Credulous publishers accept nonsensical papers

Richard Van Noorden in Nature reports that 120-odd published conference proceedings are to be withdrawn, after it was pointed out that they were products of ingenious drivel-generator SCIgen. So what, right? Well, the hook this time is that the egg is on the faces of publishers you've actually…

Belated Darwin Day rhymes

Bit late on this… to celebrate Darwin Day, here's Baba Brinkman's hip-hop tribute to Darwin and to biology teachers who refuse to dilute the scientific content of origins-of-life discussions: I came across the video on Larry Moran's blog, where he expresses concern over the glorification of Darwin. Larry's problem…

Hello world...

I've started one of these ‘web-logs’ that have proved unfathomably popular with today's youth. I don't have all that much to say, but that doesn't seem to have stopped anyone else. Real content to follow… in the meantime, here's a cracking journal cover:…