I’m constantly tweeting links to articles about science, technology, and MMA that I find interesting. It occurred to me that it might be useful to collect them in one place at the end of the week. Have you read (or written!) anything interesting recently? Please share in the comments!
>This 34 million year old fossil frog is so well preserved that you can actually see its face!
>What is the minimum evidence necessary to demonstrate evolution? A great post by Adam Van Arsdale.
>In other goofball news, results from the “Bigfoot Genome Project” are now available for us to read. In the words of @medickinson, “This is why peer review!” As a companion piece, I suggest you read “Why Bigfoot is unlikely only if you know what unlikely means. “In science, the kind of evidence matters; all unlikelihoods are not created equal.”
>Every scientist I know is talking about this right now: A science reporter decided to test the peer review process of open access journals by submitting bogus papers to them…and it was accepted by 159 journals. If you’re a scientist or interested in science at all, you should be reading Retraction Watch regularly. It’s a fantastic blog.
>On the lack of women in science. (H/T to @godfreeworld for the link.) Related: There are huge problems with representation of women scientists in the popular media. I will probably be writing something more extensive on this subject soon.
>To balance that out with some good news, Marvel and Natalie Portman are launching a contest to encourage girls interested in STEM careers to find mentors. Fantastic.
>On a more technical note, if you’re trying to learn how to analyze Next Generation sequencing data (or do NGS in the lab), SEQanswers is an incredible resource. Many thanks to the members for sharing their expertise so freely (and saving my sanity right now).
And finally, here is a 7 year old Charles Darwin (via @TFN)
Happy Friday, everyone!!