Monthly Archives: June 2009


“One small tweet for man…”

Posted 17 June 2009 by Noah Gray

Neil Armstrong on the moon in 1969. (Image via Tierra Unica) Next month is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, which resulted in Neil Armstrong being the first man to walk on the moon. This was more than a technological accomplishment, given the cold war climate and political tensions of the time. To celebrate and commemorate these events, starting today, @ApolloPlus40 will send a steady stream of updates in pseudo-real time, plus 40 years, as events unfolded... Read more

UCL to implement Open Access policy for all research

Posted 3 June 2009 by Noah Gray

First, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences did it at Harvard. Then MIT announced a similar policy that affected the entire institution. Now University College London has established their own Open Access policy. Except, this time it is a little different, at least that’s what it seems like for the moment. The difference is the lack of a loop-hole, which exists in both Boston institutions’ policies, allowing researchers to “opt out” of depositing into the public repository as long as... Read more

Twitter, experimental psychology and not believing everything you’re told

Posted 2 June 2009 by Noah Gray

Richard Wiseman and New Scientist have teamed up to conduct the first ever mass experiment on Twitter. It all started last week when Dr. Wiseman announced his intentions of carrying out a “mystery experiment” on Twitter. All an individual had to do to participate was to “follow him” (essentially formally subscribing to his updates, for the uninitiated.) Since then the followers of “@richardwiseman” dramatically increased from ~1,500 prior to the announcement to just under 5,000 by the time the first... Read more