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Pseudoscience on Preprint Servers

Peer-to-Peer, one of Nature‘s many blogs, has a post on pseudoscience on preprint servers. The post is in response to a post from another blog (creationists using nature precedings to pre-publish junk science) that pointed out a potentially pseudoscientific article on Nature‘s preprint server, Nature Precedings (The saltational model for the dawn of H. sapiens,…

Scientific Communication

I want to highlight two excellent items related to scientific communication: The first is a post by Tim Lamber on Deltoid in which he reproduces a comment by John Mashey. Mashey provides a very nice description of how scientists should deal with members of the media. Rather than merely berating bad science reporting (as some…

Blogging Scholarship

The finalists for the 2007 Blogging Scholarship have been announced. There’s 20 of them, and, from a quick perusal of the list, it appears that four of them are science bloggers. Two of those four are familiar to evolgen: Shelley of Retrospectacle and Kambiz of Anthropology.net. The other two are new to me, but appear…

Lamarck was Wrong

Shelley’s posted some pictures of nerd cakes. She calls ‘em geek cakes, but I see no headless chickens. Anyway, I’ve got my own little nerd cake: We had it made for a party we threw during recruitment weekend for our grad program this past spring. Sadly, the icer responsible for the art couldn’t spell, so…

Stealing from Other Schools

That’s the poster for the upcoming football season at Penn State. It’s purpose is both utilitarian (it’s got the schedule of games printed on it) and motivational (it’s supposed to get you all geeked up for the upcoming season). This year’s poster is using the slogan “FIGHT ON!”, and I bet someone in the athletic…

Two Posts on Publishing

Why should advisers encourage their students to publish? For the answer, read this post by TR Gregory. Why is the publishing industry afraid of open access? I can’t answer that question, but I can point you to the evidence for their fear: it’s right here. Jonathan Eisen points out why PRISM, the anti-open access lobbying…

Confusion Regarding Long Author Lists

Nautilus, Nature‘s blog for authors, has a guest post by Robin Rose on long author lists, entitled “What’s an author?”. The post is representative of a certain brand of curmudgeonliness mixed with a dash of either ignorance or naivete. Rose has seen author list with more than 20 authors, and he’s confused. Did each author…

The Not-So-Royal We

Finally, using a series of related MMEJ substrates, we investigated the inhibitory effect of Pku70 on fission yeast MMEJ unraveled in this study and the impact of both length and position of the microhomologous region on MMEJ efficiency. That quote comes at the end of the introduction of this paper entitled “Microhomology-Mediated End Joining in…

Peter Lawrence has an opinion piece in Current Biology on the problems with evaluating scientists, amongst other things. He hits upon a few important points, including journal impact factors, the cost of high risk research, hyping up publications, and networking with the right people to improve your publications. One passage was quite salient given a…