The Opposing Thumb

An opinionated digit leafs through the biological literature

Supplemental Links

An additional batch of links for your reading pleasure. Matt Sydes at BMC blogs on sharing clinical trial data. “Brain myths die hard“. Christian Jarrett‘s reflections, as he leaves his blog at Wired. Speaking of dying hard, Tim Lahey at The Atlantic on how medical progress is making it difficult to declare someone dead. Money money money… […]

Monday Morning Smörgåsbord

Indira Raman has some light-hearted fun at eLife imagining Hamlet as a grant application. “Understanding the human condition is potentially of high impact. It should be pointed out, however, that previous investigators have tried and failed, so this should be seen as a high-risk-high-gain endeavor.” Much more seriously, Marina Warner at The London Review of Books […]

140 Character Problem

I’ve been both reading & participating in many interesting and enlightening Twitter discussions on science and science policy. Unlike my mostly negative experience on Facebook, the tone is almost always respectful, and when it veers towards sarcasm, it is rarely mean. Also the community structure seems to work a lot better, there is much less […]

Rendering unto Caesar

Mark Johnston has launched an intense discussion in science social media and blogs with an editorial in Genetics entitled “A Glaring Paradox”.  The crux of the argument is this: the highest impact journals (i.e. Science, Nature, Cell, etc) employ professional editors, who are no longer working in research; many lower impact journals are edited by active […]

Visitors: Fred Nijhout

Friday’s seminar kicked off with a Donnie Darko moment, as Duke University’s Fred Nijhout introduced his work with a photo (sadly not reproduced here) of himself struggling to hold on to a calf-sized, somewhat menacing rabbit. Nijhout’s work centers on one of those deceptively simple questions: how do you know when to stop growing? Freaky […]