- Academics strike back at spurious rankings
“Thomson Scientific’s ISI citation data are notoriously poor for use in rankings; names of institutions are spelled differently from one article to the next, and university affiliations are sometimes omitted altogether. After cleaning up ISI data on all UK papers for such effects, the Leeds-based consultancy Evidence Ltd, found the true number of papers from the University of Oxford, for example, to be 40% higher than listed by ISI, says director Jonathan Adams.”
Someone explain to me: why do scientists willingly submit to assessment using the rubbish from ISI?
- Complex set of RNAs found in simple green algae
“A class of RNA molecule, called a microRNA, has been found in a unicellular green alga. The discovery, made independently by two labs, dismantles the popular theory that the regulatory role of microRNAs in gene expression is tied to the evolution of multicellularity.”
Like I keep saying – it’s the biological process that’s important, not the organism. Why this constant surprise based on ill-founded notions of complexity?
- Algae bloom again
“A handful of pioneers are trying to bring algae-based biofuels back from a near-death experience.”