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Banished from science writing. Words, that is.

Grant Jacobs Dec 10, 2009

Science writer Carl Zimmer has put up a permanent home for his list of words banned from good science writing. A battle for wordsmiths. May well-crafted verbal claymores ring and shields hold true to the onslaught… Among those banished from the pages of good science writing are: ‘Holy Grail’. (What? No one true quest?) ‘Paradigm shift’. Read More

Retrospective–The mythology of bioinformatics

Grant Jacobs Dec 09, 2009

The earlier period of eukaryote genome projects mythologised bioinformatics, viewing it as predominantly data management and IT-based methodology. Following from my previous post on this topic, I show my thoughts on this seven years ago. Below I have republished an article I wrote in 2002, a year after I started my freelance consultancy (BioinfoTools), … Read More

Science book suggestions for Christmas

Grant Jacobs Dec 03, 2009

If you've got a scientist in the family–or a bright spark wanting to be one–here's a few websites listing some ideas. I suspect you're a bit late for ordering from the like of Amazon, so you might have to resort to trotting around the better bookshops... good way of killing time anyway! The Royal Society … Read More

Steve Thoms' points against naturopathy

Grant Jacobs Dec 02, 2009

Science-based medics and researchers baulk at many of the claims of naturopathic remedies. While reading an article on Science-Based Medicine about the battle against  legislating the naturopathic industry in Ontario, Canada, a comment pointed to a comment by Steve Thoms, Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic North in another blog which listed points against naturopathy.  (See steveisgood … Read More