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  • Medicago’s proteomic profile
    Originally posted on - blogs by NPG staffLegumes have the unusual ability to make their own fertilizer. They do this by associating with nitrogen-fixing bacteria, which take nitrogen from the air and convert it to ammonia that can be used by the plant to make proteins, nucleic acids and other essential molecules. Understanding the biology underlying the association between legumes and their symbionts could enable these concepts to be adopted in other types of crops as well. In a paper recently published in Nature Biotechnology, Joshua Coon and colleagues report the proteomic profile of the organs of a model legume, Medicago truncatula, and its collaborative partner, Sinorhizobium meliloti. Analyzing the proteomic atlas they generated together with transcriptome and genomic data, the researchers show how this resource can be used to discover new biological insights surrounding nitrogen fixation that may one day be useful for future crop engineering efforts.  Read more
  • Why should we work so hard to make our work reproducible?
    Originally posted on - blogs by NPG staffThe call for reproducibility has never been stronger in the history of science. Since two major pharmaceutical companies, Amgen and Bayer, reported in 2011/12 that their scientists were unable to replicate 80-90% of the findings in landmark papers, scientific news outlets have caught up on the issue. Their reports have catalyzed conversations among stakeholders (policy makers, funding agencies and scientists) to improve reproducibility in science.  Read more
  • The Power of Data: Notes from the STEM Summit 4.0
    Originally posted on - blogs by NPG staffThe STEM Summit 4.0 – The Power of Data was held by Scientific American and Macmillan Learning at the New York Academy of Sciences on October 14, 2016. Hosted by Susan Winslow, Managing Director, Macmillan Learning, and Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief, Scientific American, the summit aimed to further collaboration between educators, entrepreneurs and public policy leaders, and to highlight how data can impact and transform the way that people teach and learn.  Read more
  • Do you dare enter the Deep Vault?
    Originally posted on - blogs by NPG staffPosted on behalf of Liesbeth Venema  … Read more
  • Scientific writing: A very short cheat sheet
    Originally posted on - blogs by NPG staffThe life of a researcher is incomplete without undergoing the trauma of writing scientific documents: papers, grants, protocols, theses, and so on and on. Most researchers find this stressful, time-consuming, and difficult; and, despite the enormous time and effort invested in writing, I for one often come across close-to-incomprehensible papers while digging through the literature. Why is that the case, and how do we fix it?  Read more
  • Comment 1 (Scientific writing: A very short cheat sheet)
    “Write to express not to impress” It is something that we often forget about, science is already impressive!
  • Comment 2 (Scientific writing: A very short cheat sheet)
    It’s been said, perhaps not often enough: “If you can’t write clearly, it’s likely you can’t think clearly.” Thanks for the post.
  • Comment 3 (Scientific writing: A very short cheat sheet)
    Absolutely true Marianna! Good science only needs effective broadcasting.
  • Comment 4 (Scientific writing: A very short cheat sheet)
    You are welcome Peter. Glad you like the post.
  • Reactions: Michael Young
    Originally posted on - blogs by NPG staffMichael Young is in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Toledo and works in the areas of supramolecular and organometallic chemistry.  Read more
  • Ageism “as bad as racism”
    Originally posted on - blogs by NPG staffAndy Briggs, the UK government’s new adviser on older workers, told The Times this week that 27% of men of UK men aged 65 to 70 are in paid employment, compared to 15% in 2006. The figure for women is 18% and rising, and one in ten people aged over 70 are still working. And employers have an unconscious age bias.  Read more
  • Nature India Photo Contest 2016 is now open!
    Originally posted on - blogs by NPG staffAfter two immensely successful seasons, the Nature India Photo Contest is back with its 2016 edition.   … Read more
  • The art of engineering:
    Originally posted on - blogs by NPG staffI’m gazing at a stage draped in white when a giant zipper suddenly appears, projected onto one wall. As it works its way noisily around, more projections — live-streamed or pre-recorded moving images of buildings, blurred pedestrians, discarded clothing and simmering water — judder on crumpled backdrops. An apparently random urban soundtrack lulls and roars in the background. In the foreground, performers skip rope and cut hair; one solemnly rips up, boils and eats her shirt. It’s quite an evening.  Read more
  • How changing sex helps “Nemo” survive and adapt
    Originally posted on - blogs by NPG staffLaura Casas, House of Wisdom guest blogger and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) marine biologist, talks to us about the orange salt water fish and how it used a marvelous evolutionary mechanism to conquer the seas.  Read more

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