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Archives for February, 2006

Speciation Blogging

There’s lots of cool stuff coming out in the speciation literature. The Questionable Authority has posted on two recent studies on sympatric speciation (see here and here). Nature, which published the two sympatric speciation papers, has a summary available here. I am of the opinion that most examples of sympatric speciation are actually allopatry with…

Eugenie Scott in Cell

A few weeks ago Cell published a commentary by Paul Nurse, president of Rockefeller University, on US biomedical research under siege from people with political motivations. Nurse’s intentions were noble, but his language was sloppy. The issue of Cell published today has a commentary by Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science…

Poisson Hockey

If you like sports (specifically hockey) and you like statistics, two posts from Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog are must reads (available here and here). With help from Dave Savit, a math professor at the University of Arizona, Tom describes how hockey can be modeled using a Poisson distribution. There are also Poisson Standings for the…

Animalcules Carnival

The first ever edition of the Animalcules blog carnival has been posted at Aetiology. Go read about those wee little things that you can’t see with you naked eye.

Genome Sequencing

The Scientist has a good review of genome sequencing (coming from a more biomedical perspective). I tend to present genomics from an evolutionary angle (rather than functional). This is a good read if you’re not too familiar with the field, and all you know about genomics is what I’ve told you.

A friend of mine passed along this article from Inside Higher Ed (it’s a couple of months old, so you may have seen it already) entitled “What They Don’t Teach You in Graduate School”. Depending on where you are in your academic career, you can either take it as advice on what you should do,…

Sexy Science versus Good Science

It has always bothered me when certain scientific publications get a lot of popular press despite the fact that the results are not that revolutionary. But the general public probably does not care to learn about a discovery in some esoteric discipline, so I understand that bias. What irks me more is the bias in…

Lincoln’s Disease

Free Association (the Nature Genetics blog) has published a commentary from Laura Ranum, the senior author on the recent Abraham Lincoln ataxia paper. It begins: In 1992 I received a phone call from a neurologist with an ataxia patient that had a strong family history of the disease. Impressed upon hearing there were at least…

The Science President

Now that George W. Bush has proclaimed himself the Oil President War President Building Secular Democracies President Anti-Oil Pro-Science President we can all look forward to an increase in funding. Whether or not any of this money will go toward basic research (pretty please) is unclear. If you can find any way to link your…

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