Press release is nothing to brag about.

I already called this one out, but it gets even worse.

The author’s summary

In one sentence: I work with media professionals to ensure they have an opportunity to report on the world-class scientific research undertaken at the University of Montreal.

A typical example: 1. I take this: Nature “Acoelomorph flatworms are deuterostomes related […]

Grumble grumble… media… evolution… junk DNA… grumble.

Busy, but need to vent a little about these stories.

1. New evolutionary research disproves living missing link theories

Evolution is not a steady march towards ever more sophisticated beings and therefore the search for the living “missing links” is pointless, according to findings published by a team of researchers led by Dr. Hervé […]

Daphnia does not have a large genome.

Example headline: Massive Daphnia genome leads to understanding gene-environment interactions

Photo by Paul Hebert

It’s a cool species, an important addition to the cadre of species whose genomes have been sequenced, it has a notably large number of genes (>30,000, according to the current annotation — rice has >40,000, by the way), and […]

This is a news website article about a scientific paper.

This is BRILLIANT. From The Lay Scientist by Martin Robbins at The Guardian.

This is a news website article about a scientific paper

In the standfirst I will make a fairly obvious pun about the subject matter before posing an inane question I have no intention of really answering: is this an important scientific […]

Etch-a-Sketch science and rewriting evolutionary history.

I love this term introduced by Ed Yong in his post Do new discoveries ever “rewrite evolutionary history”?, which opens with:

You can’t go for a month without seeing a claim that some new discovery has rewritten evolutionary history. If headlines are to be believed, phylogeny – the business of drawing family trees between […]

The war on brains.


Switek discusses the Darwinius fiasco.

Brian Switek has a paper coming out in Evolution: Education and Outreach that discusses the nonsense surrounding Darwinius, dubbed hyper-hypefully “the link”, and the contribution that blogs played in setting the record straight. Check it out.

Resource on evolutionary concepts for science writers?

If I were to put together a respectful, short, easy to follow resource of major evolutionary concepts that science writers could consult whenever they wrote a piece involving evolutionary aspects, would they use it? Would my friends in the science writer world promote it, refer colleagues to it, send authors who get things wrong […]

Sponge genome sequence published, expect the following.

Two students and I currently have a paper in review on genome sizes in sponges, but whether it is accepted or needs major revisions, we will have to update the reference list. This is because the genome sequence of the sponge Amphimedon queenslandica was just published. This is very cool, and allows some interesting […]

Follow up to Ed Yong’s Origins of Science Writers.

As I linked to previously, Ed Yong at Not Exactly Rocket Science has started an interesting collection of personal career trajectories posted by science writers. It’s very interesting to see the different ways that writers have ended up in their chosen field. I have done interviews with a few of the people who have […]