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The Great (Ape) Taxonomy Debate

As an undergraduate studying primatology, I was always confused about great ape and human taxonomy. Were we great apes? Or were we hominids? Or were we both?

February 13, 2013 — Cadell Last

Is PeerJ Just Another Game-Player or Is It a Game-Changer?

In 2009 I had the pleasure of interviewing two luminaries in the Open Access publishing world, Peter Binfield and Jason Hoyt. Back then, Peter was the managing editor of PLOS ONE, the world’s largest scientific journal and arguably the leading academic Open Access journal, and Jason was the Chief Scientist and VP of R&D for Mendeley, a social reference manager that enhances the way scientists share information...

February 12, 2013 — Kirsten Sanford

Too Big to Succeed

On December 20, 1994 Mexico’s newly installed president Ernesto Zedillo devalued the currency, the peso, by 15%. As a candidate he had said he would “defend the peso like a dog.” That day the peso went from 3.47, where it had been for a year, to 3.95 and the trading floors of Wall Street were filled with the sounds of barking dogs.On that day I was in research working with the emerging markets trading desk of Salomon Brothers...

February 10, 2013 — Chris Arnade

M@h*(pOet)?ica- Karl Kempton

Editor's note (11/7/13): Find the entry point and new posts of Bob Grumman's M@h*(pOet)?ica at #StorySaturday is a Guest Blog weekend experiment in which we invite people to write about science in a different, unusual format – fiction, science fiction, lablit, personal story, fable, fairy tale, poetry, or comic strip...

February 9, 2013 — Bob Grumman

The God of Thunder, and Momentum

Thor—Norse god, Marvel superhero, and Hollywood eye candy—presents those of us living in the real world with a few problems. Thor is a “demigod,” and any attempt to scientifically explore his otherworldly abilities can be dismissed as such...

February 7, 2013 — Kyle Hill

Your Next Vacation: Quarantine on Grosse le

Grosse Ile is a place defined by disease. The two-mile long island is in the St. Lawrence River off the coast of Quebec, Canada. It functioned for over one hundred years as a quarantine station for victims of major infectious diseases...

February 4, 2013 — Caitlin Contag

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