A little link round-up

One of those occasional posts where I round up a few things that probably aren’t worth a post alone, but are worth putting out there.

I’ll being with self-interest and this large article in the Guardian on a variety of Chinese-dinosaur related topics. This covers the latest discoveries from Zhucheng, the work of Xu Xing, Chinese dinosaurs in general and Zhuchengtyrannus.

While we’re on the subject of journalism, here is a frankly terrifying catalogue of misinformation and, well, what can only be blatant falsehoods, perpetuated by a single journalist. Ah the joys of accurate science writing.

Next, there is this really very long essay on the current problems in science education, specifically the lack of jobs for postdocs and young researchers and the shift away from senior positions. Much of the later half is more applicable to the US than the UK or Europe, but many of the fundamental problems (not enough jobs, more money coming from industry etc.) are universal or very similar.

Finally, with the ongoing budget cuts and the general lack of funding in UK science (and combined with the problems above) means that museums are very vulnerable. Even huge, important and venerable institutions are losing jobs. So if you have the inclination, drop over here and sign up to help save them.

5 Responses to “A little link round-up”

  1. 1 mattvr 16/05/2011 at 1:09 am

    The litany of willfully inaccurate reporting by Christopher Booker is made worse by having seen the same reporting and assertions repeated as far away as Australia.

  2. 2 Paul W. 16/05/2011 at 1:44 pm

    On another note, that large feathered theropod from Liaoning, mentioned in the China article, sounds interesting. Do you know anything about that one, Dave?

    • 3 David Hone 16/05/2011 at 1:46 pm

      Yep and I’ve seen it too (assuming I’m thinking of the right one!). It’s a tricky one, I don’t want to talk about it much because it’s still unpublished and I don’t even know who is working on. Having said that, this is the second time it has slipped out in public (it gets a mention in the depths of the supplementary data of one of Xu’s papers).

      The preparation is basically done as I recall, but as to when it’ll be written up, let alone published, I have no idea.

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