Friday Links

  1. Journal/Author Name Estimator

Interestingly, I tried the name of my recent Bioinformatics paper and it matched it Bioinformatics (I checked and it is not in its database, perhaps because it is officially still “Advanced Access”). When I tried the working title (which we used in the first submission), Bioinformatics was only number 3.

ht. @rmounce

2. Sight over sound in the judgment of music performance by Chia-Jung Tsay in PNAS.

People consistently report that sound is the most important source of information in evaluating performance in music. However, the findings demonstrate that people actually depend primarily on visual information when making judgments about music performance. People reliably select the actual winners of live music competitions based on silent video recordings, but neither musical novices nor professional musicians were able to identify the winners based on sound recordings or recordings with both video and sound.

The single biggest result of experimental psychology is we don’t know what we are doing.

  1. Sequencing mummies

    We applied, for the first time, next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology on Egyptian mummies. […] NGS data showed the presence of Plasmodium falciparum and Toxoplasma gondii DNA sequences, indicating malaria and toxoplasmosis in these mummies.

It would be interesting to compare these P. falciparum sequences to the modern ones.


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