Not Exactly Peer Review
Not Exactly Peer Review is a column for scientists to discuss their opinions on current issues in science (and pseudoscience)!
Are Distributed Computing Systems Like [email protected] Becoming Redundant?
In high school, I remember connecting my overheating brick of a laptop to the school’s network and watching an animation of a protein dance across the monitor. [email protected] allowed anyone with a computer to participate [...]
Is Open Access Really the Ideal Future for Academic Publishing?
Open access should be the exciting new frontier of academic publishing, where papers are accessible to the public completely free of charge. Yet the problems with such a system go beyond researchers paying higher publishing [...]
Your Lab is Relocating—Should You Follow Your PI?
Your PI has accepted a job at another institution and has offered you a position in their new lab. As a graduate student or research staff, news like this isn’t uncommon; such is the nature [...]
Boosting Scientific Literacy Through SciComm
Society suppresses the sense of curiosity we have as children, causing us to grow into scientifically illiterate adults. This behavior is passed on to their children; humanity is trapped in a cycle of ignorance. We [...]
Science is All Greek to me! Understanding Scientific Jargon
Has that thought ever crossed your mind? That learning about science is equivalent to understanding Greek? Well, you are absolutely right, because many words used in science have either Greek or Latin origins. This can [...]
The 2022 UN Loss and Damage Fund is Terrific News—Now Who Will Foot the Bill?
One of the big takeaways of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) was the endorsement of a Loss and Damage Fund. It assigns financial liability to big polluters (wealthy countries) to cover the [...]