When Math Hurts

When Math Hurts: Math Anxiety Predicts Pain Network Activation in Anticipation of Doing Math

Doing math is a pain in the head;
At least that’s what we’ve all learned in dread.
But it’s not math that hurts,
A brain-scan asserts;
It’s fear itself hurts us instead.

Lyons IM, Beilock SL (2012) When Math Hurts: Math Anxiety Predicts Pain Network Activation in Anticipation of Doing Math. PLoS ONE 7(10): e48076. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048076

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The Earliest Matches

The Earliest Matches
Online at PLoS ONE

Long, pointy, and round, not too thick;
So of course, they assume it’s a dick.
But spun in a gyre,
It will light your fire!
(If you said, “So will mine!”– you’re a prick.)

Goren-Inbar N, Freikman M, Garfinkel Y, Goring-Morris NA, Grosman L (2012) The Earliest Matches. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42213. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042213

Optimum Mating Rates under Traumatic Mating

Female Fitness Optimum at Intermediate Mating Rates under Traumatic Mating
online at PLoS ONE

A sea slug’s two sexes in one;
Screw and get screwed’s how it’s done.
And with buns in the oven,
They’re game for more lovin’!
I guess getting screwed is just fun.

Lange R, Gerlach T, Beninde J, Werminghausen J, Reichel V, et al. (2012) Female Fitness Optimum at Intermediate Mating Rates under Traumatic Mating. PLoS ONE 7(8): e43234. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043234

(note: “getting screwed is just fun” was not the conclusion this article came to, I just like it better than theirs.)

The Cryptic African Wolf

The Cryptic African Wolf: Canis aureus lupaster Is Not a Golden Jackal and Is Not Endemic to Egypt
Online at PLoS ONE

For a jackal, the Striped or Black Backed’ll
Do fine, but if Goldens you tackle,
Remember C. aureus,
Always notorious,
Is sometimes a wolf, not a jackal.

Rueness EK, Asmyhr MG, Sillero-Zubiri C, Macdonald DW, Bekele A, et al. (2011) The Cryptic African Wolf: Canis aureus lupaster Is Not a Golden Jackal and Is Not Endemic to Egypt. PLoS ONE 6(1): e16385. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016385