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Category: High Five

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
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 all describe findings of rather large proportions – some on firm footing and some on less solid ground. By the end of this article, your brain will be buzzing with questions.   A microelectrode array and a silicon model of a primate’s brain, as well as a pulse generator used to stimulate electrodes implanted on the spinal cord. Cred: Alain Herzog / EPFL Paper #1. Paralysed Monkeys … 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 study objects that span from tiny brain plaques, to the oldest known microbes, to the world’s tallest mammal. It’s a month of extremes, in both objects of scientific discovery as well as occasionally science news headlines.     Histopathologic image of senile plaques seen in the cerebral cortex of a person with Alzheimer’s disease of presenile onset. Image credit: KGH/Wikipedia Paper #1. Cautious Hope … 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 theme is solved (maybe) mysteries.   Greenland Shark. Image credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program Paper #1. Meet the Greenland Shark, The longest-lived Vertebrate Our first High Five paper this month is “Eye lens radiocarbon reveals centuries of longevity in the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus),” a report published in Science magazine. The paper provides evidence, through radiocarbon dating of eye tissue, that the Greenland shark … 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 theme is Health all the way, from keys to human health found in noses and ancient bones, to bad news about bulldog health. Credit: Matt Madd, Flickr.com Paper #1. Is sitting all day bad for your health if you exercise after work? Our first High Five paper is “Does physical activity attenuate, or even eliminate, the detrimental association of sitting time with mortality?” The study … 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 theme is Big Trends – trends throughout history for dinosaurs, human mortality, melting ice caps and more. Without further ado, here are the most popular academic papers in April 2016. Paper #1. If you aren’t rich, where you live affects how long you’ll live. Image credit: barnyz, Flickr.com Our first high five paper is “The Association Between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014,” published April … 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 theme is evolution and genetics – of bacteria, of monsters, and even of unibrows.   B0010027 Cross section through mycoplasma mycoides Paper #1. Our top paper this month is “Design and synthesis of a minimal bacterial genome,” published in Science magazine. In the study, researchers from the Craig Venter Institute built a minimal genome, or a genome including only the genes essential for life. Read More
Welcome to this month’s High Five at Altmetric. On a monthly basis, my High Five posts examine a selection of the most popular research papers Altmetric has seen attention for that month. This month, we are paying special attention to research papers on the topic of Zika. All Countries and Territories with Active Zika Virus Transmission. Image: CDC An Emerging Zika Pandemic “The Zika virus (ZIKV), a flavivirus related to yellow fever, dengue, West Nile, and Japanese encephalitis, originated in the Zika forest in Uganda and was discovered in a rhesus monkey in 1947.” – … Read More
Welcome to a new year of 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 theme is changing history. The top scientific papers this month according to Altmetric.com all have big implications for our understanding of human, and celestial, history.   Pluto may no longer be a planet, but another “planet nine” may lurk beyond it. Pluto in false color. Image credit: NASA’s … Read More