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.



Sunday’s reflection

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

jstor_logoOh JSTORE, I love you thee.


Citing blogs on scientific papers

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 | Publishing, Science, Web | Comments Off on Citing blogs on scientific papers

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


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 on Macromite’s Blog: scanning electron micrograph perfection
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 on Evolution today and tomorrow – Lisbon’s conference

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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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 on Read–write culture

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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