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For some, Blue Monday is green under UV light

After featuring a model organism yesterday, today’s Open Access File of the Day depicts another one: mice. The photo – taken under illumination with ultraviolet light – shows two transgenic mice (on the left and right) expressing enhanced Green Fluorescent Protein, whereas … Continue reading

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Deconstructing pyrophilous beetles

On December 14, we got a glimpse of the Northwest Crown Fire Modeling Experiment, one of the most detailed studies of forest fires. Today, we return to the subject of forest fires: pyrophilous insect species like the beetle Melanophila acuminata lay their eggs … Continue reading

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How would you illustrate the difference between humans and chimps?

A paper in PLoS Biology came out in 2005 with the following abstract: Since the divergence of humans and chimpanzees about 5 million years ago, these species have undergone a remarkable evolution with drastic divergence in anatomy and cognitive abilities. … Continue reading

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Miniature open-access frogs taking over?

Today’s Open Access File of the Day really is a file of the day, i.e. of January 12, 2012: published as part of the taxonomic description of a new species yesterday, it is currently featured on the main pages of the Thai, Bulgarian, English and German Wikipedias. Why? It depicts … Continue reading

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The lab notebook is attached

Missing data is a big obstacle in the way towards making science more transparent and efficient, and Open Notebook Science attempts to overcome this barrier by posting any research-related data and notes as they arise, such that – as Jean-Claude Bradley put … Continue reading

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Today on the menu: raw fish

Today’s Open Access File of the Day depicts Koi pla (ก้อยปลา), a dish consisting of fine-ground raw fish with seasoning and rice. It is popular in Northeastern Thailand, and so is an infection with a parasite frequently transmitted this way – the human liver … Continue reading

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Preparing for its 78th birthday, a species of fly begins to thrive on Wikimedia projects

Apocephalus borealis is a species of small parasitoid fly that had long been known to science - in fact, the original paper from 1924 by Charles T Brues is in the Public Domain already – but had not been covered by any Wikimedia project before … 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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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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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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