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The week on Nature Network: Friday 24 July

This weekly Nautilus column highlights some of the online discussion at Nature Network in the preceding week that is of relevance to scientists as authors and communicators. Readers are welcome to join any of these discussions by visiting the links provided. The Nature Network week column is archived here.

Anna Kushnir continues to find out about contracts for government-funded research. “Writing a proposal is no different than writing a grant, it turns out. You tell the funding body (in this case, the FDA) how you are going to approach the problem, lay out the experimental detail and list alternatives, should obstacles be met. You then describe how you will process the data once it’s acquired and what it will mean, in the grand scheme of things.”

To coincide with the Science Online conference, Matt Brown is organizing a couple of events similar to those of last year. One is a pub crawl on Thursday 20 August around four central London pubs, each with a scientific connection. The second is a guided tour of some of London’s scientific museums and attractions on Friday 21 August. Matt writes: “I’ve still to plan out the route, but the tour will probably take in such venues as the Wellcome Collection, Royal College of Surgeons Museum and the South Kensington Museums. I’ll also point out sites of historic scientific interest as we go round. The tour will be free (including entry into all venues) and you can join at any point. All you’ll need is a Zone 1 travelcard or Oyster ticket.” More details are in the Science Online London forum. Register interest in either event by sending Matt an email . In the meantime, if you’re in London, you can take a look at some science-art: “”http://network.nature.com/hubs/london/blog/2009/07/22/carbon-rapture-burlington-house-piccadilly-until-27th-august">carbon rapture", as reported by Chloe Sharrocks.

If you already blog or are interested in giving it a try, and live in New York, Nature Network is looking for contributors to its New York hub. More details here, from Caryn Shechtman.

The journal Cell has announced a project called “article of the future” and has displayed two article prototypes on its website for reader comments. In the Good Paper Journal Club, Martin Fenner asks whether new article formats that move away from the traditional print format are better suited to communicate the message of the paper. Examples include the use of audio and video, and different versions (basic and extended) of the materials and methods section. Futher discussion on the broader role of the “paper” is in the forum Scientific Findings in a Digital Age: What is the Genuine Article? , based on issues addressed by John Willbanks at the British Library earlier this week, as part of the Talk Science series.

This weekly column will be taking a break. Further science-related blog reading and online discussion can be enjoyed at:

Planet Nature

Nature.com’s science blogs index and tracker

Nature Publishing Group news at Nature Network

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