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TS Picks: May 26, 2015

Delayed citations; exploring the microbiome with art; why do scientists cheat?
 

Tracy Vence

“Invisible You. The Human Microbiome” at the Eden ProjectWELLCOME TRUST

Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:
 

  • Some scientific papers are recognized for their importance long after they’re published, researchers from Indiana University Bloomington reported in PNAS this week (May 25). Analyzing citation data, the team found evidence to suggest that such studies are relatively common. Further, wrote Bloomington’s Alessandro Flammini and his colleagues, “our analysis . . . provides empirical evidence against the use of short-term citation metrics in the quantification of scientific impact.” (Q. Ke et al., “Defining and identifying Sleeping Beauties in science,” PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1424329112, 2015.)
     
  • A new permanent exhibit produced by the U.K.’s Eden Project offers an inside glimpse at the human microbiome through interactive works of art. “Invisible You. The Human Microbiome,” funded in part by the Wellcome Trust, is now on display at the Eden Project’s Core building in Cornwall,...

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