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The oldest known [cough... African... cough] ant

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 | Ants, Metablogging, Publishing, Science, Web | 8 Comments

Here’s a perfect example of what I like about blogs becoming an integral communication tool for the scientific community and interested folks alike:

Cretaceous African ant in amber (Courtesy of Vincent Perrichot via http://myrmecos.wordpress.com)

  1. A peer-review paper gets published;
  2. The media gets hold on the story;
  3. The blogs react: scientists and general public fill the comments section (in the genuine tone of the internets);
  4. The authors of the original paper join in the discussion.

Discussion may get heated, comments may get bitter, but the results are always rewarding for all.

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Sunday’s reflection

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 | Publishing, Science, Web | 1 Comment

jstor_logoOh JSTORE, I love you thee.

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Citing blogs on scientific papers

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 | Publishing, Science, Web | Comments Off

lusitaniaI was recently asked if one of my post could be cited as a personal communication (pers. comm.) on an upcoming scientific paper, that is, instead of citing the blog post directly. The authors of the paper foresee (quite rightly I believe) that the journal will not accept the reference to this electronic media, hence the need for the well accepted and common alternative. › Continue reading

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RSS feeds for Zootaxa

Monday, May 11th, 2009 | Publishing, Science, Web | 1 Comment

zootaxaIn trying to stay afloat up-to-date on the scientific papers in my areas of interest I find that Table of Contents (TOCs) e-mail alerts and RSS feeds offered by the journal publishers are all I need (well, that and a lot of time to read through all those papers, take some notes and sort them out into my nifty digital filing system).

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Macromite’s Blog: scanning electron micrograph perfection

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 | Metablogging, Science, Technique, Web | Comments Off
A spruced-up version of a dirty box mite. 2009 © DEWalter.

A spruced-up version of a dirty box mite. 2009 © DEWalter.

A new blog just sprung into life. Macromite’s Blog:

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Evolution today and tomorrow – Lisbon’s conference

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 | History of Science, Personalities, Theory, Web | Comments Off

I spend last Thursday and Friday attending a conference held at the University of Lisbon: Evolution today and tomorrow: Darwin evaluated by contemporary evolutionary and philosophical theories. 23 – 24 April 2009. Don’t let the event’s webpage design fool you, the conference was well organized and brought together a diverse array of interesting speakers, both Portuguese and from abroad. › Continue reading

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Photo Synthesis: new site for your feeds and blogrolls

Monday, April 13th, 2009 | Science, Web | 1 Comment

ScienceBlogs started a new blog with an interesting dynamic, the title of which is either a very clever use of terms or a super-geeky pun, depending on your level of causticity: Photo Synthesis.

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Gravatar

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | Off topic, Web | 1 Comment

If you are reading this chances are you find it worthwhile to surf and participate on the ever expanding information cloud known as the blogosphere. And I thought I’ll share a little nifty web-service called Gravatar that is fun to have for such purpose.

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Read–write culture

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 | Publishing, Science, Web | Comments Off

The Books and Arts section in this week’s Nature has a review of the new book by Lawrence Lessig called Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. Lessig is founder of Creative Commons, from which Science Commons recently spawned (see my earlier post). › Continue reading

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Science Commons

Thursday, December 11th, 2008 | Science, Web | 1 Comment

You may have seen many websites making their content freely available under a version of the Creative Commons License (the taxonomic data, images and publications stored in antbase.org and antweb.org are good examples). Creative Commons has now launched a special project specific for the enhancement of science through the web called Science Commons: › Continue reading

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