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Library news, no. 535, The Shorttle Cocktail edition

As retweeted by @Sim0nRedfern – does anyone disagree?

To stop REF game playing, why not let everyone take part?

David Price argues that axeing staff selection would remove the temptation to manipulate data and protect careers …

Interesting view of academics from an ex-manager’s perspective

Academics, you need to be managed. It’s time to accept that

7 Crazy Realities of Scientific Publishing

A slightly tongue in cheek description of the process, worth the read I thought

The scientific method is one of the cornerstones of science (the others being lab coats and the use of Greek letters in equations). First you make an observation (“why is my car making a funny noise?”), then you form a hypothesis (“it sounds like my tire is flat”), make a testable prediction (“if my tire is flat, then it should be deflated when I pull my car over and look at it”), and finally obtain data by performing your test (“Yes, it’s flat! I’m a Science God!…Oh, shit.”).

Modern science has added another step to the scientific method that you didn’t learn in third grade: publish your results. Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals are arguably the most important avenue for scientists to follow the research of others and share their own research with other scientists or the public. However, the rise of academic publishing companies as insanely profitable businesses and the intense pressure on scientists to publish has poked so many holes in the scientific method that it now resembles an undergrad’s lab coat after experiments with sulfuric acid.

Sharing Research Data and Intellectual Property Law: A Primer

Sharing research data by depositing it in connection with a published article or otherwise making data publicly available sometimes raises intellectual property questions in the minds of depositing researchers, their employers, their funders, and other researchers who seek to reuse research data. In this context or in the drafting of data management plans, common questions are (1) what are the legal rights in data; (2) who has these rights; and (3) how does one with these rights use them to share data in a way that permits or encourages productive downstream uses? Leaving to the side privacy and national security laws that regulate sharing certain types of data, this Perspective explains how to work through the general intellectual property and contractual issues for all research data.

3 Industries that will be hit by climate change

The title says it all

Could this be useful? How to Think Like a Computer Scientist

Learning with Python: Interactive Edition 2.0 Welcome! Take a tour, experiment with Python, join more than 850,000 other readers in learning how to think like a computer scientist with Python.

WARPIT (pronounce ‘warp it’ rather than ‘war pit’ as I first read it)

This looks like a good idea, WarpIt   is a network that allows you to find and/or dispose of items that you need or not longer need. I’ve got some old toner cartridges I would like to get rid of, I’ll see how it goes and let you know.

Do you want science? Yeah!!!! Do you want it Naked? err maybe …

What you really want is to hear all about climate change as reported by the naked scientists? Here it is as produced by our very own band new Dr Jo Kerr & featuring another new succesful recent PhD Dr Julia Gottschalkk – congratulations to you both.  You can listen to it on line or download it from here.

Let’s learn a new language

hurrah, sign up with the Cambridge University Language Programme (CULP) for next easter, very relaxing. Transferrable skills galore.


The Dino Song

David Norman tells all about the Dino craze than swept the country a century and a half ago. And also, did you know that there was such a thing as CambridgeTV?

Here are the videos from the launch of the William Smith map in the museum

The first is Ken McNamara giving some background about how we came to get this glorious map up on the museum wall and introducing Hugh Torrens who gave a shorth(-ish) talk about William Smith and the circumstances surrounding the creation of the map, Smith himself & his enemies



Make sure to subscribe to the department’s latest YouTube Channel

Cambridge Volcano Seismology

Here’s one they made earlier


Supermoon Lunar Eclipse- on Sunday 27th


Read all abut here


Campbell, G. E. and Walker, R. T. and Abdrakhmatov, K. and Jackson, J. and Elliott, J. R. and Mackenzie, D. and Middleton, T. and Schwenninger, J.-L. (2015) Great earthquakes in low strain rate continental interiors: An example from SE Kazakhstan. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. n/a-n/a. ISSN 2156-2202 eissn 2169-9313 DOI 10.1002/2015JB011925

Evans, Nicholas P. and Turchyn, Alexandra V. and Gázquez, Fernando and Bontognali, Tomaso and Chapman, Hazel J. and Hodell, David A. (2015) Coupled measurements of δ^18O and δD of hydration water and salinity of fluid inclusions in gypsum from the Messinian Yesares Member, Sorbas Basin (SE Spain). Earth and Planetary Science Letters. ISSN 0012-821X (In Press)

Flecker, Rachel and Krijgsman, Wout and Capella, Walter and de Castro Martíns, Cesar and Dmitrieva, Evelina and Mayser, Jan Peter and Marzocchi, Alice and Modestou, Sevasti and Ochoa, Diana and Simon, Dirk and Tulbure, Maria and van den Berg, Bas and van der Schee, Marlies and de Lange, Gert and Ellam, Robert and Govers, Rob and Gutjahr, Marcus and Hilgen, Frits and Kouwenhoven, Tanja and Lofi, Johanna and Meijer, Paul and Sierro, Francisco J. and Bachiri, Naima and Barhoun, Nadia and Alami, Abdelwahid Chakor and Chacon, Beatriz and Flores, Jose A. and Gregory, John and Howard, James and Lunt, Dan and Ochoa, Maria and Pancost, Rich and Vincent, Stephen and Yousfi, Mohamed Zakaria (2015) Evolution of the Late Miocene Mediterranean–Atlantic gateways and their impact on regional and global environmental change. Earth-Science Reviews, 150. pp. 365-392. ISSN 0012-8252 DOI 10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.08.007

Freeman, E. and Skinner, L. C. and Reimer, R. and Scrivner, A. E. and Fallon, S. (2015) Graphitization of small carbonate samples for palaeoceanographic research at the Godwin Radiocarbon Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Radiocarbon: an international journal of cosmosgenic isotopic research. ISSN ISSN: 0033-8222 (In Press)

Freeman, E. and Skinner, L. C. and Tisserand, A. and Dokken, T. and Timmermann, A. and Menviel, L. and Friedrich, T. (2015) An Atlantic–Pacific ventilation seesaw across the last deglaciation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 424. pp. 237-244. ISSN 0012-821X DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.05.032

Gilligan, Amy and Priestley, Keith F. and Roecker, Steven W. and Levin, Vadim and Rai, S. S. (2015) The crustal structure of the western Himalayas and Tibet. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 120 (5). pp. 3946-3964. ISSN 2156-2202 DOI 10.1002/2015JB011891

Gottschalk, Julia and Skinner, Luke C. and Misra, Sambuddha and Waelbroeck, Claire and Meenviel, Laurie and Timmermann, Axel (2015) Northern control of glacial abrupt ocean circulation changes in the deep, sub-Antarctic Atlantic Ocean. Nature Geoscience. ISSN 1752-0894 EISSN:1752-0908 (In Press)

Greer, Heather F. and Zhou, Wuzong and Guo, Li (2015) Phase transformation of Mg-calcite to aragonite in active-forming hot spring travertines. Mineralogy and Petrology, 109 (4). pp. 453-462. DOI 10.1007/s00710-015-0367-5

Heilbronn, G. and Boulvais, P. and Marchand, E. and Robin, C. and Bourquin, S. and Barrier, L. and Jia, Y. and Fu, B. and Jolivet, M. (2015) Stable isotope characterization of pedogenic and lacustrine carbonates from the Chinese Tian Shan: Constraints on the Mesozoicâ-Lower Cenozoic palaeoenvironmental evolution. Chemie der Erde – Geochemistry, 75 (1). pp. 133-141. ISSN 0009-2819 DOI 10.1016/j.chemer.2014.11.004

Heinonen, Jussi S. and Jennings, Eleanor S. and Riley, Teal R. (2015) Crystallisation temperatures of the most Mg-rich magmas of the Karoo LIP on the basis of Al-in-olivine thermometry. Chemical Geology, 411. pp. 26-35. ISSN 00092541 DOI 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2015.06.015

Howell, Andy and Jackson, James and England, Philip and Higham, Thomas and Synolakis, Costas (2015) Late Holocene uplift of Rhodes, Greece: evidence for a large tsunamigenic earthquake and the implications for the tectonics of the eastern Hellenic Trench System. Geophysical Journal International, 203 (1). pp. 459-474. ISSN ISSN: 0956-540X, ESSN: 1365-246X DOI 10.1093/gji/ggv307

Iwalewa, Tajudeen M. and Makkawi, Mohammed H. (2015) Site characterization and risk assessment in support of the design of groundwater remediation well near a hazardous landfill. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 8 (3). pp. 1705-1715. ISSN 1866-7511 DOI 10.1007/s12517-014-1300-7

Joakim, E. P. and Abbott, R. P. and White, R. S. (2015) Emotions and beliefs after disaster: a comparative analysis in Haiti and Indonesia. Disasters. ISSN Online ISSN: 1467-7717 (In Press)

Kele, Sá¡ndor and Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M. and Capezzuoli, Enrico and Nele Meckler, A. and Ziegler, Martin and Millan, Isabel M. and Kluge, Tobias and Deá¡k, József and Hanselmann, Kurt and John, Cédric M. and Yan, Hao and Liu, Zaihua and Bernasconi, Stefano M. (2015) Temperature dependence of oxygen- and clumped isotope fractionation in carbonates: a study of travertines and tufas in the 6-95°C temperature range. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta. ISSN 0016-7037 DOI 10.1016/j.gca.2015.06.032 (In Press)

Lascu, Ioan and Harrison, Richard J. and Li, Yuting and Muraszko, Joy R. and Channell, James E. T. and Piotrowski, Alexander M. and Hodell, David A. (2015) Magnetic unmixing of first-order reversal curve diagrams using principal component analysis. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems – GCubed. n/a-n/a. ISSN 1525-2027 DOI 10.1002/2015GC005909 (In Press)

Myers, Christopher G. and Oster, Jessica L. and Sharp, Warren D. and Bennartz, Ralf and Kelley, Neil P. and Covey, Aaron K. and Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M. (2015) Northeast Indian stalagmite records Pacific decadal climate change: Implications for moisture transport and drought in India. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (10). pp. 4124-4132. ISSN 0094–8276 DOI 10.1002/2015GL063826

Parnell-Turner, Ross and White, N. J. and McCave, I. Nick and Henstock, Tim and Murton, Bramley and Jones, Stephen M. (2015) Architecture of North Atlantic Contourite Drifts Modified by Transient Circulation of the Icelandic Mantle Plume. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems. ISSN 1525-2027 (Submitted)

Salje, E. K. H. and Ding, X. and Aktas, O. (2014) Domain glass. physica status solidi (b), 251. pp. 2061-2066. ISSN 0370-1972, ESSN: 1521-3951 DOI 10.1002/pssb.201350242

Salje, E. K. H. and Li, S. and Zhao, Ziyuan and Gumbsch, P. and Ding, X. (2015) Polar twin boundaries and nonconventional ferroelectric switching. Applied Physics Letters, 106 (ARTN 2). ISSN 0003-6951, ESSN: 1077-3118 DOI 10.1063/1.4922036

Schuler, J. and Greenfield, Tim and White, R. S. and Roecker, Steven W. and Brandsdóttir, Bryndís and Stock, Joan M. and Tarasewicz, Jon and Martens, Hilary and Pugh, David (2015) Seismic imaging of the shallow crust beneath the Krafla central volcano, NE Iceland. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. ISSN 0148-0227 (In Press)

Shorttle, Oliver and Moussallam, Yves and Hartley, Margaret E. and Maclennan, John and Edmonds, Marie and Murton, Bramley J. (2015) Fe-XANES analyses of Reykjanes Ridge basalts: Implications for oceanic crust’s role in the solid Earth oxygen cycle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 427. pp. 272-285. ISSN 0012-821X DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.07.017

Wilson, David J. and Galy, Albert and Piotrowski, Alexander M. and Banakar, Virupaxa K. (2015) Quaternary climate modulation of Pb isotopes in the deep Indian Ocean linked to the Himalayan chemical weathering. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 424. pp. 256-268. ISSN 0012-821X DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.05.014

Winter, Amos and Zanchettin, Davide and Miller, Thomas and Kushnir, Yochanan and Black, David and Lohmann, Gerrit and Burnett, Allison and Haug, Gerald H. and Estrella-Martínez, Juan and Breitenbach, Sebastian F. M. and Beaufort, Luc and Rubino, Angelo and Cheng, Hai (2015) Persistent drying in the tropics linked to natural forcing. Nature Communications, 6. p. 7627. ISSN 2041-1723 DOI 10.1038/ncomms8627