The Economics Of Nice Folks, ScienceDaily
Excerpts: A basic tenet of economics is that people always behave selfishly, (...).
Sam Bowles argues in Science June 20 that economics will get it wrong then, sometimes badly so. He points to new experimental evidence that people do often act against their own personal self-interest in favor of the common good, and they do so in predictable, understandable ways. Poorly-designed economic institutions fail to take advantage of intrinsic moral behavior and often undermine it.(...)
(...) women donated blood less frequently when they were paid for it than when it was an act of charity.
Does the Invisible Hand Need a Helping Hand?, Reason Magazine
Excerpts: A behavioral economist explores the interaction of moral sentiments and self-interest. (...)
Interestingly, neuro-economics is also beginning to delve deeper into how we respond to various institutions. In one experiment done by Oregon University researchers, MRIs scanned the brains of students as they chose to giveˇXor were required to giveˇXsome portion of $100 to a food bank. The first was a charitable act and the second analogous to a tax. In both cases, their reward centers "lit up," but much less so under the tax condition. As Oregon economist William Harbaugh told the New York Times
Policies Designed for Self-Interested Citizens May Undermine "The Moral Sentiments", Science
Excerpts: High-performance organizations and economies work on the basis not only of material interests but also of Adam Smith's "moral sentiments." Well-designed laws and public policies can harness self-interest for the common good. However, incentives that appeal to self-interest may fail when they undermine the moral values that lead people to act altruistically or in other public-spirited ways. Behavioral experiments reviewed here suggest that economic incentives may be counterproductive when they signal that selfishness is an appropriate response; constitute a learning environment through which over time people come to adopt more self-interested motivations; compromise the individual's sense of self-determination and thereby degrade intrinsic motivations; or convey a message of distrust, disrespect, and unfair intent.
The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete, Wired
Excerpts: peaking at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference this past March, Peter Norvig, Google's research director, offered an update to George Box's maxim: "All models are wrong, and increasingly you can succeed without them."
This is a world where massive amounts of data and applied mathematics replace every other tool that might be brought to bear. Out with every theory of human behavior, from linguistics to sociology. Forget taxonomy, ontology, and psychology. Who knows why people do what they do? The point is they do it, and we can track and measure it with unprecedented fidelity. With enough data, the numbers speak for themselves.
Excerpts: Informed citizens avoid information overload by taking strategic shortcuts before casting their ballots (...)
A recent experimental innovation promises to better illuminate heuristics' strengths and weaknesses. Researchers now can track how volunteers decide whom to vote for during mock presidential election campaigns. Results so far indicate that well-informed voters employ heuristics better than they do extensive information analyses to select a candidate who best reflects their own views. In contrast, poorly informed voters experience problems in picking appropriate candidates, especially when using rules of thumb.
Excerpts: Statistical analysis can inform the history of music, classification technologies, and our understanding of the act of composition itself, (...).
The composer Arnold Schoenberg summarized the fundamental principles of musical form as "the demand for repetition of pleasant stimuli, and the opposing desire for variety, for change". Repetition of melodic motifs, rhythmic patterns and harmonic progressions makes musical structure coherent and forms the basis of its comprehensibility. Variation, in turn, keeps monotony and dullness at bay.
Our Pen-and-Paper Doctors, NYTimes
Excerpts: The study found that a paltry 4 percent of the doctors had a "fully functional" electronic records system that would allow them to view laboratory data, order prescriptions and help them make clinical decisions, while another 13 percent had more basic systems.
This is a startling contrast with other industrialized nations. A 2006 survey by the Commonwealth Fund found that nearly all doctors in the Netherlands and the vast majority in Australia, New Zealand and Britain were using electronic medical records. Denmark has a comprehensive health information exchange that allows doctors to see all medical care and testing provided to a patient. They can even see whether a patient has filled a prescription, which is information that most American doctors lack.
Math Could Help Cure Leukemia, EurekAlert
Excerpts: In a recent study that combined math and medicine, researchers have shown that patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia may be cured of the disease with an optimally timed cancer vaccine, where the timing is determined based on their own immune response. (...)
(...) a mathematical model which predicts that anti-leukemia immune response in CML patients using the drug imatinib can be stimulated in a way that might provide a cure for the disease.
Idle Computers Offer Hope to Solve Cancer's Mysteries Through Grid Computing Project, UT Austin News Release
Excerpts: Muhammad Zaman, assistant professor in biomedical engineering, recently introduced Cellular Environment in Living Systems @Home or CELS@Home for short. (...)
"What took months can be done now in days or weeks," Zaman says. "It's amazing."
He says CELS@Home goes beyond traditional grid computing to incorporate a multi-scale systems biology approach.
Cancer Patient Cured With His Own Immune System, NewScientist.com
Excerpts: In hopes of developing a simple regimen, Yee's team focused on a special kind of T-cell, called helper CD4 cells.
The researchers isolated a handful of these cells from the patient, whose melanoma had spread to his lung and groin. All the cells recognised a protein called NY-ESO-1 - this existed in his tumour, but not most healthy cells.
After the cells had been multiplying in the lab for two months, Yee's team injected about five billion of them into the patient in one dose.
Cancer: Deconstructing Oncogenesis, Nature
Excerpts: Transformation of normal cells into cancer cells entails concerted changes in the expression of many genes. Identifying which of those genes are crucial will provide insight into the mechanisms underlying malignancy. (...)
Writing on page 1112 of this issue4, some of the same authors now delve deeper into the genetics of oncogene cooperation and uncover many genes whose altered expression is important for malignancy. Intriguingly, in many cases 'normalizing' the expression of even one of these genes is sufficient to attenuate tumour growth.
McMurray et al.4 studied the cooperation between two classic, highly prevalent oncogenic mutations in human cancers — that of Ras and of p53.
Synergistic Response To Oncogenic Mutations Defines Gene Class Critical To Cancer Phenotype, Nature
Excerpts: Understanding the molecular underpinnings of cancer is of critical importance to the development of targeted intervention strategies. Identification of such targets, however, is notoriously difficult and unpredictable. Malignant cell transformation requires the cooperation of a few oncogenic mutations that cause substantial reorganization of many cell features and induce complex changes in gene expression patterns. (...) Our observations that cell transformation by cooperating oncogenic lesions depends on synergistic modulation of downstream signalling circuitry suggest that malignant transformation is a highly cooperative process, involving synergy at multiple levels of regulation, including gene expression.
- Source: Synergistic Response To Oncogenic Mutations Defines Gene Class Critical To Cancer Phenotype, Helene R. McMurray, Erik R. Sampson, George Compitello, Conan Kinsey, Laurel Newman, Bradley Smith, Shaw-Ree Chen, Lev Klebanov, Peter Salzman, Andrei Yakovlev, Hartmut Land, DOI: doi:10.1038/nature06973, Nature 453, 1112-1116, 08/06/19
Lifetime Lessons Of DNA Change, Nature News
Excerpts: Study of how genome is chemically altered as we age could help us understand disease. (...)
Epigenetic changes - potentially reversible changes that do not alter the actual nucleotide sequence of the DNA but do affect its functioning - are thought to be involved in many cancers and other diseases of old age, such as diabetes.
This study is a step towards linking such changes with diseases, says Feinberg. "The question of whether DNA methylation changes over a lifetime hadn't been asked before," he says. "A fairly large number of people thought it didn't change."
Excerpt: Relating genotypes to phenotypes is problematic not only owing to the extreme complexity of the interactions between genes, proteins and high-level physiological functions but also because the paradigms for genetic causality in biological systems are seriously confused. This paper examines some of the misconceptions, starting with the changing definitions of a gene, from the cause of phenotype characters to the stretches of DNA. I then assess whether the ‘digital' nature of DNA sequences guarantees primacy in causation compared to non-DNA inheritance, whether it is meaningful or useful to refer to genetic programs, (...).
- Source: Genes And Causation, D. Noble, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2008.0086, Philosophical Transactions: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, 2008/06/17
- Contributed by Atin Das - dasatinyahoo.co.in
Stay Or Go? Researchers Discover One Controller Of Cell Movement, Innovations-report
Excerpt: A zebra's stripes, a seashell's spirals, a butterfly's wings: these are all examples of patterns in nature. The formation of patterns is a puzzle for mathematicians and biologists alike. How does the delicate design of a butterfly's wings come from a single fertilized egg? How does pattern emerge out of no pattern? Using computer models and live cells, researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered a specific pattern that can direct cell movement and may help us understand how metastatic cancer cells move. (...)
Systems Properties Of Insulin Signaling Revealed, EurekAlert
Excerpts: A team of Swedish researchers has characterized novel systems properties of insulin signaling in human fat cells. Their mathematical modeling, (...), provides further insight into energy level maintenance (via the hormone insulin) within our bodies. (...)
The disease causes a metabolic malfunction due to incorrect information transfer of insulin concentration in the blood to the internal fluid of cells (the cytosol). (...).
Models And Computational Strategies Linking Physiological Response To Molecular Networks From Large-Scale Data, Phil. Trans. A
Excerpt: An important area of research in systems biology involves the analysis and integration of genome-wide functional datasets. In this context, a major goal is the identification of a putative molecular network controlling physiological response from experimental data. (...). Here, we review some of the most widely used methodologies (...) in identifying components of the molecular networks that are predictive of physiological response. We also discuss how system identification in biology could be approached, using a combination of methodologies that aim to reconstruct the relationship between molecular pathways and physiology at different levels of the organizational complexity of the molecular network.
- Source: Models And Computational Strategies Linking Physiological Response To Molecular Networks From Large-Scale Data, F. Ortega, K. Sameith, N. Turan, R. Compton, V. Trevino, M. Vannucci, F Falciani, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2008.0085, Philosophical Transactions: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, 2008/06/17
- Contributed by Atin Das - dasatinyahoo.co.in
Researchers Develop Neural Implant That Learns With The Brain, U Florida Health News
Excerpts: The status quo of brain-machine interfaces that are out there have static and fixed decoding algorithms, which assume a person thinks one way for all time," (...).
To create this type of brain-machine interface, Sanchez and his colleagues developed a system based on setting goals and giving rewards.
Fitted with tiny electrodes in their brains to capture signals for the computer to unravel, three rats were taught to move a robotic arm toward a target with just their thoughts. Each time they succeeded, the rats were rewarded with a drop of water.
Animal Behaviour: Token Symbolism, Nature
Excerpts: (...) trained five monkeys to associate a particular token - such as a green chip, black plastic tube or a brass hook - with one of three specific types of food. They then gave the monkeys a series of choices, each time between different amounts of two food items or between two types of token.
Excerpts: Monkeys learn to deal with arbitrary tokens as if they are different foods.(...)
One animal, named Carlotta, favored Cheerios over Parmesan cheese, Parmesan cheese over sunflower seeds and Cheerios over sunflower seeds.
Like the other monkeys, Carlotta weighed quality against quantity when choosing a treat. If offered a choice between one Cheerio and five sunflower seeds, she opted for the sunflower seeds even though Cheerios tasted better to her.
Great Apes Think Ahead: Conclusive Evidence Of Advanced Planning Capacities, ScienceDaily
Excerpts: Apes can plan for their future needs just as we humans can - by using self-control and imagining future events. (...) The complex skill of future planning is commonly believed to be exclusive to humans, and has not yet been convincingly established in any living primate species other than our own. In humans, planning for future needs relies heavily on two mental capacities: self-control or the suppression of immediate drives in favor of delayed rewards; and mental time travel or the detached mental experience of a past or future event. (...)
Population Imaging Of Ongoing Neuronal Activity In The Visual Cortex Of Awake Rats, Nature Neuroscience
Excerpts: It is unclear how the complex spatiotemporal organization of ongoing cortical neuronal activity recorded in anesthetized animals relates to the awake animal. We therefore used two-photon population calcium imaging in awake and subsequently anesthetized rats to follow action potential firing in populations of neurons across brain states, and examined how single neurons contributed to population activity. Firing rates and spike bursting in awake rats were higher, and pair-wise correlations were lower, compared with anesthetized rats. Anesthesia modulated population-wide synchronization and the relationship between firing rate and correlation. Overall, brain activity during wakefulness cannot be inferred using anesthesia.
Forest Invades Tundra ...And The New Tenants Could Aggravate Global Warming, Science News
Ecologists and climatologists are concerned because emerging forest data suggest that the albedo, or reflectivity, of large regions across the Arctic will change. Most sunlight hitting snow and ice bounces back into space instead of being absorbed and converted to heat. So if a white landscape becomes open sea or boreal forest, what was once a solar reflector becomes a heat collector.
GREENING TUNDRA: Satellite data map a greening Arctic tundra. Brown shows where photosynthesis decreased between 1981 and 2005, and green where it increased. This change resulted mainly from shrubs invading permafrost, beginning a chain of events that may affect global climate.
Sea-surface ice already is melting in the Arctic, and polar ice sheets are thinning. Warming threatens to further degrade these solar reflectors. So does the advance of boreal forests, Chapin says.
Microbial Ecology: Out Of Thin Air, Science
Excerpts: On a volcano, microbiologists take a trip back through time to understand how microbes help restart life on lava fields and regulate the air we breathe. (...)
For decades, these lava fields bake under the hot sun, seemingly lifeless. But eventually, a fern or a koa sapling springs up timidly from a crevice, precursors of the forest that will ultimately rise again. A walk across the park takes King back through time, allowing him to get a close look at the specialized bacteria that are midwives to this rebirth.
"Here, you can study how the microbes colonize the lava, how they provide nutrients for the first plants, and how the microbial community evolves as the amount of plants grows,"
Tree leaves do a pretty good job of achieving temperatures that are just right for photosynthesis, even if it's too hot or too cold where they live, a new study shows.
Tree leaves can do plenty to keep their temperatures just right for photosynthesis. Corbis
From roughly the top to the bottom of North America, across some 50 degrees of latitude, trees all do their photosynthesizing at leaf temperatures around 21.4 deg Celsius plus or minus 2.2 degrees, says physiological ecologist Brent Helliker of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. That conclusion was based on a broad survey of the ratios of two forms of oxygen that vary depending on the temperature and humidity of leaves. Those properties control evaporation and make a signature in the cellulose of the tree rings, (...).
Meteorology: Taming The Sky, Nature
Excerpts: A report, commissioned by the World Meteorological Organization and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, calls for a better understanding of the role of aerosols in precipitation and climate systems. "Aerosols are involved in a long chain of reactions and complicated feedback mechanisms leading to precipitation," says Levin, chief editor of the report, which will be released within the next month. "Cloud seeding adds to that complexity we know so little of." In addition, the report stresses the serious limitation of using statistical tools in cloud seeding without a proper understanding of the underlying physical processes.
Change In The Weather, Nature
A renewed push for scientific research into weather-modification technologies is long overdue.
Today's rain-makers struggle with their own credibility issues. They do have well established methods for seeding clouds with silver iodide crystals, which in most cases bolster precipitation by a small but significant amount (see page 970). That's enough to make the effort worthwhile for communities looking to bolster the snowpack on which they rely for water in summer, or to target rainfall over an agricultural area rather than a neighbouring one that is barren.
Yet weather-modification supporters face a perceived negative bias in the scientific community.
Geophysics: An Unpredictably Violent Fault, Science
Excerpts: Chinese researchers placed a dense array of seismometers around a dangerous-looking seam in the rocks of Sichuan--only to be blindsided by the true killer. (...)
Northeast of Anninghe, on 12 May, a complex fault system ruptured under the Longmenshan, or Dragon's Gate Mountains, releasing energy equivalent to about 2000 Hiroshima-size atomic bombs. Nearly 70,000 people are known to have died, thousands are missing, and more than 1.5 million people lost their homes in the magnitude-7.9 Wenchuan earthquake. Land west of the Longmenshan fault system had been edging eastward toward the Sichuan Basin at a rate of only a couple of millimeters per year, according to Global Positioning System (GPS) measurements. Liu says the GPS readings blinded researchers to the real threat: "We did not imagine such a big event happening in Longmenshan."
'Flying Humvee' Robot Ships Supplies To Military Troops, Australian PC World
V-STAR can execute vertical take-offs and landings, and is quieter than a helicopter.
(...) the robotic vehicle can fly 600 to 1,000 miles carrying a full cargo of 400 pounds. Code named V-STAR, the autonomous aircraft, which can execute vertical take-offs and landings, is about the size of a large SUV, weighing in at 2,400 pounds and measuring 21 feet long and up to 26 feet wide.
The V-Star, however, is the first autonomous aircraft to actually carry cargo or troops, according to Wood.
Galaxy Map Hints At Fractal Universe, NewScientist.com
Excerpts: Is the matter in the universe arranged in a fractal pattern? A new study of nearly a million galaxies suggests it is - though there are no well-accepted theories to explain why that would be so.
Cosmologists trying to reconstruct the entire history of the universe have precious few clues from which to work. One key clue is the distribution of matter throughout space, which has been sculpted for nearly 14 billion years by the competing forces of gravity and cosmic expansion. If there is a pattern in the sky, it encodes the secrets of the universe.
Applied Physics: Diamond for Quantum Computing, Science
Excerpts: Optically active defects in diamonds are promising candidates for the building blocks of quantum computers. (...)
The color center most used in diamond is the negatively charged nitrogen vacancy (NV) center. These optically active centers, consisting of a substitutional nitrogen atom next to a missing carbon atom (see the figure, left panel), are so bright that they can be detected individually with conventional microscopy. Because the ground state shines more brightly than the excited state, the state of the NV center can be read out. Resonant microwave pulses allow full quantum control of the state of the center.
Universal Law Of Coiling - Physicists Reveal Why Paper Curls The Way It Does., Nature
Excerpts: Ever noticed that when a piece of paper is rolled into a tube, the innermost part straightens away from the coil before touching down? Try it and see. A team of researchers has investigated this phenomenon and discovered that the precise shape of this rolled-up material is not only surprisingly subtle but also universal.
The angle that the innermost sheet makes with the coiled roll (...) is always the same, (...), about 24.1 deg - regardless of the thickness of the sheet or the width of the coil.
Complex Challenges: Global Terrorist Networks
Fight Terror With YouTube, NYTimes
Excerpts: Try to imagine Osama bin Laden managing his Facebook account, and you can see why full-scale social networking might not be Al Qaeda's next frontier.
It's also an indication of how a more interactive, empowered online community, particularly in the Arab-Islamic world, may prove to be Al Qaeda's Achilles' heel. Anonymity and accessibility, the hallmarks of Web 1.0, provided an ideal platform for Al Qaeda's radical demagoguery. Social networking, the emerging hallmark of Web 2.0, can unite a fragmented silent majority and help it to find its voice in the face of thuggish opponents, whether they are repressive rulers or extremist Islamic movements.
Abstract: Shifting U.S. defense policy to focus on asymmetric threats would distort defense priorities for years to come and trap U.S. armed forces in endless conflicts that military power cannot win.
- Source: The Folly Of ‘Asymmetric War’, M. J. Mazarr - mazarrmndu.edu., DOI: 10.1162/wash.2008.31.3.33, Washington Quarterly, Summer 2008, Online May 29, 2008.
- Contributed by Pritha Das - prithadas01yahoo.com
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