For the week ending 9/23/11. Happy reading!
- Thursday’s comic, from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Yes, I’m starting it off all serious-like with a webcomic about ideas that are “just theories.” Don’t miss the red-button bonus panel (mouse over the red button on the lower left).
- One injection makes you older …, from the Scicurious Brain. Speaking of mice, this is INSANE. An excellent walk-through of a recent study where they hooked together the bloodstreams of old and young mice to track down some of the pathways of aging.
- Internet Ruffles Pricey Scholarly Journals, from the NY Times. A solid introduction to open-access academic publishing. I’ve always been a fan of open-access publishing (though there are definitely kinks to work out). It’s open source for the academic world (and I am typing this using several layers of open source software). Now that I’m no longer affiliated with a university, though, I value open-access material even more.
- When do you fact-check article content with sources?, from Take as Directed. There’s a great discussion in the comments. My own experience is that some sources are pushy about fact-checking with them, but not most. I sometimes try to run a paraphrase of my article content by sources when I’m worried I’m misrepresenting something (if I have time … which is rare). I’ve only had one source try to edit his quotes after the fact, and to change my grammar to ALL passive voice. No, sorry source, I am not writing an academic article. Sigh.