Utah: A population-based assessment., Drug and alcohol dependence, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25479916

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7:37 PM | Methamphetamine use and the onset of parkinson’s
We’ve all seen the PSA’s trying to show the effects of meth use and in particular, what it does to your teeth. Typically, when it comes to drug use, people […]

Curtin K, Fleckenstein AE, Robison RJ, Crookston MJ, Smith KR & Hanson GR (2014). Methamphetamine/amphetamine abuse and risk of Parkinson's disease in Utah: A population-based assessment., Drug and alcohol dependence, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25479916

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7:37 PM | Methamphetamine use and the onset of parkinson’s
We’ve all seen the PSA’s trying to show the effects of meth use and in particular, what it does to your teeth. Typically, when it comes to drug use, people […]

Curtin K, Fleckenstein AE, Robison RJ, Crookston MJ, Smith KR & Hanson GR (2014). Methamphetamine/amphetamine abuse and risk of Parkinson's disease in Utah: A population-based assessment., Drug and alcohol dependence, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25479916

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7:37 PM | Methamphetamine use and the onset of parkinson’s
We’ve all seen the PSA’s trying to show the effects of meth use and in particular, what it does to your teeth. Typically, when it comes to drug use, people […]

Curtin K, Fleckenstein AE, Robison RJ, Crookston MJ, Smith KR & Hanson GR (2014). Methamphetamine/amphetamine abuse and risk of Parkinson's disease in Utah: A population-based assessment., Drug and alcohol dependence, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25479916

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6:06 PM | How to fail as a skeptic
A few months ago, I wrote about my experience attending an atheist meeting.  If you don’t want to read it, I basically spent most of the time dealing with an argumentative jerk.  On the other hand, I expected that going in. Part of the reason I expected that is because there is a large amount […]
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3:24 PM | In Development this week (Vol. 142, Issue 1)
Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Planar cell polarity squeezes in on the action The planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway regulates the polarization of epithelial tissues in various contexts, but recent studies suggest that the PCP pathway also influences other aspects of morphogenesis. Here, Sergei Sokol and colleagues uncover a […]
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12:14 PM | The scientific community’s Galileo affair (you’re the Pope)
Science is in crisis. Everyone in the scientific community knows about it but few want to talk about it. The crisis is one of honesty. A junior scientist (like me) asks himself a similar question to Galileo in 1633: how much honesty is desirable in science? Science Wonderland According to nearly all empirical scientific publications […]

John, L., Loewenstein, G. & Prelec, D. (2012). Measuring the Prevalence of Questionable Research Practices with Incentives for Truth-Telling, SSRN Electronic Journal, DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.1996631

Simmons, J., Nelson, L. & Simonsohn, U. (2011). False-Positive Psychology: Undisclosed Flexibility in Data Collection and Analysis Allows Presenting Anything as Significant, Psychological Science, 22 (11) 1359-1366. DOI: 10.1177/0956797611417632

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12:14 PM | The scientific community’s Galileo affair (you’re the Pope)
Science is in crisis. Everyone in the scientific community knows about it but few want to talk about it. The crisis is one of honesty. A junior scientist (like me) asks himself a similar question to Galileo in 1633: how much honesty is desirable in science? Science Wonderland According to nearly all empirical scientific publications […]

John, L., Loewenstein, G. & Prelec, D. (2012). Measuring the Prevalence of Questionable Research Practices with Incentives for Truth-Telling, SSRN Electronic Journal, DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.1996631

Simmons, J., Nelson, L. & Simonsohn, U. (2011). False-Positive Psychology: Undisclosed Flexibility in Data Collection and Analysis Allows Presenting Anything as Significant, Psychological Science, 22 (11) 1359-1366. DOI: 10.1177/0956797611417632

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3:11 AM | Mitch Ladyman: What do mining companies do for the environment?
Mitch is out bush so he asked us to post this on his behalf.   I was in Bunnings the other day: Australia’s largest hardware warehouse chain with exceptionally large warehouses full of……….well, hardware (in-text footnote – I actually believe that all Bunnings stores function in a parallel universe on a different space/time continuum: men […]
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12:50 AM | Top 4 of 2014: Your Favourite Canine Science Posts
As December rolls into its second half, and the days warm up - or cool down - depending on where you are situated on the globe, we wanted to say thank you for joining us in 2014 - we are continually blown away with the popular and supportive community we have around us at Do You Believe in Dog? here on the blog, on Facebook and also on Twitter. Taking our lead from Companion Animal Psychology, we decided to jump into some statistics (because hey, we are scientists!) to see […]

Scanlon E. (2013). Scholarship in the digital age: Open educational resources, publication and public engagement, British Journal of Educational Technology, 45 (1) 12-23. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12010

Stilgoe J. & J. Wilsdon (2014). Why should we promote public engagement with science?, Public Understanding of Science, 23 (1) 4-15. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963662513518154

Wong-Parodi G. & Strauss B.H. (2014). Team science for science communication., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25225381

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12:50 AM | Top 4 of 2014: Your Favourite Canine Science Posts
As December rolls into its second half, and the days warm up - or cool down - depending on where you are situated on the globe, we wanted to say thank you for joining us in 2014 - we are continually blown away with the popular and supportive community we have around us at Do You Believe in Dog? here on the blog, on Facebook and also on Twitter. Taking our lead from Companion Animal Psychology, we decided to jump into some statistics (because hey, we are scientists!) to see […]

Scanlon E. (2013). Scholarship in the digital age: Open educational resources, publication and public engagement, British Journal of Educational Technology, 45 (1) 12-23. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12010

Stilgoe J. & J. Wilsdon (2014). Why should we promote public engagement with science?, Public Understanding of Science, 23 (1) 4-15. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963662513518154

Wong-Parodi G. & Strauss B.H. (2014). Team science for science communication., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25225381

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12:50 AM | Top 4 of 2014: Your Favourite Canine Science Posts
As December rolls into its second half, and the days warm up - or cool down - depending on where you are situated on the globe, we wanted to say thank you for joining us in 2014 - we are continually blown away with the popular and supportive community we have around us at Do You Believe in Dog? here on the blog, on Facebook and also on Twitter. Taking our lead from Companion Animal Psychology, we decided to jump into some statistics (because hey, we are scientists!) to see […]

Scanlon E. (2013). Scholarship in the digital age: Open educational resources, publication and public engagement, British Journal of Educational Technology, 45 (1) 12-23. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12010

Stilgoe J. & J. Wilsdon (2014). Why should we promote public engagement with science?, Public Understanding of Science, 23 (1) 4-15. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963662513518154

Wong-Parodi G. & Strauss B.H. (2014). Team science for science communication., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25225381

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