Aerial silk dancers and the launch of the Nature ENCODE Project

Science-related social media was abuzz on September 5, 2012 in regards to the launch of the Nature ENCODE database.  @NatureMagazine could not contain their excitement, with a variety of tweets:  announcing the new venture, linking to the database, movies about the database, and even pictures of aerial silk dancers at their Nature ENCODE launch press conference.

The Nature ENCODE Project launch press conference included aerial silk dancers, seen here imitating concatenated DNA. The image was reproduced from http://www.facebook.com/nature.

Aerial silk dancers? Yes, these dancers were imitating various DNA elements, including looped DNA (as seen above) and primed DNA polymerases, found here.

What was the reason for all this fanfare? What is Nature ENCODE?

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Science Journals and Social Media

@NatureCellBio Tweet about @NatureStructMolBio Article from the Cole and Leahy Labs

While keeping up with current science literature and news is a never-ending task, the use of social media platforms by popular science journals and organizations may have begun to ease the burden.  Many journals have increasingly active Twitter accounts.  In 140 characters or less, they may summarize and link to a current article or tweet to another journal about one of their articles.  As a graduate student, establishing a twitter account and following various journals will result in a Twitter newsfeed populated with tweets about a wide variety of journal topics.  There is a definite advantage to the breadth of articles you will see tweeted about.

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