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Jet-lag? Blame your body's clock
02/05/2018
Jet-lag? Blame your body's clock

Jet-lag? Blame your body's clock

Plants, animals and humans are adapted to Earth's rotationFor many years we have known that living organisms, including humans, have an internal biological clock that helps them anticipate and adapt to the regular rhythm of the day. For example, the

An online review of a preprint, written by students. Welcome to the future! Check out https://www.prereview.org/ and con...
02/02/2018
A CRISPR screening approach for identifying novel autophagy-related factors and cytoplasm-to-lysosome trafficking routes

An online review of a preprint, written by students. Welcome to the future! Check out https://www.prereview.org/ and contribute your journal clubs online!

This report was prepared by Vienna Biocenter Summer Class 2017 PhD students as a part of their Priming Your PhD training. Please see the instructors and participating students’ names at the end of the review. Shoemaker et al. performed a systematic

The journal of Sketching Science, a new type of publication powered by Authorea, has published its first article! Learn ...
02/02/2018
Jet-lag? Blame your body's clock

The journal of Sketching Science, a new type of publication powered by Authorea, has published its first article! Learn more at sketchingscience.org

Plants, animals and humans are adapted to Earth's rotationFor many years we have known that living organisms, including humans, have an internal biological clock that helps them anticipate and adapt to the regular rhythm of the day. For example, the

02/01/2018
Building a functional connectome of the Drosophila central complex

"Here, we present an extensive functional connectome of Drosophila melanogaster's central complex at cell-type resolution. Using simultaneous optogenetic stimulation and GCaMP recordings and pharmacology, we tested the connectivity between over 70 presynaptic-to-postsynaptic cell-type pairs."

The central complex is a highly conserved insect brain region composed of morphologically stereotyped neurons that arborize in distinctively shaped substructures. The region has been implicated in a wide range of behaviors, including navigat

Excited to announce The Journal of Sketching Science! A new publication created by Sketching Science and powered by Auth...
01/31/2018
Introducing the Journal of Sketching Science

Excited to announce The Journal of Sketching Science! A new publication created by Sketching Science and powered by Authorea.

Social networks have made it easy for people to access scientific discoveries. However, social networks have also facilitated the proliferation of pseudoscience, scientific skepticism and conspiracy theories. We believe

"With the right metrics, incentives, and tools, researchers could finally utilize a system of their own, one that would ...
01/30/2018
What the future of research writing and publishing could look like

"With the right metrics, incentives, and tools, researchers could finally utilize a system of their own, one that would advance research at an accelerated rate."

Research writing and publishing is broken. Hyperbole you say? Perhaps, but I am not sure how else to describe a system where I could have a child faster than I could formally publish a research paper \cite{Björk2013}. A system where I can no longer ac

"The sample of 776 published articles with preprints was matched to 3647 published articles without preprints. Published...
01/29/2018
Altmetric Scores, Citations, and Publication of Studies Posted as Preprints | Medical Journals and Publishing | JAMA | The JAMA Network

"The sample of 776 published articles with preprints was matched to 3647 published articles without preprints. Published articles with preprints had significantly higher Altmetric scores than published articles without preprints (median, 9.5 [IQR, 3.1 to 35.3] vs 3.5 [IQR, 0.8 to 12.2], respectively; between-group difference, 4 [IQR, 0 to 15]; P < .001) and received more citations (median, 4 [IQR, 1 to 10] vs 3 [IQR, 1 to 7]; between-group difference, 1 [IQR, −1 to 5]; P < .001)."

This study describes views, downloads, Altmetric scores, and citations of articles published as preprints and differences in Altmetric scores and citations of p

Open hardware for random access plate storage
01/08/2018
Open hardware for random access plate storage

Open hardware for random access plate storage

AbstractWe describe a design that uses 3D printed parts and off-the-shelf components to create an inexpensive system for automated storage and retrieval of microplates. In this way, a robotic system for storage of 24 plates can be built for less than

How the lignin-first biorefinery strategy unfolded
01/06/2018
How the lignin-first biorefinery strategy unfolded

How the lignin-first biorefinery strategy unfolded

This article is the backstory behind: S. Van den Bosch, W. Schutyser, B.F. Sels, et al., Reductive lignocellulose fractionation into soluble lignin-derived phenolic monomers and dimers and processable carbohydrate pulps \cite{Bosch2015}.

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01/04/2018

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"Günter Ziegler, a mathematician at the Free University of Berlin and a member of the consortium's negotiating team, sa...
01/04/2018
Germany vs Elsevier: universities win temporary journal access after refusing to pay fees

"Günter Ziegler, a mathematician at the Free University of Berlin and a member of the consortium's negotiating team, says that German researchers have the upper hand in the negotiations. 'Most papers are now freely available somewhere on the Internet, or else you might choose to work with preprint versions,' he says. 'Clearly our negotiating position is strong. It is not clear that we want or need a paid extension of the old contracts.'"

Scientists in Germany can still read journals even though institutions there have not renewed their subscriptions.

"In my opinion, it is one of the greatest flaws in our current system that we lock away such academic discussion about r...
01/02/2018
PREreview: Get it done sooner to avoid double review | University Affairs

"In my opinion, it is one of the greatest flaws in our current system that we lock away such academic discussion about research by restricting it to a meeting room with tiny groups of people – I hope that in my lifetime as an academic this can change."

David Kent recounts the highs and lows of his journal club's first pre-review experience.

" It was a hard but productive year. I am thankful for having such wonderful colleagues, trainees, mentors, and patients...
01/01/2018
Faltas Lab 2017 Year in Review

" It was a hard but productive year. I am thankful for having such wonderful colleagues, trainees, mentors, and patients who make this journey worthwhile."

2017 has been a really exciting year that was full of momentous events for the Faltas Lab. These were some highlights from last year:The Faltas Lab came into existence at Weill-Cornell in 2017 ( officially only a month ago). We are one of only a few

"The critical event that eventually led to the first of my meta-analysis papers on genetic rescue occurred in February 2...
12/22/2017
Backstory of: Genetic rescue of small inbred populations: meta-analysis reveals large and consistent benefits of gene flow

"The critical event that eventually led to the first of my meta-analysis papers on genetic rescue occurred in February 2007"

The critical event that eventually led to the first of my meta-analysis papers on genetic rescue occurred in February 2007 at a book writing session on the second edition of “Introduction to Conservation Genetics” \citep{Frankham} at Jonathan Ballou’s

" I will intentionally avoid going into significant detail concerning why in vitro meat can be beneficial and rather tur...
12/12/2017
The Science Behind Lab-Grown Meat

" I will intentionally avoid going into significant detail concerning why in vitro meat can be beneficial and rather turn my focus on explaining the details of how it can be done, as well as dive into common questions and misconceptions surrounding the technology."

note: This material is copied from a blog post from March 15, 2017, which can be additionally viewed here: https://elliot-swartz.squarespace.com/science-related/invitromeat. IntroductionThe idea of meat consumption without the need of animals has been

Write, cite, PREPRINT :)
12/10/2017
Open hardware for random access plate storage

Write, cite, PREPRINT :)

AbstractWe describe a design that uses 3D printed parts and off-the-shelf components to create an inexpensive system for automated storage and retrieval of microplates. In this way, a robotic system for storage of 24 plates can be built for less than

12/09/2017
Authorea Groups

Authorea groups allow you to create your own publication easily and for free. Have a unique idea for how research could be better communicated? Start a group! There are groups for science comics, journal clubs, classrooms, and more! authorea.com/groups

Woof, there it is!
12/08/2017
Three Scientific Papers With Pets as Authors 🐾

Woof, there it is!

The majority of the world's population has not and will not ever publish a scientific paper. That fact is even more true for pets. Yes, dogs, cats, hamsters. Pets. Surprisingly, however, there are papers with pets as authors. Here's a selection of thr

12/07/2017
Science's data secrecy problem

Our take on #opendata.

A surprising amount of publicly funded research data stays private. How could that change?

Lecture notes on Authorea? Yes, we do that:"In this lecture we will start to put atoms together to build simple molecule...
12/06/2017
Lecture 14 - Diatomic molecules

Lecture notes on Authorea? Yes, we do that:

"In this lecture we will start to put atoms together to build simple molecules."

In this lecture we will start to put atoms together to build simple molecules. We will first use the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, to eliminate slow processes from the study of the fast electron dynamics. Then, we will study simple mechanisms of bin

"If you took a group of academics right now and asked them to create a new system of publishing, nobody would suggest wh...
12/03/2017
It's Gonna Get a Lot Easier to Break Science Journal Paywalls

"If you took a group of academics right now and asked them to create a new system of publishing, nobody would suggest what we're currently doing,"

Scientific search engines are the Napster of academic papers—and they're only getting more powerful.

"Do English players command higher wages than non-English players in the Premier League?"
11/19/2017
Explaining Premier League Wage Differentials by Nationality

"Do English players command higher wages than non-English players in the Premier League?"

Do English players command higher wages than non-English players in the Premier League? This paper aims to analyze the presence of nationality-based employer discrimination in football wage-setting, using a regression model based on data from SoF

"All these factors suggest that the credibility of the economics literature may be even worse than what we have estimate...
11/16/2017
The Power of Bias in Economics Research

"All these factors suggest that the credibility of the economics literature may be even worse than what we have estimated from 159 meta-analyses"

We investigate two critical dimensions of the credibility of empirical economics research: statistical power and bias. We survey 159 empirical economics literatures that draw upon 64,076 estimates of economic...

“A worried mother does better research than the FBI."
11/16/2017
Open Access for Quality of Life and Partnership in Care

“A worried mother does better research than the FBI."

My son Zach, now 16, is an n=1. Something I never thought could happen until he was four and a half and we sat at the medical genetics office and received his undiagnosis. The symptoms he had, t

"Although the break-neck speed of innovation in science and technology make these very exciting times, we are also facin...
11/16/2017
Modelling Scientific Publication Landscape with Linked Data Reactor

"Although the break-neck speed of innovation in science and technology make these very exciting times, we are also facing serious bottlenecks when it comes to communicating scientific and technical knowledge. Due to their inefficient nature, the current scientific communication tools— lectures, scientific papers, and data— make research and education agonizingly slow processes (Olah 2017)."

This report documents the design and prototype of an application built as part of the project 'Knowledge Flows in Interdisciplinary Research' of VU Network Institute. This application combines various data sources into linked data using an ontology, s

Question: What can you do with groups on Authorea? Answer: A lot!authorea.com/groups
11/15/2017

Question: What can you do with groups on Authorea?

Answer: A lot!

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Complex science explained using only the "ten hundred" most common words.
11/15/2017
Make sick people better again

Complex science explained using only the "ten hundred" most common words.

My work is about two types of studies. In one study we look at cells from a normal person and a sick person. We find out what is different between them. In the other study we look at many possible ways to make a person better again. You can not buy mo

"Great tools based on state-of-the-art algorithms often go unused and unnoticed - great science gets ‘hidden’ in the...
11/14/2017
Folding, Funding and Phyre - a tool-building quest to solve one of the biggest problems in science.

"Great tools based on state-of-the-art algorithms often go unused and unnoticed - great science gets ‘hidden’ in the hands of a few people competing intensely over small absolute changes in accuracy using programs designed for no one but the developers."

HistoryI decided to be a scientist when I was 7 years old after watching Carl Sagan on TV talk about neutron stars. By 16 I discovered the protein folding problem: a disarmingly simply stated problem whose solution lay at the heart of everything in bi

Paywalls seem to piss a lot of people off. This is currently going viral. Share if you care!
11/13/2017
65 out of the 100 most cited papers are paywalled.

Paywalls seem to piss a lot of people off. This is currently going viral. Share if you care!

The web was built specifically to share research papers amongst scientists. Despite this being the first goal of the modern web, most research is still published behind a paywall. We have recently highlighted famous math papers that reside behind a pa

11/13/2017

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