Archive for the ‘Open Access Week’ Category

Happy Halloween Folks! As you may have guessed from the title of this post, I’ve transformed… into FrankenGulliver! or Gulliverstein whichever way you prefer, just my take on Frankenstein’s monster for Halloween.

It was Open Access Week last week and I’ve been super busy promoting open access across the globe. I’ve just returned from Ghana where I was taking part in Open Access Africa 2011.

I had a turtley cool time and made lots of new pals. You can read all about it and join the discussion here, and don’t forget to check out the photos on Facebook. I also visited the good ol’ US of A this week, and there are some great photos on my Facebook page of me and my new mates at Texas A&M University Libraries.

It’s the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and here at BioMed Central we’ve come over all pink. That’s because Friday the 28th October was ‘wear it pink’ day for Breast Cancer Campaign and I donned a pink shell for the occasion. We’ve had lots of research published in our journal Breast Cancer Research this month including potential causes, risk factors and even a potential new breast cancer therapy! It’s not too late to join in the campaign so check out the  Breast Cancer Campaign website.

I hope you all have a spooky Halloween. Until next time gullivites! Until next time… Mwahahahahaha!

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G’day there peeps! So it’s been a busy week at Biomed central, lots of super cool research! Including new research that shows how some birds such as pigeons, flamingoes and emperor penguins, produce milk like secretions called ‘crop milk’ to feed their young, the study was published by the cool dudes at BMC Genomics and shows that the ‘milk’ has a similar function as mammalian milk, like all you humanoids out there. It has even been suggested that knowing the genes involved in the process could lead to increasing production of crop milk in birds, so we could all enjoy a glass of pigeon milk, though I don’t think it will be marketed for turtles.

Aargh Landlubbers! It was international talk like a pirate day this week and I decided to join in on the fun, talking like a pirate all day. Oh boy was I sick of saying “Ahoy!”  But I loved dressing up in my specially made costume! (it’s not easy when you have a shell y’know)

In turtle news, researchers are trying to piece together a turtely jigsaw puzzle:  a 65 million year old turtle that was unearthed in New Jersey, USA. This humpty dumpty is being carefully put back together after breaking into hundreds of pieces over the many years it lay hidden. The discovery could help provide insight into turtle evolution, and finding  answers about how we are related to other species.  Turtley cool!

We’ve had some special visitors this month, all the way from the land down under. That’s right it’s Save the Koala Month, and I’ve been meeting some cuddly new friends. The Australian Koala Foundation have some great ideas for fundraising, you can even adopt a Koala! Check out my Facebook page to see more pictures of me and my new friends.

Don’t forget, Open Access Week  is not too far away and this year they plan to make it bigger than ever! So make sure you’re prepared.

That’s all from me for this week peeps, I hope you have a turtley great weekend!

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These past few weeks have been all go-go-go! I have dispatched some of my highly trained clones to several conferences around the world. Here we are in Atlanta at the 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. See us shouting about the benefits of open access for all?

Nominations for BioMed Central’s 5th Annual Research Awards are open – if you know someone who has published a paper with my buddies at BioMed Central and you think it’s good enough to be considered by our panel of judges just drop us a line and nominate. We have prizes for biology, medicine or open data, they could be yours!

Let’s not forget it’s Movember, folks. Come on dudes, put down those razors and grow a tash like me and raise awareness for prostate cancer and men’s health.

There are lots of International Days happening this week. Today is UNESCO World Science Day which raises awareness of the impact science has on society. It is also Internet Week Europe. Hosted by London, this is the first five-day festival that celebrates the internet to be run outside of the Big Apple. Like the open structure of the internet, the entire European internet community is invited to get stuck in and program the festival – open structure, open celebrations. Any European individual or organisation can add an event to the official calendar and have it showcased and promoted online.

At BioMed Central we don’t just celebrate the powers of the internet and OA in Europe and North America…our Open Access Africa is in full swing, at Kenyatta University, Kenya where we are discussing OA in an African context.

Finally check out this little nugget. A study published in our journal Substance Abuse, Treatment, Prevention and Policy suggests that youngsters who dislike school are twice as likely to be involved in under-age drinking. Love science and stay clean, it’s a win-win situation!

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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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