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Around the Blogs

This week’s highlights from Around the Blogs include shakes in the lab, confused science journalists and brain tissue from stem cells…

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In Of Interest 14th of November, 2008
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A Grad Student, a Postdoc, and a Professor are Walking…

A grad student, a post-doc, and a professor are walking through a city park and they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out in a puff of smoke. The Genie says, “I usually only grant three wishes, so I’ll give each of you just one.” “Me first! Me first!” […]

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In Fun Stuff 10th of November, 2008
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Gates Foundation Innovations on Funding Science

All fields in Science thrive on fresh ideas that contest accepted theory. Yet, researchers seeking funded face ever greater competition for limited funds – funds that are overly wedded to safe, unadventurous research.

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In Of Interest 4th of November, 2008
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Around the Blogs

Six highlights from “Around the Blogs”: Help High School Kids do Genetic Engineering and Make Glowing Bacteria “Why should professional scientists have all the fun?” Sandra shares stories of cool stuff in the classroom. Talking Points for NIH Funded Science Drug Monkey has some suggestions for scientists venturing into politics, amid the height of the […]

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In Of Interest 31st of October, 2008
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The Nature of Scientific Observation

Currently I’m reading Alan Chalmers’ What is this thing called science?, with specific interest in the questions of expertise and the uniqueness of science as a foundation for knowledge.

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In Basic Lab Skills & Know-how 29th of October, 2008
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Revising the NIH Grant Review Process

NIH analysis indicates that an increasing number of meritorious applicants that were ultimately funded had to resubmit their applications multiple times which increased burden on applicants and reviewers alike. How should the NIH address this problem?

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In Getting Funded 27th of October, 2008
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Assessing the Bitesize Bio Experience

With the new design for Bitesize Bio, I thought it appropriate for a re-assessment of what blogging here means to me. Nick started this site as a blog for molecular biology, with a bit of a dream to turn it into a community for aspiring molecular biologists. By providing a mix of personal development, technique […]

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In Of Interest 23rd of October, 2008
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Around the Blogs

Why Do We Care Where We Publish “How can we assess the competence of a scientist? Past performance is, realistically, the only way to judge future performance. Past performance can only be assessed by looking at their publications.” RO1s in Decline The hard data on the decline of federal science funding in the National Institutes […]

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In Of Interest 18th of October, 2008
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Dance, Scientists, Dance!

Are you the sort of scientist who taps her toes while working in the laboratory? Didn’t I see you pirouette on your way to the fume hood? In fact, doesn’t your entire scientific career feel like one big dance?

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In Fun Stuff 13th of October, 2008
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Biotechnology Imitates Nature

“A collaborative effort of Janine Benyus’ Biomimicry Guild and Gunter Pauli’s ZERI Foundation, Nature’s 100 Best brings to light fascinating secrets of nature capable of revolutionizing nearly every aspect of our economy, and changing our destructive relationship with the environment to one of mutual benefit.”

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In Inspiring & Thought Provoking 9th of October, 2008