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CRediT where it is due: the Contributor Role Taxonomy for research journals

Grant Jacobs Mar 19, 2015

Five years ago I wrote a piece titled Retrospective: Credits, Dis-credits and mis-credits, recycling an article I wrote for my consulting website in 2002 triggered by an article written earlier that year by Peter Lawrence about credits for research work, Rank Injustice. Yesterday the Wellcome Trust and Digital Science announced an updated “Contributor Role … Read More

Terry Pratchett lives on in the wires and how to see it for yourself

Grant Jacobs Mar 18, 2015

Many readers will know the wonderful satirical writer Terry Pratchett passed away last week. I’ve just learnt from the Guardian newspaper of a rather sweet—and very geeky—memorial: Pratchett’s 33rd Discworld novel, Going Postal, tells of the creation of an internet-like system of communication towers called “the clacks”. When John Dearheart, the son of its inventor, is murdered, … Read More

The sheep-leaf nudibranch

Grant Jacobs Mar 15, 2015

Feeling a little sheepish? What do you think of this little creature: Photo copyright Lynn Wu, taken in Puri Jati, Bali, Indonesia. It was an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Scuba Diving Magazine Photo Contest (image 16; lead to source details, K.J.Bishop) I’m not a marine biologist, but when curious things come across your way … Read More


The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on GMO legislation

Grant Jacobs Mar 12, 2015

Recommendations to the British parliament on GMO legislation and public engagement look useful for New Zealand. I’ve previously suggested that the New Zealand legislation for Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) wants to be updated, or replaced. I’ve also suggested that there wants to be fresh discussion on the topic, especially as it’s now been almost twenty … Read More

Food and genetic modification: better informed policy and legislation wanted

Grant Jacobs Feb 16, 2015

Below is a lightly-edited copy of an op-ed related to the Food Matters Aotearoa event at Te Papa this weekend. As it’s not being used by the newspaper, I’ve put it here. I’ve added a few thoughts about Steffan Browning’s press release at the end. —–=+=—– Op-ed draft Policy needs to … Read More


Dear reader we admire your perseverance

Grant Jacobs Feb 10, 2015

Originally seen on twitter  is this ‘easter egg’ in a research paper – You’ll see it’s not the last page, but page 29 of 44. Yes, there is a lot of it. The paper in question is An Atlas of Genetic Correlations across Human Diseases and Traits by Bulik-Sullivan; it’s currently … Read More

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