Archives for April, 2012

A few months ago, I wrote about the problems with academic publishing: These days, there’s an entire industry of academic publishers that have become so fully integrated into the research system that many scientists don’t realize that there’s any distinction between doing science and publishing in journals. However, these journals cost an enormous amount of…

Oil for Food – Microbe Style

Yesterday on Marketplace, there was a great piece by Alex Chadwick on the fate of all the oil released during the BP oil spill two years ago. Oil is a product of organic matter that was deposited many, many years ago. It’s gone through many, many changes deep in earth under high pressure, high temperature…

New Year’s Resolution: Blogging

My birthday was last week, which means I get a whole new chance to set some New Year’s resolutions. My regular readers (all 3 of you) might have noticed a serious dearth of posting lately. I have many excuses: 1) I’m (hopefully) coming up on my last year as a PhD student, and I’m in…