The Scan

Women on the Run

It seems female students can't get away from computer science fast enough.

Blogger Pedro Beltrao reports on his recent stint at a systems biology journal.

Hackers have learned to target the VoIP service offered by Skype, introducing a new worm.

MS vs PhD

Blogger Derek Lowe talks about the pros and cons of getting that doctorate.

An opinion piece from the Washington Post discusses "over-diagnosis" and why the best test for cancer won't actually find all of it.

Pope Benedict XVI gave a talk on science, faith, and evolution.

US President Bush says he will veto a Congressional bill to lift restrictions on funding for stem cell research.

This Week in Science

From today's Science, what to read on your coffee break.

This Week in Nature

The weekly round-up of what not to miss in Nature.

Researchers identified genes that may help cancer cells avoid chemotherapy.

Modeling in Genomics

Model organisms don’t just give insight into people.

Editor at Science provides tips on getting published.

Tips from The Scientist on how to choose your RNAi library.

Blogging can mean more papers, and more people to talk to at that upcoming conference.

Stem cells may treat type I diabetes.

Companies are tapping a new source of funding for clinical trials focused on rare diseases: patients.

A paper in PLoS Genetics checks into longevity and the genes linked to life span.

A New York Times article elucidates the genetic forces that shape human attraction and sexual behavior.

In the Wall Street Journal, Genentech's on the rise while Amgen's facing struggles.

The author of a new book about Einstein contends that the scientist's zeal for imagination should be a component of scientific and mathematical programs today.

Tangent alert! Physicists say they've figured out how to build a tool that will make things invisible.

A project to catalog every species on Earth reaches a milestone with its millionth entry.

This Week in Science

Here are the relevant reads in today's Science.

Good Luck, Claire!

Claire Fraser-Liggett is heading to greener pastures at the University of Maryland, where she'll head up a new genomics institute.

A video purportedly from Illumina features breakdancing microarrays. You won't learn anything, but it's darn funny.


Two postdocs and a PhD hosted a panel discussion at Memorial Sloan Kettering on career advancement in science and what researchers can expect when they leave the lab.

An analysis of speakers at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting finds that women are less likely to be invited to talk, according to the Guardian.

An analysis appearing in PeerJ finds that social media mentions of a paper may lead to increased citations.

NIH's Michael Lauer looks at the number of grants, their amount, and funding success rates at the agency for last year.