International collaboration tends to yield higher impact

International collaboration increases (via Research sans frontières : Nature News). This reminds me of some recent work looking at the effect of international collaboration on the prestige of publications - international collaboration tends to yield higher impact papers in higher impact journals.

Raj Koothrappali: “Don’t feel bad Leonard, negative results are still results”

Negative results need airing too : Nature : Nature Publishing Group As a follow-up to a very interesting publication about extra-sensory perception, a commentary from two member of the NIH on the publication of negative results, published in Nature Correspondence. The basis of the argument is that amongst 20 studies, at least one will hit the magical … Continue reading Raj Koothrappali: “Don’t feel bad Leonard, negative results are still results”

Systemic risk in banking ecosystems : Nature

Professor Lord (Robert) May of Oxford takes on banking. For those who know his early work in ecosystems well enough, it will likely come as little surprise that he was able to do this - but the fact that he has done so may come as a shock. May was senior author with Andrew Haldane … Continue reading Systemic risk in banking ecosystems : Nature

Friends connect on a genetic level : Nature News

Researchers publishing in the PNAS USA have found that there are significant relationships for two out of six genes they tested amongst friends, after accounting for age, race, sex and common ancestry. Is this perhaps another example of a great statistical joke being played out at the highest levels? Or perhaps it is a real … Continue reading Friends connect on a genetic level : Nature News