Best Title Delivers
Below are some good titles from recent issues of Nature.
You may not understand some technical words (altho nature readers are
likely to) but you can see they have these important features:
Take-Home Message Takeaway
- Each reports a result (not a study or type of study).
- Each sentence has well chosen subject, verb and object.
- Each is short but clear.
- Each is a
take-home message takeaway..
Here are some examples.
With technical words you may not know.
- Atomic structure of anthrax protective antigen pore elucidates toxin
translocation. [rearrangement, dislocation, transfer/transport]
- Ancient proteins resolve the evolutionary history of Darwin's
South American ungulates [mammal toe sustains weight in motion]
- Mechanosensory interactions drive
collective behavior in Drosophila [small fruit flies of genus Drosophila]
- Polyploidy [extra sets of chromosomes] can drive
rapid adaption in yeast.
Probably these are clear; altho missing something
- Evolution of Darwin's finches and their beaks revealed by genome
- Highly efficient star formation in NGC 5252 possibly from
- Sexual selection protects against extinction.
[e.g., flour bettle survives]
- A naturally occurring variant of the
human prion protein completely prevents prion disease.
- Dietary emulsifiers [common food aditives] impact the mouse gut
microbiota promoting colitis and metabolic syndrome.
Do short titles work?
- Kangaroos are lefties.
- How boa constrictors really kill.
- Polar winds blow on Titan.
- Astronomers claim first glimpse of primordial stars.
- NASA spies Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting Sun-like star.
Good titles of News articles.
- DNA mutation clock proves tough to set.
- World's whaling slaughter taillied 3 million in century.
- Flowers choose the best pollinators.
- Flu genomes trace H7N9's evolution/spread in China.
- Liquid metal motor moves by itself.
- Chameleons tune cells to change hue.
- Telescope spies early galaxy's birth.
Fixing title of other journal (e.g., PRL).
Physical Review Letters hasn't followed Nature (or its authors
haven't) in constructing titles that have result and hence are THM.
Sensitivity of Ultracold Atoms to Quantized Flux in a Superconducting
Magnetically trapped ultracold atoms respond to
single-quantum flux change in magnetic trap.
- Topological Acoustics
Topological metal can protect submarines from sonar probing.
One nature article has great title, subhead, first sentence and conclusion.
Title: Neanderthas has outsize effects on human biology.
Subhead: From skin disorders to the immune system, sex with archaic
species changed Homo sapiens.
First sentences: Our ancestors were
not a picky bunch. Overwhelming genetic evidence shows that Homo sapiens
had sex with Neanderthals, Denisovans and other archaic relatives. Now
researchers are using large genomics studies to unravel the decidedly
mixed contributions that these ancient romps made to human biology...
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