Category Archives: Science

Other Voices, Other Blogs: ScienceDebate.org

Curious about presidential candidate’s position on science issues?  So are the National Academies, the Council on Competitiveness and a host of professional and academic groups, which created the web site ScienceDebate.org.  The site hosts “Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s answers … Continue reading

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Misconduct Taints Retracted Research Study Finds

Misconduct Widespread in Retracted Science Papers, Study Finds Carl Zimmer New York Times, October 1, 2012 A recent study of retracted articles in biomedical publications finds misconduct as the primary reason in three-quarters of the articles reviewed.  The authors of … Continue reading

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The Redwood from 50 Million Years B.C.

50-Million-Year-Old Redwood Chunk Found in Diamond Mine Megan Gannon, News Editor LiveScience.com – Fri, Sep 21, 2012 Despite the infinitesimal amount of paleontological evidence left on earth providing a clear picture of early life forms, surprises continue to pop up.  … Continue reading

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Other Voices, Other Blogs: Wired’s GeekDad

As a father of a teen- and soon-to-be-teen geek, I take my responsibility as a nurturing force in their lives serious.  I want my kids to have fun and learn, so visiting Wired.com’s GeekDad blog is a daily ritual of … Continue reading

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Assessing the Job Market for Science PhDs

Is a Science Ph.D. a Waste of Time? By Daniel Lametti Slate.com – Aug. 31,2012 Simply put: No.  Despite a recent spate of news on the lack of opportunities for science doctorates, the author shows that while jobs in academia … Continue reading

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Evaluating Google Scholar

“Scholarish: Google Scholar and its Value to the Sciences” Jerry Grey & Others Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship Summer 2012 When it comes to searching online, Google dominates like no other. So when Google Scholar came along in 2004, … Continue reading

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College Degrees at Record Levels

U.S. Bachelor Degree Rate Passes Milestone By Richard Perez-Pena New York Times, February 23, 2012 Good news everyone. Recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau reports thirty percent of adults over the age of 25 have at least a bachelors … Continue reading

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Library Service – Research Consultations

Whether you’re starting a research project or stuck somewhere in the middle, sometimes you need a nudge (or several) in the right direction.  The library offers a Research Consultation service to students, staff and faculty to aid with researching in-depth … Continue reading

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Researchers Boycott Elsevier Journals

Mathematicians Organize Boycott of a Publisher By Thomas Lin New York Times – February 13, 2012 As many of you might know, the issue of open access and journal publishers making money from unpaid authors has been a contentious issue … Continue reading

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Hot Laser Makes for Cool Science

Atomic inner-shell X-ray laser at 1.46 nanometres pumped by an X-ray free-electron laser Nature – January 26, 2012 In this week’s issue of the journal Nature, a group of scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory report the development of … Continue reading

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