Code for life

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

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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

Apple should make installer for OS X Mavericks available

Grant Jacobs Jan 19, 2015

Apple – you’re leaving some of your users stranded. When Apple released the latest version of OS X—Yosemite—they removed the previous version of the operating system from App Store. Some suggest this might be because the hardware requirements for Mavericks and Yosemite are the same, and that users “should” favour the newer version. However … Read More

Hyperbole from university press offices

Grant Jacobs Dec 11, 2014

A newly-released study suggests university press releases are a key source of hyperbole seen in science stories in media, concluding that - Exaggeration in news is strongly associated with exaggeration in press releases. Improving the accuracy of academic press releases could represent a key opportunity for reducing misleading health related news. The study … Read More

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Calling science bloggers

Grant Jacobs Dec 02, 2014

Ph.D. candidate Paige Brown Jarreau at Louisiana State University is surveying science bloggers about their blogging practices as part of her PhD project in the science of science blogging. Qualifying science blogs can examine “scientific research, science communication, science policy, science in society, science in academia, and/or other science-related concepts or events.” (That should cover just … Read More

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