So, as you may have noticed, I am a bit absent these days. Indeed, it is currently a lot of stuff to be completed, so I don’t have the time to write postings. But I’ll be back soon 😉 In the meantime, here are some papers and various blog postings I managed to read somehow:
Archives Mensuelles: octobre 2010
It is not that far in the past that I was a teenager. This slideshow entitled Dream Team – The European approach to teens, sex, and love, in pictures reminded me a lot of things from this period regarding THE thing which was happening to me and guys of my age around. Great analysis gives additional value to this collection. Recommended!
Here comes the Geek Calendar! 14 months, 20 geeks, a small bio and several words on the shoot. Enjoy some of the photos on the Guardian’s website (where this image also comes from)!
I have to go to Journal Club now immediately, but the piece of news was just marvelously tempting to bookmark for later reading. So, here is what Reuters reports: « Physicists probing the origins of the cosmos hope that next year they will turn up the first proofs of the existence of concepts long dear to science-fiction writers such as hidden worlds and extra dimensions. » You can read the whole story here. Amazing!
« The Emerging Frontiers office in the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation recognizes the need to facilitate communication among diverse principal investigators, especially for new, highly collaborative programs such as Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) », announces the NSF in The Dear Colleague Letter. They decided to use a wiki: you can access it here. Great initiative!
I really like this song! For those who do not know (shame on you!), it is John Lee Hoocker, one of the best bluesmen ever. I could keep on talking about blues, but my guess is it is far better to let you listen to it 🙂 So, let me go into something close to this song: turning Drosophila males’ heads. Indeed, a study published in the very last BMC Genomics shows that fruitfly males are under the spell: gene expression profiles in their heads are altered because of mating. Boom boom boom…
Beh on le trouve 🙂 Donc, le cher Pascal Nègre, Président d’Universal Music, exècre Internet. C’est connu. Mais bon, quand on veut vendre son bouquin… La fin justifie les moyens, qu’y disaient. Voilà donc que Pascal Nègre s’inscrit sur plein de réseaux sociaux pour faire la promo de son livre. Et a décidé d’être téméraire. Je ne sais pas pour vous, mais j’ai bien aimé ce petit échange:
Le texte qui suit est une traduction en français de l’article Why Science Matters: A Scientist’s Apology, de Marcelo Gleiser qui m’a donné son accord pour la traduction et sa diffusion sur divers blogs francophones. J’ai beaucoup aimé ce qu’il a écrit et j’ai surtout apprécié la façon de le faire : la référence à « Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra » est directe et donne une force particulière à l’argument. Spéciale dédicace aux fans de Nietzsche, donc 😉
In a study published in the online journal PLoS ONE yesterday, researchers show evidence for cannibalistic behaviour in Tyrannosaurus rex. Indeed, the king of the dinosaurs not only fed on other dinos, but also on fellow T. rex, say the researchers after identifying bite marks on giants’ bones.
On September 30, 2010, the Gender Equality and Diversity sessions took place as a satellite event of the Open World Forum 2010. Please find below a short summary of the workshop held in the afternoon dedicated to a Diversity Statement to be realized in the near future. Here are the slides introducing this workshop (pdf). The program mentions two different workshops (one dedicated to communities and the other to companies), but indeed we merged them.
DISCLAIMER: Given that I was also participating, it is very possible that I forgot to mention details here.
I am writing a small review on this topic. The minor problem is the huge amount of stuff I read nearly everyday on this. Therefore, I decided to keep interesting links here: I can read them whenever I want to… and you too 🙂 Here we go for the first episode:
There were lot of very interesting things on the Web these last days on Open Access and Open Data. I would like to remind you that the very first Science 3.0 Blogging Contest starting on October 18 is dedicated to Open Access and will run parallel to the Open Access Week! I greatly invite you to take part, as a blogger, as a reader, as both! You will find below several links to make you feel even more eager than now October 18 comes.
Science 3.0 is a rapidly growing online community of scientists and people with wide ranging interests. Discussing science with the current and future tools and concepts of information is a great endeavor we are all happy to take part in! In order to increase this emulation, we decided to launch the ‘Science 3.0 Blogging Contest’.
Science publishes today a Science & Policy article about regulation of the famous Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) genome testing. An interesting discussion highlighting the crucial importance of joint efforts:
Effective regulation will require cooperation from governmental agencies, and flexibility to accommodate the complexities of tests, like those offered by DTC companies, that provide genome-wide analysis producing results with variable and often uncertain validity and clinical utility.
DNA repair is a very interesting field to me even if I didn’t go into for my PhD. I’m still following the news from it though. Here is a summary from a study published in Nature several days ago which describes a novel mechanism for DNA repair.
Neelie Kroes, the vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda presented the report « Riding the Wave: How Europe can gain from the raising tide of scientific data » in Brussels today, October 6, 2010. The main idea of this talk was « unlocking the full value of scientific data ». Nice support for open data in science!