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  • General Scientific News

    Down With P Values

    I’d like to recommend this article from Nature (which looks to be open access). It details the problems with using p-values for statistics, and it’s simultaneously interesting and frustrating to read. The frustrating part is that the points it makes have been made many times before, but to little or no effect. P-values don’t mean… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Crowdfunding Independent Research

    I’ve written about Ethan Perlstein’s work here before, and now I note that the Wall Street Journalhas an article about his crowdfunding research model. Ethan O. Perlstein for years followed a traditional path as a scientist. He earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Harvard, spent five years doing postdoctoral research at Princeton an… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Humble Enzyme Dodges Spotlight

    Here’s the latest biochemical news from The Onion, which is at least as reliable as some journals. What I think I like the best is that the person who wrote this clearly understood some details about amylase and about enzyme function in general. An alternative science career?… Read More
  • Biological News

    The 2013 Medicine/Physiology Nobel: Traffic

    This year’s Medicine Nobel is one that’s been anticipated for some time. James Rothman of Yale, Randy W. Schekman of Berkeley, and Thomas C. Südhof of Stanford are cited for their fundamental discoveries in vesicular trafficking, and I can’t imagine anyone complaining that it wasn’t deserved. (The only controversy would be… Read More
  • Blog Housekeeping

    A War On Expertise?

    I see that Popular Science is shutting down the comments function on their web site. Like a lot of news organizations, I think that their signal/noise was pretty low in the comments. (And that prompts me to express, again, my appreciation for the commenters on this blog – one of the first questions I get… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Nobel Speculation Time

    As we approach October, Nobel Speculation Season is upon us again. And Ash is right at Curious Wavefunction – making the predictions gets easier every year, because you get to keep the lists you had from before, with maybe a name or two removed because they actually won. Paul at Chembark usually does a long… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    MacArthur Awards in Chemistry

    Congratulations to Phil Baran of Scripps for getting a MacArthur Foundation grant. There aren’t many of those that have landed in the field of chemistry – a commenter here points out Carolyn Bertozzi at Berkeley, Laura Kiessling at Wisconsin, and Melanie Sanford at Michigan as the past winners. A worthy bunch! Read More
  • General Scientific News

    The Hydrogen Wave Function, Imaged

    Here’s another one of those images that gives you a bit of a chill down the spine. You’re looking at a hydrogen atom, and those spherical bands are the orbitals in which you can find its electron. Here, people, is the wave function. Yikes.Update: true, what you’re seeing are the probability distributions as defined by… Read More
  • Cancer

    A Specific Crowdfunding Example

    I mentioned Microryza in that last post. Here’s Prof. Michael Pirrung, at UC Riverside, with an appeal there to fund the resynthesis of a compound for NCI testing against renal cell carcinoma. It will provide an experienced post-doc’s labor for a month to prepare an interesting natural-product-derived proteasome inhibitor that the NCI w… Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    Crowdfunding Research

    Crowdfunding academic research might be changing, from a near-stunt to an widely used method of filling gaps in a research group’s money supply. At least, that’s the impression this article at Nature Jobs gives: The practice has exploded in recent years, especially as success rates for research-grant applications have fallen in many pla… Read More