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CMAJ earns award nom

By | March 24, 2006

The Michener Awards Foundation has nominated the beleaguered Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) for the linkurl:2005 Michener Award;http://www.michenerawards.ca/english/2005finalists.htm for "meritorious public service journalism." The article that earned the journal their latest nod is the same article at the heart of recent debates over editorial practice at the journal, which has seen the resignations of the majority of editors and editorial board members. The linkurl:inve

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Advertising censure for PeTA

By | March 22, 2006

British supporters of animal research are claiming a minor victory this week in their seemingly endless battle with animal rights activists, after the UK?s advertising standards watchdog censured linkurl:People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA).;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23184/ The decision was made against a fundraising leaflet that PeTA had mailed across the UK. The Advertising Standards Authority linkurl:ruled;http://www.asa.org.uk/asa/adjudications/non_broadcast/Ad

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Canadian publisher responds to mass resignations

By | March 17, 2006

Today, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) released an linkurl:Open Letter;http://www.cma.ca/multimedia/CMA/Content_Images/Inside_cma/Media_Release/pdf/2006/CMA_President_Editorial_Board.pdf to the majority of the Editorial board members of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) who resigned this week after ongoing disputes with the CMA over the journal?s editorial independence. In the letter, CMA president Ruth Collins-Nakai says she "takes great exception" to the former

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How not to launch a journal

By | March 16, 2006

Asking prominent people to serve on a journal's editorial board is no simple task. First, you have to identify the leaders in your field. That usually means reading lots of papers, going to meetings, and speaking to a network of experts you trust, among other strategies. For Bentham Science Publishers Ltd, "a major STM journal publisher of 70 online and print journals, and 4 print/online book (series)" that "answers the informational needs of the pharmaceutical, biomedical and medical research c

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Music in the genes

By | March 14, 2006

I caught wind of a study at Newcastle Upon Tyne on musicality the other day. Take a brief internet linkurl:test;http://www.delosis.com/listening to determine whether you can tell brief snippets of midi fashioned melodies apart. The goal, presumably, is sussing out people with amusia. It?s no secret that some can?t carry a tune. Some folks are simply terrible, off-key singers and don?t recognize it no matter what anyone tells them, but a small percentage of folks actually can?t distinguish not

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Win a free LC/MS!

By | March 14, 2006

Have you been wanting to break into linkurl:proteomics;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15735/ or linkurl:metabolomics;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15427/ but just haven?t had the resources? Well you could be in luck. Agilent Technologies will launch Wednesday (March 15) its "Agilent 6000 Series LC/MS Lab Makeover" linkurl:sweepstakes;http://www.agilent.com/about/newsroom/presrel/2006/13mar-ca06015.html -- the winner of which will take home a brand-new Agil

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No grizzly hunt, after all

By | March 10, 2006

The Alberta government has decided to suspend its annual spring grizzly bear hunt for the first time in five years. Last month, linkurl:we reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23143/ that conservationists had accused the province of hiding DNA data on the health of the grizzly population and stripping a critic of the grizzly hunt of his unofficial position as the "go-to" expert on grizzlies. The government has insisted that it was not withholding DNA data, and was merely

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Old mice wanted

By | March 7, 2006

Interested in getting in on some big cash prizes but don?t have the linkurl:sequencing capacity;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/23051/ or rocketry experience to compete in the more well known linkurl:X-prize competitions;http://www.xprizefoundation.com/? If you?re good with mice, all you might need is time. In putting together the linkurl:March feature on aging;http://www.the-scientist.com/2006/3/1/28/1/ by S. Jay Olshansky and colleagues we came across the Methuselah Mouse Prize

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Australia gets another part-time science advisor

By | March 1, 2006

More than eight months after Australia's last Chief Scientist, Robin Batterham, stepped down from the post, the government has named Jim Peacock, president of the Australian Academy of Science, as his successor. Peacock, a plant scientist, has been given a ringing endorsement from many in the research world. John Mullarvey, CEO of the Australian Vice-Chancellor's Committee, for example, said he had made a strong contribution to science both nationally and internationally. ?I am sure [he] will

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Hooray for boobies

By | March 1, 2006

I went to the Franklin Institute last night to watch a test screening of linkurl:Galapagos;http://www.mnh.si.edu/expeditions/galapagos/ a 1999 IMAX film that may be returning to the screen in Philadelphia. The movie is gorgeous, presenting the Galapagos islands as a ?little world within themselves? quoting Darwin, and one ?still in the process of creation,? marking the only time the c-word gets used. From the sparse, seemingly uninhabitiable volcanic lava floes, to shorelines teeming with stra

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