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Tim White's response to "scientific commons" blog post

Editor's Note: This post is a response to a Scientific American Observations blog post, "When should a scientist's data be liberated for all to see?"

I was very surprised to find that we have (yet again) been singled out, this time in your online Observations section: "When should a scientist's data be liberated for all to see?"

Your coverage concerned a Science opinion piece entitled "Prepublication Data Release, Latency, and Genome Commons."  That article was specifically about genomic data.  It even noted that:

"Scientific information commons are under discussion in areas ranging from microbiology ( 30) to global climate change ( 31) to molecular chemistry ( 32)...

August 6, 2010 — Tim White

Blogging with Substance

Apparently, Mike the Mad Biologist thinks that I have a blog of substance. Or something like that. This appears to be a meme that Bora started, with two rules: 1.

August 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Seeing Pigs Through Rose-Colored Glasses

Late last week you might have seen headlines that went something like this: “Pampered pigs ‘feel optimistic’” or, this: “Can you ask a pig if his glass is half full?” or, “Pigs have feelings, too (and they prefer a bit of luxury)” The headlines came, respectively, from BBC News, EurekAlert, and the Daily Mail...

August 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

BBC Earth “Amazing”

Several weeks ago, BBC Earth contacted me to let me know about this awesome new website they were building: Life Is. The website, created by Firefly Interactive and The Brooklyn Brothers, will showcase some of the best images, videos and stories that the BBC Earth Natural History Unit has accrued in over 50 years of [...]..

August 4, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Watching the electrons, and chemistry in motion

The elusive goal of observing chemistry in action at the atomic level just took a quantum leap forward. Physicists using laser pulses have been able to observe for the first time—in real time—the outermost electrons of krypton atoms...

August 4, 2010 — David Biello

Crocodile relative might have chewed like a mammal

Modern crocodiles might have sharp, flesh-tearing teeth, but they cannot chew like us humans. In fact, mammals have cornered the market on mastication, leaving other life-forms to simply shred their food before ingesting it...

August 4, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

World's first solar power plant that can work at night

How can one use solar energy after the sun sets? Simple: store the sun's heat in molten salts.

The world's first solar power plant to employ such technology—a thermal power plant that concentrates the sun's rays with mirrors on long, thin tubes filled with the molten salt—opened in Syracuse, Sicily, on July 14...

August 4, 2010 — David Biello

Confused circadian rhythm could increase triglycerides

Having a mixed up body clock has been linked to a vast array of ailments, including obesity and bipolar disorder. And researchers are still trying to understand just how these cyclical signals influence aspects of our cellular and organ system activity...

August 3, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

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