If you are a sucker for good natural photography (OOHH ME!) and like the uncharismatic organisms that comprise the vast majority of the tree of life (OOOHHH DEFINITELY ME!) then I strongly suggest you take a look at the BBC collection of All animal Life in 35 photos.
Here are a few of my favorites:
The U.S. atom smasher (which is a phenomenal nickname for a particle collider facility) has made a new discovery concerning the Higgs boson particle!
Sadly, the facility (actually named the Tevatron collider) in Batavia, Illinois was shut down in 2011. So this important paper is a little too late. Read more about what they found over at Science news.
Or more specifically, don’t always trust your own data analysis skills.
As a PhD student soon to be on the Postdoc market I am eagerly learning all I can about bioinformatics and coding. Additionally, I really like it.
So reading this review of the new book by Vince Buffalo Bioinformatics Data Skills is both awesome and informative. I’ve already added it to my Amazon wish list.
Read the full book review over at Molecular Ecologist.
As scientist we tend to take what has been done before at face value. If a publication demonstrates a result, it is often tucked away into a mental file: or “big pile of scientific facts”.
While Stephen Heard doesn’t advocate repeating all experiments, he does note that this may not always be the case. For example:
“Published research findings are sometimes refuted by subsequent evidence, with ensuing confusion and disappointment.”
As someone who is finishing up and heading towards what is next, this article flat out scared me.
But it is especially important to disseminate given that a change is needed, and it needs to be across all institutions.
So read about the plight of the postdoc, potential avenues for change and what could/should/is being done about it.
And by do it, I mean making awesome looking eggs. Did you decorate eggs for Easter? Well over the last 150 million years evolution has come up with something better.
Over at Slate.com they have summarized the five oddest looking bird eggs. To make us feel bad about our egg dying skills. Or to showcase how amazing nature is. Your choice.
“The love between ferns knows few bounds”
Apparently, two fern species, separated by 60 million years were able to produce a viable offspring. That’s roughly the equivalent of a human being able to successfully mate with lemurs.
Read about it (or listen to the story from NPRs Morning Addition) over at NPR.