Archive for August, 2004

Stephen Hawking Loses His Bet

Aug 21st, 2004 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Stephen Hawking Loses His Bet

Renowned physicist Stephen hawking recently conceded that his former theory of information swallowed by a black hole is totally lost from the univers is wrong. This made Hawking loose a bet which he engaged in 1997. He claimed to solve the Black Hole Information paradox at the 17th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, took place from 18th – 23rd July 2004 in Dublin. Transcription of his complete speech at the conference can be found here.. This new discovery implies that black holes are not the doors to other baby universes, as it was thought earlier.

Open Access Publishing gets a Thrust

Aug 11th, 2004 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Open Access Publishing gets a Thrust

The report released today by the Science and Technology Committee of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, “Scientific Publications: Free for All?“ insists that the “published output“ of UK higher education institutions must be made available such that “it can be read, free of charge, online,“ and provides a practical roadmap for achieving this goal. Read the full report here

A similar recommendation is made by a US House of Representatives committee which recommended that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) should provide free access to all research it funds and asked the NIH to submit a plan by December 1, 2004 for how to implement the new policy in fiscal year 2005.
Read more about Open Access from BioMed Central website