Author Archives: Richard Masters

The Social Notwork: Ownership, Copyright and Challenging the Status Quo

It’s no secret that when Facebook hit the net in 2004, it revolutionised the way we share information online. But, cloaked by the fanfare of its arrival, the social network ushered in an ideology viewed by many as infringing upon … Continue reading

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The humble beginnings of peer review alternatives: Stevan Hanard and Open Peer Commentary

I originally wrote this article for ScienceMediaWatch, a blog that focussed on, among other things, the shortcomings of peer review. I thought it important to take a step back and explore the roots of the peer review model. Dr. Steven … Continue reading

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How to mend a broken heart: nanotechnology offers new hope for heart attack sufferers

Scientists from Brown University, USA have developed a synthetic nanopatch that could help regenerate heart tissue left damaged after a heart attack. About the size of a penny, the patch consists of intricately interwoven carbon nanofibres glued together with a … Continue reading

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Open Access: interview with Professor Peter Suber

When it comes to Open Access (OA), Professor Peter Suber is certainly dedicated to the cause. Having quit his position as Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College to work full time on OA, he wrote both the blog Open … Continue reading

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Shedding light on black holes

Few cosmic phenomena capture our imaginations like black holes. The subject  of countless sci-fi misadventures, it’s hard to describe a black hole without using grandiose and somewhat misguided metaphors. ‘Cosmic whirlpool’, or ‘deep space vacuum cleaner’ spring to mind along with notions, … Continue reading

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Speaking two languages can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

The benefits of being bilingual can extend beyond being able to locate the toilets when holidaying abroad. A team of researchers have found that a lifelong use of two or more languages can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Their … Continue reading

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The power of the intangible

Some guy told me a joke the other day… Apparently a shy Norwegian fisherman was trying to woo the girl of his dreams. He managed to pluck up the courage and secure a date with her, but worried that conversation … Continue reading

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