Archive for: April, 2012

At SciAm Blogs: how small terms make a big difference

Apr 18 2012 Published by under Behavioral Neuro

At SciAm Blogs today, I am pleased to welcome Dr. Becca of Fumbling Toward Tenure as a guest blogger! She's doing an excellent takedown of a recent article in the NY Times, which gave some rather incorrect impressions of a recent study involving cocaine and mice. Head over and check it out!

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Now on the Guest Blog: Unlikely Grad!

Apr 18 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

Please welcome our newest tenure on the guest blog, Unlikely Grad! She brings a really new and interesting perspective to academia, and I think she's going to bring something cool to our guest blog, too! Head over and say hello!

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Diversity in Science Carnival: one week left!

Apr 17 2012 Published by under Academia, Blog Carnivals

Only one week left to write and submit posts for the Diversity in Science Carnival on the theme of Imposter Syndrome! I'm really interested to hear what you all have to say on how it affects your life choices, how you fight it, and how you think other people and academia can help stop it from striking. Posts are due April 23rd, and please use the submission form! We've gotten some great things so far and there's still time to add your own take!

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Follow my eyes carefully...and vote for me!

Apr 16 2012 Published by under Behavioral Neuro, Uncategorized

Think of a political candidate you like. Maybe you agree with their politics. Maybe they have a very open and honest demeanor. Maybe they have lots of qualities that you think would make them a good leader. You would follow them if they led...but would you follow them if they looked?

Liuzza et al. "Follow my eyes: the gaze of politicians reflexively captures the gaze of ingroup voters" PLoS ONE, 2011.

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Friday Weird Science: beans, beans, a magical fruit...

Apr 13 2012 Published by under Friday Weird Science

...the more you eat the more you toot!

Everyone knows that beans make you fart. It's something that's basically assumed to be a fact of life. Beans have high fiber, high fiber does things to your intestinal tract, and the net result is a chorus of flatulence and stink that makes you unfit company. I know many people who won't touch beans on a first date, for fear of the farts. So we think beans must cause farting...but is it TRUE?


(Oh sure, they look so innocent. Source)

Winham and Hutchins. "Perceptions of flatulence from bean consumption among adults in 3 feeding studies" Nutrition Journal, 2011.

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Life at the bottom is bad your your health

Apr 11 2012 Published by under Behavioral Neuro

Sci is at SciAm Blogs today, talking about an interesting new study which uses manipulations in social rank in monkeys to study the effects on the immune system. We've known that social stress is bad for your health for a while, and this study aims to get at what kind of changes take place which might impact your immune function. Or at least, the immune function of monkeys. Head over and check it out.

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Diversity in Science Carnival: Imposter Syndrome

Apr 10 2012 Published by under Academia

Don't forget that Sci is hosting the Diversity in Science Carnival this month on the theme of Imposter Syndrome! I want to hear how you fight it personally and what you think people and institutions can do to reduce it.

A blog carnival is a collection of links along the same subject or theme, put together in a single place where people can read them all. In this case, the Diversity in Science carnival is putting together links on Imposter Syndrome, to allow people to link back for their use. So please, if you want to submit something, it needs to have a link. Put your thoughts somewhere, a blog post, a Tumblr, a Storify, a Facebook post, anything that you can link to to send to the carnival. We will then collect the links and organize them by theme. The carnival can help increase traffic and conversation in response to your posts, and can also help increase awareness of your presence on social media, not to mention all the help it would have in combating imposter syndrome!!

Please submit your posts via the submission form! With a little help we can all fight this together! Due date is April 23rd, and I'll be putting up the carnival shortly thereafter. Get writing!

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Unhand that burger! It'll only make you depressed.

Apr 09 2012 Published by under Health Care/Medicine

Over at SciAm Blogs today, I'm covering a recent study that made it kind of big in the news: the finding that fast food consumption correlates with depressive diagnoses. And while the correlation is real...I wonder if there are other correlations rolled into there. Do you agree? Head over and check it out!

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Friday Weird Science: A profusion of pressurized penguin poo

Apr 06 2012 Published by under Friday Weird Science

Or, as Stephanie noted "Penguins shooting the s**t".

Today's weird science comes to you courtesy of Anne Jefferson of Highly Allocthonous, who pointed Sci to this paper purely for the amazingness that is Figure 1. And it IS amazing.

After all, what do you get when you combine penguins and poo? SCIENCE of course!

Meyer-Rochow and Gal. "Pressures produced when penguins pooh—calculations on avian defaecation" Polar Biology, 2003.

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This week on the Guest Blog: Joe to the Izzo

Apr 05 2012 Published by under Academia

For the next two weeks on the Scientopia guest blog, we'll be hosting the fun and fabulous Joe to the Izzo of the blog "It's ok to be Smart". While he usually does a tumblr, he's hoping to experiment with the long form posts on the Guest blog, and we're excited to have him! Please head over and say hi!!

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