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  • May 24, 2011
  • 08:00 PM

Motion, Theme, and a Human Face

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Lessons for a Science Writer from a New York Times Editor's Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing

I recently picked up Francis Flaherty's The Elements of Story in my campus bookstore, as I was browsing and drinking my third cup of coffee in between experiments. Turns out, I made an excellent choice from among those titles I randomly picked off the "Books about Books" shelf. I'm already an impulsive book buyer.... The quote from Library Journal on the cover, "An essen........ Read more »

Editorial. (2010) Science scorned. Nature, 467(7312), 133. PMID: 20829750  

  • May 19, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

Full Text And Details For Nature Letter “Data Archiving Is A Good Investment”

by Heather Piwowar in Research Remix

We hope publishing the argument in this high-visibility venue will inspire hallway conversations amongst scientists and influence how they view long-term data archive funding. Particularly those scientists who also wear hats in funding agencies!... Read more »

Piwowar, HA, Vision, TJ, & Whitlock, MC. (2011) Data archiving is a good investment. Nature, 473(7347), 285-285. DOI: 10.1038/473285a  

Piwowar HA, Vision TJ, & Whitlock MC. (2011) Data from: Data archiving is a good investment. Dryad Digital Repository. info:/10.5061/dryad.j1fd7

  • May 16, 2011
  • 02:27 AM

We Want More Science, said the American Public

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Counter to trends of cutbacks for science coverage in newspapers and newsrooms over the last few years (examples include the Boston Globe and CNN), and to the excitement of science journalists nationwide, there DOES remain a high public interest in science. What’s more, not only does this interest remain… it seems to be growing. But if our nation’s ‘Big League’ newspapers are cutting back on science coverage and freelance budgets, where do the American public turn ........ Read more »

Woolley, M. (2005) Public Attitudes and Perceptions About Health-Related Research. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 294(11), 1380-1384. DOI: 10.1001/jama.294.11.1380  

  • April 26, 2011
  • 02:10 AM

Profiling Social Networking Site Users

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Social Networking Sites (SNS) grow in the number of users and have become a mass phenomenon. Time for some classification of these SNS users for both academic and practical purposes.
previous research has been focused on the study of user behavior in specific SNSs using mainly psychological (entertainment, socializing, etc.) or sociodemographic variables. In the present [...]

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Alarcón-del-Amo, M., Lorenzo-Romero, C., & Gómez-Borja, M. (2011) Classifying and Profiling Social Networking Site Users: A Latent Segmentation Approach. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2010.0346  

  • April 16, 2011
  • 01:02 AM

Citing versioned papers, robots and reviewers?

by Daniel Mietchen in Research Cycle Research

Established scholarly citation practices are tailored towards static documents. With the use of versioned documents spreading, citation formats have to follow suit. This requires to balance the need for proper identification of the source of a claim with the demands for cited information being up to date. Getting this right is particularly important in naturally versioned environments like wikis or GitHub. Continue reading →... Read more »

  • April 4, 2011
  • 11:30 PM

Scientists like publishing studies that say “ZOMG!! THE BRAIN – IT’S DIFFERENT!!!”

by Psychbytes in Psychbytes

The Archives of General Psychiatry just published a study by John Ioannidis which basically says that for whatever reason, studies that say that brain volumes are different in different psychiatric disorders are more likely to be published. Ioannidis has shown similar meta-research type findings before in other fields already (see this article for example), and I highly doubt anyone is really surprised by this finding. Still, it’s cool to see this issue being acknowledged by a relatively ........ Read more »

John Ioannidis. (2011) Excess Significance Bias in the Literature on Brain Volume Abnormalities. Archives of General Psychiatry. info:/

  • March 26, 2011
  • 11:46 AM

Peer Review

by Psychbytes in Psychbytes

The process of peer review has been critiqued on several grounds - it doesn't always prevent bad or flawed science from being published, doesn't always let good research in, and is riddled with problems like academic rivalries, and bias towards well-known scientists and institutions.Now, a recent meta-analysis of previous studies on peer review says that inter-rater reliaibility (the degree to which two reviewers agree on a manuscript) is very low - .17 to be precise.Which then leads t........ Read more »

  • March 8, 2011
  • 12:59 PM

Arsenic life, four months later: pay no attention to the internet

by Zen Faulkes in NeuroDojo

To recap: In early December, NASA holds a press conference relevant to astrobiology, wherein Felisa Wolfe-Simon announces a paper on a very interesting bacteria. The bacteria is indisputably arsenic tolerant, but Wolf-Simon and her eleven co-authors claim that the bacteria is not just tolerating arsenic, but using it in place of phosphorus. Before the weekend is out, strong criticisms of the paper appear on blogs. Wolfe-Simon initially refuses to respond to anything that isn’t in a peer-review........ Read more »

Rosen BP, Ajees AA, & McDermott TR. (2011) Life and death with arsenic. BioEssays. info:/10.1002/bies.201100012

Wolfe-Simon F, Blum J, Kulp T, Gordon G, Hoeft S, Pett-Ridge J, Stolz J, Webb S, Weber P, Davies P.... (2010) A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.1197258  

  • February 23, 2011
  • 06:35 PM

Rough Estimate Of Papers Per Dollar

by Heather Piwowar in Research Remix

[Please forgive the temporary duplicate post... I'm experimenting with CiTO and ResearchBlogging metadata in  the citation links] A project I’m working on needed a back-of-the-envelope estimate for the average number of papers produced per grant-funding-dollar.  This average obviously varies by discipline and grant type and country, and depends on whether the grant funds are direct [...]... Read more »

  • February 23, 2011
  • 06:22 PM

Rough estimate of Papers per Dollar

by Heather Piwowar in Research Remix

A project I’m working on needed a back-of-the-envelope estimate for the average number of papers produced per grant-funding-dollar.  This average obviously varies by discipline and grant type and country, and depends on whether the grant funds are direct funding or total etc…. but I just wanted an order of magnitude estimate and so was willing to [...]... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 11:58 AM

Thesising ~ Feeling Stuck?

by Linda Lin in Oz Blog No. 159

(Or worse blocked? *gasp. this sort of fits in with two other posts on thesising I've had) Ever feel like everyday is the same? Like some song stuck on repeat? Or part of the lyrics of some familiar song? Or...... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 04:21 AM

It’s Criminal – Press Release Misrepresentation

by Ben Good in B Good Science

  You are sat at a table in a dark room, handcuffed. One police officer is shouting in your face, swearing and appears very angry. The other is stood in the corner watching and interjects saying that maybe a cup of tea is in order. Who is more likely to make you talk? Well, new … Read more... Read more »

  • February 8, 2011
  • 11:16 PM

Much Ado About ADHD-Research: Is there a Misrepresentation of ADHD in Scientific Journals?

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

The reliability of science is increasingly under fire. We all know that media often gives a distorted picture of scientific findings (i.e. Hot news: Curry, Curcumin, Cancer & cure). But there is also an ever growing number of scientific misreports or even fraud (see bmj editorial announcing retraction of the Wakefield paper about causal relation beteen MMR vaccination [...]... Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 10:25 PM

Choice vs Gender Discrimination in Math-Intensive Science

by Michael Long in Phased

Choice, not direct discrimination, explains the current low representation of women in tenure-track, math-intensive, research-based faculty positions.... Read more »

Stephen J. Ceci, & Wendy M. Williams. (2011) Understanding current causes of women’s underrepresentation in science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1014871108

  • February 7, 2011
  • 11:54 AM

Adopt Your Scientific Testimony to Jurors' Skeptical Ears

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama followed the common pattern of giving attention and applause lines to nearly every issue on the national agenda. But there was one issue that received no mention at all: climate change. The absence, noted by many commentators, extended even to areas where it would have been natural to mention the environment. The President's "clean energy" initiative, for example, was touted based on its ability to create jobs and........ Read more »

William R. L. Anderegga, James W. Prallb, Jacob Haroldc, and Stephen H. Schneidera. (2010) Expert credibility in climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. info:/

  • February 6, 2011
  • 10:00 PM

Misrepresentation of ADHD in scientific journals and in the mass media

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

The scientific community often discusses the misrepresentation of health news by the media. A less discussed subject is misrepresentation of data in the scientific literature. Gonon, Bezard and Boraud used their knowledge about ADHD to find misrepresentations of data in scientific literature and mass media, and found that the misrepresentation problem often begins in the scientific literature. 1. Internal inconsistenciesThe good news is that only 2 out of about 360 papers (Barbaresi et al and V........ Read more »

  • January 17, 2011
  • 02:51 AM

Of Boobs, Babes and the JAMA

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

I have been an avid reader of the JAMA Online and especially been attracted to the cover art of every JAMA print issue. For those who do not know, the JAMA is the Journal of the American Medical Association and … Continue reading →... Read more »

Clark JP. (1999) Babes and boobs? analysis of JAMA cover art. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 319(7225), 1603-4. PMID: 10600956  

  • January 11, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Authonomy Points the Way to Open Peer Reviewing

by Simon Harper in Thinking Out Loud

Authonomy is a unique online community that connects readers, writers and publishing professionals. It was conceived and built by editors at HarperCollins Publishers. They are in 'beta' at the moment, so they’re still developing and perfecting the site.... Read more »

Alison McCook. (2006) Is Peer Review Broken?. The Scientist, 20(2), 26-26. info:other/23061/#ixzz16smQbXG3

  • January 9, 2011
  • 03:59 PM

Arsenic life is one month old…

by Rogue in Into Oblivion

(This was first published at the Urban Times) Indeed, long life for a dead-born. Let’s go back to this shameful story. What happened in the beginning? Well, it really began in 2008, not in 2010: Martin Reilly from the New Scientist talked about the arsenic life. As Antoine Danchin writes in his recent paper in [...]... Read more »

Wolfe-Simon F, Blum JS, Kulp TR, Gordon GW, Hoeft SE, Pett-Ridge J, Stolz JF, Webb SM, Weber PK, Davies PC.... (2010) A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus. Science (New York, N.Y.). PMID: 21127214  

Antoine Danchin. (2010) Science and Arsenic Fool's Gold: A Toxic Broth. Journal of Cosmology, 3617-3620. info:/

  • January 7, 2011
  • 11:43 AM

The heat is on – Climategate as a peek into scientific controversies

by Henrik Karlstrøm in STS Guru

Remember the previous -gate? Not the current one with the leaking cables, but the other one with the climate scientists who got their internal communication leaked to the internet, sparking fierce debate on the possible ideological bias of climate research? That’s right: it’s time to come back to Climategate. Two of my colleagues here at the institute, Tomas Moe Skjølsvold and Marianne Ryghaug, have gone through the e-mails that were leaked and looked at what it says about the........ Read more »

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