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Publish in Wikipedia or perish

An interesting method of publicizing high-quality science in a form accessible to (and editable by) the general public. RNA Biology will require Wikipedia pages from all authors who submit work to a new section of the journal, to be launched later this week, that describes families of RNA molecules. The first paper scheduled is “A Survey of Nematode SmY RNAs”1; its corresponding Wikipedia summary can be found here. The goal…

Disappearing Jobs

Sad news from the MLA, as reported by Inside Higher Ed. Today the Modern Language Association is releasing information on just how bad the situation is: The number of job postings in the MLA’s Job Information List will be down 21 percent in 2008-9, the steepest annual decline in its 34-year history. For English language and literature, the drop will be 22.2 percent and for foreign languages, 19.6 percent. Not…