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    YouTube for Science

    This week, the European Commission’s Research Directorate-General relaunched AthenaWeb, a video portal of sorts where science communicators, organizations, and institutions can upload and share videos with the public. According to a statement released this week, AthenaWeb already hosts 750 or so videos and has a subscriber base of 8,000 peopl… Read More
  • Worst Jobs in Science

    For the last 4 years, Popular Science magazine has presented a lighthearted list of what it considers the "worst jobs in science." This year’s list was posted earlier this week. No, "postdoc" didn’t make the list. Popular Science’s choices range from Whale-Feces Researcher, through Microsoft Security Grunt and… Read More
  • Particle Physics on a Shoestring, Led by a Postdoc

    This week’s Science has an article (by Adrian Cho in News Focus) about a small group of Fermilab scientists  trying to make a big discovery–of a new particle–on a small budget: about $30,000. Aaron Chou, a co-leader of the 11-member team, is a postdoc. The stakes are high, but the researchers admit the odds are… Read More
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    Update on U.S. Passports

    In mid-May, we reported on the increasing delays Americans face in getting new passports and renewing expiring passports. I offered my own renewal as a test case. Our mail at home yesterday included a Priority Mail envelope containing my new passport. From the time I mailed in the renewal on 24 April to delivery on… Read More
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    New Ties between Spain and India

    Spain and India are about to get closer to each other. No, this isn’t a story about plate tectonics; it’s about a new agreement, signed in June, in which Spain and India decided to promote the exchange of researchers in science and technology. As part of the agreement, co-access to facilities in both countries will… Read More
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    Another Perspective on Medical Writing

    A letter from a reader: I’ve been a working medical/science writer for almost 40 years now and it isn’t for the weak at heart or anyone who has to earn a reliable income. Deadlines are tough and until that check is in your hand you usually don’t know if you’ll actually get paid. And the… Read More
  • Another View on Writing Samples for Aspiring Medical Writers

    In last week’s article Working as a Medical Writer, freelancer Sarah Webb wrote , "Academic papers and conference proceedings make lousy writing samples because they are dense and jargon-laden, whereas the emphasis in medical writing is on clarity." Phillipa Rispin, a Montreal, Canada, based medical writer and editor takes issue wit… Read More
  • U.S. Planting Spies in Research Labs?

    Press Esc is reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is distributing guidelines to administrators at U.S. universities that if implemented would restrict the freedoms of students and others, according to at least one report. "US university students will not be able to work late at the campus, travel abroad, show interest in th… Read More
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    NSF Grants to Encourage Undergraduate Research

    Last week, National Science Foundation announced this year’s call for proposals for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. In this program NSF funds activities at institutions that engage and encourage undergraduates in hands-on research projects. REU Sites, as these activities are called, can focus on one discipline or cr… Read More
  • The GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists

    GE Healthcare, formerly Amersham Biosciences, and Science/AAAS have joined forces in creating the GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists. Since 1995, the aim of the prize has been to recognize outstanding Ph.D. graduate students from around the world and reward their research in the field of molecular biology. Both Science/AAAS and GE Hea… Read More