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Archive for February 22nd, 2012

Enrico Coiera: Science as Haiku (Or how to get a PhD in 20 tweets)

22 Feb, 12 | by BMJ Group

It’s easy to dismiss Twitter, a network that links people using messages of 140 characters or less, but it fills a genuine social gap. If Facebook is an archipelago of islands held together by social ties, Twitter is the shifting current that bathes them. Where Facebook is faithful, Twitter is promiscuous.

Teaching thinking skills to young researchers is hard, especially when their brains are busy multitasking with Twitter, Facebook, and their lab book all at the same time, and when they demand information in tiny bites, not lengthy academic excursion. more…

Domhnall MacAuley:The “Hole in the wall”

22 Feb, 12 | by BMJ Group

Domhnall MacauleyFrom le paradoxe français to a tiny tavern off a narrow alley in Kilkenny. An unlikely journey. But not, perhaps, if the barman is a cardiologist. Red wine has much more than cardiovascular benefits and it was such a pleasure to enjoy a glass with friends in the company of Michael Conway, with jaunty hat and easy manner, the owner, sommelier, and much more besides. A consultant cardiologist in Kilkenny Hospital, his “Hole in the Wall” wine bar is a museum, a link with the past, and a project born out of his love of history. more…

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