TS Picks: April 26, 2016

Big win for scientist who appealed grant rejection; human mycobiome in the spotlight; one nutritionist’s early stand against excess sugar; Creative Commons licenses and science publishing

Apr 26, 2016
Tracy Vence

Aspergillus terreusWIKIMEDIA, MEDMYCO

Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:
 

  • Computational scientist Peter Coveney hired legal help to challenge a European Commission grant rejection, and won— €5 million (around $5.7 million), Nature reported this month (April 8), noting that such appeals are rarely successful.
     
  • “When it comes to the trillions of microorganisms that inhabit our bodies, bacteria get almost all the attention.” —NPR’s Shots on the human mycobiome
     
  • The Guardian this month (April 7) on nutrition professor John Yudkin’s lonely fight against excess sugar at a time when fat was largely considered dietary enemy number one
     
  • “Publishers, governments, and leading foundations all know the current publishing model has to change. As it is with the oil industry, so it will be with academic publishing: The current model will end; it’s just a matter of when and how.” —Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley in an opinion piece for Wired