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Archives for August, 2008

New and Exciting in PLoS ONE

There are 11 new articles in PLoS ONE today. As always, you should rate the articles, post notes and comments and send trackbacks when you blog about the papers. Here are my own picks for the week – you go and look for your own favourites: Systems Biology of the Clock in Neurospora crassa: A…

Not shabby at all

A few minutes ago – 3 million pageviews!

My picks from ScienceDaily

Unusual Ultrasonic Vocalization Patterns In Mice May Be Useful For Modeling Autism: Scientists have found novel patterns of ultrasonic vocalizations in a genetic mouse model of autism, adding a unique element to the available mouse behaviors that capture components of the human disease, and representing a new step towards identifying causes and better treatments. New…

Today’s carnivals

Tangled Bank #112 is up on Science Notes The latest round of the Skeptic’s Circle is up on Reduce to Common Sense The 186th edition of the Carnival of Education is up on Sharp Brains Carnival of the Liberals #72 is up on Washington Interns Gone Bad


I wake up every morning determined both to change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day a little difficult. – Elwyn Brooks White

Interesting post (based on one of my favourite books which may warrant a re-reading after many years – Adler’s “How to Read a Book” but adapted to online reading) How to Read by Brian Clark: We know that people don’t read well online. They ruthlessly scan for interesting chunks of information rather than digesting the…

Watch this. Now.

If the movie does not work for you, watch it here.

Why is the letter P the most useful for alliterative titles? But back to the substance. One thing that bugged me for a long time is that I often see on blogs or hear in person a sentiment that “there are no comments on PLoS ONE”. Yet I spend quite some time every week opening…

Organizing a conference

Why don’t *You* organize a conference? A scientist should behave as a good citizen in the scientific community. You cannot expect that other colleagues perform all the unpleasant jobs and that you can spent all your time on science. I am referring to low-reward activities like reviewing papers, reviewing grant proposals, sitting on review panels,…

Believe it or not….

…but I have not seen even one minute of the DNC convention this year. I cannot escape some commentary on blogs and FriendFeed, though, and feel I have enough information. Btw, I may be on TV tonight. News at 11 (literally). Stay tuned.