Sex reversal gene: Male mice can be created without Y chromosome via ancient brain gene - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
FCC passes limited net neutrality rules, almost no one happy about them - http://www.engadget.com/2010...
Dave Winer
Bravo to the Spanish for telling the US entertainment industry to keep their hands off the Internet.
Telemedicine and HealthIT
Bora Zivkovic
RT @moximer: Do you use boy words or girl words? Thoughts on gender http://thoughtsonblank.wordpress.com/2010...
Bill Hooker
Introductory Research Course: Replicate a Paper - A Computer Scientist in a Business School - http://behind-the-enemy-lines....
If you haven't already, do check out this blog. - Bill Hooker from Bookmarklet
Thanks for link Bill (how are ya?). Maybe I should start a blog like this. I'm working on an "exec" MBA. - Maureen
I absolutely think you should blog, Maureen. Um, what's an exec MBA? - Bill Hooker
Executive MBA. Part time while you work full time. Sorry I missed your visit today. - Maureen from iPhone
Yes, bummer about the timing. I'm sure to be up at OHSU again sometime though; will try to provide some warning next time! - Bill Hooker
Andrew Su
The time spent every month using online social networks, blogs, or games in the US alone: 1.3 BILLION hours. Wow. (http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsen...)
Andrew Su
Need help estimating Facebook usage by scientists (in terms of numbers, hours per month, etc). Google-fu is being foiled by those pesky "facebook for scientists" initiatives... thoughts?
also helpful would be a list of prominent biologists using Facebook or twitter... - Andrew Su
I agree abt Google-fu. I was singularly unsuccessful with this effort: http://www.google.com/search... - Patricia F. Anderson
Very sloppy alternative, but what about exploring those who've liked AAAS http://www.facebook.com/AAAS... (6401 when I checked). They won't all be scientists, and it is a big assumption to imply they are, but there are probably a few other similar organizations whose "friends" you could mine for more accurate numbers. - Patricia F. Anderson
Attila Csordas
somebody please disrupt the 'journal & peer review' software industry so ScholarOne will be forced to make real stuff @mendeley_com perhaps? - http://scholarone.com/product...
"ScholarOne Manuscripts is the premier journal and peer review tool for scholarly publishers and societies." - Attila Csordas from Bookmarklet
Mr. Gunn
Social Networking Trailblazers Pull the Plug on Cliqset - http://www.readwriteweb.com/archive...
Yall were right to oppose the move from Friendfeed to Cliqset, but what now? Are we really to be faced with the choice of Facebook or nothing? - Mr. Gunn from Bookmarklet
I thought the whole point of science3point0 was to take over part of this functionality? - Brian Krueger - LabSpaces
liking so I can remember I don't need to worry about this tool anymore. It's too bad - cliqset had pretty good functionality - though not quite as good as FF. - Elizabeth Brown
s30 still far away from FF, though... - Björn Brembs
That's what were trying to do, we're growing steadily, half the people who have commented so far are members so what's stopping the others and what would you like to see? - science3point0 from iPhone
One needs to be able to set up a personal starting page where all the news are ordered the way they are here (with best-of functionality). Now I have to log in, click on activity to see the news. I'd need to be able to set 'activity' as the starting page. Last I looked, all comments were visible, this needs to be more like here. Finally, It seems the buttons are larger than the text, which makes it difficult to take in large amounts of info quickly. - Björn Brembs
Moreover, liked items need to move to the top. Also, 'liking' is not an activity that gets reported, what for, when the liked items appear at the top of my stream? In all, neither functionality nor the functional design is quite there, yet. - Björn Brembs
Thanks Bjoern, this is precisely the kind of feedback we were looking for. I'll get to work on all of them. From what I'm hearing, people want an exact replica of friendfeed along with the additional features and the opportunity to ask for developments. We already have the groups option and additional features operating that I think makes us more useful in other ways such as the... more... - science3point0
One aspect that shouldn't be neglected (and is probably quite difficult, because it involves psychology) is a design that somehow (and I can't tell you how to do that) maximizes the flow of information. With FF, I can scroll quickly over my page and the important and most active threads 'jump out' at me, sort of. Here's a screenshot of what my FF page looks like:... more... - Björn Brembs
This is all very true Bjoern, this is the standard we at S3.0 are working towards and beyond. Its a very achievable goal. As mentioned before, this is only one aspect of the site but in terms of the constant developmement of this element, I would argue against the statement of facebook or nothing. - science3point0
I think you all should really get behind Mark if this is something that you don't want to see die. He's very passionate about it and willing to make the website exactly how you'd like to see it. Google isn't going to waste its time creating a niche site for scientists. Mark will. Help him do that. - Brian Krueger - LabSpaces
Something I noted about Friendfeed that might be important... the Dunbar number may figure more than it does with Twitter. The latter has a strictly time-oriented list (at least on Tweetdeck), so I can go back as far as I like and catch up. The FF approach of promoting popular stuff is great, but if the number of my contacts grows too great, then stuff popular with my friends (but less so with me) may completely overwhelm stuff I would have liked... - Chris Rusbridge
Isn't the FF code open source? Called Tornado or something? Since we all like FF, why not just do a local install of that (or run your own Diaspora pod)? - Mr. Gunn from YouFeed
+1 Brian, but I just think custom-coding a site is a waste of time when there's good code avail. Design is hard, too. - Mr. Gunn from YouFeed
I looked at it... it's a very bare framework. It's not start and tune; it's like a library and requires you to develop the full GUI. - Egon Willighagen
Ami Iida
Vitamin D deficiency linked to chubbier kids, faster weight gain http://ur.umich.edu/1011...
On the Inverse Problem of Binocular 3D Motion Perception http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article...
"Using tools from analytic geometry we show that existing 3D motion models offer no general solution to the inverse optics problem of 3D motion perception. We suggest a flexible framework of motion and depth processing and suggest default strategies for local 3D motion estimation. Our results on the aperture and inverse problem of 3D motion are likely to stimulate computational, behavioral, and neuroscientific studies because they address the fundamental issue of how 3D motion is represented in the visual system." - arek
I was talking with the 3D geeks at our UM visualization lab (CAVE) and they mentioned that there is a small percentage of people who cannot perceive 3D. For some it is that they can't perceive 3d in simulation labs (like me) for others they can't perceive 3d in real life (often association with ADHD & autism spectrum disorders). I'd be interested in a model that can accommodate these... more... - Patricia F. Anderson
Thought some of you would like this report. Fwd: DocuTicker: Science and the Media http://web.docuticker.com/go... (via http://friendfeed.com/resourc...)
Ahmet Yükseltürk
Bill Hooker
Molecular Modeling Basics: The Open Science unjournal - http://molecularmodelingbasics...
Unjournal:journal::unconference:conference. (New-to-me blog; for those of you who like this kind of thing, this is exactly the kind of thing you will like.) - Bill Hooker from Bookmarklet
Daniel Mietchen
Anyone know of a more recent estimate then this one from 1999, and preferably one that is better documented than these "hundreds of thousands, if not a million"? Suggestions for search strings also welcome. I just tried http://www.google.de/search... and some variations thereof, which led me to http://intechnochina.com/blog... , where a value of 633 scientists per million is given for China (presumably "active scientists", so not all that are alive, but I am willing to lump the two together if need be). The same source gives 5,171 for Sweden and 110 for India, while http://www.warda.org/warda... states that Africa as a whole has 70. Using the China figure for the whole planet (a simplification only justified by the lack of actual figures), whose population http://math.berkeley.edu/~galen... just (November 18, 2010 11:11:11 UTC+1) gave as 6,856,284,588, we end up with about 4 million. With the Indian figure, it would be about 800,000, so I guess the real number is somewhere in between these two, perhaps closer to India. - Daniel Mietchen from Bookmarklet
Depends on how you define "scientists". People with a university diploma in a science field should be much much more. Research-scientists might be aorund single digit millions ... - Fritz
Any clear definition would do for me, as long as the corresponding data are available. - Daniel Mietchen
By the way, http://www.google.com/search... does not answer my question but brings up a few goodies. - Daniel Mietchen
The NSF has some of this data, http://www.nsf.gov/statist... Global S&E Labor Force - Joe
Thank you, RJR - this seems useful. - Daniel Mietchen
Andrew Su
Survey: How many scientific articles do you estimate that you read per year? (really read, not just skim...)
Maybe a couple of dozen (not including reviews -- I probably do 20-25 of those a year, and each requires at least one close reading). I probably skim 5 or 10 times as many as I really read, where "skim" = glance through intro/discussion and take a reasonably close look at the results, usually to pull out some particular piece of evidence for my own use. - Bill Hooker
3000/500/100 (read abstract and saved for later/skimmed/read carefuly) - Pawel Szczesny from iPhone
(Remember, Pawel is The Man Who Reads Everything. Mere mortals should not be judged by this standard.) :-) - Bill Hooker
10-15 across all fields these days. When I was still in the field probably half a Pawel - Deepak Singh
Really read in-depth? Probably a dozen. For most articles, I just skim and take the most relevant parts. - Chris Miller
carefully read: 200 (I have time-slots devoted solely to reading ~10h/week), re-do the math: 20 - marcin
From 1997 to 2007 I saved 1350 PDFs on my hard drive. So 135/year. I think I read all of them fairly carefully. In the 20th century I also read actual paper copies so more, maybe about 200. Now I read less and skim more, no paper copies at all, lots of abstracts by RSS feed. - Dave Lunt
Read carefully - several dozen per year. Skim/read selectively - hundreds. - Mickey Kosloff
I'd say I was around 1000/500/100 when I was in grad school - Mr. Gunn
@MrG -- what about now? I 'fessed up, now it's your turn! - Bill Hooker
Not just skim? Title to references? Less than a dozen, certainly. - Björn Brembs
527/277/108 according to Papers (sort by date of import/sort by last opened/count ratings) over the last year. I do read some via Mendeley, ordinary pdf readers or online. Of the papers whose abstracts I read (mostly via RSS), about one fourth ends up in Papers. - Daniel Mietchen
When I was a phD student and postdoc at least 1 a day, now about 1 a week if I am lucky - Kubke
really, really read: 6 a year. - Andrew Lang
Should this convo worry me and/or folks interested in the peer review process? How many papers of those folks *really* read are ones they have reviewed? (Perhaps they aren't counted in these estimates..) What level of reading should be taking place in the peer review process? - Carmen Drahl
None ... that's a separate list - Deepak Singh
Review requires a close reading, but I think everyone has done the same as Deepak and I, that is, considered the two separately. - Bill Hooker
Thanks for the input. I guess I was feeling sensitive this week because I just wrote about a prominent retraction where details in figures and supp info came under fire: http://pubs.acs.org/cen... - Carmen Drahl
Carmen, that's not to say that peer review actually *does* in practice what it is supposed to in theory; for instance, I suspect that many of the reviews I see as AE at PLoS ONE and BMCRN were written after skimming at best... - Bill Hooker
Sigh. That's a shame. But I'm not sure what to do about that as schedules get busier and journal articles to review get more numerous... - Carmen Drahl
I'm along the Miller/Saunders lines, not counting reviews though - Attila Csordas
600/150/30 = (skim,add to Mendeley / read & discuss > 1hr, add notes to Mendeley / read & re-read carefully, favorite in Mendeley) - Carl Boettiger
Interesting. We seem to be coming up with roughly similar numbers from a fair range of people. I wonder if we all understand the same thing by "close reading" (I suspect we do), and whether there is some kind of cognitive limit on how much of that kind of effort you can put out. - Bill Hooker
I don't know about cognitive limit, but time is certainly limiting. I'm skimming about one per day on average, discussing about 80, and reading and reviewing about 50 or so. - John Hogenesch
Well, I actually was including reviews in my numbers, but it wouldn't skew the numbers much. Bill - I read more web pages and less PDFs these days, maybe a tenth as many PDFs, but those I do read I read more thoroughly, so maybe 100/50 or thereabouts - Mr. Gunn
Y'all might be itnerested in King and Tenopir's work on how much scientists read, http://www.dlib.org/dlib... and http://www.dlib.org/dlib... and lots of others. - Joe
Ha, Joe! I was just coming back here to post that! http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media... Average researcher reads 250, apparently, mostly found via search & browsing, NOT citation graph (but that could partly be due to poor tools). - Mr. Gunn
Thanks for the link on the jisc article. Don't think I have seen this one before. - Joe
Andrew Su
Mark Traphagen
[WHAT IS]: FriendFeed (and what is it for)? An Introduction
I remember when I first logged in to FriendFeed (I joined at the launch of the beta version, so my comments will relate to that). My first thought was "What the heck is this and what can I do with it?" I was already an active Facebook and Twitter user (as well as a blogger). Why did I need yet another social web service? In this post I and other FF for Beginners Guides will try to answer those questions. - Mark Traphagen
DEFINITION: There are as many definitions of FF as there are users. In part that's because FF is so flexible and powerful, people use it for many different things. The "official" self-description of FF is "FriendFeed helps you discover and discuss interesting stuff that your friends and family find on the web." I would add another verb: "share." So in a nutshell, FF helps you SHARE-DISCOVER-DISCUSS. The unique power of FF is the way it allows you to blend and cross all three of those actions. - Mark Traphagen
1. SHARE: FriendFeed allows you to post things from the Internet (or your own thoughts & ideas) that you want to share with others. You can do this manually by simply typing a post into the blank at the top of your Home page. OR automate what you share here by giving FriendFeed access to any of the other social web or bookmarking services you use (HOW TO: http://beta.friendfeed.com/friendf...) - Mark Traphagen
2. DISCOVER: Browse your Home page feed and any Subscriptions or Filters you have for a never-ending cascade of stuff others on FriendFeed have found fun/interesting/helpful. The more subscriptions you have, the faster that waterfall flows (feed pages in beta FF now update in real time). You can make anything you see show up in your own public feed by either adding a comment to it (see below) or clicking "like" under the topic. - Mark Traphagen
3. DISCUSS: Here's where FF "one ups" other social web services: Virtually anything you see on FF can have a discussion attached to it. This begins when any user adds a comment to the post. You can join any discussion by clicking "comment" under the post description. TIP: To keep track of discussions in which you've participated, click the new "My Discussions" link in your Filters box. Discussed topics automatically rise to the top as new comments are added. - Mark Traphagen
That's the basics, but there is SO much more power to FriendFeed! Browse or search the topics in this group for more ideas. Perhaps my fellow guides will add their own "What is FriendFeed?" definitions below. - Mark Traphagen
I like this post, but would like it even better were it more concise, less chatty, more descriptive as to the differences between FF and some other, more widely talked-about social sites. Especially for those among us who thus far have abstained from joining by-and-large sophomoric "communities". [Typo? what typo]. - ianf ⌘
Thanks for the feedback, lanf. Typo corrected. This definition was "chatty" by design. My intention was to draw in those who, like myself at one time, feel overwhelmed by FriendFeed's seeming complexity. I wanted to create interest without being exhaustive, so I limited myself to the three things that are standout (to me) about FriendFeed. Sure, other social web locations allow you to "share, discover, & discuss," but the power of FF is the unique way it brings the three together. - Mark Traphagen
Might be a good idea, though, to create a post here that describes specific differences between FF and other services. In the meantime, if you're interested in that subject, FF fanatic Robert Scoble has hosted many active discussions here on how FF differs from Twitter and Facebook in particular. If you browse this filter: http://beta.friendfeed.com/search... you'll find some of them. - Mark Traphagen
I'll study it later, but for now made it into my own filter (as apparently there is no other way to share ready-mades among ourselves). - ianf ⌘
Thanks for the tutorial. I appreciated it. - timethief
Nice definition. I will add my voice for >4. BLOG, aggregate< .Please boost the blogging capabilities. That means, allow posting more text, allow some text formatting. Otherwise, this mixture you lay out here, is the success recipe for any social site out there - BOOKMARK, aggregate - IMPORT, aggregate - DISCUSS. I might add support for email sending via "em@emailaddress" in the post, and aggregation of discuss, where comments would also go to FB, Intense Debate, Disqus, or any other platform. - pb:
Heather Piwowar
Has anyone tried to count citations to an OpenWetWare page, or other open notebook science resource, using Scopus or Web of Science? Does it work? Tracking citations to datasets through DOIs not supported, for example. Working community doc welcomes your input: https://docs1.google.com/documen...
Deepak Singh
RT @emp: This plane is full of neuroscientists. The usual random plane chatter is all "mass spec", "GABA", "excitatory/inhibitory balance" instead.
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HHS report on adverse events in hospitals: 31% of adverse events related to mecdicatoins http://oig.hhs.gov/oei... - http://twitter.com/DrWitme...
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
FF has changed the way I think about librarians.
Me, too. - Rochelle
positively or negatively? heh - holly #ravingfangirl
Definitely positive. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I didn't know all that they know. I'm kind of intimidated. - Eric - Final Countdown
Yep. - Jenny from Android
Positive. I didn't know that librarians did anything other than stand at the check-out desk and check books in and out, and then put books back on the shelf when people returned them. And I'm not joking. I really had no idea until a year or two ago that they did anything else. - Rochelle
Also younger, hipper and better looking as a group than I'd previously thought. ;) - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
:) go us! or something. - holly #ravingfangirl
See? - Derrick
Are you running for Governor of FF? - Brent - Yes I am
And the folks Rochelle describes are not necessarily the librarians. They are usually the part-time clerical assistants. The real librarians are often mystical magicians behind the scenes ... Oh, @Kevin, did you see the nude librarians calendar? http://www.ala.org/ala... - Patricia F. Anderson
Oh, and the compendium of sexy librarians http://www.libraryjournal.com/article... - Patricia F. Anderson
If Derrick were my high school librarian, oh wow, it could have altered my path in life.... - Liza + = ?
Wait - What? - Brent - Yes I am
Library folk bring the boys and girls to the yard. And then organizes them. - ♫Maurice the Dolphin♫
LOL @ Mo. - Marianne
Carl Boettiger
colleague asks me: why is it that we reward only publications, as if the data was the easy step; and then refuse to share data, as if publication was the easy step?
Daniel Mietchen
Science as a wiki - proposal is shortlisted (as #89: Wissenschaft als Wiki) at #Wikimedia Deutschland contest (background via http://ff.im/qMUst ). - http://www.science3point0.com/coasped...
Science as a wiki - proposal is shortlisted (as #89: Wissenschaft als Wiki) at #Wikimedia Deutschland contest (background via http://ff.im/qMUst ).
You can vote for up to five projects via http://bit.ly/vote-89 . - Daniel Mietchen
Oooh! Nice! I hope I voted right, page insists I should know German... - Kubke
I tried to investigate the other entrants via google translate but it sgets a bit confusing so in the end, I just went to the spreadsheet https://spreadsheets0.google.com/viewfor... clicked 89 entered my name and email and just did it the quick way :) - science3point0
I am working on two blog posts covering (the entries to) the contest - one from the perspective of it being a public review of grant proposals, a model I would like to see more often in research as well - that post is being drafted at http://www.science3point0.com/writing... . The second post ( http://www.science3point0.com/writing... ) is to contain a brief comparison of the... more... - Daniel Mietchen
I should wear this shirt every Sunday.
Photo on 2010-11-14 at 09.40.jpg
I also must have lost weight...this didn't fit at the end of my Los Angeles days. Imagine that. Moving to New Orleans AND losing weight. - Derrick
That's awesome! (the shirt and the weight loss) - Katy S
I eat less, not because I'm trying to, but because school keeps me so damn busy. I did make a concerted effort to stop eating fast food and to cook at home; I bet that's a factor too. And thanks, Katy! - Derrick
I love it! My daughter is a tattoo artist. I am working on a new website for her ... - Patricia F. Anderson
Wired vs. Women: Too Much Objectification In Tech? - http://techland.com/2010...
Wired vs. Women: Too Much Objectification In Tech?
"On newsstands, December's cover of Wired magazine is a little hard to miss. Accompanying a piece on tissue engineering is a shot of a woman's cleavage. Slapped with the cover line, “100% Natural,” it's a visual (sexual) assault. In a struggling publishing industry, highly sexualized images of women have become so common that we've become suspect to otherwise respectable images. But thankfully, we're hardly subjected to those pesky decent images of women in American media… Two days ago, Cindy Royal scolded Wired in a blog post that's been cheered around the Web many times over. An assistant professor at Texas State University, Royal rebuked the magazine for its depiction of women as faceless, person-less beings. “A pair of breasts, no head, no rest of body… just boobs,” she wrote. “Sure it accompanied a story on tissue re-engineering, so what other possible way might you visually represent that, but with a pair of breasts? No other possible way?”" - Derrick from Bookmarklet
You can click through for the picture of the Wired cover. Moreover, thoughts? - Derrick
Wasn't the article about breasts? - iTad
I got news for ya - women aren't only objectified in tech. - Spidra Webster
The whole discussion quite rightly focuses on the point of the impact on recruiting diverse views and abilities into the profession. Basically, act like a chauvinist, and no one new will want to play with you. - Patricia F. Anderson
Iddo Friedberg
CACAO: Community Assessment of Community Annotation with Ontologies - http://bytesizebio.net/index...
pretty cool... - Andrew Su
Christina Pikas
public symposium on The Value of Shared Access and Reuse of Publicly Funded Scientific Data. The event is being organized by the National Research Council's Board on Research Data and Information, and will be held on the afternoon of December 1 in Washington, DC...
Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 2:00-4:15 p.m. 20 F Street Conference Center Conference Room B, 20 F Street, NW, Washington, DC - Christina Pikas
This symposium will examine some of the research, economic, and social benefits that can be derived from providing online access to publicly-funded scientific data, as well as how such benefits can be evaluated. The event will include presentations on the scientific data sharing and reuse policies of the federal government; compelling examples of the value of free online access and... more... - Christina Pikas
Moderator: Michael Lesk, Rutgers University and Board Chair Speakers: Interagency Working Group on Digital Data, OSTP (invited) Rod Atkinson and Jan Johansson, Congressional Research Service Neil S. Buckholtz, National Institute on Aging, NIH Carl Shapiro, U.S. Geological Survey Heather Joseph, SPARC Michael Carroll, Washington School of Law, American University Paul David, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Stanford University - Christina Pikas
via Joe Hourclé - Christina Pikas
it will be webcast, check that page for details - Christina Pikas
I'm waiting for the "download full understanding of presentation concept as understood by the presenter into my brain in 5-10 seconds" feature of webinars. There are so many that sound intersting, for which I do not have or cannot make time to watch in real-time / recorded - Aaron the Librarian
Do they mean THIS Paul David -- http://www.bepress.com/cas...? Way cool. - Bill Hooker
Mickey Schafer
The ecology of team science: understanding context... [Am J Prev Med. 2008] - PubMed result - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed...
abstract: Increased public and private investments in large-scale team science initiatives over the past two decades have underscored the need to better understand how contextual factors influence the effectiveness of transdisciplinary scientific collaboration. Toward that goal, the findings from four distinct areas of research on team performance and collaboration are reviewed: (1) social psychological and management research on the effectiveness of teams in organizational and institutional settings; (2) studies of cyber-infrastructures (i.e., computer-based infrastructures) designed to support transdisciplinary collaboration across remote research sites; (3) investigations of community-based coalitions for health promotion; and (4) studies focusing directly on the antecedents, processes, and outcomes of scientific collaboration within transdisciplinary research centers and training programs. The empirical literature within these four domains reveals several contextual circumstances... more... - Mickey Schafer
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