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Journal club and more

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:

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Publié par le 28 octobre 2010 dans Lectures, Research, Science

 

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Bookmark: Let’s talk about sex, baby!

I love youIt 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!

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Publié par le 28 octobre 2010 dans Lectures, Miscellaneous

 

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Podcasts from the EMBO Meeting 2010 now available

As you already read it, I attended the EMBO Meeting 2010 in Barcelona. I briefly blogged about some of the conferences (check reminder below). The podcasts of some of the keynotes are now available here featuring:

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Publié par le 24 octobre 2010 dans Research, Science

 

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Publié par le 24 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Politique

 

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Geek calendar

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)!

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Publié par le 21 octobre 2010 dans Science

 

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Bookmark: A parallel universe to be described soon

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!

 

 
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Publié par le 20 octobre 2010 dans Research, Science

 

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Bookmark: NSF announces Wiki for Advancing Digitization of Biological Collection (ADBC)

« 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!

 
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Publié par le 20 octobre 2010 dans Research, Science

 

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Boom boom boom, you knock me out right off of my feet…

I'm in loveI 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…

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Publié par le 19 octobre 2010 dans Research, Science

 

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{Moment délectable} Quand on cherche Maître Eolas

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:

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Publié par le 18 octobre 2010 dans Miscellaneous

 

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Pourquoi la science est importante : une apologie du scientifique

Fractal cowLe 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 😉

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Publié par le 16 octobre 2010 dans Science

 

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When Tyrannosaurus rex had for breakfast… another Tyrannosaurus rex

This post was chosen as an Editor's Selection for ResearchBlogging.org

(This was first published at The Urban Times)

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.

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Publié par le 16 octobre 2010 dans Research, Science

 

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Gender equality and diversity do matter in FLOSS

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.

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Publié par le 15 octobre 2010 dans Free software

 

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Too few women in science and tech: links (1)

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:

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Publié par le 14 octobre 2010 dans Lectures, Politique, Science

 

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[Special bookmark] Open Access and Open Data only

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.

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Publié par le 12 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Open access, Open data, Science

 

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Bookmark: Links, links, and more links

Here are some very nice postings to read (I have read all of them, so I can say they are really interesting 🙂 ):

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Publié par le 12 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Research, Science

 

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Science 3.0 Blogging Contest!

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’.

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Publié par le 11 octobre 2010 dans Science

 

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Bookmark: « A healthy dose of skepticism »

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.

 
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Publié par le 8 octobre 2010 dans Science

 

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Bookmark: Links to read, from here and there

I am currently spending my time reading papers. And user guides. The cliché of the lab rat is not applicable anymore. The cliché of the computer geek neither: I am hardly launching sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude safe-upgrade on my Debian and this is it. The number of tabs in my browser is dangerously approaching 200 and this makes me nervous 🙂 So, here is a nice bunch of links:

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Publié par le 8 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Open access, Open data, Science

 

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Novel DNA repair mechanism described

Damaged DNADNA 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.

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Publié par le 7 octobre 2010 dans Science

 

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Bookmark: Neelie Kroes on Open Data in science

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!

 
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Publié par le 7 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Open data, Science

 

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