The many stages of writing a research paper

Timothy Weninger recently submitted a research paper to a computer science conference called World Wide Web. On his way to that, he went through 463 drafts. Bear in mind, this paper has only been submitted, not yet accepted, so there's probably even more edits that are still yet to happen. Welcome to the life of a scientist.

In this video, Weninger created a timelapse showing all the different stages of his writing process, as he added graphs and went through cycles of expanding, contracting, and expanding the text. But mostly expanding. The paper grows from two pages to 10 by the end of the video.

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Via Bill Bell

Pen, removed from woman's stomach after 25 years, still works

Things like this are why medical case reports make for absolutely fabulous reading.

From the Annals of Improbable Research

Via Philip Bump

The discovery of DNA

Fifty-nine years ago this week, James Watson and Frances Crick published their first description of the structure of DNA. You can read the full, historic paper online. Note that the "unpublished experimental results and ideas" of Dr. R. E. Franklin get a shout-out at the end. (Via Pourmecoffee)