Re-thinking Mendeley

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I’ve got a blog post I’d like to fin­ish here, but it needs time for me to sit down and write it prop­erly. One of the things that has eaten my time instead is look­ing over Mendeley. In the past I haven’t used it because I haven’t had a need for it. I already have accounts on Zotero, CiteULike and I have a copy of Papers for my PDFs. I think this could change as I’ve been work­ing with Mendeley accounts for AoBBlog.

If you visit AoBBlog you’ll see a Bibliographies option on the menu bar, and drop­ping down from that four options. Three of these are shared col­lec­tions and Pollination is cur­ated by David Frost, the man­aging editor of the Annals of Botany. These are all admin­istered at Mendeley. I’ve set up Arabidopsis, Ecology and Nutrition as shared col­lec­tions so that when people who know more about Arabidopsis etc. than me sign up, they can keep the bib­li­o­graphy up-to-date. The reason you can see it on the web­site and not have to guess which AoB staff mem­ber is keep­ing the col­lec­tion on Mendeley is that Mendeley now has an API, allow­ing me to pull data out of the site. There’s also a WordPress plu­gin for Mendeley and that’s how I’ve been able to put some­thing quickly on the web rather than try to delve into JSON myself.

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Debunking Scooby-Doo — Carnivorous plants need plenty of light

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I’m sure there’s an epis­ode of Scooby-Doo where Scooby finds a man/dog-eating plant in a dark deser­ted man­sion. I think it’s in the epis­ode where Scooby gets so scared that he jumps, quak­ing, into Shaggy’s arms. Anyway it turns out that tales of the giant talk­ing dog are not 100% sci­en­tific­ally accur­ate — car­ni­vor­ous plants need plenty of light.