Bioinformatics S.O.C., Not Exactly Rocket Science moves, pop science book writing

By Grant Jacobs 27/03/2010

Ed Yong’s popular science blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science, has just moved to a new home at the Discover magazine blogs. Another newcomer there is Razib Khan’s Gene Expression, also formerly of

Do I perceive a perceived hierarchy of science blogs? Lone riders, smaller collectives (like sciblogs),, with the Discover blogs currently being perceived as the pinnacle by some bloggers?? (I emphasise perceived as I don’t really believe in this sort of thing, one of my favourites–Mystery Rays From Outer Space–stands on its own and I know it’s not alone in that.)

The Open Bioinformatics Foundation is participating the Google Summer of Code.

As Google’s Summer of Code page explains, the ’Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects.’ If this sounds like your thing, head over there to read more about it, and check out the project ideas on the OBF’s Google Summer of Code page.

Laelap’s (Brian Switek’s) popular science book writing series continues! I’ve previously written about the earlier instalments. The fourth–and final–instalment is So you want to write a pop-sci book, Part 4: Getting the word out. All products need marketing, books are no exception… Head on over to pick up the series if you haven’t already (see my earlier post for additional sources) and join in the discussions.

Other posts on Code for life:

Friday picture: molecular modelling of the cytoplasm

Prince or pauper? Tell Nature what you earn

International teamwork: Anthony Doesburg on collaborations

Developing bioinformatics methods: by who and how

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