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Open Laboratory 2008 – last call for submissions, but I’ll just take your comments

Science blogging is becoming a fairly large entity, if you haven’t noticed. NPG alone sponsors seventeen of them. Launched in January 2006, Scienceblogs.com has had over 50,000 posts and 555,000 comments on 66 blogs. This is a good thing for both the general public and for science, as again the internet proves its worth by easily bringing together populations of people who may have only rarely mixed otherwise.  Read more

Notes from Action Potential’s far-flung correspondents

Well, it’s the last day of the meeting and time to start sharing what you have learned. I invite all SfN attendees to comment on an interesting talk, poster, experience, etc… that they had or saw at the meeting. I’d like to take advantage of this forum to get an interesting discussion going regarding anything from specific research findings, science policy, or gossip. Questions are also welcome. To get the ball rolling, I am going to repeat a comment here that was submitted under the previous blog entry, from Dmitry:  … Read more

CSHL neuroscience is shrinking

Although the Watson scandal was more public and hit faster, there has been another crisis brewing at CSHL for going on a year now that has been discussed in whispers at meetings and through emails, but let’s organize all of these free associations and questions into a single place and ask the big question:  … Read more

Paranoia in research – justified or not?

I just returned from attending my second Gordon Research Conference in two months and I am surprised by what I have seen and heard. Or should I be? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) were started in the 1920’s by Dr. Neil Gordon of Johns Hopkins University as a means to foster direct communication between scientists working in specific disciplines. The “spirit” of the GRC was to present unpublished data, making the meeting a cutting edge presentation of the latest and best findings from top laboratories. These days, one is considered a cavalier presenter if your talk includes data that are mere days from being accepted for publication, let alone including novel findings that are provocative, but may not as of yet be fully developed, and nowhere near ready for submission to a journal.  Read more

The stem cell debate continues…

Let’s move the debate from an earlier thread in a different direction, as I am getting a bit bored by that discussion. By the way, for those keeping score, Dr. Condic’s response to the editorial in question was published in the July issue of Nature Neuroscience, and went live today.  Read more