Monthly Archives: December 2011

Salamanders as a new model system for Open Access?

Today’s Open Access File of the Day is taken from an article about limb regeneration – perhaps a worthy read for those that have paid an arm and a leg recently for access to that (huge, but shrinking) part of the research … Continue reading

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Anatomy of the human ear – editable version

Today’s Open Access File of the Day is editable. It is the first in this series with that property. The originally published figure was composite and provided as a TIFF, but User:Inductiveload went the extra mile and converted both parts to SVG format. … Continue reading

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Chamaeleon on the watch

Chamaeleons are famous for their camouflage skills. This exemplar of Bradypodion taeniabronchum, though, can’t hide its pride about being on today’s Open Access File of the Day as it sticks up its nose.   Cropped from Fig. 2 of the article Selection for Social Signalling … Continue reading

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Copy, crop, repeat until useful – the case of Lissencephaly.jpg

Most of the files presented in the Open Access File of the Day series so far had simply been copied or cropped from the original source, the main exception being Qualia of sound.jpg, which is basically a mashup of an … Continue reading

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Wanted: A skin doctor for Tyrannosaurus

Little do we know about the skin of dinosaurs, but progress occurs nonetheless. I still remember the touch of the dinosaur skin model in the Natural History Museum in London, and catching an infection was not amongst the thoughts I think … Continue reading

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Traces of a feast

Major holidays in cultures around the world are accompanied by feasts of various sorts. A feast of a different kind is depicted in today’s Open Access File of the Day - leaf mines, traces of larval (Phyllocnistis hyperpersea) consumption on a leaf … Continue reading

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Look who’s talking now, but be careful

So far, none of the Open Access Files of the Day had sound, not even the two videos amongst them. This fits into the wider picture of multimedia being neglected in the scientific corners of Wikimedia projects, or in terms of reuse … Continue reading

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O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, Thy NO shines out brightly!

Conifers are quite popular these days. Today’s Open Access File of the Day provides a cellular perspective on the matter, showing cultured cells of a Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia) that produce and diffuse nitric oxide (NO; coloured in white).     Fig. … Continue reading

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Blue legs, baby’s got blue legs

In our species, blue eyes have received many an artistic treatment (here is one). Other species tend to have other preferences, but for those into blue legs, males of the spider Oligoxystre diamantinensis may well be worth a look (for … Continue reading

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Nature’s approach to sharing and reuse

There are multiple ways to build upon previous achievements. Simple sharing of source code, protocols and materials under open licenses is one option, reengineering another (unless prevented by patent law). In biology, mimicry employs both strategies. Can you tell which one … Continue reading

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