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April 24, 2014

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10:51 PM | Ethical quandary, to blog or not to blog
Not apropos of anything, an ethics question flitted through my mind as I was reviewing a rather interesting paper for a journal, which shall remain nameless. As for all questions of such deep significance and importance, I would love to turn to my most valuable resource, the scientists and/or blogger tweeps with whom I communicate and/or interact and/or whom I follow on Twitter. I do see the social medium of Twitter to be a valuable tool for collaboration, and I... Read more
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10:51 PM | Ethical quandary, to blog or not to blog
Not apropos of anything, an ethics question flitted through my mind as I was reviewing a rather interesting paper for a journal, which shall remain nameless. As for all questions of such deep significance and importance, I would love to turn to my most valuable resource, the scientists and/or blogger tweeps with whom I communicate and/or interact and/or whom I follow on Twitter. I do see the social medium of Twitter to be a valuable tool for collaboration, and I... Read more
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10:51 PM | Ethical quandary, to blog or not to blog
Not apropos of anything, an ethics question flitted through my mind as I was reviewing a rather interesting paper for a journal, which shall remain nameless. As for all questions of such deep significance and importance, I would love to turn to my most valuable resource, the scientists and/or blogger tweeps with whom I communicate and/or interact and/or whom I follow on Twitter. I do see the social medium of Twitter to be a valuable tool for collaboration, and I... Read more
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11:49 AM | Every time you publish behind a paywall, a kitten dies.
This was originally posted at: http://blogs.egu.eu/palaeoblog/?p=1194 “Every day, people are denied access to something they have a right to.” That’s the opening line from a new appeal from students Joe McArthur and David Carroll. Open Access describes a form of publication … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | Looking forward to EGU 2014
This time next week EGU 2014 I’ll be looking at a sea of posters and enjoying workshops, splinter sessions and talks galore and I literally can’t wait! You may have noticde (and we apologise), Dan and I haven’t been so good at updating Geology Jenga with regular posts. We have both made the transition into […]
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6:00 AM | Science Writing Prize 2014: How to avoid common mistakes in science writing
With the deadline for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize fast approaching, we thought we’d continue our “How to” series with some tips on how to avoid common mistakes. Akshat Rathi is the science and data editor of The Conversation UK and has seen his fair share of writing submitted for publication. Here he identifies some of […]

April 23, 2014

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11:49 AM | Why Do Some Americans Seem So Scientifically Illiterate?
America: land of the free, home of the scientifically illiterate. That’s the message being sent...
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11:00 AM | Blogs and social media at the Assembly – tune in to the conference action
Blogging GeoLog will be updated regularly throughout the General Assembly, highlighting some of the meeting’s most interesting sessions, workshops and lectures, as well as featuring interviews with scientists attending the Assembly. Writers from the EGU Blog Network will also be posting about interesting research and sessions during the Assembly, so you can catch up on any sessions you’ve […]
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9:28 AM | Every time you publish behind a paywall, a kitten dies.
“Every day, people are denied access to something they have a right to.” That’s the opening line from a new appeal from students Joe McArthur and David Carroll. Open Access describes a form of publication of research where articles are made instantly available for free, and with unlimited reusability rights, as long as the source […]
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4:08 AM | This week: Open access and open science journalism
I had a couple of guest posts come out today, and surprisingly both happen to be about open access. The first was for Canadian Science Publishing, on open access publishing and gold versus green standards (thanks to John Dupuis for commenting on an early draft of this post): “Open Access (OA) is a popular buzzword…

April 22, 2014

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11:15 PM | Climate Change National Forum introduces the nonsense amplifier
The Climate Change National Forum now has a section called The Fact Checker. In it they will post the nonsense of pseudo-skeptics and they promise that the CCNF scientists will respond to it. I am glad not to be a CCNF scientist, having to jump up, drop everything I am working on, get myself into the topic and quickly write a response. Until that time, the nonsense is spread undisputed. And that happens every time the CCNF journalist think some pseudo-skeptical article is interesting. Poor […]
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11:00 AM | GeoEd: I’m a geoscientist, get me back in there!
There are a lot of ways to learn new things, but little beats putting your questions to the expert and finding out the latest science, straight from the source, which is why we’re running an event to do just that – I’m a Geoscientist, Get me out of here! James Hickey, a volcanologist from the University […]

April 21, 2014

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1:00 PM | Judging science fairs: 10/10 Privilege, 0/10 Ability
Every year, I make a point of rounding up students in my department and encouraging them to volunteer one evening judging our local science fair. This year, the fair was held at the start of April, and featured over 200 judges and hundreds of projects from young scientists in grades 5 through to 12, with […]
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1:44 AM | You Should Know: Shareef Jackson
Welcome to my second installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Science Bloggers and Blogs you may have been sleeping on. Introducing…. Shareef Jackson and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 19, 2014

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11:55 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 18/04/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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11:55 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 18/04/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]

April 18, 2014

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12:12 PM | Why Scientists Should Start Blogging...Now!
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Publish or Perish.’ It’s the mantra of academia. As a researcher you...
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11:36 AM | Upright walking: a long-standing debate (pt. v)
This week it’s the turn of the shoulder to get the long-standing debate treatment. It may not be obvious how changes in the anatomy of the upper limb are related to bipedalism and in fact that’s not really the point here. The most important thing to remember is that evolutionary theory states that features that […]

April 17, 2014

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6:00 AM | Science Writing Prize 2014: How to start a science blog
The fourth in our series of “How to” blogs comes from Kelly Oakes, Science Editor of BuzzfeedUK, who shares her tips on how to start a science blog.  1. Figure out why you want to blog Maybe you’re a PhD student wanting to share your research with the world, or take a break from it […]

April 16, 2014

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10:34 AM | Crusading for invertebrates: effective outreach in schools
Imagine going into schools with live insects and spiders: it becomes about controlling the excitement, dispelling fear and culturing curiosity. This is what Minibeast Mayhem does every day! Sally-Ann Spence is known in the Twitterverse as “Minibeast Mayhem”, an educational outreach program for schools in the UK. I have been incredibly impressed with her program, and based on what I read and see on Twitter, she is an extremely gifted and successful crusader for invertebrates. Whether […]
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12:00 AM | Deus Dominus Machina
Let’s do something totally unproductive today: Let`s play god. Well, it`s going to be “playing god” if you go with the saying “Evolution is god’s way of issuing upgrades”. For everyone else it’s going to be “Let`s play simple-laws-that-lead-to-complex-life”*. A … Continue reading →

April 15, 2014

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5:12 PM | How To Use Video Effectively to Communicate Science: 10 Tips
A video tip I created is being featured on the Union of Concerned Scientists website this week. They have a great series called “Science Network Tip of the Week”, which features useful suggestions for communicating science effectively. They also provide … Continue reading →
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3:10 PM | Video Competition finalists – time to get voting!
This year we’re running the first ever EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition – the aim being for young scientists to communicate their research in a short, sweet and public-friendly video. Our judges have now selected 4 fantastic finalists from the excellent entries we received this year and it’s time to find the best geoscience […]
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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