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Biophysics: These are the voyages of a biologist in the physics galaxy

Biophysics: These are the voyages of a biologist in the physics galaxy

Since starting my new endeavour as an Associate Editor on the Nature Reviews Materials team, I find myself often surrounded by physicists from all sorts of fields, during lunch, at the office Christmas party and at conferences. I have recently even participated in a discussion about axion particles while enjoying my burrito in the canteen. Well, to be fair, I hardly participated in this conversation, mainly owing to the fact that for the most part of it, I thought we were talking about axons in the brain. Anyhow, with a PhD in biophysics and a Postdoc in biomaterials, I still often feel like Captain Janeway in the Delta Quadrant, discovering new fields, principles, theories and yes, particles, every day – and feeling far away from home sometimes.  Read more

Confused: review, Review or review?

Confused: review, Review or review?

As a scientist you’re likely using the word ‘review’ every day. “I hope my article makes it through peer-review”, “We’re thinking of submitting to Physical Review A”, “I read a really good review of this field”, and so on. You probably gave little thought to this humble word, but interestingly it has slightly different meanings in all these examples. Why is a review article called as such, and why do we call the peers who referee our papers reviewers? And above all, why was the Physical Review called a Review in the first place, when it did not publish review articles, nor was it peer reviewed in the beginning?  Read more