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Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for October! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. Our papers this month feature findings that fall somewhere between being creepy and being awesome. It depends on how easily you’re scared. (Big, scary monsters can be awesome, too.)   Fireflies. Photo credit: Jon Liu, Flickr.com Paper #1. The Creepy Decline of Flying Insects Did you see any fireflies this summer? Our first High Five paper is Halloween worthy – not for the presence of things that go “buzz” in … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for September! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. Our papers this month detail a wide range of exciting and sometimes controversial discoveries, from the celebrated grave of a female Viking warrior, to a “pen” that can potentially detect cancer cells in seconds while a patient is on the operating table.     Viking Helmets. Credit: Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland – Viking Arms and Armor Paper #1. Wonder Woman Our first High Five paper is … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for August! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. Apart from being the start of a devastating hurricane season in the United States, the month of August 2017 was all about human health in media coverage of scientific papers.   Beautiful carbs. Photo by Brisbane Falling, Flickr.com Paper #1. Fats before Carbs Our first High Five paper is “Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE),” published in … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for July! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. The theme for this month’s papers is Good News, Bad News, and Wow News. As we’ve seen before, many of the most popular scientific papers published in July revolve around human (and environmental) health.   Eadweard Muybridge – Provided directly by Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Paper #1. Living (microbial) Computers Could our future computers be living, literally made out of living cells? Our first High Five paper … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for June! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. June saw the return of a human health theme in media coverage about new research studies. Human health scares and updated information about the origin of Homo sapiens made headline splashes this month.   8 women with the same Body Mass Index rating (BMI – 30). Select Research, 09-09-08, via Wikimedia. Paper #1. Obesity and Health Our first High Five paper is “Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for May! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. This month’s papers are all about health.   Image: Garbage on East Beach, Henderson Island. Credit: Jennifer Lavers. Paper #1. Plastic, Plastic Everywhere Our first High Five paper is “Exceptional and rapid accumulation of anthropogenic debris on one of the world’s most remote and pristine islands,” published in PNAS in May 2017. The study provides “a comprehensive analysis of the quantity and source of beach-washed plastic debris on one … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for April! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. This month’s papers describe high-impact findings that have to potential to change our perspectives on various scientific issues and questions. But some of these findings are controversial, and often require more evidence if they are to be paradigm shifts in our understanding of the world. Illustration: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia / Nature Communications Paper #1. Artificial Wombs Our first High Five paper is “An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for March! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. This month’s papers all come from high-impact journals. They are at times game-changing, controversial, groovy and thought-provoking. If they have anything in common, it’s that they all prompt potential changes in the way we think about how the world and its living systems work or worked in the past.   Great Barrier Reef. Image credit: Wise Hok Wai Lum, Wiki. Paper #1. Ode to Corals. Our first High Five paper, … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five for February! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. This month’s papers all have big, catchy headlines, from the earliest life on earth, to earth-like exoplanets, to human longevity.   Tubes of hematite, an iron-rich mineral, might be evidence of microbial billions of years ago. Matthew Dodd/University College London Paper #1. The Earliest Life on Earth – Found? Our first High Five paper appeared in Nature last week with the headline-making title “Evidence for early life in Earth’s oldest … Read More
Welcome to the Altmetric High Five! On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research outputs Altmetric has seen attention for that month. This month’s most popular research papers have little in common. However, the findings reported within them are all striking in some way, from eye-opening, to weird, to promising for human health, to controversial or downright disturbing. Without further ado… Credit: Bindaas Madhavi, Flickr.com Paper #1. Gender Stereotypes Hold Back Girls and Boys Our first High Five paper is “Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children’s interests,” published in Science … Read More