MyScienceWeek: The End is Nigh

The Friday confessional of MyScienceWork’s news team: August 11-22, 2014

The End is near, my friends. The end of the week, the end of vacation, the end of the first season of Knock Knock Doc. Let’s take a look back at these last two weeks that saw the MyScienceWork news team follow vacations rich in discovery with an intense week of preparation for the fall.

The End is near, my friends. The end of the week, the end of vacation, the end of the first season of Knock Knock Doc. But, for one week, MyScienceWork’s news team found itself spread across the farthest reaches of France where, in a way, we continued our scientific explorations:

* Abby discovered that you can build a bridge to transport water over other water, at the Briare Canal. (Photo credit: luctheo / Pixabay)

* She also used her free time to care for her urban tomatoes

* As for me, in the course of a translation, I discovered a somewhat alternative method for cleaning one’s nose. (Photo credit: Yogi's NoseBuddy ®)

* I also had a revelation upon seeing that strawberries don’t grow in supermarkets and hurried to “instafood” it. #communitymanager #nofilter #crappynailpolish

* And Pierre-Sofiane saw the light, from the heights of la Bonne Mère, Marseille’s basilica, Notre-Dame de la Garde.


Monday, returning to a Paris as cold as it was deserted (here, for example, is a photo of the Champ de Mars), we got to work on some housekeeping and getting ready for September.

To give you an idea of the current atmosphere in our office, let’s start with some musical ambience: the construction taking place in the building next door sounds like the “Inception Bwah”, which adds a dramatic touch to our day. Early in the morning, upon arriving at the office, we busy ourselves with reading Sartre and debating the best uses of mass media for popularization, versus the noble, but dated, art of literature. Because, at MyScienceWork, we’re totally like that.

A normal day at MyScienceWork Paris

As for the housekeeping, among other things, Abby put back online the videos that were no longer working in certain articles – a most enriching task, as you can imagine! You can now explore all our old articles in total serenity, knowing that you’ll find what you’re looking for. The translated articles are now indicated, too, so that you can find the version that suits you best.

We’re also in the middle of getting the office organized and found some fantastic t-shirts that make us look really corporate:


Because we not only look really professional, we also concocted for you, over the last two weeks, a series of articles that you may have missed during your vacation (tsk-tsk):

Our articles of the week:

In July, Pierre-Sofiane went to Ivry-sur-Seine, close to Paris, to work with a group of budding journalists on a report about biodiversity in the city. The result is cool and you can watch it here (in French):

A la recherche de la biodiversité à Ivry-sur-Seine (In Search of Biodiversity in Ivry-Sur-Seine)

If a Paris suburb isn’t exotic enough for you, maybe the last episode of season 1 of Knock Knock Doc would speak to you more. Nicolas and Arthur head off in search of signs of Martian life.

Knock Knock Doc -Episode 10 # Season 1 : Life on Mars

Continuing with videos, in 3 minutes, learn about the selfish gene, in a great video made by WAX Science :

Selfish Gene, at the NESCent Evolution Film Festival


Then, learn why, as a scientist, it’s particularly important for you to take care of your data, with this infographic that came to us via ISGTW:

90% of world's data generated in last two years


In honor of Wikimania, which took place in London at the beginning of the month, Abby translated the follow-up to Wikipedia, Sharing Democratically : a little something called Democratizing Expertise, Thanks to Wikipedia.


Some Favorites from the Web:

Several articles from the world of open science caught our attention this week. For example, PubPeer, the post-publication peer review forum, was threatened with legal action.

We also learned that researchers are using social networks more and more, and that Twitter takes the title for most exchanges.

Vox took up the debate around fraud in research, with an interview with Zulfiqar Bhutta, who believes it should be criminalized.