Don´t intermingle with your neighbour!

While much of the focus in ancient DNA has been on continental-scale questions, it also has the potential of being a great tool when researching specific archaeological questions. This latest paper is an attempt to do just that. And here it is Magdalena Fraser who has been behind the steering-wheel with Jan Storå as the…

Raising questions on the origin of the early European farmers

Today we publish results from re-analysing stone age hunter-gatherers and farmers. As is always the case, we have all participated in the work, and provided for it in one way or another to happen. But also as always, a few people have been coordinating the work, driving it, and invested more time and effort than…

Madness is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome

So, much of this trade is about applying for grants. Sequencing DNA, publishing papers, and employing postdocs costs money, and that money needs to come from somewhere. Usually from an external funding organisation. And the system is mostly fair, you have people who are in some kind of deciding committee with the task to secure…

Setting up office at Stureplan

Now, I have been through this before. To write an application you need few things. One is a computer, another is time (not much, but some). And you also need coffee. And after a while you will get hungry from all that applicational work, and need food to keep the application from turning nasty and…

Climate change impacts on human health in the pre industrial era

The Swedish science funder FORMAS published their latest decision on which projects they selected this year to fund. Among them was Hans Linderholms “Climate change impacts on human health in the pre industrial era”. There are a few things to note with this project. First of all, it is interesting. It is about human adaptation,…

More on open access

If you want the good grants, then you need the good publications. Some juicy stuff in high-impact journals. Cool material from mythical sites providing significance for or against some classic hypothesis. And a certain amount of media coverage t to go with it. If you can get e few of those, then you are also…

“In the port of Ostia there’s a sailor who sings…”

It is fun to to take a walk through all the offices just to get an update on what is going on in the group, and feel the vibrations from focused and concentrated work as well as from creative chaos. Depending on what office one visit and when. But these days it is kind of…

Recent relevant papers

The latest days have seen a number of interesting and relevant papers published. Just now Love Daléns team published sex-identificatiosn on mammoths in Current Biology. And those were used to discuss social behaviour in the species. From Arne Ludwigs team there was a short note in Nature Ecology & Evolution on coat-colour adaptation in post-glacial…

Today is a good day

Today is a good day. Today I congratulate two of my ATLAS-colleagues from Uppsala. Torsten Günther and Helena Malmström. Both received fundings from Vetenskapsrådet for their projects respectively. It is good for them to secure the possibility for interesting research the next few years, it is good for ATLAS when its participants are successful in…

What is a dataset worth?

If you have been in the trade long enough you will have old unpublished datasets. And there may be different reasons for this. Mostly it is your own fault, you prioritized something else or you found something more interesting to work with, and the dataset got stuck somewhere in the process. But it may also…