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Communities Happenings – a weekly round-up of NPG online news 1/7/13

Nature Outlook

 Free online for 6 months, the latest Nature Outlook is all about Leukaemia:

While survival rates for some types of leukaemia have improved dramatically, this family of blood cancers remains a potentially fatal disease. Research in epigenetics, immunotherapy, and cell transplants offers hope. And leukaemia is proving a testing ground for the theory of cancer stem cells — leading to knowledge that could advance cancer research overall.

Nature Video

The latest Nature Video looks at why chimps don’t play baseball:

Humans are much better at throwing than any other animal. Even our closest living relatives, chimpanzees, can’t match our pitching performance. This video shows how our skill is down to the anatomy of our shoulders.

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2013

This year’s 63rd Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates is dedicated to chemistry and to tie in with this, the Sceptical Chymist Blog are hosting a collection of Lindau Letters by attendee Anthea Blackburn:

The next time I write will be from Germany. As a way of sharing what goes on at these meetings, I will be writing daily Sceptical Chymist updates during my time in Lindau, starting on Monday July 1st. Check out my Twitter feed as well — @antheablackburn — I’ll be tweeting during the meeting too. I am excited to share stories of my experiences, my thoughts from Lindau, and my interactions with the superstars of science.

You can also follow the Lindau blogging team on the Lindau Nobel Community site, where they’ll be covering the meeting all this week.

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


In the latest Nature Jobs Blog Windback Wednesdays post – in which they share careers content from the Naturejobs archive that you may have missed the first time around – they’ve been taking a look at top tips to take the hard work out of networking:

Click through the links below to access all the posts.

This week’s Soapbox Science post is by Josh Witten, who explores using social media to communicate science:

The vast majority of science communicators, despite being a diverse and talented bunch, are not tapping into a fan base large enough that we can focus on ideal platforms of communication.

Catch-up here on last week’s blogging content, including news about chimpanzee research, Voyager 1, science blogging tips and honeybees.


Scitable – Nature Education’s network of science blogs

This week, Scitable bloggers are blogging about saving whales from illegal fishing, amongst other things. Check out Seven Alternatives to Scientific Japanese Whaling (That Can Save The Whale) which is already posted.

SciLogs.com – a blogging network

In his blog The Nature of Faith, Michael Blume explores a fascinating multidisciplinary field—that of the evolutionary study of religion. Michael dwells into how religion spread in our societies, also telling us why it’s important to learn about the religion phenomenon even in the face of potential adversity from other scientists.

History of biological warfare! This stunning series continues this time looking at how horses and humans were catapulted at enemies during war. Dead corpses though… thankfully?

“The motive behind the use of carcasses as missiles is topic of hot debate. Can an army have so many dead horses that they outnumber stones? Wouldn’t one eat a freshly deceased horse, instead of throwing it at the enemy?”


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Here is Malcolm Campbell’s highly recommended weekly list of the best science stories. And here is every SciLogs.com blog post from this week.


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