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This is the archive of the personal blog of biologist Björn Brembs. It features neuroscientific research, sports and various political or personal topics. The archive covers the years 2003-2013.

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Time to pack up and move

Mike Taylor kept complaining about this wonderful e107 content management system that I have used for over ten years on various sites. Now, I've finally done it: I've moved to a new host, copied the entire brembs.net domain and all it's subdomains to the new provider and will soon start to transfer the domain itself (so expect some hiccups over the...

Journal rank alive and well at DFG site visit

I spent the past two days in Cologne on a site visit for a a large collaborative research center. I sat on a panel of 10 reviewers who reviewed a total of 18 grant proposals. The DFG asked us to not only judge the merit of the proposals themselves, but also the track records of all the applicants/PIs.Perhaps not surprisingly, most of the reviewers,...

Postdoctoral opportunity in our lab

The successful candidate will conduct research on the neurobiology of spontaneous behavior and operant learning using Drosophila as a neurogenetic model organism. Methods will include computer-controlled behavioral experiments with wildtype, mutant and transgenic flies, neuroanatomy using standard and confocal microscopy as well as some molecular biology...

What will Elsevier do with Mendeley's usage data?

There is a flood of commentary covering the sale of Mendeley to Elsevieer. However, only a few posts have bemoaned the sale of Mendeley's usage data to Elsevier. So perhaps now is a good time to speculate a little, what Elsevier might be up to with this new asset. In particular, a speculation with their past track record in mind.Obviously, given that...

Elsevier changes strategy and buys Mendeley instead of shutting it down

The recent acquisition of popular reference manager Mendeley (I'm a Mendeley user myself) apparently only was a consequential step for publishing giant Elsevier, according to Mendeley insider Jason Hoyt.  Anyway, the price-tag of 100m US$ (or less) pocket change for a firm that rakes in a billion in profits every year. Jason tells us that from the very...

Argument from incredulity

Libraries band together to take over scholarly publishing

Well, at least this is what I'd like to read into this latest development, the formation of the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). Given my frequent arguments on how libraries should take over scholarly publishing from corporate publishers to the benefit of scientist and non-scientist tax-payers and given that they actually quote yours truly, I might...

How scholarly publishers could save themselves (but likely won't)

Scholarly publishers feel the heat, frantically struggling to preserve their threatened business model. More and more it seems they may be going the way of the music industry into irrelevance, when it would be so easy to embrace new technology and survive. Here are two technically easy things which would save academic publishing:Agree on industry-wide,...

Two awesome videos on fly neuroscience

The first one is a TED talk by Michael Dickinson on how flies fly:and the second one is on recording from fly visual neurons during flight and non-flight. This one was done in CalTech where Michael Dickinson used to work:

Publishers successfully lobbying UK Lords committee?

Today, the UK House of Lords Science and Technology Committee released their report on the new RCUK open access policy. Commenting on the report, the chairman of the committee, Lord Krebs, said: The Government must ensure that in further developing our capabilities to share research they do not inadvertently damage the ‘complex ecosystem’ of research...

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