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Archives for July, 2009

New and Exciting in PLoS this week

On Fridays I usually take a look at new papers in all seven PLoS journals. As always, you should rate the articles, post notes and comments and send trackbacks when you blog about the papers. You can now also easily place articles on various social services (CiteULike, Mendeley, Connotea, Stumbleupon, Facebook and Digg) with just…

Today’s carnivals

Friday Ark #253 is up on Modulator

Here are the submissions for OpenLab 2009 to date. As we have surpassed 230 entries, all of them, as well as the “submit” buttons and codes and the bookmarklet, are under the fold. You can buy the 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions at Lulu.com. Please use the submission form to add more of your and…

Clock Quotes

Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They’re willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to persevere in the face of many difficult odds. There’s a very positive relationship between people’s ability to accomplish any task and the time they’re willing to spend on it. – Joyce Brothers

Sheril at Quail Ridge Books

Just came back from Raleigh, where Sheril gave a reading of her book Unscientific America in front of a nice-size crowd at Quail Ridge Books: Sheril did a great job and ably fielded the questions afterwards:

ClockCast #1 (as MP3 this time)

Before the trip I did a little experiment and posted my first podcast, but as a WAV file which some people could not hear. Now, with a little help from my friends, I translated the file into the MP3 format so everyone can listen: ClockCast1 – Bora ZivKovic

Today’s carnivals

The new Change Of Shift is up on Nurse in Australia I and the Bird #105 is up on Picus Blog July’s Edition of Skeptical Parents Crossing is up on On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess

Clock Quotes

Each wrong act brings with it its own anesthetic, dulling the conscience and blinding it against further light, and sometimes for years. – Rose Macaulay

Everyone and their grandmother knows that Impact Factor is a crude, unreliable and just wrong metric to use in evaluating individuals for career-making (or career-breaking) purposes. Yet, so many institutions (or rather, their bureaucrats – scientists would abandon it if their bosses would) cling to IF anyway. Probably because nobody has pushed for a good…

It was hectic during the travels, but I managed to interview Peter Sommer, PLoS ONE Section Editor for Virology anyway – in the age of the Internet, one can be connected everywhere. We posted the interview on everyONE blog yesterday.