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The Life Scientists

The Life Scientists

A room for all the life science types on FriendFeed (and everyone we've co-opted). Topics tend to focus on bioinformatics and computational biology, but discussion from any area in biological sciences is welcome. Try not to spam and if you are associated with a service (and most don't know that), please say so.
"There is no time for anything inessential". Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer
"I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. (...) My generation is on the way out, and each death I have felt as an abruption, a tearing away of part of myself. There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death. I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. (...) Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure." - Amira
Such a heartbreaking yet inspirational article. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Natalia Norori
Check this interesting article on Paperity, the first multidisciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers. This is a clinical case of induced meningitis, definitely worth the read:
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Thank you for helping our lab crowdfund a technician's salary to boost research into a #raredisease. ; cf Updates
Eric Jain
"You’re not allowed bioinformatics anymore" on Hacker News:
Ruchira S. Datta
Simple, tasty, quick, and all the ingredients are easy to obtain. In 884 calories, I get 100% of the recommended nutrients except Vitamin C, fiber, and calories, which I can easily get by eating fruits and vegetables the rest of the day.
Ingredients: farina, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and either skim milk or poppy seeds. - Ruchira S. Datta
Fwd: What are dreams trying to tell us?It has been suggested that dreams are osme kind of mixture made up from originally unconnected information from different areas of the brain. Read More (via
What are dreams trying to tell us?It has been suggested that dreams are osme kind of mixture made up from originally unconnected information from different areas of the brain. Read More
Richard P Grant
Post-publication peer review
What does that phrase mean to you? - Richard P Grant
Either people trying to replicate your results, or discussing(gossiping about) your work at a conference. - Mr. Gunn
PLoS One - Björn Brembs
blogs - pn
critical comments from peers after publication that are easily retrievable by anyone - Pedro Beltrao
pre-publication peer review made open, encouraging post-publication review to keep up - Yaroslav Nikolaev
needless to say one needs infrastructure for maintaining both =) - Yaroslav Nikolaev
Does your work get cited, and is the citer ripping it to shreds? - Donnie Berkholz
ideally, mechanisms like the comments at PLoS (except, you know, actually with people contributing reviews) - Chris Miller
+1 PLoS ONE. - Bill Hooker
What a fascinating question and answers. Is that a formal term? I would say letters to the editor in the journal in which the article appeared. And then inclusion in a formal meta-analysis down the road. - Hope Leman
I don't know if it's a formal term. That's part of why I asked! - Richard P Grant
Ha, well I am glad you asked the question Richard as this is an interesting discussion. My question for Paulo would be, “But how much authority and gravitas do blogs have?” How does come into play, here? And Twitter retweeting of the paper? I would be interested in what Michael Nielsen would have to say here. - Hope Leman
When I said blog, I was thinking of Research Blogging. You can build a reputation to your blog based on the kind of post-reviews you make and the discussions you generate. It's quite easy to separate the wheat from the chaff, and find out who are the best "authorities" in each field and whho are the nutjobs. Of course is not a perfect model, but anywhere you find "star-bloggers" that are bad and survive on some kind of "streetcred" they accumulated before. - pn
Michael Nielsen seems to have that sort of reputation. - Hope Leman
For physics yes, what about life sciences? - pn
I am new to the subject of Science 2.0, but he seems like a thought leader in Science 2.0 to me, speaking as a medical library person. He is erudite and well versed on many subjects beyond physics seems to me. - Hope Leman
Science 2.0 and Web 2.0 are fad, a hype. - pn
But Paulo--aren't Friendfeed and this room and the above conversation Science 2.0 in action? - Hope Leman
Eric Jain
Structural Genomics Song:
Ruchira S. Datta
Cameron Neylon
The entire future history of scholarly communications has already been dissected and discussed on Friendfeed. Unfortunately the search function doesn't work so future generations of developers are fated to repeat all of those mistakes. Discuss.
The above is just a restatement of who does and doesn't get into the history books. Discuss. *g* - RepoRat
Yes, well welcome to being ahead of your time...I can't help but feel I may have said that to you circa 2009 anyway... - Cameron Neylon
Search works intermittently, and it search intermittent time periods. A recent search would find recent things, then items from 2011 and earlier. - Joe
I know. Once search works, I will print out ALL of friendfeed. - Joe
JScholar Open Access Increasing Knowledge of HIV Transmission: An Important Ingredient in HIV Risk Reduction among Young African American Women Attending Community...
Ruchira S. Datta
ravinaik How does the Sun's energy reach us?Did you know that only a small portion of the Sun's energy- just one thousandth just of one millionth part- actually reaches the Earth as light and heat? The Sun acts like a massive nuclear plant radiating energy into space, but most of...
Why is the history of electric light fascinating?For thousands of years, people all over the world have been fascinating by lightning. In 1752, a genius named Benjamin Franklin conducted an experiment to prove that lightning was caused by electricity. Throughout the next hundred years, many...
This week, I tell you about four wonderful books; one each about the human placenta, the science of champagne, New World warblers and JK Rowling's new murder mystery
[THIS your brain on "God". Say NO to "God".] Science Daily God as a drug: The rise of American megachurches ~ American megachurches use stagecraft, sensory pageantry, charismatic leadership and an upbeat, unchallenging vision of Christianity to provide their congregants with a powerful emotional religious experience -
[THIS your brain on "God". Say NO to "God".] Science Daily God as a drug: The rise of American megachurches ~ American megachurches use stagecraft, sensory pageantry, charismatic leadership and an upbeat, unchallenging vision of Christianity to provide their congregants with a powerful emotional religious experience
God as a Drug: The Rise of American Megachurches ScienceDaily (Aug. 19, 2012) — American megachurches use stagecraft, sensory pageantry, charismatic leadership and an upbeat, unchallenging vision of Christianity to provide their congregants with a powerful emotional religious experience, according to research from the University of Washington. "Membership in megachurches is one of the leading ways American Christians worship these days, so, therefore, these churches should be understood," said James Wellman, associate professor of American religion at the University of Washington. "Our study shows that -- contrary to public opinion that tends to pass off the megachurch movement as consumerist religion -- megachurches are doing a pretty effective job for their members. In fact, megachurch members speak eloquently of their spiritual growth." Wellman and co-authors Katie E. Corcoran and Kate Stockly-Meyerdirk, University of Washington graduate students in sociology and comparative... more... - sofarsoShawn from Bookmarklet
Megachurches, or churches with 2,000 or more congregants, have grown in number, size, and popularity in recent years, coming to virtually dominate the American religious landscape. More than half of all American churchgoers now attend the largest 10 percent of churches. Megachurch services feature a come-as-you-are atmosphere, rock music, and what Wellman calls a "multisensory mélange"... more... - sofarsoShawn
Christianity + rock concert + laser light show=Sundays at Megachurches. - Chris Topher
Lol well Megadeath's lead singer "came out" recently as Christian evangelical homophobe so that sounds equation is correct :) - sofarsoShawn from iPhone
Sounds like they need a designated driver system to get all these people drunk on holy spiritus home. - Eivind
lol best keep off the roads today - sofarsoShawn from iPhone
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GrrlScientist This is an engaging, informative and beautifully illustrated field guide, the first ever published to focus on England's endangered bryophytes
A hot-off-the-presses SCIENCE study analyses historic and modern data gathered from around the world and finds a link between global warming and increased human violence
Ruchira S. Datta
Sign up for the American Cancer Society's CPS3 Cancer Prevention Study, if you are age 30-65 and have never had cancer.
Ruchira S. Datta
Egon Willighagen
Last day for people in south NL to register for the EBI Roadshow, diXa tutorial, and generally meet WikiPathway people
Stephen Asante
Ruchira S. Datta
At Stanford's Li Ka Shing Center for Big Data in Biomedicine Power & wifi willing, will liveblog here:
Happy to announce that the figshare Mac and Linux Desktop Uploaders have been released: #openscience #opendata #openaccess
Assembled Tree of Life :: David Hillis, Derrick Zwickl and Robin Gutell analyzed small sub-unit rRNA sequences sampled from about 3,000 species -
See the beautiful tattoo visualization via Monica Quast, who is a Ph.D. student at the University of Campinas, Brazil, working on bivalve phylogeography. The organisms depicted are (going clockwise): a cyanobacterium, a foraminiferan, 3 diatoms, an oak leaf and acorn, a Spirogyra cell, a red cage fungus, a stauromedusa, a nautilus, a tardigrade, an ophiuroid, and a badger. \\ At first biologists could draw only small trees, typically with a dozen branches at most. They were held back by the fact that a group of species may possibly be related in many different ways. If a biologist adds more species to a group, the possibilities explode. For 80 species, there are more trees than there are atoms in the known universe. Simply comparing every single tree would be impossible. Fortunately, mathematicians developed statistical methods for searching quickly through potential trees to find the ones that do the best job of explaining all the evidence. - Adriano
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