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.