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indexThis week’s Times Higher Education takes a sideways glance at PhD supervision. How did the experiences of five postgraduates shape the way they later supervised the next generation? Included is a ready reckoner – How to help, or hinder – from an experienced supervisor highlighting the do’s and don’ts of mentoring.

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banana_slug_thumbThe Encyclopedia of Life has an ambitious mission statement to increase awareness and understanding of living nature through a resource that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource. They remain committed to bringing you information on all organisms, as they say “Our knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth – of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria – is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere. Imagine what it would mean if this information could be gathered together and made available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment’s notice.”

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journal rateJournal Rate is a searchable database of thousands of academic journals helping researchers in all fields find the appropriate journal to submit their research to. Academics can search by keyword or scope and refine their search by impact factor to help direct them to the leading journals in their respective fields. Additionally, researchers are encouraged to rate and review their experiences with each journal they have submitted to. By leaving feedback on aspects such as ease of submission process, the cost to publish, and the quality of peer reviews, other academics will be better equipped to make informed decisions regarding where they choose to publish.

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GlasgowGlasgow City of Science is a partnership of over 50 organisations including Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, universities, Glasgow School of Art, colleges, research pools and local industry. Their mission, “To inspire the curious, stimulate the creative, empower the wise and connect those with passion”, determines that their site has something for everyone with an interest in any aspect of science. Whether you want to keep up to date with current developments, or sign up for one of their Science Walks, the site has something for you.

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Brian-Cox-in-Wonders-of-t-007Professor Brian Cox takes an audience of celebrity guests and members of the public on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor. He attempts to explain the scientific concepts at the heart of Doctor Who.

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The Scale of the Universe

Fantastic interactive presentation illustrating the scale of the universe.

Click on the link to use the interactive presentation The Scale of the Universe 2 or view it on You Tube below.

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Research as art?

Some stunning entries from the 2013 Research as Art competition organised by the Swansea University Research Forum. Entrants are invited to submit a visual representation of their research…with some very interesting results. This Guardian article presents some of this year’s best entries.

Ben Woods 2012 competition entry

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Interesting article about how scientific research is reported in the popular press. Ever get frustrated by claims made in newspaper articles, which are apparently based on “scientific research”? How many times have scientists found a link between eating some fruit or vegetable with preventing some horrible illness? This New York Times article takes up this issue, pointing out that most newspaper articles discussing “scientific research” are actually reporting on research based on correlations rather than causal connections. But do these claims made in the popular press affect peoples’ views about science? And how could “scientific research” be better reported by the press?

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childhood obesityNeuroscientists from the University of East Anglia (UEA) have made a discovery that could pave the way for the rewiring of appetite control. The researchers, whose work has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience, believe that their findings could facilitate the development of long-lasting solutions to eating disorders such as obesity.
The Journal of Neuroscience can be accessed via our SFX system.

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_66758600_cellsA collaborative Scottish team, drawn from the universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and the West of Scotland, are developing a new technique which could help patients with spinal injuries grow new bone. They call it “nanokicking”. It plays on the potential our bodies’ stem cells possess to turn into any other kind of tissue – blood, muscle or, in this case, bone.

Persuading stem cells to become bone has been done in the laboratory before. But existing techniques typically involve complex and expensive engineering or cocktails of chemicals. Instead, this technique mimicks a natural process – when broken bones need to knit, they vibrate.

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