The MIT faculty has a adopted a policy that mandates open access to their scholarly publications. This follows similar moves by Harvard and Stanford (via).
Starting in 2009, the journal RNA Biology will require that authors submitting to their RNA Families section also submit a Wikipedia page summarizing the work. Both will be peer reviewed. For example, Jones, et al. RNA Biology 6, 1-4 (2009) has a corresponding Wikipedia page SmY RNA (via).
MALDI TOF mass spectrometry has been used to identify the clothing of Ã–tzi the Iceman (in RCM; hat tip to MW).
NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander thermal and evolved-gas analyzer ( TEGA) has identified water in a mars soil sample.
From National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, January 28, 2008:
“The newest wrinkle [in forensic DNA analysis] involves a rather innocuous-looking machine called a mass spectrometer, which is, in essence, a glorified scale that weighs individual molecules.”
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Excellent and refreshingly candid advice on academic job interviews (via).
A video tutorial article in the Journal of Visualized Experiments on MALDI sample preparation from Brian Chait’s Mass Spectrometry Group at Rockefeller University. JoVE is an online biological sciences video journal.