Category Archives: OnTheMedia

Revolutions in Science

Author and physicist Mark Buchanan comments on my preprint on modeling peer review in Nature Physics

A nice piece on a possible revolution in science coming from a radical change in the way basic practices of science are carried out. The article discusses in details the project outlined in this preprint.

“However, some more radical proposals are beginning to target the shortcomings of the publication process itself. For example, ecologist Stefano Allesina has explored the idea that journals might bid on the manuscripts they want to publish.”

Read the full text here (subscription required).

Googling food webs strikes again!

The NY Times Magazine “A Year in Ideas 2009” includes a story on Googling Food Webs

Every species — be it earthworm or great white shark — is entwined in a vast and complicated system of predator and prey called a food web. To determine which species in a food web are most important to the survival of the larger ecosystem, scientists design computer programs to model how the extinction of a given species would affect the other species in the system. This year, two scientists announced that they had found an unexpectedly useful tool for this purpose: the seminal Google search algorithm.
Stefano Allesina of the University of Chicago and Mercedes Pascual of the University of Michigan began with a simple hunch.
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Googling food webs media coverage

Summary of the media coverage received by “Googling Food Webs: can an eigenvector measure species’ importance?” by Stefano Allesina & Mercedes Pascual

RADIO 
– BBC World Service “Science in Action”, Sept 11, 2009. 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0045f21/Science_In_Action_11_09_2009/

– Radio24 (Italy) “Moebius”, Sept 12, 2009. 
http://www.moebiusonline.eu/trasmissioni/090912trasmissione.shtml 

NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES AND BLOGS 
– BBC News 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8238462.stm 

– NY Times 
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/08/science/08obextinct-in-sci-21-15.html 
also in print on September 8, 2009, on page D3 of the New York edition 

– Wired 
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/09/googlefoodwebs/ 

– Cosmos Magazine 
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/2978/full 

– Der Spiegel 
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/0,1518,646354,00.html

– Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

http://www.frontiersinecology.org/current_issue/octContents2009.pdf

 – Scientific American 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=can-googles-page-rank-algorithm-hel-2009-09-03 

– Science News 
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/47005/title/Google_works_on_a_different_web

– Slashdot 
http://search.slashdot.org/search/09/09/04/2251244.shtml 

– Science Life Blog U. Chicago 
http://sciencelife.uchospitals.edu/2009/09/16/nature-modeled-by-google-not-facebook/ 

– HHMI News 
http://www.hhmi.org/news/pascual20090904.html