All posts tagged with open science

People, not clusters

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Surveillance of people with infectious diseases is a public health measure, yet such surveillance can lead to serious injustice. In an editorial in the Amer...

Rising Star open science profile

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Ars Technica has a very nice long profile of the Rising Star project by Lydia Pyne: “Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleo...

Peer review under the microscope

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The Frontiers Blog has provided a timely review of some of the new models of peer review that are being tried in different branches of scientific publishing:...

Open peer review: a note from a physicist

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I’d like to take note of this post by Sabine Hossenfelder, “Open peer review and its discontents”. She reflects on a growing cultural divide in science betwe...

Thinking of preprints in biology

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At the end of 2014, the arXiv preprint server published its one millionth article. Richard Van Noorden reports on the milestone for Nature News: “The arXiv p...

On a scandal in replication

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Experimental psychology has recently become embroiled in a controversy about whether replication of high-profile findings should be a serious goal of new res...

Rising Star Expedition: Into the collection

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Rising Star team advance scientist Elen Feuerriegel has another new post on the Rising Star Expedition blog, discussing her work with the collection after th...

Rising Star: What we know and don't know

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Today’s blog post on the Rising Star Expedition blog provides an FAQ about the expedition’s results so far: “What We Know and Don’t Know So Far”.

Rising Star: In the hot seat

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My first Rising Star Expedition update has been posted on the expedition blog: “In the hot seat”.

Fear and the impact factor

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Mark Johnston, editor-in-chief of the journal, Genetics, recently published an editorial decrying scientists’ reliance on “impact factor” of journals to make...

White House to recognize open science

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The White House is looking to recognize people who are leading in open science efforts, either by providing free access to data or by using data that is alre...

Open 3-d archive of Kromdraai

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A new paper in the Journal of Human Evolution by Matthew Skinner and colleagues Skinner:Kromdraai:2013 announces the new availability of an open archive of m...

Update, March 2013

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We want to thank everyone who has assisted with the project. If you’re just arriving here, welcome!

"Brittle techniques"

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I was pointed to a rant from early last year written by Fred Ross: “A farewell to bioinformatics”.

Crowdsourcing paleoecology

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Jacqueline Gill reports on a conference with a provocative organization: “Crowd-sourcing the 50 most pressing questions in paleoecology”.

Open access and Creative Commons

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Cameron Neylon comments interestingly in Nature on the intellectual property drawbacks of publications that are free to access but not to reuse: “Science pub...

Bigfoot DNA?

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A press release claims the recovery of Sasquatch DNA:

Link parade, 2

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Ben Phelan at Slate writes about the recent evolution of lactase persistence: “The Most Spectacular Mutation in Recent Human History”.

Spreading preprints in population biology

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Ewen Callaway reports on the increasing use of the arXiv preprint server by geneticists and biologists: “Geneticists eye the potential of arXiv”. With the ne...

"Hair-pullingly frustrating to read"

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Greg Downey and Daniel Lende ponder the rhetorical evils of NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman and why anthropologists should be better writers: “Thomas Frie...

Making a difference via blogging

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Paul Knoepfler, a UC-Davis cell biologist, runs a very active blog in which he discusses the science of stem cells. One of his recurrent themes is strong cri...

Mouse brain mapping

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This merits some attention: “Neuroscientists reach major milestone in whole-brain circuit mapping project”.

A plenary of plenty

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I’ve arrived in Portland, Oregon today for the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. This is really a central highlight of ...

Wiki into journal

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PLoS Computational Biology has started a new collaboration with Wikipedia, in which short review articles called “topic pages” will be peer-reviewed, given j...

Open science interview

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NPR’s Science Friday interviewed open science advocate Michael Nielsen last week: “Can science be done without secrecy?” I like the headline.

A quick look at your Neandertal fraction

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The 23andMe blog, the Spittoon, has a description of their new technique to use 23andMe SNPs to estimate any customer’s fraction of Neandertal: “Find your in...

A story behind Manis

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A couple of weeks ago, I pointed to new research dating a mastodon kill site from Manis, Washington, to around 13,800 years ago (“Bone of the victim mastodon...

Blogs, academic discourse in economics

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Paul Krugman comments on how the growth in academic blogs in economics is a continuation of publication trends that long predate the World Wide Web: “Our blo...

Can Watson navigate the medical literature?

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Last week, Computerworld reported that IBM’s famous “Watson” supercomputer is moving to its next challenge: prescribing cancer treatments for the WellPoint h...

The Malapa Soft Tissue Project FAQ

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These are a few of the questions that I think are essential to understand our aims with the project and how we expect it will unfold. The future depends on w...

Announcing the Malapa Soft Tissue Project

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I am pleased to announce a new open science initiative, focused on a discovery that is unique in paleoanthropology. Together we are going to find out if the ...

Open every box

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Fascinating: “Unique Canine Tooth from ‘Peking Man’ Found in Swedish Museum Collection”

Public impact

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Alice Bell on public engagement for social scientists and humanists: “Being professional about ‘impact’.”

Open science radiocarbon databases

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Last week I wrote a lot about the radiocarbon chronology of late Neandertals in Europe (“Neandertals didn’t disappear before 40,000 years ago”, “Neandertals ...

Open science link

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David Dobbs writes about the structural barriers to more open science: “Free Science, One Paper at a Time”. Summing up a large collaboration on Alzheimer’s r...

Opening up paleontology

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Ewen Callaway writes in Nature News this week on open access science in paleontology: “Fossil data enter the web period”. I write about this topic quite a lo...

Denisova FOXP2 status

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In the Denisova hubbub last month (“Denisova genome FAQ”) I didn’t hear anyone talking about the FOXP2 sequence of the Denisovans. I can’t swear that the pap...

Public engagement

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Nature’s Gene Russo has a nice article this week about scientists’ attitudes toward colleagues who do lots of public outreach: “Outreach: Meet the press”.