I am a neuroscientist. I have to admit that I have read more neuroscience before my Ph.D. than during; I used to read papers every single day. Then I got to GradSchool and between research, classes, research, journal clubs, talks, conferences, research, teaching, departmental duties, writing, and – did I mention it? – research! I had very little precious time dedicated to reading. As such, my reading was restricted to those .pdfs that I saved with repeated letters, caps, and underscore in their filename (e.g.__MUUUSSST_READveryimp), which were usually very related to my own work. Then I got to postdoc and things did not change much. Many times I wished there was somebody out there to skim through the thousands of papers published every week and give me a simple, distilled version of the weekly advances of my field and not only, being the geek that I am; just enough to have an idea of what’s going on. Even if I will still not be able to read all those thousands of papers, I may be able to bring to you a few articles per week that you can get the gist of it in less than a minute. I will attempt to write the synopsis in such a way that both non-professional and professional readers can benefit. Every now and then I will feature an older paper, for who among us has read them all? Happy reading!
EDIT 1 [January 2018]: The above signify my intentions when I started this blog, in 2015. Now… I don’t know what it is anymore. Not all blog posts cover freshly published papers anymore; for example, “the FIRSTS” series covers original discoveries with big impact and is increasing rapidly. Some blog posts definitely require more than 60 seconds worth of reading, some cover more than one paper, and yet others are just images from the “And now you know…” series. I don’t know what will I do with the contents of this blog yet, nor what transformations will it suffer in the future, if any. But I do know three things:
- This is a science blog. I was, am, and will always scrupulously reference anything that I post.
- I am trying to make my posts easily understandable for non-specialists. Comments and questions are always welcomed.
- I owe GT – my very good friend who convinced me to start the blog – a debt of gratitude because I’m enjoying it.
Hope you do too.