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  • November 15, 2013
  • 09:30 AM

Advancing Science Through the Use of “New Statistics”

by amikulak in Daily Observations

There are several steps that researchers can take to bolster the integrity of their work, but embracing the use of the “new statistics” of effect sizes, estimation, and meta-analysis is a particularly important one, argues psychological scientist Geoff Cumming of La Trobe University in Australia.... Read more »

  • October 29, 2013
  • 07:55 PM

Saussure, the procrastinator

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Procrastination is a fact of academic life, particularly during the PhD period, as every academic supervisor knows. However, judging from ever-increasing institutional efforts to control procrastination or from the many self-help guides intended to cure procrastination, it would seem that … Continue reading →... Read more »

Paola Villani. (1990) Documenti saussuriani conservati a Lipsia e a Berlino. Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure, 3-33. info:/

  • October 20, 2013
  • 11:07 AM
  • 1,061 views calls for help

by egonw in Chem-bla-ics

I don't think I mentioned this JISC project by David Shotton et al. yet, and should perhaps have done so earlier. But it is not too late, as Shotton is calling out for help in a Nature Comment this week (doi:10.1038/502295a). Now, I have been tracking what is citing the CDK literature using CiteUlike since 2010, and just asked the project developers how I can contribute this data.

Interestingly, the visualization from is interesting as it also shows papers citing papers t........ Read more »

D. Shotton. (2013) Publishing: Open citations. Nature, 502(7471), 295-297. info:/10.1038/502295a

  • October 17, 2013
  • 11:28 AM

Number of New Energy Patents Increased Dramatically

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A recent study by MIT and Santa Fe Institute (SFI) researchers found a “dramatic growth in innovation” in renewable energy technologies.... Read more »

Luis M. A. Bettencourt, Jessika E. Trancik, & Jasleen Kaur. (2013) Determinants of the Pace of Global Innovation in Energy Technologies. PLoS ONE, 8(10). arXiv: 1211.5167v1

  • October 3, 2013
  • 05:34 PM

Exhibitionism in Medical Education: The Brindley Lecture – Heralding A Sexual Revolution

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

The first boom in treatment for male erectile dysfunction came in the 1920s and 1930 when the Russian-origin French surgeon Serge Abramovitch Voronoff started to prescribe surgical implantation of monkey testicles in the human scrotum to augment sexual prowess. This gained quite a bit of fan following for a couple of decades and brough Voronoff […]... Read more »

  • September 16, 2013
  • 10:58 PM

The science of scientific reporting - we suck at communicating our results to the public

by Megan Carter in Verdant Nation

One of my favourite PhD comics is "The Science News Cycle." I think it adequately portrays one of science's fundamental flaws, communicating research findings to Joe Public. Or, in the case of the comic, grandma.Knowledge exchange. Even the phrase is jargon. As researchers, we don't do it very well. We write up our research for the scientific community with the ultimate goal of publishing articles in scientific journals, and of course, eventually the Lancet or The New England Journal o........ Read more »

Government Office for Science. (2007) Tackling Obesities: Future Choices – Project Report 2nd Edition . FORESIGHT Programme. info:/

  • September 10, 2013
  • 05:39 AM

The cost of the rejection-resubmission cycle

by Björn Brembs in

Rejection is one of the unpleasant but inevitable components of life. There are positive components to rejection: they build character, they force you to deal with negativity and sometimes they force you to change your life to avoid future rejections. […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...... Read more »

  • August 27, 2013
  • 09:00 AM

How do students figure out whom to trust in a scientific controversy?

by Marie-Claire Shanahan in Boundary Vision

So what do high school students do when they want to trust researchers but those researchers disagree with each other?... Read more »

  • June 28, 2013
  • 12:24 PM

Gamification of in silico open synthetic biology: a game-changer.

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in

Fancy doing some Synthetic Biology but you don’t have access to a lab or expensive equipments?
Don’t worry.... Read more »

Gerd H. G. Moe-Behrens, Rene Davis, & Karmella A. Haynes. (2013) Preparing synthetic biology for the world. Frontiers in MICROBIOTECHNOLOGY, ECOTOXICOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00005  

  • June 26, 2013
  • 09:42 AM

Do blog posts correlate with a higher number of future citations?

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

Do blog posts correlate with a higher number of future citations? In many cases, yes, at least for (RB). Judit Bar-Ilan, Mike Thelwall and I already used RB, a science blogging aggregator for posts citing peer-reviewed research, in our previous article. RB has many advantages (if you read the previous article’s post, you can [...]... Read more »

  • June 8, 2013
  • 01:45 PM

Get Science Right: Covering Fraud

by Andrew Porterfield in United Academics

In the search for truth and answers, scientists often get it wrong. That’s the way science works; you test a hypothesis, compare your results, tweak your ideas, and maybe create a new hypothesis. Error is a big part of this process—but what if those errors are, instead, deliberate fraud? ... Read more »

  • May 23, 2013
  • 08:15 PM

Molecular visualization tools - Survey and practical tips

by Ragothamanyennamalli in Getting to know Structural Bioinformatics

What would be like to teach a class or describe someone about a protein, without visualizing its structure? Boring is one word that pops in my mind. I vividly remember the professor drawing two blobs touching each other, to describe protein-protein interaction, while explaining it either on the blackboard or on the transparencies of a over-head projector. Those were the days! Tracing back nearly 60 years back, when John Kendrew showed everyone a coiled mess, it has fueled every scientist's ........ Read more »

Craig, P., Michel, L., & Bateman, R. (2013) A survey of educational uses of molecular visualization freeware. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 41(3), 193-205. DOI: 10.1002/bmb.20693  

  • May 18, 2013
  • 03:10 PM

‘Is ‘cloning’ mad, bad and dangerous?’ – an argument revisited

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Is 'cloning' appropriate terminology for somatic cell nuclear transfer derivation of human embryonic stem cells?... Read more »

Tachibana, M., Amato, P., Sparman, M., Gutierrez, N., Tippner-Hedges, R., Ma, H., Kang, E., Fulati, A., Lee, H., Sritanaudomchai, H.... (2013) Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer. Cell. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.05.006  

  • May 9, 2013
  • 10:57 AM

Taking memory research to Parliament

by Kamar Ameen-Ali in NC3Rs Blog

NC3Rs-funded PhD student Kamar Ameen-Ali, Department of Psychology, Durham University, takes us on a trip to the House of Commons SET for BRITAIN event, where she presented her research recently to MPs and VIPs.... Read more »

  • May 9, 2013
  • 07:07 AM

Common Coincidence

by Emarkham in GeneticCuckoo

An analysis using the Monte Carlo simulation, to investigate the probability of restaurant bills having the same total. Combining statistics with modeling from the real world allows for a realistic probability for this occurrence. ... Read more »

E Markham. (2013) Common Coincidence . Blogspot. info:/

  • April 27, 2013
  • 08:51 AM

A Year of Blogging

by GDW in The Beast, the Bard and the Bot

Exactly one year ago, The Beast, the Bard and the Bot were born. Time for some reflection. But first, a bit of numerical material (current at the time of writing). Some Numbers Posts: 96, including this one. Total views: 19672 Max views on single day: 631 Top 5 countries providing visitors: United States (8264) United [...]... Read more »

  • April 10, 2013
  • 01:33 AM

Counterintuitive Conservation

by Emarkham in GeneticCuckoo

An analysis of the proposal to legalize the trade in rhino horn in order to reduce the poaching of the remaining wild rhinos. Legalizing the trade of rhino horn is claimed to reduce the demand on the black market and is likely to be the best method for conserving the remaining rhinos, however other factors can influence the potential success of this. ... Read more »

E Markham. (2013) Counterintuitive Conservation. Blogspot. info:/

  • April 6, 2013
  • 04:16 PM

Induced Hibernation in Rat: an interview with Matteo Cerri

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in

The possibility of inducing a suspended animation state similar to natural torpor would be greatly beneficial in medical science, since it would avoid the adverse consequence of the powerful autonomic activation evoked by external cooling. Previous attempts to systemically inhibit metabolism were successful in mice, but practically ineffective in nonhibernators. Here we show that the selective pharmacological inhibition of key neurons in the central pathways for thermoregulatory cold defense is ........ Read more »

  • March 21, 2013
  • 09:27 AM

Setting the record a little straighter regarding trade in African grey parrots

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

SUMMARY: I am trying to learn the truth regarding a published piece that caused at least one reader to ask: "Is this really true??? If it is not true how can they get away with saying this???" Read more... Read more »

  • March 20, 2013
  • 10:13 AM

Video Tip of the Week: figshare + GenoCAD = outreach

by Mary in OpenHelix

For this week’s video tip of the week, I’m going to highlight the services of figshare. Figshare is a terrific resource for storing data, posters, paper, slides, code, movies, and more. Nearly any sort of digital item that you may be creating as part of your research or research communications projects can be uploaded to [...]... Read more »

Singh, J. (2011) FigShare. Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics, 2(2), 138. DOI: 10.4103/0976-500X.81919  

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