A Discussion About Recent Scientific Advances And Science News Minus The Technical Jargon (Whenever Possible)
Friday, October 26, 2007
Here's an interesting article about open access journals. Basically, Senator Inhofe (R, Oklahoma) tried with all of his might to prevent a bill from being passed which called for open access to government (NIH) funded research. The bill called for all research to be made public no more than 12 months after publication. Seems pretty reasonable, right? If the government (and taxpayers) are paying for something, they should have the right to read it. So why would this guy put so much effort into putting the kibosh on it? Turns out one of his largest campaign donors is Elsevier, which in turn is one of the largest scientific publishers in the world. It's amazing how these things work. Inhofe is one of the most deplorable characters in politics today, and has been for a while. But now I think I'll be boycotting Elsevier journals due to their underhanded ways.
A drunkard's walk refers to the mathematical expression of successive steps, where each step can diffuse in any random direction. That pretty much sums up this blog. I'll write about nearly anything as long as it has to do with science, and I'm still waiting to see where this will end up.
I am a graduate fellow studying biology. I'm interested in science and culture, science policy, the public's attitude towards it, skepticism, empiricism, and logic. Still trying to work out what this blog will actually be about, but right now it's just random items that I find interesting, with a focus on translating scientific advances, explaining life as a scientist for the non-scientist, and promoting logical thinking.