Some links I found interesting since the last time… partly older stuff, though.

Again Links Only

Although I hope I can post something more substantial next week, but do not want to promise what I may not be able to keep…

Organic solar cells:

Science Management and Marketing:

Other Stuff:

German physical society (DPG) spring meeting in Berlin is still ongoing, although I had to leave already. 6000 (mostly german) physicists on the TU Berlin Campus, nice place to be!

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and nothing else.


Global warming:

  • Climate sceptics on the go, via /.: Don’t Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ; I am no climate scientist, but what I read usually points in the other direction… at least judging from most scientists with peer reviewed publications in contrast to non-peer reviewed “scientists”. Nevertheless, the scientists cited above seem to be real ones, although (mostly?) not with scientific background related to the global climate
  • we have a similar discussion here in Germany, with RWE manager Fritz Vahrenholt writing a book trying to confute evidence of global warming, relating any temperature change to the solar activity: summary by Die Zeit (german, google translate) and an article (again Die Zeit) by Toralf Staud, refuting the seven main theses of Vahrenholt ( german, google translate).

Other stuff:


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This and that

Kid is growing, lack of sleep makes euphoric, but less time is less time;-)

The 2010 impact factors were just released by Thomson Reuters, Sunset at Ammerseeas most of you will know due to the mails sent by almost all publishers to tell about recent boosts of impact for their journals. A sober post was written by Jörg Heber, editor of Nature materials. A brief quote

So what use is the impact factor number? Well, being cynical one could say it is a quick measure for those that don’t read the journals but still want to know how good they are on average. The danger is of course that this is then used as a kind of metric to assess the quality of research or to decide on the career of researchers.

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Publish like a pro

Today, I saw the article Publish like a pro by Kendall Powell in Nature. Some tips on how to write:

  • You are only as good as your last paper – previous success does not guarantee future acceptance.Walking to Schloss Burg
  • You’ve got to hook the editor with the abstract.
  • Don’t delete those files. Keep every version. You never know what aspect you can use for some other piece of writing.
  • Writing is an amazingly long learning curve. many authors say that they’re still getting better as a writer after several decades.
  • The most significant work is improved by subtraction. Keeping the clutter away allows a central message to be communicated with a broader impact.
  • Write every day if possible.
  • once you’ve written what you wanted to convey, end it there.

These go hand in hand with this earlier post, although Kendall’s article does not stop there. Therefore, read it!

Personally, what I need for writing is a quiet, non-distracting environment with the internet switched off.

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“Notable Quotables”

Via Scott Berkun, a nice 2007 article by Louis Menand in the New Yorker:

Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Sea LionNeither Ingrid Bergman nor anyone else in “Casablanca” says “Play it again, Sam”; Leo Durocher did not say “Nice guys finish last”; Vince Lombardi did say “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” quite often, but he got the line from someone else. Patrick Henry almost certainly did not say “Give me liberty, or give me death!”; William Tecumseh Sherman never wrote the words “War is hell”; and there is no evidence that Horace Greeley said “Go west, young man.” Marie Antoinette did not say “Let them eat cake”; Hermann Göring did not say “When I hear the word ‘culture,’ I reach for my gun”; and Muhammad Ali did not say “No Vietcong ever called me nigger.”

In order to have one that was said – Daniel Patrick Moynihan:

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

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Several people speaking

Adding to my selection of sayings (previously here, here and here;-) Not always very deep, but mostly quite nice.

Stanford University
Jack London:

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

William Gibson:

The future is here. It’s just not evenly distributed.

Niels Bohr:

I try never to write more clearly than I am able to think.

John von Neumann:

There is no sense in being precise when you don’t even know what you are talking about.

Henry Ford:

If I’d listened to customers, I’d have given them a faster horse.

Peter Drucker:

What everybody knows is frequently wrong.

Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.

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