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[Open] Science Sunday — 1-11-09 Fabiana Kubke Nov 01

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Random samples of my reading list brought to you through the magic of the internet, bloggers and Open Access.

This has been a busy week, but I managed to get some reading in anyway.

A nice piece of news is that it looks like Canada’s Science Media Centre is ready to go, adding to the family of SMCs. (via Peter Griffin, SMC-NZ)

I loved this article in PLoS Computational Biology (Getting Started in Gene Expression Microarray Analysis) by Slonim and Yanai. It is a great ’do’s and don’t’s’ of the technique. I love articles that spell out techniques I don’t have personal experience with, because they give me the information I need to be able to make a critical assessment of the literature that make use of them. I will be coming back to this article a lot!

Steve Wilbanks has a great post: ’Open Source Science? Or distributed science?’ He starts his blog by saying:

I was asked in an interview recently about “open source science” and it got me thinking about the ways that, in the “open” communities of practice, we frequently over-simplify the realities of how software like GNU/Linux actually came to be. Open Source refers to a software worldview. It’s about software development, not a universal truth that can be easily exported. And it’s well worth unpacking the worldview to understand it, and then to look at the realities of open source software as they map – or more frequently do not map – to science.

And that was enough to hook me. Very interesting read.

Misha (from Mind Hacks) has a great post on brain stories and neuronovels, or about how neuroscience is seeping into literature. The post is a comment on a story by Marco Roth (n+1) which is a must read for those that love both literature and the brain.

My favourite tweet this week is by @gnat, pointing to the historical thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary. Lust, indeed!

[Open] Science Sunday 4.10.09 Fabiana Kubke Oct 04

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The world of science brought to you through the magic of the internet, bloggers and Open Access.

This week has been like an episode of ’Antiques Roadshow’ for science geeks, with ‘old’ stuff popping all over the place. There were news from a feathered dino-bird from China (you can see a picture of it here), a study of old lizards and T rex ‘avian’ disease in PLoS One (the latter also has a nice story in Wired), lots of dinosaur eggs were found in India, and 11 articles were published in Science describing our new ancestor, Ardipithecus ramidus (or Ardi for short). The coverage of this last story was intense, and  I think these 3 do a great job: 

Katherine Harmon writes a really nice and well-balanced article for Scientific American, which, as is always the case with Scientific American, makes a great read. Other great stories are that by Jamie Shreeve for National Geographic magazine (the interactive links are great), and a great piece by primatologist Frans de Waal for the Wall Street Journal (via @ericmjohnson on twitter)

Fish were also fun this week. Michael Torrice comments on a study on brain lateralization in fish published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B (with a final comment from our own Michael Corballis), and Gary Stix tells the the story behind the dead fish that gave a ‘positive’ signal in the fMRI for Scientific American.

Dan Meyer ’s podcast: ’How to save math education (and a tiny piece of the world along with it)” is a must see. Don’t be turned off by the audio quality, here is a great guy that is seriously thinking about education. I first heard him on his Ignite talk at OSCON, a few days before I was due to go teach, and I literally threw all my notes away and started from scratch. (via Nat Torkington, 4 short links).

And finally, this is my favourite tweet of the week (for obvious reasons). Thanks Bora for the shout out.

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