Rowland Institute Library Blog

Friday, July 11, 2003

A Boston Globe
talks about CANARY, a device with cells engineered with antibodies and the green fluorescent protein that detects pathogens such as e coli and anthrax. Scientists at MIT Lincoln Lab announced the discovery yesterday. (Sources: Globe, NBC News)

Construction bugs find tiny work A Nature Science Update article discusses engineering bacteria to manipulate their swimming ability to perform complex tasks, possibly as nanomachines. The writer mentions a talk given by Rowland's Linda Turner Stern describing how she and colleagues used a bacterial biofilm to move tiny beads and how they will attempt to "train" the bacteria through understanding which chemicals and light serve as attractants. (Thanks to Alan Stern for the heads-up.)

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Model Open-Access Policy for Foundation Research Grants A draft compiled by Peter Suber, who has now changed the name of his newsletter and blog from Free Online Scholarship (FOS) to SPARC Open Access Newsletter. (Except for the acronym, I preferred the latter name since it seemed to encompass more than just the open access movement, but since freely-accessible scholarship is not necessarily free, the open access moniker may be a more apt one. At any rate, Prof. Suber has done heroic work disseminating relevant information from a staggering array of sources and arguing on behalf of open access. ) (Source: SPARC Open Access News Blog)

Public understanding of science: mind the gap An opinion piece in Physiology News calls for more openess and realism in scientific publications, arguing that scientists should be candid about their results and possible limitations. (Source: Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Update)

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Patent Bending a New Yorker opinion piece criticizes excessive patenting of ideas and processes in business, remarking "you don’t compete by outlawing your competition." Interesting background (on how much of American business thrived without patent protection and in spite of imitation) and much to consider. (Source: Slashdot

Scientific American: Nanotechnology - Current Coverage The magazine presents an ongoing compilation of articles and news reports related to developments in the science of manipulating life and materials at or below the molecular level. (Thanks to the (sci-tech) library question)

Monday, July 07, 2003

Basic Research in the Information Technology Industry A Physics Today feature explores ways in which high technology companies employ physicists and the connection between basic research and rapid product development.