Category Archives: Thoughts on Science

Responsible Citizens Catch Fish and Climb Trees

I’m sitting, staring intently at the red and white striped bobber floating just at the surface of the water. It rocks soporifically in time with the boat lulling me to near sleep until my five year old eyes are distracted by the … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions

  A recent open letter in Nature from scientists at the University of Exeter raised a lurking issue about environmental sustainability in research just in time for scientists looking to make New Year’s resolutions. The authors highlight that the average … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading Scientific Articles?

Hey readers, where do you get your science? Dr. Paige Jarreau (@FromTheLabBench) from Louisiana State University wants to know! I’ve teamed up with Dr. Jareau, the Canadian blog network Science Borealis, and 20 other Canadian science bloggers to conduct a … Continue reading

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Technology and the Taxonomist: Revolutionary Replacement?

“Basically, my job is to put people like you out of work!” This declaration came from the mouth of a scientist who develops methods for environmental monitoring at a recent saki-fuelled sushi feast with researcher friends. By ‘people like you’, … Continue reading

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Roll Credits: Determining Scientific Authorship

A couple of weeks ago, a fruitfly genomics paper was published that created a commotion that has been rippling through the biology community. Not because of a cutting edge method, or a paradigm shifting discovery, but because of an author … Continue reading

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Science & Twitter: Hold your tongue or speak your mind?

Scientific errors and the format of scientific debate has been at the forefront of discussion in the scientific community after a critique of a paper in a high profile journal from a high profile American research consortium was ‘published’ in … Continue reading

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Measuring Science: The bibliometric-altmetric showdown.

As a society, we’re obsessed with performance and comparison. Whether it’s our running shoes, our earnings, or our babies, we want to know how they measure up to others. These comparisons are often how we assign value, judge what is … Continue reading

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