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(Developmental) Biology around the internet- October 2015

Posted by , on 16 October 2015

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:


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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