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Time to clear out those tabs! Lurking on my web browser are some great reads… for those that have more time than I do!*

First up is the excellent visual tale, The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D. Don’t forget to read right to the bottom: there is a ’bonus’ graphic and story tucked away at the bottom of the page.



The New Yorker has an abstract for a longer piece on local murderer, and former head of psychiatry at the University of Otago Medical School, Colin Bouwer. (The full article requires subscription, but the abstract is entertaining in it’s own right.)

I have a hearing loss, so I have a tendency to pick up on stories with hearing themes. This blog post describes research indicating that those with Williams Syndrome have something resembling synaesthesia.

As if you could miss it, this week has seen the announcement of two different excellent science blogging groups. I’m told there is more coming, too.

One of the opening articles at PLoGs is an interview from Steve Silberman with Oliver Sacks, featuring a new book he has out, The Mind’s Eye. Deborah Blum opens with Tarantula Tales. (Her father was an entomologist who liked to bring his work home with him…)

(This one  for skeptics.) Fairly recently I wrote about vitalism in a local chiropractor’s advertising. While waiting for scientopia’s server to be upgraded, The White Coat Underground has re-posted an old article on vitalism.

Also from scientopia I like MarkCC’s post on three-valued logic, but I suspect my taste for this is too geeky for most of my readers… (Part of my interest is that I implemented code for three-value logic, following a trend I noticed in my coding. Geeky coding stuff!)

Vivienne Raper rounds out her analysis of what science bloggers blog about. (I wrote a little about this earlier in the week.)

Quite a while ago I wrote about reproducible research and bioinformatics. This article from the OpenHelix blog looks at how the Galaxy genome browser can assist reproducible bioinformatics research. Readers may also like this paper, presenting the recommendations that followed from a roundtable meeting at Yale Law School as food for thought.

Oh, one more! Brian Switek’s The Mosasaur’s kinky tail over at the new Guardian science blogs.


I may bring a list of more research-oriented reading out later. May. If I have time. (You get it.)

* I have a growing list of half-written articles to complete and get to you. Owing to demands on my time I can’t start on these until at least Saturday week.

Other articles on Code for life:

Welcome PLoGs

GoPubMed – PubMed browsing using ontologies

Looking for a book to read?

Loops to tie a knot in proteins?

Consumer brain-computer interface