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New books from NPG and Palgrave

Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World is the title of a new book by Eugenie Samuel Reich. The book tells the story of Jan Hendrick Schön ‘s discovery of a plastic that worked as a superconductor – hailed as a scientific triumph before revelations that his discoveries were fake. (See here for Nature’s editorial about the journal’s retraction of seven papers by Schön.) This book analyses the fraud and considers pressures that force unscrupulous behaviour from science’s rising stars.  Read more

Eppendorf and Nature announce 2009 young European investigator award

The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators is presented to young scientists for outstanding achievements in the field of biomedical research based on methods of molecular biology. The award is presented in partnership with the scientific journal Nature. Last year’s winner was Simon Boulton of Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute, for his work on genome instability and cancer. A list of previous winners is available here. The deadline for applications for the 2009 award is 30 June, and details of how to apply can be found at Eppendorf’s website. Applications must include a title summarizing the submitted work, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, PDFs of up to three of the candidate’s published papers, and a 300-word (maximum) essay summarizing the submitted papers.  Read more

NPG announces Lipidomics Gateway

Nature Publishing Group is pleased to announce the launch of the Lipidomics Gateway – a free, comprehensive resource for researchers interested in lipid biology. The site enables users to stay abreast of developments each month from across the field, and explore the rich information collections, tools and resources from the LIPID MAPS consortium. Each month it is updated with specially written content from Nature Publishing Group editors, including research highlights, news, events and a growing research library.  Read more

Nature debate: racing to the moon

Four decades after the first Moon landings (Apollo 11 on 16 July 1969), the original space-racers have been joined by China, India, South Korea, even Nigeria. Why do we still need manned missions? Does human space exploration need countries to cooperate, or does it benefit from the oxygen of international conflict and mistrust? Join a lively debate on the Moon and beyond at London’s premier new arts venue – Kings Place – on 11 May 2009.  Read more

Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid at the AACR annual meeting

Hear the experts speak about the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid, tools and resources — including the National Cancer Institute-Nature Pathway Interaction Database — at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting in Denver on Monday 20 April 2009. The Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid session starts at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by demonstrations of tools. Two Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) sessions will be held on Tuesday afternoon. All the sessions will be targeted at bench researchers. Further details are available here.  Read more

Conference on genetics and genomics of infectious diseases

Classical and emerging infectious diseases, viral pandemics, and drug-resistant pathogens remain challenges to human health. However, contemporary advances in genetics and genomic technologies provide new approaches to understanding and combating these diseases. The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) are partnering with Nature Publishing Group (NPG) to organize an international conference to discuss how the genomes, unique biologies, and interactions of both host and pathogen are being revealed using novel genomic technologies, and how this information can and will translate into disease management and therapies. This conference, from 21 to 24 March 2009, at the Ritz Carlton Millenia Hotel, Singapore, will engage basic and clinical scientists, including human geneticists, genome scientists, computational biologists, and experts in pathogenic microbial agents, to chart the effects of genomics on questions in global infectious disease management.  Read more

Notes from the Voyage at Second Life

To help celebrate two notable anniversaries this year which I assume you have not missed (Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of first publication of On The Origin of Species), the Elucian Islands in Second Life will play host to its very first interactive game, Notes from the Voyage, tomorrow (Wednesday 25 February 2009).  Read more

Happy first birthday to SciBX

SciBX (Science-Business Exchange) is a year old, and executive editor Gaspar Taroncher-Oldenburg describes the publication’s progress in an editorial in the current (February) issue (SciBX 2, doi:10.1038/scibx.2009.167). SciBX is mapping the translational space in depth, based on the collaboration between Nature Publishing Group and BioCentury to identify science with commercial potential and to describe the work required to complete the transition from bench to bedside. Gaspar writes:  … Read more

Digital lives research conference, this Monday 9 February

Make personal history and come to the first Digital Lives Research Conference. The Digital Lives Research Project is hosting a conference starting on Monday 9 February 2009, and continuing until Wednesday 11 February, at the British Library in London. The aim is to explore a wide range of aspects of digital lives and the curation of personal digital archives in a collaborative conference bringing together researchers, professionals, creators and the digital public.  Read more