Tagged: scientific literature

Curiouser and curiouser (history of science & research topics) - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 18, 2011

History of science is great stuff. There’s endless stories and I’ll introduce you to some excellent reading soon. I paused for thought today, just a little, over how these popular accounts might be taken to represent all or most of the science of that time. [caption id="attachment_5655" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="Astronomer Zhang Heng's water-driven earthquake detection/warning device … Read More

Of use of the active voice by scientists - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 11, 2011

Immediately before the ScienceOnline2001 meeting, well-known science writer Carl Zimmer wrote a piece on his blog titled Death to Obfuscation! In it he wrote, […] Scientists have a fierce passion for the passive voice. I suspect it has to do with the abject humility that they claim as a virtue of their profession. No one has … Read More

A structured procrastination - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 06, 2011

My title comes from Heather Etchever’s post Open Tabs, in which she describes her cleansing her browser of open tabs as structured procrastination. This, of course, consists of rummaging around my browser, looking at tabs I’ve left open to read later, or consider writing about, and plopping down a paragraph or two rather than a full … Read More

Fact or fallacy, a survey of immunisation statements in the print media - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 19, 2011

Most of us know anecdotally that print media on occasion present immunisation information incorrectly, but you can’t put a finger on how often and when without hard numbers. A recent research article examining New Zealand newspapers puts numbers to the errors. Helen Petousis-Harris led a team surveying the immunisation statements in articles printed in four national … Read More

Graphic illustration should be part of scientist's skill-set? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 03, 2011

I don’t think so. I think people should make better use of the expertise around them. DoctorZen has a written a brief commentary on Andrew Sun’s discussion about graphic abstracts; in it he writes: We acknowledge, accept, and expect that being a professional academic requires a wide range of skills beyond just knowledge of a … Read More

Nature online digital edition, with 3 month trial - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 23, 2010

Today Nature has presented it’s new online digital edition. There is an introductory blog post by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Campbell, a press release (which discusses wider changes), and some independent commentary from GrrlScientist. Videos are available which present the new changes. (I have to admit the American presenter was a surprise – it’s British … Read More