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Best of Nature Network 29 – 5 February


This week the unwelcome news of a level 5 hurricane, Cyclone Yasi, was the dramatic topic for our Australian based blogger, Linda Lin, who anticipated the event in her blog post: University of Queensland’s Flooding and Two Cyclones to hit the North

UPDATE The larger cyclone, Yasi, is going to hit Northern Queensland at midnight, Feb 3/2011. It’s been upgraded to Category 5, severe tropical cyclone, which equates to a full-on hurricane. Gale force winds expected to travel at up to 280 km/hr, diameter of 500 km (Further updates: According to the Australian it’s going to be bigger than Hurricane Katrina. The Sun Herald also did simulation projections of Yasi over other continents and countries.Live Coverage on the cyclones can be followed at new.com.au. Good Luck Queensland :S )


Women in science is proving to be a popular topic at the moment. This year on Of Schemes and Memes we plan to provide more editorial content in the form of overview and discussion pieces and we kicked this off with a summary of Women in Science – where are we now? The editorial considers some recent blog posts, events and campaigns, as well as reflecting on relevant archive material. Tuning into this theme, Nicolas Fanget has been considering 50 & 100 years ago in Nature: discrimination against women in his blog post, highlighting the fact that women still receive fewer scholarly awards than men.

PhDs are hard work

This week Richard Williams has been asking questions about managing his time during his PhD, in his post, How Many Plates can you Spin/Balls can you Juggle.

I know that ‘juggling’ is a great life skill to develop, especially for my future life as a scientist and academic, but am wondering how I may ‘fast-track’ my education in acquiring such skills?

Some excellent suggestions for time management have been made in his comment thread.

Meanwhile MuKa, who is also studying for a PhD, seems to have been working very hard, after revealing his defining moment with some exquisite brain scans.

I’ll leave you now with a significant brain-blob. An exclamation mark to the person who knows the brain region at the cross hairs?


Learning more about Nature

Ann-Marie Hodge discusses how Golden Jackal Subspecies are actually the First True African Wolf.

The results are fascinating and exciting: the researchers found that C. a. lupaster was indeed more similar to the gray wolf, C. lupus, than to the golden jackal, C. aureus, meaning that these animals have been classified as members of the wrong species for quite some time.

Moving on to a smaller creature, GrrlScientist discusses in her latest post, The hot and cold of butterfly dancing how environmental temperatures may affect the development and behavioural expressions of the butterfly, Bicyclus anynana.

Hub News

Joanna Scott has been recommending events in the San Franscisco blog. This week she suggests you pop down and see Brian Malow, a comedian and regular fixture at science festivals, at the Punch Line Comedy Club on Wednesday, February 9th.

While Matt Brown, our London blogger, asks have you Got Photos Of Scientific London? with a reminder that we have nearly 300 images in our collection and are always on the look out for more. So if you have any science-related images of London, make sure you upload them.

In our Boston Hub, Tinker Ready has been enlightening us about a Doctor-led orchestra that explores the neuroscience of music. In a video interview Lisa Wong, a Harvard paediatrician, explains that advances in fMRI scans can give researchers insight into which parts of the brain respond to music.

Finally, end the week with laughter….

Vikto Poor entertains us again with another comic strip, The 10:23 homeopathy challenge

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