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  • September 1, 2012
  • 10:30 PM

Working like a dog

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hello Julie,Having consulted two of my fabulous friends who happen to be ‘real world editors’ I can happily report that the technically correct format would be “Hi there, Mia”. This is to clarify that my name is not ‘there Mia’, although one friend said “no one does it on the internet”, so maybe you can’t win – or can’t lose?! I’m just happy you said “Hi”.It's so true that there are welfare issues all around us – even when perhaps we’re not expectin........ Read more »

  • August 31, 2012
  • 11:49 AM

Welfare hiding right in front of us

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Hi there Mia!When you address someone as I did above, do you put a comma between “there” and “Mia”? Maybe this is a grammar question for a grammar website (or I could just Google it), but I’m wondering if people put that comma in? I used to put in the comma, but then I was told it sounded like, “Hi there (paauuse) Mia!"(source)HI! How awesome to have those definitions out in the open. Prior to my program in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, I hadn't considered that welfar........ Read more »

  • August 30, 2012
  • 03:18 PM

Why I hope this is the last Paralympics

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

Blink and you just might miss it. If you don’t live in the UK, that is. Last night, 80,000 people watched the Paralympic opening ceremony – a slightly more modest, but nonetheless equally poignant affair than its bigger brother. As the kids return to school and the Olympic feel-good fades, it offers a last-hurrah for … Continue reading »... Read more »

  • August 29, 2012
  • 03:45 PM

The Case for Independent Scholarship #3: On Workaholic Scientists

by Jon Wilkins in Lost in Transcription

So, Sam Arbesman has a post up at Wired where he discusses a recent study on the work habits of  scientists in around the world. As a proxy for "working," the authors look at the pattern of downloads of papers or book chapters from Springer. The work makes use of a cool real-time mapping of IP addresses accessing those papers. If you want to see what it looks like, check it out here:

They do a more detailed analysis of the top three countries (in term........ Read more »

Wang, X. W., Xu, S. M., Peng, L., Wang, Z., Wang, C. L., Zhang, C. B., & Wang, X. B. (2102) Exploring Scientists’ Working Timetable: Do Scientists Often Work Overtime?. Journal of Informetrics, 6(4), 655-660. DOI: 10.1016/j.joi.2012.07.003  

  • August 28, 2012
  • 07:32 PM

Sex and the (self-)Pity

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Is the significant link between the rate of disease risk-associated de novo mutation and increased paternal age sufficient argument for young men to consider freeze-storing their sperm?... Read more »

Kong A, Frigge ML, Masson G, Besenbacher S, Sulem P, Magnusson G, Gudjonsson SA, Sigurdsson A, Jonasdottir A, Jonasdottir A.... (2012) Rate of de novo mutations and the importance of father's age to disease risk. Nature, 488(7412), 471-5. PMID: 22914163  

  • August 26, 2012
  • 02:44 PM

The Logistics of Scientific Growth in the 21st Century

by caseybergman in I wish you'd made me angry earlier

Over the last few months, I’ve noticed an growing number of reports about declining opportunities and increasing pressure for early stage academic researchers (Ph.D. students, post-docs and junior faculty). For example, the Washington Post published an article in early July about trends in the U.S. scientific job market entitled “U.S. pushes for more scientists, but [...]... Read more »

  • August 26, 2012
  • 09:23 AM

How to bury your academic writing

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

Should academics publish chapters in edited books? On the basis of an analysis of citations of my own writings, I argue no. Book chapters are too inaccessible and much less likely to be read than journal articles. I end with some suggestions for tackling this state of affairs.... Read more »

Eve Mardera, Helmut Kettenmann, & Sten Grillner. (2010) Impacting our young. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 21233. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1016516107  

  • August 25, 2012
  • 08:32 AM

Who dunnit? The avoidable crisis of scientific authorship

by Richard Kunert in Brain's Idea

This year, Germany’s highest court reached a damning verdict concerning academic pay. It is so low that it is in breach of the constitution. Why do research then? One reason is that it gives you prestige – which often precedes money. Brain areas are still talked about in terms of Brodmann areas and not Smith [...]... Read more »

  • August 20, 2012
  • 08:09 AM

Digital Research 2012: September 10th-12th St Catherine’s College, Oxford, UK

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

The UK’s premier Digital Research community event is being held in Oxford 10-12 September 2012. Come along to showcase and share the latest in digital research practice – and set the agenda for tomorrow at Digital Research 2012. The conference features an exciting 3-day programme with a great set of invited speakers together with showcases of the work and vision of the Digital Research community. Here are some highlights of the programme – please see the website digital-researc........ Read more »

Lazer D., Pentland A., Adamic L., Aral S., Barabasi A.-L., Brewer D., Christakis N., Contractor N., Fowler J., & Gutmann M. (2009) SOCIAL SCIENCE: Computational Social Science. Science, 323(5915), 723. DOI: 10.1126/science.1167742  

  • August 18, 2012
  • 08:19 AM

To Treat or Not To Treat... But How?

by Christen Rune Stensvold in Blastocystis Parasite Blog

In the "To Treat of Not To Treat" series (please look up previous post here), we have come to the "...But How?" episode.

Blastocystis may be susceptible to a number of drugs - in vitro. In vitro is not the opposite of in vivo. In vitro just means that the test has been done on an organism that has been isolated from its usual habitat and tested e.g. in a flask, test tube, etc. In the lab, strains can be challenged and manipulated in multiple ways, but there is no guarante........ Read more »

Coyle CM, Varughese J, Weiss LM, & Tanowitz HB. (2012) Blastocystis: to treat or not to treat.. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 54(1), 105-10. PMID: 22075794  

Engsbro AL, & Stensvold CR. (2012) Blastocystis: To Treat Or Not To Treat..But How?. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. PMID: 22893582  

Stensvold CR, Smith HV, Nagel R, Olsen KE, & Traub RJ. (2010) Eradication of Blastocystis carriage with antimicrobials: reality or delusion?. Journal of clinical gastroenterology, 44(2), 85-90. PMID: 19834337  

  • August 17, 2012
  • 10:28 AM

Some Thoughts on Using Randomized Controlled Trials in International Development

by Jason in Views From Beyond the OR

TweetI recently came across a post on the Council for Foreign Relations’ Development Channel that asked: Are Randomized Controlled Trials a Good Way to Evaluate Development Projects? This is an incredibly important question because, as the authors note, “International donors … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 16, 2012
  • 07:40 AM

Independent Confirmation of Results and Academic Publishers: A Potential Opportunity?

by James in Open Science

Having already written about the need to independently test results, I’m pleased to see a news article in Nature that highlights the following initiative by Science Exchange to replicate high-profile papers: Scientific publishers are backing an initiative to encourage authors of high-profile research papers to get their results replicated by independent labs. Validation studies will [...]... Read more »

  • August 14, 2012
  • 08:56 AM

James Joyce, Intertextuality and Memoir

by Janine Utell in The Comics Grid. Journal of Comics Scholarship

Janine Utell examines James Joyce, intertextuality, and the transgressive figure of the daughter in two recent graphic memoirs: Alison Bechdel's Fun Home (2006) and Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary and Bryan Talbot (2012). ... Read more »

  • August 12, 2012
  • 02:37 PM

Human embryonic (knowledge) germ(ination) cells

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

On the acknowledged difficulties of deriving and culturing human embryonic germ cells, in light of some informative new data...... Read more »

  • August 9, 2012
  • 02:48 PM

Is music a result of sexual selection? [Revisited]

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

Cover of NRC Cultureel Supplement.It was Darwin’s hunch: music, as widespread as it is in our human culture, could well be a result of sexual selection, one of the two selection mechanisms he proposed to be at the basis of our evolution (the other being natural selection).Today an article by Wim Köhler appeared in the Dutch newspaper NRC elaborating on this idea: the potential evolutionary advantage of ‘mooizingers’ - those who perform well musically.Music as a result of sexual selection ........ Read more »

  • August 9, 2012
  • 11:23 AM

Is music a result of sexual selection?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

Cognitive biologist Tecumseh Fitch (Vienna University) and his colleagues recently designed an experiment to put the sexual selection hypothesis to the test: does the ability to produce complex musical sounds reflect qualities that are relevant in mate choice contexts, supporting the idea of music to be functionally analogous to the sexually-selected acoustic displays of some animals, such as songbirds. ... Read more »

  • August 8, 2012
  • 01:28 PM

The Forever Decline: Academia’s Monograph Crisis

by James in Open Science

A decade or so ago you’d be forgiven for thinking that the monograph was in terminal decline. Just take the now 13-year-old words of Stanley Chodorow, who in his work, The Pace of Scholarship, the Scholarly Career, and the Monograph, claimed that the specialization of the academic monograph signalled “Its evolutionary track is at an [...]... Read more »

Willinsky, John. (2009) Toward the Design of an Open Monograph Press. JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING, 12(1). DOI: 10.3998/3336451.0012.103  

  • August 4, 2012
  • 09:40 PM

Why mosses can grow in the desert, and why their future is uncertain

by matt in Geodermatophilia

Readers of this blog won't be so surprised, but most people are unaware that mosses grow in deserts and semiarid zones. The reason they can do so is that desert mosses are dessication tolerators, meaning they are capable of drying without dying. While dry, they are in a state of suspended animation, simply waiting for the next hydration period so that biological activity - and hopefully - net photosynthesis can occur. They rehydrate literally in seconds, and are immediately active. You could m........ Read more »

  • August 3, 2012
  • 03:47 AM

Where did all the BBC programme metadata go? The infax catalogue online

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Over at @BBCSport and @BBC2012 there are some Olympian feats of big data wrestling going on behind the scenes for London 2012 [1]. While we all enjoy the Olympics on a range of platforms and devices, a team of twenty engineers is busy making it all happen. It’s great that the BBC, unlike other large organisations, can talk openly about their technology and share hard-won knowledge widely.... Read more »

  • July 31, 2012
  • 06:25 PM

Who should make the first move?

by eHarmony Labs in eHarmony Labs Blog

When it comes to online dating, who should make the first move? You or them? ... Read more »

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