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Selections from The Scientist’s reading list

  • Examining new ideas published in the literature since 1946, Mikko Packalen of the University of Waterloo and Stanford University’s Jay Bhattacharya found that “papers published in biomedicine by younger researchers are more likely to build on new ideas,” they wrote in a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper published last month. But whether younger investigators are more innovative is not so cut-and-dried. “One reading of the results is that we quantified something that a lot of people thought was true: that young guys are innovative but they also need some mentorship,” Packalen told Nature.
  • “The push and pull between the sexes results in some of evolution’s more creative accomplishments.” — Wired, February 16 (See “The Sex Paradox,” The Scientist, July 2014.)
  • NPR’s Shots...

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