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Encyclopedia of Life goes live

By | February 25, 2008

Almost one year after the linkurl:Encyclopedia of Life;http://www.eol.org/ announced its plan to construct a comprehensive, online catalog of biodiversity, the website will unveil its first 30,000 species pages tomorrow (Feb. 26). With $50 million from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and other funders, and scientific support from a gaggle of universities and museums, the Encyclopedia of Life began digitizing and organizing scientific informatio

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Animal rights extremists restrained

By | February 22, 2008

A California judge linkurl:issued;http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/judge-orders-extremists-to-stop-45534.aspx a temporary linkurl:restraining order;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54356/ yesterday (Feb. 21) against three underground animal rights groups and five individuals associated with these groups to prevent them from harassing and threatening UCLA scientists who conduct experiments with animals, according to the university. The restraining order prohibits members of the UCLA

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Insect Art Winners: A slideshow

By | February 22, 2008

For 25 years, a university town in Illinois has become insect central for day thanks to entomologist linkurl:May Berenbaum's;http://www.life.uiuc.edu/entomology/faculty/berenbaum.html Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The festival - which will celebrate its 25th year tomorrow (Feb. 23) - usually features a few campy films starring insects (more linkurl:Mothra,;http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055198/ less linkurl:David Attenborough),;http://www.imdb.com/tit

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James Watson supports Obama

By | February 22, 2008

In an intriguing election-year twist, James Watson, the linkurl:renowned biologist;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/36882/ who made headlines last October when he told the linkurl:__Sunday Times__;http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2677098.ece that people of African descent were linkurl:less intelligent;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53712/ than white people, has supported a person of African descent for President of the United States, according to the website

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Online methods videos go mainstream

By | February 22, 2008

Scientific and medical publisher Wiley-Blackwell announced this week (February 20) that they will work with the linkurl:Journal of Visualized Experiments;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/37167/ (JoVE), the first online video methods journal, to add methods videos to the journal linkurl:Current Protocols.;http://www.currentprotocols.com/WileyCDA/ Rumors of JoVE's deal with Wiley-Blackwell and other mainstream science publishers have been circulating in the blogosphere since late January

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Pfizer leans on confidential peer review

By | February 22, 2008

The sanctity of peer review is under scrutiny again. Last month Pfizer filed a motion in federal court to force the New England Journal of Medicine to turn over confidential peer review documents for two of their products, Celebrex and Bextra. The company said they need the reviews to help defend themselves in lawsuits involving the two painkillers. But linkurl:Donald Kennedy,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54292/ editor-in-chief of Science, writes in an linkurl:editorial;http://ww

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DNA damage resets body clock

By | February 21, 2008

DNA damage resets the circadian clock in mammals, researchers report in this week's online issue of linkurl:__Current Biology.__;http://www.current-biology.com/content/future Previous studies have shown that DNA damage affects circadian cycles in the fungus __Neospora__. Here, Malgorzata Oklejewicz at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands and colleagues demonstrated the effect not only in mammalian cell lines, but also in mice in vivo. "This interaction between DNA damage respon

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Let's lighten up peer review: NIH

By | February 21, 2008

NIH needs to make life easier for everyone involved in the peer review process - a not surprising conclusion of the agency's peer review working group, which it announced today (February 21) after reviewing thousands of suggestions from stakeholders. Broadly, the recommendations include: -Reduce the administrative burden of applicants, reviewers and NIH staff: Give applicants unambiguous feedback about whether to resubmit or develop a new idea (including the option "NRR'- not recommended for r

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New Scientist is for sale

By | February 21, 2008

Science and medical publishing giant linkurl:Reed Elsevier;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53577/ has announced that is putting Reed Business Information (RBI), the largest business-to-business publisher in the US, up on the auction block. The sale will include __New Scientist__. Although Reed Elsevier also owns __The Lancet__ and __Cell__, among other journals, as well as science and medical textbooks, none of those titles are for sale. RBI also publishes __Variety__ and other consu

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Scientists Without Borders

By | February 21, 2008

Have you ever wondered how your day-to-day work in the lab can contribute to health and science efforts in the developing world? The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) is inviting scientists to offer up their skills and resources toward an effort called "Scientists Without Borders," an online portal that will go live this spring. Not only will researchers be able to offer their skills and expertise, they can also set up collaborations and request patient samples or specimens from organizations

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