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Communities Happenings – a weekly round-up of NPG online news 29/4/13

SpotOn NYC and #reachingoutsci – scientists and science communicators share their social media case studies

SpotOn NYC’s 2nd birthday – celebrating with a social media slant! - SpotOnThursday was #SoNYC’s 2nd birthday and we celebrated in style with a social media-themed event!

Building up to these conversations, we have been sharing case studies of scientists and communicators using social media for science outreach projects. The event was an extension of these conversations and you can recap by reading our Storify summary and by watching the video archive. You can also read all of the case studies here and stay tuned online using the #reachingoutsci hashtag as we intend to publish more this week.

nature.com blogs – a collection of blogs from editors and other staff at NPG

Nature Chemistry’s May 2013 issue is their 50th issue! To mark this milestone they have compiled 50  interesting tidbits of information about the journal – including a rather fetching tea cosy! 

6. We spell ‘sulfur’ with an ‘f’ and here’s an Editorial explaining why.



Elsewhere on nature.com blogs, you can find posts about IceCube neutrinos that come from outer space, a melanoma drug, the element cerium, as well as a weekly round-up of science news from the Middle East.

Nature Video

Check out the latest Nature Video, focused on the research paper: Linking the evolution of body shape and locomotor biomechanics in bird-line archosaurs

Scitable – Nature Education’s network of science blogs

The future of solar cells will rely heavily on biomimicry says environment blogger Whitney Campbell.

“To improve solar yields, for instance, one group of researchers has used a genetically-engineered virus to precisely arrange carbon nanotubes, which increased the amount of electricity the panel extracted. Another team has repurposed the treatment that gives CDs their silver coatings to print circuits onto paper, broadening the range of photovoltaic materials.”


Image of daffodils by Flickr’s maccath

SciLogs.com – an NPG network of science bloggers 

Image Credit: Tigresblanco, Flickr

Image Credit: Tigresblanco, Flickr

Jaless Rehman says that journal editors should provide authors, whose papers they have rejected even before passing through peer-review, with detailed reasoning. The practice of rejecting papers straightaway is common at prestigious journals like Nature and Science.

Stephanie Swift has a typically short post this week about an important, though unnecessarily controversial topic: gun control in the US.

“[…] since 1996, scientific research into gun violence has been prohibited by law from receiving funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if it advocates or promotes gun control.”

As always, the best science writings from last week curated by Malcolm Campbell is here. A roundup of SciLogs.com blog posts from this week can be found here.



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