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There’s now just 4 days to go until the big race where BioMed Central takes on Nature Publishing Group. This Tuesday I will join BioMed Central’s MD, Matt Cockerill, along with 20 other colleagues in a run across London. I’ve stepped up my training regime and have been exercising my butt off. We’ve almost raised £1000 for Computer Aid International but we still need your help!  If you’d like to sponsor me and the rest of the BioMed Central team, you can make donations here. I promise to run like the wind. Stay tuned for photos of me going the distance.

I’m turtley excited to learn that the Sparky Awards are back. The awards recognize students, educators and librarians who promote the universal benefits of sharing ideas. This year there’s a video contest to showcase students’ call for open access. The winning entry could receive an iPad!

Ah, to be sure! The first entire genome of an Irish individual has been sequenced. The research, carried out by a team from the University College Dublin and published in Genome Biology, provides an insight into the evolutionary history of this distinct lineage.

In other science news, research published in BMC Biology this week revealed the dangerous sex lives of bed bugs. Who knew?! Now, male bedbugs are known to be very unfussy when it comes to mating, mounting any well-fed bug they can see – regardless of age or gender. But a research team from Lund University has discovered how immature bedbug nymphs, who would  be harmed by the traumatic insemination technique practiced by the males, release alarm pheromones to deter this unwanted attention.

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Howdy from sunny Anaheim, USA! I’m recovering from the Experimental Biology meeting where I’ve been promoting the relaunch of BMC Biology with my BioMed Central peeps, Kiran, Deborah, Miranda, Ciaran and Mike. I was so busy I didn’t even manage to squeeze in a visit to Disneyland despite it being next door!

Working hard/drinking champagne

Sorry for the poor picture quality. You can see me in the background, working hard as usual.

To celebrate the new improved BMC Biology incorporating Journal of Biology, Editor, Miranda Robertson and I hosted a little party at our stand on Monday night. Lots of people turned up to help us celebrate including several Editors-in-Chief from our journals. We had cake, champagne and gave away our new BMC Biology t-shirts – check out the scrum below!

T-shirt scrum

FASEB has to be one of my favourite conferences – there were over 10,000 scientists from a wide range of disciplines. It was turtley cool to meet so many people – lots of them are already open access fans.

Speaking of open access – earlier this week a coalition of President, Provosts, and research Vice Presidents of 27 of the United State’s leading research universities and colleges issued an open letter calling for greatly increased public access to the results of research funded by major federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Last week it was announced that the Berlin 8 Open Access Conference, jointly hosted by Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, and Max Planck Society, Germany, will be held in October 25-27, 2010, in Beijing, China. October’s a busy month for me but I hope to make it there!

In science news, research from one of my favourite journals, BMC Evolutionary Biology, found that an increased proportion of male African buffalo are born during the rainy season. I bet there’s a lot of happy female buffalo out there with so many males to choose from!

Meanwhile, a BMC Research Notes study suggested that martial arts could be the key to helping osteoporosis sufferers fall more safely. Be careful near your grandparents!

A travelling science lab for kids

Finally, as you may recall a couple of weeks ago I held a competition for you to win one of my clones – the winners have now been decided. I’m lovin’ Carole’s suggestion for me to visit the BioBus – a travelling science lab for underprivileged kids. I can’t wait to teach them some turtley cool science experiments.  For those of you who missed out, don’t worry, there’s gonna be loads of other chances to win me throughout the year – just keep your eyes peeled!

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Yo peeps, welcome to my blog. Here you will find the latest open access and science news.

But first, some news about me. As you might’ve heard, I got myself a makeover – I’m now leaner and greener with an ace new shell. I’m Gulliver 2.0! But the good news doesn’t stop there – I’ve also managed to clone myself – not once, not twice, but several thousand times. Right now, there are 1000s of Gullivers swimming over to BioMed Central’s HQ in London. Next stop, world domination! If you become a friend of mine on Facebook you might win one of my clones throughout the year.

Become my friend on Facebook for a chance to win a clone

There’s been some major progress in the world of open access in the past week. Stateside, Congress takes another stride toward public access to research. Yesterday the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA) was introduced to the House of Representatives. The proposed bill would build on the success of the first U.S. mandate for public access to the published results of publicly funded research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and require federal agencies with annual research budgets of over $100 million to provide the public with online access to research articles originating from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

A report in Nature noted that the US government’s push to open up scientific knowledge to all looks set to go into overdrive. Nice to see the US government bringing research out of its shell!

Still in the Americas, Cuba has announced its first forum for Open Access Information as part of the International Information Technology Congress (INFO 2010), April 19 to 23. Turtley cool to see Cuba keepin’ it real.

Some of my colleagues at BioMed Central have published a report entitled which provides some useful case studies for societies wishing to move to the OA model.

Save the date! Open Access Week is 18-24 October, put it in your diaries and let me know how you plan to celebrate. – sign up and you’ll get all the latest updates.

Moving on to science news, here at BioMed Central we’ve been publishing some mad research. First off, a UK study published in found that urine sprays during courtship send mixed messages…in crayfish (Haha, I had you worried there for a minute, right?) Then some researchers in the US and France writing in managed to decode the hyena’s laughter. Check out the study for some crazy soundbytes of hyenas’ giggles.

Walking through urine drives crayfish into an aggressive sexual frenzy apparently! The same can not be said for Turtles!

Finally, last week a report in revealed the first animal living without oxygen – is that cool or what? It also caused a bit of a media frenzy with articles in Popular Science, Wired and the BBC.

Well, that’s it for now folks. I’ll leave you with some photos of me in the lab. Do you like my lab coat? I had it specially made!

Gulliver Turtle's experiments

developing a product to make humans green like me!

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