Eugenio Maria Battaglia

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My main occupation is Molecular and Cognitive Neuroscience. In my spare time I'm developing a Science 3.0 Journal Blog plug-in which exploits a free and open Big-Data management tool for biomedical data. Open Science for a better world.

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Semanto.me
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  • June 28, 2013
  • 11:24 AM
  • 625 views

Gamification of in silico open synthetic biology: a game-changer.

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Semanto.me

Fancy doing some Synthetic Biology but you don’t have access to a lab or expensive equipments?
Don’t worry.... Read more »

Gerd H. G. Moe-Behrens, Rene Davis, & Karmella A. Haynes. (2013) Preparing synthetic biology for the world. Frontiers in MICROBIOTECHNOLOGY, ECOTOXICOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00005  

  • June 18, 2013
  • 06:25 PM
  • 508 views

I WILL FEAR NO EVIL: the first head transplant on human

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Semanto.me

In 2008, doctor Sergio Canavero, an italian neurosurgeon based in Turin, IT, have awakened a 20 years old lady from a permanent post-traumatic vegetative state, by means of a bifocal extradural cortical electro-stimulation. Today, while Science still find it hard to explain consciousness and embodied cognition – the world-class neurosurgeon made a shock announcement: “I’m ready for the first head transplant on a man.”

In the manuscript published on Surgical Neurology I........ Read more »

  • April 6, 2013
  • 03:16 PM
  • 695 views

Induced Hibernation in Rat: an interview with Matteo Cerri

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Semanto.me

The possibility of inducing a suspended animation state similar to natural torpor would be greatly beneficial in medical science, since it would avoid the adverse consequence of the powerful autonomic activation evoked by external cooling. Previous attempts to systemically inhibit metabolism were successful in mice, but practically ineffective in nonhibernators. Here we show that the selective pharmacological inhibition of key neurons in the central pathways for thermoregulatory cold defense is ........ Read more »

  • March 22, 2013
  • 06:50 PM
  • 493 views

A great role model for collaborative science: meet the OpenWorm

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

Sometimes even big project could start from a tweet.

Matteo Cantarelli - member of the OpenWorm team - says: "It was 2007 when Giovanni Idili and I started - naively - talking about simulating the worm. We were approaching the problem after having hit common limits of artificial intelligence. We never got to write any code for the worm at that time, we just had lengthy conversations and paper reading sessions together."
... Read more »

  • March 6, 2013
  • 08:43 PM
  • 630 views

Beyond the Pdf 2 - a disruptive conference

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

Scholarly communication across all disciplines is changing profoundly under the influence of new technologies. New models, tools and standards are being developed that aim to enhance, enable or entirely replace formerly ingrained forms of scholarly communication, including publications, courses, conferences and policy. The Beyond the PDF conference brings together scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders in a lively forum, not just to broaden awareness of current efforts........ Read more »

Priem, J., & Hemminger, B. (2012) Decoupling the scholarly journal. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/fncom.2012.00019  

Nature Methods. (2013) Beyond the PDF. Nature Methods, 10(2), 91-91. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.2363  

  • February 27, 2013
  • 01:16 PM
  • 510 views

#ifihadglass I Would Build an Augmented Biomed Browser

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In the previous post, I’ve described the relationship between environmental factors and the public’s insights. Moreover, what would happen if we have more than an ideal “physical” environment? Will people embrace a brand new world in which virtual components are added to the physical ones?


We all know that more research should be carried out to create software which supports the most complex and time-consuming portions of the analytical process, so that analysts can respond to incre........ Read more »

Gershon Dublon, & Joseph A. Paradiso. (2012) Tongueduino: hackable, high-bandwidth sensory augmentation. Proceeding CHI EA '12 CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1453-1454. DOI: 10.1145/2212776.2212482  

  • February 18, 2013
  • 10:06 AM
  • 541 views

Editorial Crisis: you won't read all this

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In many field beyond Science we could see a huge editorial crisis. A comprehensive study by the University of Bristol and the journalism school of Cardiff University shows that Politics, Economy, Science, Environmental issues and Religion, are some of the topics that general audience have difficulties to understand.[1]

The research - by means of special algorithms - was made by examining two and a half million articles from nearly 500 different sources in the English language, and comparing t........ Read more »

Flaounas, I., Ali, O., Lansdall-Welfare, T., De Bie, T., Mosdell, N., Lewis, J., & Cristianini, N. (2013) RESEARCH METHODS IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL JOURNALISM. Digital Journalism, 1(1), 102-116. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2012.714928  

  • January 28, 2013
  • 05:37 PM
  • 463 views

Everybody is talking about this. What's your opinion?

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

Science is at a turning point. Decisions has been normally emerged from traditional scientific praxis and a general consent, without a real discussion on it. This worked so far, but nowadays we are facing huge paradigm shifts.

Scientific Blogs and social networking are well spread in the Internet community, and this fact is having a huge impact on the trends of scientific research.
Big Data, ITs and "omic-like" projects are some of the aspects that are speeding our world faster tha........ Read more »

Kobro-Flatmoen, A., Langdon, G., Wright, C., Block, J., Gilarranz, L., Lever, J., Rohr, R., Fortuna, M., Kamfonik, D., Grahl, J.... (2012) NextGenVoices -- Results. Science, 335(6064), 36-38. DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6064.36  

  • January 18, 2013
  • 09:47 AM
  • 426 views

On "Join Papester Collective 1.0: How to reply to #icanhazpdf in 3 seconds"

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

I'm totally supporting this potential system theorized some days ago by Micah Allen and his friend Hauke on Allen's Neuroconscience blog . They discuss a quick and reliable strategy to share papers behind a paywall.
The proposed system is really easy and accessible by everyone, since it uses particular twitter's #hashtags for query and response.
I strongly believe that what started after Aaron Swartz's dead with #pdftribute, and continued with #sharecredentials (unfortunate........ Read more »

Cook, J., & Attari, S. (2012) Paying for What Was Free: Lessons from the Paywall . Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15(12), 682-687. DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0251  

  • January 17, 2013
  • 08:26 AM
  • 299 views

A great example of Citzen Science

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

Crowd-funding isn't anymore  just a domain of independent movie makers. Independent science is starting to exploit this possibility.Here is a great example of Citzen Science![1] What about doing other big omic-like projects like this, by using crowd-funding? Any ideas?uBiome - Sequence Your Microbiome "Scientists recently discovered an important new organ in the human body. Incredibly, this organ isn’t made of human cells: It’s microbes!In fact, there are so many of these micr........ Read more »

  • January 16, 2013
  • 03:00 AM
  • 265 views

Considerations about #pdftribute and #sharecredentials

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In the last post I gave for free my credentials for limited-access journals for which my university pay the subscription fee.

Micah Allen from his Neuroconscience blog address this licit question:

"We need an “research-reddit” rating layer - why not solve Open Access and peer review in one go? Is this feasible? There are about 50 million papers in existence[1]. If we estimate about 500 kilobytes on average per paper, that’s 25 million MB of data, or 25 terabytes.&quo........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 684 views

About connecting the dots

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

A couple of years ago, I read Kary Mullis’s autobiography "Dancing Naked in the Mind Field" , and it shaped my life in some aspects. Kary, with his eccentric mood, shows that as one of the major properties required by the new notion "disruptive innovation", intuitive minds are gradually becoming the leading power of intelligence revolution. People who manage to ace merely the exams are predictably swept out.

In my first year as an undergraduate student, I was surroun........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 596 views

I WILL FEAR NO EVIL: THE FIRST HEAD TRANSPLANT ON HUMAN

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In 2008, doctor Sergio Canavero, an italian neurosurgeon based in Turin, IT, have awakened a 20 years old lady from a permanent post-traumatic vegetative state, by means of a bifocal extradural cortical electro-stimulation. Today, while Science still find it hard to explain consciousness and embodied cognition – the world-class neurosurgeon made a shock announcement: “I’m ready for the first head transplant on a man.”

In the manuscript published on Surgical Neurology I........ Read more »

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