The SJ Gaze is a recently started astronomy blog by Melissa Lange. One of her most recent posts chronicles a visit to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia (pictured below), while other posts provide advice on amateur astronomy. Stargazers should take a look!
The Physics ArXiV blog at the MIT Technology Review is reporting a study of relationships between 760,000 patents (paper here). This follows on from similar work mapping fields of science. Fascinating stuff!
Retraction Watch is always interesting reading. Their recent posts are no exception. In some cases, one wonders why the referees did not spot the issues that led to articles being retracted.
PhD Comics, one of the blogs I follow, isn’t just great humour; it also has a fantastic series of 2-minute PhD theses. The most recent is on defences against herbivores in Zea mays – against very hungry caterpillars, in fact. See below for the video version of the 2-minute thesis – a great example of communicating science simply and well, from Elvira De Lange and PhD Comics.
Assembling my Network, one of the blogs I follow, is running a series of posts about network analysis using the igraph package of R (see Part I of III and Part II of III). I’ve expressed myself elsewhere on how useful R is (the diagram below is just one example), and these posts do a very good job of explaining the network-related aspects of R.
Update 1: see also the sequels: More food web plotting with R and Part III of III. The latter post looks at the Otago Harbour intertidal mudflat food web which I have posted about before. There will surely be more posts about R and food webs to look forward to on this blog.
Update 2: this content is now also on a page at this blog, for more convenient access.
Lab Life is a recently started blog by three biology undergraduates (Elizabeth, Nicole, and Shannon) in the North Carolina State University Research PackTrack. They plan on blogging about their research experiences – which makes their blog a great resource for young people thinking about a scientific career.