Tag Archives: Wikibooks

Did you know that you are a vector too?

Have you ever thought of yourself as a vector? To some life forms, you certainly are. Amongst them is the pepper mild mottle virus that transits your digestive tract before reaching target plants like pepper. In today’s Open Access File of the Day, … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Morcego começa com M – what species would be in your animal alphabet?

Wikibooks has an Animal Alphabet book in several languages, which raises the question: what species would you choose for your animal alphabet in your language? In the Portuguese version, the letter M is represented by “Morcego” – a bat. The … Continue reading

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Open Access File of the Day on Wikimedia Commons: Giant Haasts eagle attacking New Zealand moa.jpg

As announced yesterday, I am planning to post a file every day that originated from an Open Access source, has been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons and been reused from there. You are invited to nominate files, or to comment on … Continue reading

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