Science Blogging 2008 in London by Nature Network

Looks like this August is the center of my science related social life in 2008: starting with the bottom-up BioBarCamp unconference in Palo Alto followed by the top-down Sci Foo Camp unconference in Mountain View and now The Science Blogging Conference in London on the 30th. This conference is an interesting mix: on one hand… Continue reading Science Blogging 2008 in London by Nature Network

Will JoVE’s new science blog service reinvent the genre?

The pioneer biological video publishing site JoVE (covered here many times) will soon launch a blogging platform and a community site. Nikita Bernstein, the main nerd behind JoVE is building the code and the platform – as Anne Kushnir informed me – should hopefully go live in the next couple of weeks. At least that… Continue reading Will JoVE’s new science blog service reinvent the genre?

Bureaucrats and the overuse of the passive voice in science writing

I’ve found the following fine paragraph in the Autumn edition of Nurture, the magazine for past and present Nature journal authors. Linda Cooper writes on “How to make research accessible”: Take the overuse of the passive voice. Scientists tend to think that the passive voice creates an objective tone. But when they rely too heavily… Continue reading Bureaucrats and the overuse of the passive voice in science writing