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Charles Darwin’s private papers go online Monday, 21 April 2008 8:22 am

Posted by Dongmei in biology, history of science, Internet Resources, science related news.
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“For decades available only to scholars at Cambridge University Library, the private papers of Charles Darwin, one of the most influential scientists in history, can now be seen by anyone online and free of charge. This is the largest ever publication of Darwin papers and manuscripts, totalling about 20,000 items in nearly 90,000 electronic images.

This vast and varied collection of papers includes the first draft of his theory of evolution, notes from the voyage of the Beagle and Emma Darwin’s recipe book.”

Read more about the launch here.

You can browse, search or scan through highlights of the collection on Darwin Online:
1. Browse through whole volumes
. Click here.
Search the catalogue for specific items. Click here.
3. Highlights and typed items. Click here.


Open Access publishing in physics gains momentum Tuesday, 7 November 2006 12:20 pm

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from 11/6/06’s Fermilab Today:
/CERN Press Release/,
November 3, 2006:
*Open Access publishing in physics gains momentum* Geneva, 3 November
2006. The first meeting of European particle physics funding agencies
took place today at CERN[1] to establish a consortium for Open Access
publishing in particle physics, SCOAP3[2]. This is the first time an
entire scientific field is exploring the conversion of its reader-paid
journals into an author-paid Open Access format. Open Access is a
policy that could revolutionize the academic publishing world and have
a great impact on research. By changing the traditional model of
financing publications through reader subscriptions, the publications
will be free to readers and financed by funding agencies via
laboratories and the authors. This new concept in publishing will
broaden opportunities for researchers and funding agencies in achieving
greater benefit from unrestricted distribution of the results of their publicly funded research.

(Thanks to Bob Michaelson, Northwestern University for sharing this on the sts-l)

Bob also shares his concern of the whole field (particle physics) rushes to the open access publishing (when applies to commercially-published journals, we will lose even the little market control we now have over publishing costs). I guess time will speak about its success or failure.

Sorting out Science from Junk Science Wednesday, 20 September 2006 7:30 pm

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“Do you know how to separate science from pseudoscience? Many websites are sponsored by organizations that have specific agendas; when evaluating a website, there are several questions you should ask.”

—  Sorting out Science from Junk Science (EnvironmentalChemistry.com) – Aug. 3, 2006

a few interesting science news Thursday, 29 June 2006 3:38 pm

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Record now and smell-back later

Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan are building an odour recorder capable of doing just that. Simply point the gadget at a freshly baked cookie, for example, and it will analyse its odour and reproduce it for you using a host of non-toxic chemicals.

read more | digg story

Killer tomatoes attack disease 

The aim is to create affordable vaccines for HIV and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) that could be easily grown and processed in the countries where they are most needed. So far, none of the 90 or so potential vaccines against HIV have proved successful and, though a vaccine already exists for HBV, it is too expensive to be used by poorer countries.

read more | digg story

Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s research makes important progress 

Scientists in the US have praised new research which has paved the way for greater insights into the earliest stages of neurodegenerative diseases. The brain disorders, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease, are linked to oxidative stress, cell damage caused during metabolism when oxygen in the body becomes more chemically reactive.

read more | digg story

Scientists believe they will soon be able to detect ‘gravity waves’ 
They come from the furthest depths of space and are born out of some of the most violent events imaginable – from the explosions of stars to the collisions of black holes. Yet they are one of the most elusive phenomena in the Universe, so elusive that there is every chance that they have passed straight through your body without your realising it.

read more | digg story
Mysterious Pear-Shaped Object Orbiting Saturn 

Looking a little like a sideways Mr. Potato Head sans limbs, the Cassini space probe photographed this unknown object. Break out the tin-foil hats.

read more | digg story

Trial of open access launched at the Royal Society Monday, 26 June 2006 11:27 am

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The Royal Society has launched a trial of an open access journal service, which will allow people to read new scientific papers free of charge immediately after they are published on the web. The new service offers authors the opportunity to pay a fee to have their paper made freely available on the web immediately if it is accepted for publication by any Royal Society journal.

The new open access journal service, called EXiS Open Choice, is being offered to authors of papers that are accepted for publication in any of the Royal Society's seven journals. The Royal Society publishes the world's oldest peer-reviewed scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

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(from Peter Scott's Library Blog