Submitting, the end-game

I came in to work today, and there was Ricardo submitting a manuscript with some support from Maja. It is actually amazing when a project reaches this stage, that a project reaches this stage. First it is an idea and the material is collected. It is all fresh here, a new cool idea. Then it…

Arkeologiturné

Vacation, what to do when on vacation? Why not go and listen to the information about Sandby borg this evening? At least if you are living in southern Sweden. Today, at 17.00, at Hatten in Malmö (http://www.farihatten.se). The story behind Sandby borg contains everything you want to see in Vikings and Game of Thrones, and…

To Moscow! To Moscow! To Moscow!

Moscow is a place I visited much in my youth, but I have not been here for nearly two decades. Back then it was everything but work that brought me here (at least on my earliest visits), but that was then. Now I was told by Maria Dobrovolskaya that she may have spotted some common…

They can never leave

These have been some productive days, Anna Linderholm and Cristina Valdiosera have been here producing. Both Anna and Cris are on my list of “very good researchers”, why I would host them any day of the week. And also, why there is always a lot of data where ever they have been. For example, Anna…

Nostalgia

Swedish midsummer brings a lot of feelings, and sometimes some nostalgia. So where does it take us, nostalgia? Perhaps to a laboratory in Uppsala some 10 years ago or so. Where I was loading a minigel with some 20 PCR products. After having extracted DNA from some freaking ancient domesticates (cause back in those days…

Challenges of cross-disciplinary work

Cross-disciplinary science does present a number of challenges. But it is also very rewarding. It is often in-between established sciences one finds solution to problems that have been complicated to address previously, or even completely new and super-interesting problems to work with. Much of today was dedicated to preparing a re-submission of one of our…

Group-size and output

My good friend Love just provided me with a paper by Cook, Grange, and Eyre-Walker. About group-size and productivity. They have played around with group-sizes, different types of group-members, and different types of output. And they have some good data to work with, and do good statistics. A good paper it seems to me. Part…

Another writing session

A new two-day writing session. This time closer to home, in Uppsala. These events have their own qualities, and I am always amazed by them. The force from the creativity and concentration by a small groups of researchers locked up in one room is enough to turn data and analytical results into a first manuscript-draft,…

Summer is the time for visitors

What do you do when you have an ever increasing amount of material and data, and the work-force are loaded with projects already? You invite guest-researchers! And then it is all about selling the material and datasets to them. This usually works better if the name of the site is full of X and Z…

Footballers and peer-reviewers

Cristiano Ronaldo is an amazing footballer, so is Messi, and Zlatan and Müller too for that sake. But they are all but bleak shadows of Diego Maradona. The little Argentinian were able to do things that no one have been able to do before or after him. Nevertheless, I would not defend that divine hand,…

Georgia, where so much began

Georgia is good for many things, including wine and history. And archaeogenetics of course. Archaeogenetics takes you around the globe. And Georgia has a geographical location somewhere in-between Europe and Asiat that makes it a demographic hot-spot. Humans have been coming here since they left Africa, and it is no coincidence that the oldest human…

“The graph on the wall tells the story of it all”

Meetings is an an interesting issue. Getting people together and focus on something is usually quit productive. We have a lot of those. War-rooms when we spend a day working on a specific data-set, journal clubs when we get together to examine a published paper, the ATLAS-days, methods-days when we spend a day going over…