The ScienceBlogs Shop

January 26, 2009

As part of the ScienceBlogs facelift, the powers that be have decided to venture into the land of BrandedApparel (and whatnot). Now, you know I’m a sucker for tee-shirt and a coffee mug. In fact, one of the most surprising things I found on joining the collective was that the bloggers, with all those great science-related banners (especially ones from BioE!) and images, didn’t have so much as a tee-shirt available!
CapTshirt1.jpgSo naturally I had to work something up for my own purposes and along the way discovered that there were one or two bloggers with logo’d gear available. Not too many, but a few, see below. Maybe this launch of the official mothership schwag will prod a few others to work their banners or logos into a t-shirt or mug or something. If you have a favorite blog you’d like to have represented on your coffee mug, go bug ’em. It’s trivial to set up a cafepress or zazzle or some other print-on-demand shop. So they really have no excuse.
A Blog Around the Clock
Adventures in Ethics and Science
Discovering Biology in a Digital World
Greg Laden’s Blog

Noah Gray of Nothing’s Shocking pointed to a recent editorial in Cell and whipped up a little analysis of three Nobel laureate’s publications in Nature in response. The Cell editorial (in part) and Noah’s analysis (in the main) focus on the current reality that many GlamourMag articles come with a host of extra supporting material that did not make it into the print article.
Actually, I think Noah may have mistaken the tone of the Cell editorial a trifle. It said:

One issue in particular that we at Cell will be focusing on in 2009 is redefining what constitutes a “publishable unit” in the age of electronic journals and how we can best present the information content of a scientific article online. The vision in our crystal ball is still blurred, but some key elements are beginning to take shape. The scientific article of the future will no longer be tied to the constraints of a printing press and will take advantage of all the opportunities afforded by the web to introduce a hierarchical rather than linear structure, increased graphical representations, and embedded multimedia. Inherent in our thinking about the scientific article of the future is the need to address the current unchecked growth in the amount of supplemental and supporting material and to identify constructive, well-defined guidelines for what is reasonably and appropriately included in a unit of scientific advance.

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