Monthly Archives: August 2011

Scientific American: Scientists Take Peer Review Public

The episodes have cheered supporters of the open-science movement, but some critics worry that the debates might descend into cacophony. All Together Now: Scientists Take Peer Review Public: Scientific American.

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The Specter of Sustainability

A specter is haunting Europe — the specter of sustainability. All the powers of old Europe (America, China, etc.) have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter: politicians and university presidents, the IMF and the Worldbank, academic radicals … Continue reading

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Open access and epistemology

In a recent Nature piece, Paul Ginsparg recounts the evolution of ArXiv, an online repository for preprint article submissions in physics that he created two decades ago at the dawn of the Internet, and reflects on the compartmentalized nature of … Continue reading

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Let the games begin!

Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic are upping the stakes in the burgeoning industry of scientific metrics. These free, widely-available online platforms allow users to search for academics or academic scholarship and also compute citation metrics, such as the H- and … Continue reading

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‪A short history of fossil fuels

The video is called “300 years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds,” produced by the Post Carbon Institute. That the central focus of this historical overview is on the modern age is no accidental quality. There is something pernicious about … Continue reading

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I am large, I contain ‘multiverses’

First observational test of the ‘multiverse’. Thank heaven there is an algorithm to protect the scientists from their natural human bias: One of many dilemmas facing physicists is that humans are very good at cherry-picking patterns in the data that … Continue reading

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