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The Research Works Act

There has been a lot of discussion online about the Research Works Act, an American bill (discussed here) that would make it illegal for a US government agency to have policies requiring research they fund be available as open access. As far as I know, only NIH does this now.

I would like to know:

  • Does Karger have a position on this?
  • Does…

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 6:20am

Demonstrating syngeny

There’s much excitement about a new paper in Science that shows how ants have hidden potential. In short, there are a few species of ants that can produce “supersoldiers”. Other ant species, however, can also make supersoliders when they are experimentally give the right dose of hormone.

Crudely, it looks like the ants’ ancestors had the ability by changing the hormone levels, but the pathway that was sensitive to the hormone remained. When species started to evolve differences in…


Posted on January 10, 2012 at 3:00am

Non-nuclear nano neurons

(Crossposted from NeuroDojo)

Living things are made out of cells. Most people with even a passing familiarity with cells knows some of the parts that they have. A membrane to keep the outside out and the inside in. Some mitochondria for energy. Some endoplasmic reticulum to make your proteins. But the part of the cell that is the most familiar, the most famous, the big mac daddy of organelles, is the home of DNA, the center, the nucleus.

But now, my friends!…


Posted on November 19, 2011 at 3:08pm

It's nothing personal, it's just that my brain is bigger than yours

(Crossposted from NeuroDojo)

Now you may be thinking that lemurs are all just the same. You know, cute and cuddly adorableness. But let me tell you, you would be mistaken.…


Posted on December 12, 2010 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

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