Monthly Archives: December 2011

Nourishing science by way of Open Access

Today’s Open Access File of the Day could be seen symbolically – just imagine there would be a paywall between the sow and its piglets. Fig. 1 of the synopsis by Liza Gross of the article A Maternal–Offspring Coadaptation Theory for the Evolution of Genomic Imprinting by … Continue reading

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Alu elements in our genomes

Today’s Open Access File of the Day shows the chromosomes in a lymphocyte of a woman. Red marks DNA in general, green gene-rich regions therein that are known as Alu elements. Cropped from the composite Fig. 7 of the article Three-Dimensional Maps of All Chromosomes … Continue reading

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Growing rice across millenia

Today’s Open Access File of the Day is a glimpse on the 2000 year-old Banaue Rice Terraces, part of the UNESCO World Heritage of the Philippines.   Fig. 2 of the essay Diversifying Selection in Plant Breeding by Susan McCouch (2004) in PLoS Biology Licensed CC BY. Used, e.g., … Continue reading

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A moth’s time, frozen in amber

Today’s Open Access File of the Day takes us on a journey into the Early Eocene by highlighting the holotype of a newly described moth species, Baltimartyria rasnitsyni, enclosed in Baltic amber. Fig. 9 of the article On the systematic position of Baltimartyria Skalski, 1995 and description … Continue reading

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Snail eggs

Today’s Open Access File of the Day depicts eggs of the snail Pomacea canaliculata. It is cropped from a composite figure that compares egg masses of several species of Pomacea. Metadata: Cropped and rearranged from Fig. 3 of the article The identity, distribution, and impacts of … Continue reading

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Illustrating the bee waggle dance

Today’s Open Access File of the Day is, once more, a derivation of a composite figure. It shows a bee performing its waggle dance, overlaid with some explanatory symbols that are perhaps best understood by way of the other (and … Continue reading

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Supplementary materials to Wikimedia Commons: “See you soon!”

This autumn, like last year, Wikimedia Germany issued a call for proposals for projects that foster the free sharing of information. Today, the winners of this Wissenswert (Ideas Worth Knowing) initiative have been announced, and I am glad to report that amongst … Continue reading

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The Northwest Crown Fire Modeling Experiment featured in the Open Access File of the Day

Today’s Open Access File of the Day gives an impression from the Northwest Crown Fire Modeling Experiment carried out in Canada more than a decade ago.   The image is taken from Fig. 1 of the feature World on Fire by Steve Bunk (2004) in PLoS Biology. … Continue reading

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Green Fluorescent Protein highlights how HIV works

Today’s Open Access File of the Day - HIV on macrophage.png - shows HIV-1 particles (in green, labeled with Green Fluorescent Protein) assembling at the surface of an infected macrophage. The image was taken from the synopsis by Liza Gross of the article Plasma Membrane … Continue reading

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De pleurobranchaea novo molluscorum genere – who was Stephan Friedrich Leue?

“Few families have had an impact on medicine to equal that of the Meckel family.” Such starts the abstract of a paper published last year in the subscription-based journal Neurosurgery. One of the traces of this is the name of … Continue reading

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