Code for life

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

Incoming European Commission President scraps Chief Scientific Adviser role

Grant Jacobs Nov 19, 2014

Last week European science reveled in landing a spacecraft on a comet, a triumph reported quietly in New Zealand. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield—who famously performed Bowie’s Space Oddity on the International Space Station—alluded to the long arc of scientific progress on Facebook, writing “Last night I held in my hands original works of Galileo & Newton. Today we … Read More

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All about your inner fish

Grant Jacobs Nov 07, 2014

One of the winners of the 2014 Kalvi Science Journalism Awards is the three-part PBS television series, Your Inner Fish. As far as I know the series not freely-available, but in it’s place you can watch this excellent presentation by Neil Shubin. If you’ve an hour of your time in the weekend, rather than watch some silly thing on … Read More

Supporting homeopathy for Ebola loses natural health brief but more needed

Grant Jacobs Nov 04, 2014

In a step in the right direction for evidence-based policy, Green Party member of parliament Steffan Browning has been stripped of his natural health portfolio by his party’s caucus but more is needed. As I related in my previous piece, his is not a idle blunder but an example of his thinking. This line of … Read More

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