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Duncan Hull's blog has moved

If you're here looking for Duncan Hull's blog, it has moved to O'Really?. Nodalpoint lives on at nodalpoint.org.


Nodalpoint is now indexed by Google Scholar

Who's afraid of Google?Nodalpoint has been obviously indexed by Google for a long time now, but did you know it is also indexed and counted by Google Scholar too? See Mistaken Identity: Google thinks I'm Maurice Wilkins for details...


Science blogging at the Royal Institution, London

sciblogNature Publishing Group are organising a workshop on science blogging, this Saturday 30th August 2008 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London. Why would you care? Because there are:

  1. Lots of interesting people...
  2. ...talking about a range of interesting subjects ...
  3. .. in a distinguished venue that has recently been refurbished. It is also home to the fantastic Christmas lectures and much more besides.

To cap it all, I think it will be great fun too. So if you're going, see you there. If you're not, it is never too late to publish your fantasy science funding entry. Much of the conference will be televised and blogged, making it available online too.


Let's play Fantasy Science Funding!

Donald Trump and Melania by Boss TweedFantasy Science Funding is a fun game that anybody can play. You select a Science funding body of your choice, imagine yourself as its all powerful chief executive, and decide which areas of scientific research you would "hire and fire". What could be easier? Here is how Fantasy Science Funding works...


I Still Haven't Found What I'm Googling For

Irish GoogleTwenty one years ago this month, in May 1987, Irish rockers U2 released their classic Joshua Tree single, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. Those twenty one years have seen incredible technological change: the adoption of desktop computers, mobile phones, the birth of the Web and the widespread use of search engines like Google. So with sincere apologies to Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry, it's time we updated the lyrics for the 21st century. So, I give you "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Googling For" (21st anniversary, 2008 webby edition)...


Ensemblog: The Ensembl Weblog

Pongo pygmaeus abeliiThe Ensembl Weblog provides news, views and announcements about the Ensembl Genome Browser. The blog has been going for a few years now, but I’ve only just become aware of it thanks to a recent Ensembl Genome Browser Tutorial by Bert Overduin. Catching up on posts from Ensemblians this year, Ewan Birney wrote a piece about The Gene Love-in last week and Paul Flicek briefly described the 1000 Genomes project back in January. The Ensembl Weblog is fairly low traffic, so if you don’t already read it, it’s worth considering subscribing to the feed.

And it’s good to see more scientists using blogs to communicate. Long may this trend continue!


Taverna tutorial and version 2.0 preview

Taverna menu by Andy CiordiaThere are a few remaining places left on the Building Scientific Workflows for Bioinformatics and Systems biology using Taverna course held in Manchester, UK on 15th April 2008. Attendance at the workshop is free, but participants will have to cover their own travel costs. Due to the hands-on nature of the workshop, numbers are limited to 30, so there is a ‘first-come, first-serve’ policy on bookings. Book now to avoid disappointment!


Bio::Blogs 19

Bio::Blogs 19 is fast approaching, hot on the heels of Bio::Blogs 18 which was hosted by Michael Barton. I'll be hosting this one over at O'Really? and publishing it at the beginning of March, so send any interesting stuff to bioblogs /ate/ gmail.com. The broad theme of this issue of BioBlogs will be the relationship between Biology and Engineering, following on from this interview published on Edge.org "Engineering and Biology": A Talk with Drew Endy.


One Thousand Databases High (and rising)

StampsWell it's that time of year again. The 15th annual stamp collecting edition of the journal Nucleic Acids Research (NAR), also known as the 2008 Database issue [1], was published earlier this week. This year there are 1078 databases listed in the collection, 110 more than the previous one (see Figure 1). As we pass the one thousand databases mark (1kDB) I wonder, what proportion of the data in these databases will never be used?


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