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Quickly Boost Your Writing Skills

Reports, grant applications, theses, manuscripts, essays, patent applications, your Nobel Prize acceptance speech. As a scientist, there are so many things you have to write. And writing them well is...
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Meiosis and Mitosis Tutorial

I recently caught wind of Openlearn, at Open University, which is a UK university that is dedicated to distance learning. Apparently started in 1969, and hosting part-time students who will received real...
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New Journal Ranking Tool

Thompson Scientific is great for gaging the impact factors of various journals, but it has had a bit of a monopoly on journal rankings. As with any ranking scheme, there can be more than one valid way of...
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Free Mind Mapping Software

Mind mapping is an extremely useful technique for note-taking, brainstorming and learning. In the past I often tried to use mind-mapping but the neat-freak in me was never satisfied with the messy maps I would...
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BioChemWeb: Virtual Library for the Molecular Biologist

Wikipedia gets quite a bit of attention, and the student of the molecular biological sciences regularly needs a more in-depth information resource. There's Bruce Alberts et al.'s Molecular Biology of the Cell,...
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Keeping up on the journals

As scientists, we have to keep up with new research coming out and follow the journals. We all have our preferred way of doing so though. Sporadic searches on Pubmed are one way, or weekly email updates on...
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At last – an easy backup solution

When I was writing up my PhD thesis I was paranoid about data backup. Years of hard work - pictures, data-files, notes, publication lists not to mention the thesis manuscript itself - all stored on one hard...
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Free, Publication Quality Plasmid Annotation

I just came across an extremely nice piece of plasmid mapping and annotation software that I'd like to share with you. PlasMapper is a web-based application, created by staff from the University of Alberta,...
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Online Data and Project Management

During a research project, how do you record your data, conclusions and the samples you produce? What about ideas, insights and thought-trains? It would be very useful to have a good system to easily store all...
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Error Bars in Biology

....statistics. The very word strikes fear into the heart of many a biologist (including me). In an article published earlier this year, Cumming and co-workers of La Trobe University, Melbourne gave a very...
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