Category Archives: research

Energy planning needs to include the “human component”

Nice post on the importance of the social aspect of energy use – hopefully not behind a paywall? http://www.nature.com/news/diversity-energy-studies-need-social-science-1.15620?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20140731 Reminds me of my very first post on this site, just over 3 years ago!

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Does an interdisciplinary focus distort a journal’s IF?

An interesting read about the trajectory of the impact factor (IF) of PLoS ONE: http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/06/20/the-rise-and-fall-of-plos-ones-impact-factor-2012-3-730/ There has been a lot of criticism towards the over-reliance on IF as a quantitative metric for researcher evaluation purposes.  This article touches on a … Continue reading

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John’s thoughts on Tanger et al. 2013

As promised, here are my post-publication thoughts on Tanger et al. 2013, Biomass for Thermochemical Conversion: This topic was somewhat of a departure for me, as my own research focuses on greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting for bioenergy production from a … Continue reading

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Programming skills, and scientific inspiration vs. computational firepower

Via Paul, a very interesting recent article in Science about the need to improve the quality of scientific computing in modelling-based life sciences: Joppa, L. N.; McInerny, G.; Harper, R.; Salido, L.; Takeda, K.; O’Hara, K.; Gavaghan, D.; Emmott, S. … Continue reading

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