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Such great advice for PhDs and postdocs! It's always really helpful to hear from someone who successfully landed a fellowship.
That really does seem like Ready Player One! (But for anyone who hasn't seen the movie yet, I recommend the book, which is even better and still contains all the VR...)
That's amazing! Thanks to everyone involved for stepping up to produce hand sanitizer, and for documenting all the challenges and bottlenecks.
Great solution to deal with a problem that many cities are facing!
Has Chengdu air quality changed a lot in the past few months during lockdown? Here in London researchers have measured cleaner air as soon as the lockdown started!
This was so interesting! I had no idea the whisky market was so prone to fraud.
It's so hard to pick a favourite, but one of the ones that always stands out for me is Germanium. When Mendeleev first created the periodic table, there were a few gaps. He predicted that there should be elements in those positions, even though it hadn't been discovered yet. Of these four, Germanium is the one that I remember learning about in this context in school. It was discovered a few decades after Mendeleev predicted it, and really showed how well the table worked. It wasn't just a random list - it could predict the properties of undiscovered elements! This was one of the stories that inspired me to study chemistry for my undergrad degree.
The ones I hate the most are from people who clearly didn't make the effort of even reading the manuscript. Sometimes they're funny, just one line, like: Nice work, I look forward to see it published. As an author, it indeed makes life easy but it doesn't go in the direction of increasing the quality of the article. As a fellow reviewer they make me very frustrated.
The best one are indeed from people who appreciate the good parts of the work and brutally yet respectfully criticise the weak parts, providing suggestions on how to improve it.
A general thought is that, being scholars always very busy, higher quality reviews can't happen without lower quantity of reviews.
I absolutely agree! Such short reviews aren't useful at all. You at least want some suggestions for future improvement, even if the paper is already good enough to publish.