Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Science is Awesome
A group of 8-yr old kids in the UK studied bumblebee behavior and published their findings in a peer-reviewed journal. When I was 8 I was playing with Barbies.
"Getting the paper published was a struggle as well. In particular, several journals got stuck on the fact that the paper doesn’t cite any references. Lotto says they left the references out because the historical context wasn’t what inspired the kids, anyway.
“That wasn’t the basis for doing the experiment, it was what was interesting to them. That’s the driver of any quality science study,” Lotto said. 'That’s what I tell my PhD students: Don’t do any reading. Figure out why you wake up in the morning, what you’re passionate about, and then read the literature. But don’t figure out what’s interesting based on what other people say.'”