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Buy a bond, an NIH bond

By Edyta Zielinska | August 10, 2007

The linkurl:NIH needs money,; and now, everyone can pitch in. If legislation proposed August 3 passes Congress, you will be able to buy a US Treasury bond and send 10% of the interest to the NIH institute of your choice. It may not seem like much, but US Rep. Steve Pearce (R-New Mexico) -- who co-sponsored the bill along with Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri) and Dan Burton (R-Illinois) -- noted that in fiscal year 2006, the Treasury Department redeeme


CIRM doesn't want an active scientist president

By Bob Grant | August 10, 2007

Shortly after posting my linkurl:news story; on incoming linkurl:California Institute for Regenerative Medicine; interim president Richard Murphy, Robert Klein--chairman of CIRM's governing board--told me that a policy regarding candidates for the permanent position has recently been enacted. Klein said that through discussions in June and July, the board confirmed a policy that precluded candidates


A small step for postdoc mentoring

By Edyta Zielinska | August 9, 2007

Today, President Bush is scheduled to sign the linkurl:America COMPETES Act; (the full title is "American Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act"). The new legislation would approximately double NSF funding over the next five years (which linkurl:some say; could be a bad idea for scientists). Nestled with that 500-p

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And the supercomputing award goes to...

By Andrea Gawrylewski | August 9, 2007

The wait is over for those eager to know who will be building the fastest computer in the world. Yesterday, August 8, the NSF linkurl:decided; to award $208 million to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for its "Track One" proposal to build a supercomputer with more than a petaflop of processing power -- a whopping 1000-trillion calculations per second. As I linkurl:reported;


New head of Calif. stem cell group

By Alison McCook | August 9, 2007

Richard Murphy, former head of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, will assume the role of interim president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the agency announced yesterday. Murphy will take over for Lori Hoffman, who served as acting present since the spring, when linkurl:Zach Hall; resigned from CIRM's top position. "We are grateful that Dr. Murphy has agreed to assume this responsibility for a period up t

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Foot and mouth source still mysterious

By Alla Katsnelson | August 8, 2007

The UK government has issued some preliminary findings into an investigation of the source of linkurl:foot and mouth disease; (FMD) virus that started an outbreak in cattle near two research labs in Surrey last week. After an onsite investigation and personnel interviews, the government-led team has found that the virus strain was being worked on in two facilities near the outbreak, the Institute of Animal Health (which researches FMD) and Meria


Study the economic impact of research? Win $5,000

By Kerry Grens | August 7, 2007

As I found in my reporting of a July feature called linkurl:"Is science a good bet,"; it is a daunting task to figure out the economic impacts of investing in research. For decades economists have tried, but they've managed only to eke out a fuzzy sense of direction?meaning that the impact is positive, but no one really knows how positive, nor what an optimal investment might return. Yet the economics of research are of huge interest to the government,


Online evolution at The Scientist -- part 1

By Simon Frantz | August 6, 2007

As you will have noticed our website has a new look, which marks the first of several changes that will be occurring on our site over the coming months. This first round of changes is more than just a nifty change of color. We've streamlined a lot of aspects, and updated a lot of the behind-the-scenes technical wizardry that should make many of the future additions that we have in the pipeline easier to incorporate. We also want our homepage to highlight more of the online content that we ar


A wee pat on the back

By Richard Gallagher | August 3, 2007

It's always nice to get some stroking, and The Scientist staff has been purring over the last couple of weeks. Last night we took home the national Gold Azbee award -- that's the top one -- for Publication Redesign in the under-80,000 category at the linkurl:American Society of Business Publication Editors' 29th Annual Awards of Excellence; . We entered the linkurl:November 2006 issue.; Congratulations


Nature on the slide?

By Richard Gallagher | August 3, 2007

In the beauty contest that is the annual citation report from ISI, linkurl:Nature; has tripped and fallen off the stage. Having been the top journal in 2004 with an impact factor of 31.9, they slipped marginally behind linkurl:Science; and linkurl:Cell; in 2005. But the latest figures, for 2006, show a gulf in linkurl:impact factors; . Science comes in at 30.0, Cell


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