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Time for the weekly round-up of lighter fare.

Ancient Greece is a (Grecian) myth The Onion puts out the odd gem, such as this report of an announcement that historians have entirely fabricated ancient Greece. Here’s an excerpt to get you started:

The group acknowledged that the idea of a sophisticated, flourishing society existing in Greece more than two millennia ago was a complete fiction created by a team of some two dozen historians, anthropologists, and classicists who worked nonstop between 1971 and 1974 to forge “Greek” documents and artifacts.

“Honestly, we never meant for things to go this far,” said Professor Gene Haddlebury, who has offered to resign his position as chair of Hellenic Studies at Georgetown University. “We were young and trying to advance our careers, so we just started making things up: Homer, Aristotle, Socrates, Hippocrates, the lever and fulcrum, rhetoric, ethics, all the different kinds of columns–everything.”

The Onion is a great place for light relief. Other headlines include: ’10 Million Killed Annually By Stepping Out Of Comfort Zones’ (here) and ’Teen With Cancer Vows It Won’t Keep Her From Being Mean, Moody Little Shit’ (great title, but the article doesn’t quite live up to it in my opinion).

(H/T @BoraZ)

Map of the on-line community xkcd has an enormous map of the on-line community, click on the image for the full cartoon/sketch.

Updated map of online communities (Source: xkcd.)

Updated map of online communities (Source: xkcd.)

Travel prize for ScienceOnline2011 Those hoping to get to the ScienceOnline2011 (un)conference (that includes yours truly) might be interested in this competition. The two best evolution blog posts chosen by two judges and the online science community will receive $US750 towards attending the meeting. The competition is not limited to those in the USA. Applications close December 1st.

Peter Griffin spills the beans on us in an interview at scienceblogging.org. (Incidentally, like Peter, I don’t use feeds much either. Not that that matters a tiddly-wink to anyone.)

The Scientist’s Operating Manual As I introduced in an earlier post, an on-line attempt to write the Scientist’s Operating Manual is underway, with the Introduction and Evidence; gathering, measuring, analysing now present for your reading and comment.

If infographics appeals, you should enjoy checking out visualizing.org.

Epigenetics has broken out over at Gene Expression. I’m enjoying this series of articles, because it’s an area the interests me greatly. Larry Morgan at Sandwalk has his (more forcibly-expressed) opinions on the matter.

Footnote: I’ve a whole lot (…) more but am out of time! I might add a few more in comments later this evening.

Recent articles at Code for life:

Finding platypus venom

It won’t be by taking sugar pills…

Thoughts towards a human brain neural connection map

Backups, part I

Choosing an algorithm – benchmarking bioinformatics