A closed beta pilot commenting system for PubMed rumbled into life in Bethesda, USA on Tuesday morning (22 Oct 2013). Here’s a personal (very biased) selection from the stream of blogging and more than 1,500 tweets in the first few days.
Pieces of information, disputed and not, can be woven very quickly into competing explanatory narratives. Press the right buttons, then it can be lightning fast to order them into a line leading to this or
There’s something wonderful about those art forms that can bypass our adult selves and touch the child inside us. Sand art has that in spades. Its family members include building sand castles, but the kind I
Are researchers’ dogs eating a lot of their homework? Well, yesterday afternoon at the quadrennial medical editors’ scientific meeting in Chicago, we found out they kinda are. Timothy Vines and colleagues did a study on
Yesterday’s uplifting emphasis at the quadrennial medical editors’ scientific meeting was bad research (“Bad research rising”). This morning’s motivational agenda focused on measuring some of the main techniques for jazzing up research results. It started
What do the editors of medical journals talk about when they get together? So far today, it’s been a fascinating but rather grim mixture of research that can’t be replicated, dodgy authorship, plagiarism and duplicate
It’s one of the world’s most used websites – there are more than 20 billion page views a month. That’s hard to fathom, isn’t it? But right now, don’t try to: just dip into this
It’s easy to see a “cause and effect” relationship where there isn’t one. Or overlook one that should be as plain as daylight. Sometimes, these errors are dramatic. And when scientists make them, a lot