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Structured procrastination, 2 Dec 2012
Posted By Grant Jacobs On December 3, 2012 @ 12:11 am In Science and Society | 1 Comment
Another edition of my irregular structured procrastination reading lists – have fun exploring these. (Geekier ones nearer the end.)
Readers will know that I occasionally tackle vaccination issues, particularly the concerns expressed by some parents or anti-vaccine advocacy groups.
An excellent example of a graph  illustrating this success of vaccines is presented by Mathew Herper at Forbes. It nicely illustrates the ability to knock back epidemics.
The Australian Academic of Science has put out a booklet, The Science of Immunisation: questions and answers , available online. (Free download.)
Science lab management advice
The HHMI has booklets of career advice  for young (would-be) group leaders available on it’s website. (These will be mainly for those from the USA, but the general advice may serve those elsewhere.)
New open-access journals PeerJ and eLife have stated that they will not insist on citations being in a particular format , as long as they are clear.
eLife has pointed out  that most of their manuscripts will be accompanied by a decision letter from the reviewing editor. It’s a practice I’ve seen medical journals use and one I like. In some medical journals these include a summary of the paper’s conclusions and it’s strengths and weaknesses, along with the rationale for accepting the paper.
This post  gives a great introduction to the git version control system. Although presented on an Apple OS X system, most of what is there should apply to other systems.
At The Inquirer, Lawrence Latif reports that nVidia says  that most of the dramatic speed gains in using GPGPU code were because of poor original code, rather than the GPGPUs. (This is not to say that there is no gain in using GPGPUs, but rather than once the original code is taken into account the claims of very large gains in speed look badly over-stated.)
For those wanting something more challenging than light reading, you could try this exploration of Bloom filters .
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URLs in this post:
 Jim: http://www.jimthefilm.com/
 more compelling than GATTACA: http://blogs.plos.org/dnascience/2012/11/21/jim-more-compelling-than-gattaca/
 It’s already with us: http://www.genepartner.com/
 this twitter conversation: https://twitter.com/BioMickWatson/status/268820785580367872
 matches dates by their dogs: http://omicsomics.blogspot.co.nz/2009/04/new-dna-service-makes-dates-via-dogs.html?m=0
 example of a graph: http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2012/11/20/one-of-my-favorite-charts-on-the-power-of-vaccines/
 The Science of Immunisation: questions and answers: http://www.science.org.au/policy/immunisation.html
 booklets of career advice: http://www.hhmi.org/resources/labmanagement/
 they will not insist on citations being in a particular format: http://svpow.com/2012/11/27/the-single-greatest-thing-thats-ever-been-said-in-author-instructions/
 pointed out: https://twitter.com/eLife_sciences/status/266140535658516480
 this Epigenetics Networking group: http://www.epiexperts.com/
 @EpiExperts: https://twitter.com/EpiExperts
 This post: http://nfarina.com/post/9868516270/git-is-simpler
 reports that nVidia says: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2227038/nvidia-says-large-gpgpu-speed-up-claims-were-due-to-bad-original-code
 Bloom filters: http://www.michaelnielsen.org/ddi/why-bloom-filters-work-the-way-they-do/
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