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I’m resorting to the traditional log of things you might like to read to keep you busy while I’m busy…

First up is a geeky take on doomsday alternatives based around the Large Hadron Collider. Three videos,  a goofiness rating for each idea, with an explanation of why they’re unlikely. There’s a slight air of Big Bang Theory about this post. (The TV series, not the scientific theory!)

ArsTechnica has an article exploring one self-publishing option for the iPad, with a lively discussion. (Self-publishing gets ’smack-downs’ too.) It’s going to be very interesting to watch the publishing industry evolve over the next decade.

ArsTechnica also has a feature article about the economics of ’the last mile’ in rolling out fibre networks (for high-speed internet; the last mile refers to getting the high-speed service right the consumers’ home or business, as opposed to on the main network backbones).

While ArsTechnica worries about rolling out fibre cable, Janet Stemwedel is rolling out something else, a series on issues within scientific publishing:

How hard is it to clean up the scientific literature?

What causes scientifc misconduct?

Problems in the scientific literature: vigilance and victim-blaming.

Update: There’s one more! –

Preventing Plagiarism.

And even more:

How do researchers perceive peer review?

It is also worth mentioning that, except for the third, these are ’research blogging’ not (just) ’musings’, they are based on research papers about the subject at hand.

The Bingham Canyon Mine excavation is regarded as the world's largest man-made excavation at 1.2 km deep and 4 wide. (Image source: wikipedia.)

The Bingham Canyon Mine excavation is regarded as the world's largest man-made excavation at 1.2 km deep and 4 wide. (Image source: wikipedia. Image credits: Tim Jarrett.)

One blog that is new to me is Visual Science, over at the Discover blogs. I have to confess that the photo that drew its attention to me rang a chord with a current issue in New Zealand, access of the conservation land for mining. (I’ve used a different photo from Wikipedia as I haven’t time to get permission to reproduce the one Visual Science hosts.) This blog is well worth browsing. Each photo comes with a story and how the shot was taken, which itself is sometimes a story! Check it out. Don’t forget to check out the photographer’s websites that are linked; there are stunning shots to view.

Other articles in Code for life:

Aww, crap.

Writing a popular science book; links and writers’ warnings

Prince or pauper? Tell Nature what you earn

Molecular biology in museums

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