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  • November 20, 2013
  • 02:17 AM

How to forecast your future scientific value (h-index) using R software?

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

h-index is an index that attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. Here, I am going to tell the way through which you can forecast your future h-index.

While presenting this tutorial, I consider that you have a good knowledge of R software, which is one of the rapidly rising open source statistics software. You can get the software here, (Windows) (........ Read more »

  • November 19, 2013
  • 02:41 AM

Highly cited papers from the leading Journals and some scientists with over 2000 impact factor

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Top Five Journals according to Google Scholar are

1. Nature

2. The New England Journal of Medicine

3. Science

4. The Lancet

5. Cell

This list is based on “h5-index” - “h5-index is the h-index for articles published in the last 5 complete years. It is the largest number h such that h articles published in 2008-2012 have at least h citations each,” according to Google.

By clicking on the links prese........ Read more »

  • November 15, 2013
  • 07:42 PM

Experimental Techniques Explained: Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC)

by Amy Swanston in Antisense Science

You’re sat at your desk, reading a journal article. You see a graph that looks like this:
the first thing that comes to mind? WHAT ON EARTH DOES IT MEAN?!
At this point many people will skip the methods section of their article and head straight to the discussion- But these graphs and techniques aren’t so scary once you understand the science behind them.

What is ITC used for?
Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, or ITC, measures a very basic interaction- how does one thing bind........ Read more »

  • November 15, 2013
  • 10:20 AM

Citizen Scientists Dig Up the Truth about Decomposing Dung

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

The amount of cow dung plopped into the world every day is almost unthinkable, but Tomas Roslin is thinking about it."We can regard it as either an immense waste problem or an enormous ecosystem service," he says. He means that what starts out as a turd in a field turns into a wealth of nutrients for plants—assuming it can make its way below ground. So understanding how dung gets broken down can help us ensure an ecosystem is running smoothly. To address such a messy, large-scale question........ Read more »

  • November 15, 2013
  • 08:30 AM

Advancing Science Through the Use of “New Statistics”

by amikulak in Daily Observations

There are several steps that researchers can take to bolster the integrity of their work, but embracing the use of the “new statistics” of effect sizes, estimation, and meta-analysis is a particularly important one, argues psychological scientist Geoff Cumming of La Trobe University in Australia.... Read more »

  • November 14, 2013
  • 08:46 AM

God’s Existence Theorem Is Correct

by Simone Munao in United Academics

“If God is possible, then he exists necessarily. But God is possible, therefore he exists”. This is the extreme synthesis of Gödel’s most famous result. Two researchers -Christoph Benzmuller and Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo- just confirmed the result thanks to the help of a computer-assisted proof.... Read more »

Christoph Benzmüller and Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo. (2013) Formalization, Mechanization and Automation of Godel’s Proof of God’s Existence. preprint arxive . info:/

  • November 13, 2013
  • 06:13 PM

Homeopathy ‘research’: scienciness sans science – Part Deux (paper review)

by Kausik Datta in In Scientio Veritas

While contemplating the scienciness of homeopathy research and the time, money and effort wasted by misguided homeopathy researchers, I recently came across a paper which represents one such effort; it was published in the Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry in 2012, written by two Indian authors, one from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, West Bengal, and the other from a medical college associated with a local district hospital. Intrigued by the title claim of........ Read more »

  • November 13, 2013
  • 02:15 PM

Can Animals Sense Each Other’s Wants and Hopes?

by Miss Behavior in The Scorpion and the Frog

Is the ability to empathize uniquely human? This question has long been pondered by philosophers and animal behaviorists alike. Empathy depends in part on the ability to recognize the wants and hopes of others. A new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge suggests that we may not be alone with this ability. A male Eurasian jay feeds his female mate. Photo provided by Ljerka Ostojić.Ljerka Ostojić, Rachael Shaw, Lucy Cheke, and Nicky Clayton conducted a series of studies on Eurasia........ Read more »

  • October 30, 2013
  • 08:45 AM

FVIIILC from Pichia

by Selvakumar in Scientific scrutiny

FVIII light chain expressed in Pichia. Antibody AND phospholipid both bind this light chain. Literature says either but not both can bind. ... Read more »

  • October 29, 2013
  • 06:55 PM

Saussure, the procrastinator

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Procrastination is a fact of academic life, particularly during the PhD period, as every academic supervisor knows. However, judging from ever-increasing institutional efforts to control procrastination or from the many self-help guides intended to cure procrastination, it would seem that … Continue reading →... Read more »

Paola Villani. (1990) Documenti saussuriani conservati a Lipsia e a Berlino. Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure, 3-33. info:/

  • October 27, 2013
  • 06:56 AM

When equipment fails: paws and assess

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Photo: Steven PamThere is an industry in Australia that relies on an integral piece of equipment, but the system behind product development process is flawed, and lives are at stake. From farm dogs to military explosive detection dogs, guide dogs to greyhounds, Australia’s working and sporting dog industry claims a 50-70% fail rate as normal. The welfare of these dogs is intimately linked to their working performance. It can be an emotive topic, so let’s take the emotion out of it and o........ Read more »

  • October 27, 2013
  • 05:59 AM

Philippine language relations: Reply to comments…

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

First, a big thanks to everybody for being engaged in what I thought was just a simple map to visualize relationships …Continue reading »... Read more »

Bouchard-Côté A, Hall D, Griffiths TL, & Klein D. (2013) Automated reconstruction of ancient languages using probabilistic models of sound change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(11), 4224-9. PMID: 23401532  

Atkinson, Q.D. (2013) The descent of words. PNAS, 4159-4160. info:/10.1073/pnas.1300397110

  • October 24, 2013
  • 04:16 AM

Black Suits, Gowns, & Skin: SAT Scores by Income, Education, & Race

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

The latest SAT and ACT data show record declines for men, whites, and Native Americans. Analysis of state SAT data suggests that family income does not significantly affect scores when controlled for parents’ education and race.... Read more »

Anonymous. (2008) Why Family Income Differences Don't Explain the Racial Gap in SAT Scores. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 10-12. info:/

  • October 22, 2013
  • 09:00 AM

Brazilian bird sings Mozart?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

Brazilian bird sings Mozart...... Read more »

Emily Doolittle, & Henrik Brumm. (2012) O Canto do Uirapuru: Consonant intervals and patterns in the song of the musician wren. Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, 6(1), 55-85. info:/

Araya-Salas, Marcelo. (2012) Is birdsong music? Evaluating harmonic intervals in songs of a Neotropical songbird. Animal Behaviour, 84(2), 309-313. info:/10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.04.038

  • October 20, 2013
  • 10:07 AM
  • 434 views calls for help

by egonw in Chem-bla-ics

I don't think I mentioned this JISC project by David Shotton et al. yet, and should perhaps have done so earlier. But it is not too late, as Shotton is calling out for help in a Nature Comment this week (doi:10.1038/502295a). Now, I have been tracking what is citing the CDK literature using CiteUlike since 2010, and just asked the project developers how I can contribute this data.

Interestingly, the visualization from is interesting as it also shows papers citing papers t........ Read more »

D. Shotton. (2013) Publishing: Open citations. Nature, 502(7471), 295-297. info:/10.1038/502295a

  • October 19, 2013
  • 06:29 AM

The Selective Clearance of Senescent Cells – a Promising Target for Ageing

by Robert Seymour in NeuroFractal

When cells are put under stress (e.g. UV light, ionising radiation, reactive oxygen species) they undergo a process known as cellular senescence in which cell division (mitosis) is arrested. This is thought to contribute to ageing. In their 2013 paper Naylor and colleagues outline a strategy to selectively remove in vivo senescent cells expressing p16Ink4A .... Read more »

  • October 18, 2013
  • 07:23 AM

A sting operation stimulates debate about publishing research

by Valerie Ashton in The Molecular Scribe

On 17 October, I travelled to London to participate in the annual Publications Seminars. As suggested by the programme, the presenters focused on discussing changes in the publications industry. One of the most heated debates of the event highlighted a recent sting operation published in Science.1 The researcher, John Bohannon, aimed to uncover how rigorous the peer review process is in open access journals that do not charge their readers for viewing content. John Bohannon wrote a far-fetched f........ Read more »

Bohannon J. (2013) Who's Afraid of Peer Review?. Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6154), 60-65. PMID: 24092725  

  • October 17, 2013
  • 10:28 AM

Number of New Energy Patents Increased Dramatically

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A recent study by MIT and Santa Fe Institute (SFI) researchers found a “dramatic growth in innovation” in renewable energy technologies.... Read more »

Luis M. A. Bettencourt, Jessika E. Trancik, & Jasleen Kaur. (2013) Determinants of the Pace of Global Innovation in Energy Technologies. PLoS ONE, 8(10). arXiv: 1211.5167v1

  • October 16, 2013
  • 09:37 AM

Open Access Journals: Overgrowth and Erosion of Quality?

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Last week, Science published an article that exposed the shortcomings of open-access journals. Author John Bohannon, a science journalist, created fake papers to evaluate the quality of peer review and to find out whether they would be submitted.... Read more »

  • October 15, 2013
  • 02:37 AM

The Matthew effect and REF2014

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

UK universities are gearing up for REF2014, a nationwide evaluation of research quality, on the basis of which central funding will be determined. Before the funding formula is specified, we need a discussion about whether we should be focusing mainly on supporting elite institutions, or whether it would be preferable to distribute funds more widely.... Read more »

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