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How not to launch a journal

By Ivan Oransky | 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


Music in the genes

By Brendan Maher | March 14, 2006

I caught wind of a study at Newcastle Upon Tyne on musicality the other day. Take a brief internet linkurl:test; 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


Win a free LC/MS!

By Jeff Perkel | March 14, 2006

Have you been wanting to break into linkurl:proteomics; or linkurl:metabolomics; 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; -- the winner of which will take home a brand-new Agil


No grizzly hunt, after all

By Alison McCook | 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; 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


Old mice wanted

By Brendan Maher | March 7, 2006

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


Australia gets another part-time science advisor

By Stephen Pincock | 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


Hooray for boobies

By Brendan Maher | March 1, 2006

I went to the Franklin Institute last night to watch a test screening of linkurl: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


Fighting for the right to research

By Alison McCook | February 28, 2006

Scientists from both sides of the pond are taking dramatic steps to save animal research. Days after researchers and animal rights groups linkurl:staged parallel protests; about the future of Oxford labs in the UK, Ohio State University primate researcher Sally Boysen and other protestors physically chained themselves to a gate outside a chimpanzee center slated for closure. linkurl:According to;


When journal editors get fired

By Ivan Oransky | February 23, 2006

When our news editor, Alison McCook, emailed me yesterday to tell me that the editors of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) linkurl:had been sacked,; I had a bit of déjà vu. Just over seven years ago, I received a similar email from a colleague at JAMA, where I had recently finished a stint as co-editor in chief of the medical student section. JAMA?s editor, George Lundberg, with whom I had worked and whom I still consider a close ment


Stem cells for heart disease? First things first

By Ivan Oransky | February 22, 2006

The linkurl:Keystone Symposium; I?m at this week in Santa Fe is billed as being about two related subjects: the molecular mechanisms of cardiac disease and the molecular mechanisms of regeneration. And while the talks on regeneration ? that translates here roughly into stem cell therapy ? are mostly scheduled for today (Wednesday) and tomorrow, the use of stem cells to regenerate the heart is already the loud buzz at poster sessions, and is at leas


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