Last week was a garbage fire, with the news and all. As a result, I’m (Rachel) going to give myself a pass on this post being many days late. We hope these links give you a good distraction and help you welcome in October and the changing seasons.
This is a fascinating article about methane entering the atmosphere from thawing permafrost. They dive into an arctic lake! “Overall, if Walter Anthony’s findings are correct, the total impact from thawing permafrost could be similar to adding a couple of large fossil-fuel-emitting economies – say, two more Germanys – to the planet. “
If you want to up your #SciComm game check out this huge, free resource.
This is a very thoughtful piece about how teaching students the common underlying point of statistical tests might help them learn more, as opposed to parading as many tests as possible out over the course of the term.
Want to check out a fascinating and strangely beautiful #DataViz of how random the success of an individual published work can be? Click right here. I found this weirdly mesmerizing.
The Atlantic takes a stark look at what was lost in the burning of the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of the month. “Many of these presumably lost specimens were holotypes—the first, best, and most important examples of their kind.” We both thought this fire was significant and each added an article about it. This one does a really nice job of putting into context the importance of museum specimens to ongoing research efforts.