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 ‘Open access publishing: a viable solution for society publishers‘ 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. Open Access Week is now on Ning – 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 BMC Biology 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 BMC Ecology 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 BMC Biology 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!
developing a product to make humans green like me!
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