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Does 'internet addiction' change the brain?

Does 'internet addiction' change the brain? | AJCann | Scoop.it

"This was a small study that examined the association between brain structure and the diagnosis of internet addiction disorder. The results of the study should be interpreted cautiously, as the small number of participants increases the likelihood that the findings were due to chance. Additionally, the study cannot tell us anything about whether obsessive internet use causes changes to the brain, as some headlines have suggested. From this study we cannot rule out the possibility that the participants’ brains were structured this way before their heavy internet usage. If this were the case it would raise the possibility that their brain structure was responsible for their actions rather than their actions altering their brain structure. Of course, there is also the question of whether the participants’ behaviour actually constitutes a medical condition."

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Oi, lardass!

Oi, lardass! | AJCann | Scoop.it

This was a laboratory-based study. It aimed to determine whether the formation of fat cells – known as adipocytes – is influenced by the weight those cells are placed under, or the “mechanical loading/stresses”. Other types of cell have already been shown to be sensitive to the mechanical stress they are placed under. For example, bone cells – known as osteoblasts – produce mineralised bone when given sufficient mechanical stimulation. Although this is an appropriate study design to look at the formation of different cell types, it can’t prove that the mechanical pressure caused by sitting down contributes to bottom fat. This is for several reasons, including the fact that the study took place on fat cells in a laboratory, and did not look at fat cells in human bottoms.

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Google Scholar Citations

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Last night I finally managed to break into Google Scholar Citations (Google is doing it's usual now you see it, now you don't roll out).
First impressions - pretty good. It need a little tidying up (a few papers that weren't mine - the format of Bioscience Education confuses it - and a few papers missing that needed to be added).
I've never seen all my citations in one place this this before so I broke them down into Virology papers (former life), Education papers (current existence) and Books, then did some quick stats...
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Why would you pay to get published?

Why would you pay to get published? | AJCann | Scoop.it
"There is no submission fee and no page charge for publishing in EJN. In other words, expenses for the authors are nil. The proceeds from EJN fund the activities of FENS, including the popular FENS-IBRO schools and the NENS Schools, the FENS job market and travel fellowships and, sponsored also directly by Wiley-Blackwell, the FENS-EJN Awards. Therefore, publishing in EJN, besides being free, funds FENS."
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Am I a science journalist?

Am I a science journalist? | AJCann | Scoop.it
"I’m not saying that anyone who starts writing or talking is automatically a journalist – there is more to it than that. But I am saying that anyone can be. I have no training in science journalism and I never did an internship. All I have is what I call my Masters from the University of Pissing About on the Internet. I almost stumbled into this profession, and there are many others taking the same weird amateur route."
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Caps on university places will stifle STEM students

Caps on university places will stifle STEM students | AJCann | Scoop.it
"the coalition's commitment to widening participation is a mile wide and an inch deep. This policy is being written with the interests of a few thousand people in Surrey and Sussex in mind"
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The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009

The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009 | AJCann | Scoop.it
Based on the sampling results and qualitative data a division into three distinct periods is suggested: The Pioneering years (1993–1999), the Innovation years (2000–2004), and the Consolidation years (2005–2009).
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Why Full Open Access Matters

"Scientific authors who pay to publish their articles in an open-access publication should be congratulated for doing so. They also should be aware that they may not be getting full open access from some publications that charge for publication under the “open access” label. Two features define an open-access publication: (1) the published contents are freely accessible through the Internet, and (2) readers are given copyright permission to republish or reuse the content as they like so long as the author and publisher receive proper attribution. Recently, some publications have begun offering an open-access option that charges for Internet publication without granting readers full reuse rights, such as Springer's Open Choice or Nature's Scientific Reports. These publishers have adopted a business model through which authors pay for immediate publication on the Internet but the publisher nonetheless keeps commercial reuse rights for itself. This is not full open access."

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University reform: a flawed experiment?

University reform: a flawed experiment? | AJCann | Scoop.it

"If Willetts' hypothesis were true, then the US - with its famous tier of private non-profit universities and its less-celebrated tier of private for-profit universities - would outperform all the world's more-or-less purely public university systems with ease. But instead, the US offers only a fraction of the value for money produced by public university systems in the UK and elsewhere. And it follows that the Minister's hypothesis should be rejected as false, unless he can provide some equally weighty evidence to support it."

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Stages Of Succession: Why I Like Coursework

Stages Of Succession: Why I Like Coursework | AJCann | Scoop.it
"But at A-level I am not just prepping them for transferable skills. They are doing biology because they want to go into the sciences, whether life, physical, environmental, medical or social. And that means they have to be able to deal with scientific literature."
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Science Education in Primary Schools: Is an Animation Worth a Thousand Pictures?

Science Education in Primary Schools: Is an Animation Worth a Thousand Pictures? | AJCann | Scoop.it
Findings indicated that animated movies support the use of diverse teaching strategies and learning methods, and can promote various thinking skills among students. Findings also indicated that animations can enhance scientific curiosity, the acquisition of scientific language, and fostering scientific thinking. These encouraging results can be explained by the fact that the students made use of both visual-pictorial and auditory-verbal capabilities while exploring animated movies in diverse learning styles and teaching strategies.
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A new sustainability model: Major funders to support OA journal

A new sustainability model: Major funders to support OA journal | AJCann | Scoop.it
"This will send a very strong message, both to researchers and publishers, about what these funders value, and where they see value for money. It is difficult to imagine this will not lead to a seismic shift in the publishing landscape, at least from a political and financial perspective. I don’t believe this journal will be as technically radical as I would like, but it is unlikely it could be while achieving the aims that it has. I do hope the platform it is built on enables innovation both in terms of what is published and the process by which it is selected."

Press release:
http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/Media-office/Press-releases/2011/WTVM051897.htm

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The man who drew up the 'ugly map' of Britain

The man who drew up the 'ugly map' of Britain | AJCann | Scoop.it
Type the phrase "scientists find the gene for" into Google and 68,000 results appear. Most of the hits are about human beings - which is a pretty impressive number, given that we have only 20,000 genes altogether. One hundred years after the death of Francis Galton, the "father of eugenics", geneticists are increasingly baffled by the nature versus nurture debate.
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