A step forward for medicine, a step...sidewise(?) for dark matter, and how to move toward open access

[September 16-20, 2013] The editors’ note about your science week

Medical researchers have announced a remarkable success concerning dwarfism in humans. Dark matter research moves forward with less certain steps. As for Bart van Tiggelen, he is sure of some of the steps that should--or should not--be taken in the transition to open access. Find out about all these topics, this week on MyScienceWork.

Medical researchers have announced a remarkable success concerning dwarfism in humans. Dark matter research moves forward with less certain steps. As for Bart van Tiggelen, he is sure of some of the steps that should--or should not--be taken in the transition to open access. Find out about all these topics, this week on MyScienceWork.

 

This week, MyScienceWork was present for the announcement of a very interesting, and promising, result: researchers with Inserm (France’s national institute for health and medical research) made a significant advance towards treating achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. With a relatively simple system, they managed to restore bone growth in mice. Learn how it works, and the relief it could offer to humans, in:

Dwarfism research shows promising results


Some other research presented earlier this year did not offer relief to one particular group of humans: those hunting for dark matter. Researchers studying the motions of lenticular and elliptical galaxies looked for evidence of the invisible dark matter halos hypothesized to surround all galaxies. This article will tell you about their conclusions and serve as a reminder not to take anything for granted…:

The Dark Matter Crisis: Could dark matter be wrong?

Bart van Tiggelen, a physicist and advocate for open access, brought us back to this planet with his thoughts on some very earthly concerns for all researchers: publishing and citations. In his words, “the more papers are accessible, the more they will be cited.” Hear what he has to say in this video interview. Do you agree with his views?

Video: [Open Access Interviews] Bart van Tiggelen

Next week will bring you more insight into the process of transitioning to open access, as well as the return of an old friend…!

A good weekend to all,

The MyScienceWork Team