Here is October’s round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet!
News & Research
– Developmental Biologist Eric Davidson, who was based at CalTech, has sadly passed away. You can learn more about Eric and his career in this Q&A published in Current Biology a few years ago.
– Interesting piece in Nature News considers how biohackers (amateur biologists) are using CRISPR.
– We found this excellent resource detailing how to display your figures in a colourblind-friendly manner.
– Do papers with shorter titles really get cited more?
– ‘When did you decide to?’- how most people don’t have clear career paths planned. By Athene Donald.
– The forgotten benefits of drawing in science- in Scientific American.
– Masayo Takahashi is the winner of the inaugural Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize, awarded by the Gladstone Institutes. Also don’t miss the chance to vote for the 2015 Stem Cell Person of the Year in Paul Knoepfler’s blog.
– How to unboil an egg and how to make a chicken walk like a dinosaur are just some of the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes.
– How scientists fool themselves and how they can stop- preventing bias in science, in Nature.
– Fish out of water- the challenges of being an academic outside your country, in THE.
– The MRC shared their 12 top tips for writing a grant application.
– And we rediscovered an old piece by Jeff Schatz on how (not) to give a seminar.
Weird & Wonderful
– We spotted these cool notebooks, hand-embroidered with vintage science illustrations.
– Need to explain the difference between correlation and causation? These helpful (and hilarious!) graphs will come handy.
– ‘I need 10,000 marks’– was all you needed to say to get your research funded back in 1921.
– And this is how you explain what it is like to be a developmental biologist to a 4 year old:
Some Friday inspiration. pic.twitter.com/KMGpKm42h5
— Barry Thompson (@ThompsonLab) August 21, 2015
Beautiful & Interesting images:
– Tracking C. elegans development- the drawings of Sir John Sulston.
– We spotted this colourful embryology notebook from a 1939 course at MBL.
– And this is just one of our favourite creations from this year’s Agar Art contest, run by the American Society of Microbiology:
Videos worth watching:
– The PHD Movie 2 is now screening! Check out the dates and venues.
– And this fun movie is a great way to explain concepts of evolution… especially for the Pokemon fans among you:
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