Links To The Damn Paper
February 19, 2013 8:39 AM   Subscribe

Links To The Damn Paper
Hello and welcome to Links to the Damn Paper, an open discussion community showcasing the best in freely-available biology research. If you’ve ever tried to have a discussion about science on the Web and been stymied and frustrated by inaccessible articles, misrepresentation of research in science journalism, or a community that seems uninterested in digging into the actual research behind a topic, then welcome: you are our people. If you’ve ever wished for a place to talk about the Science of Life where you could be sure that the actual articles were available, where compelling research was presented in a way that allowed it to speak for itself, and where you could discuss science with actual scientists and with other people who are passionate about science for its own sake, then you have found your haven.

Links to the Damn Paper strives to be an oasis away from shallow and misleading science media, from the abuse of science as an excuse to have the same tired arguments about the “controversies” of the day, and from the Ontological Oncological Quest (the quest to sort all substances, foods, and activities into things that either Cause or Cure cancer). We are a community of people with a deep interest in making real biological research interesting and accessible, who really dig on digging into the research process and its results. We are striving to keep alive the unpopular notion that scientific research is inherently interesting and doesn’t need to be dressed up and sensationalized to be worth discussing substantively, and for that matter that substantive discussion of primary research is even possible outside the halls of academia.

This is in many ways a continuation of the kinds of posts I've been making on metafilter under the linkstothedamnpaper tag only now with help from metafilter's own amazing Scientist and ChuraChura.
Role: Founder/Editor
posted by Blasdelb (10 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by you must supply a verb on February 19, 2013: Links To The Damn Paper

Yay! Blasdelb's excellent science post series was indeed a major inspiration for this project. We've been working on this for a month or so now, and I'm really lleased at how well it's turning out. We've already got quite a few excellent (if I do say so) posts up, with more coming all the time. Blasdelb and ChuraChura have long been users whom I've admired, and it's been a pleasure to work together with them.

We'd love it if you'd comment! This blog is meant to be a discussion space in a somewhat Metafilterian vein, and its long-term success depends on quality commentary from smart, sexy people like yourselves. And for that matter if you have a paper you'd like to see discussed then we encourage you to submit us a draft! There's a page on the blog for that.

Thanks for checking us out!
posted by Scientist at 8:55 AM on February 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

Well done gents.
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:07 PM on February 19, 2013

(ahem.) ...and female gent.
posted by you must supply a verb at 12:23 PM on February 19, 2013 [2 favorites]

That's me - female gent :-)
posted by ChuraChura at 12:37 PM on February 19, 2013 [2 favorites]

So great.
posted by jessamyn at 2:31 PM on February 19, 2013 [2 favorites]

This is very cool.
posted by gauche at 8:55 AM on March 4, 2013

Great - BUT - does it have an RSS feed?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:48 PM on March 4, 2013

This is fantastic! Kudos!

the man of twists and turns, there may not be a link, but Google Reader found the feed, so there definitely is one.
posted by snofoam at 3:06 AM on March 5, 2013

I'll make sure that it has an RSS link on it, man of twists and turns.
posted by Scientist at 12:37 AM on March 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

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