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How science funding is putting scientific data at risk

(arstechnica.com): A Policy Forum in the latest issue of journal Science look at what's become a significant problem in the sciences: enabling and maintaing unfettered access to large collections of scientific data. Although the report focuses on the biosciences, many of the problems it describes apply to other areas of research as well. The biggest problem, however, is fairly simple: there's no good mechanism for determining who pays for maintaining large amounts of data, which leaves existing repositories at risk of either duplicating efforts or losing funding entirely, with a resulting loss of data.
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Global E-paper Market Worth US$ 5.73 Billion by 2015

(marketsandmarkets.com): There is an increase in the adoption of e-paper display by the designers of consumer electronic devices due to the performance benefits it offers. Many new e-paper technologies are lined up for commercialisation and will certainly help in increasing the adoption rate of the e-paper display. Existing studies and third party market reports do not provide a comprehensive understanding of the E-paper market and there is a lack of focus on its various applications. This report analyses E-paper market and its various application segments, product segments and also provides a geographic split.
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iPad, netbooks and other devices make computer-buying decision harder

(nj.com): There's no one-size-fits-all decision. A lot depends on what other computing devices, from laptops to e-readers, you've already got. What's more, now is a decidedly murky transitional period, largely because the iPad is spurring innovation in tablet computers and portable devices. No one really knows where these developments will lead, and whether tablet computers will be a niche within the computing landscape or full-fledged replacements for laptop and desktop computers.
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The Information-Seeking Habits of Engineering Faculty

(crl.acrl.org): Many studies of information-seeking habits of engineers focus on understanding the similarities and differences between scientists and engineers. This study explores the information-seeking behavior of academic engineering faculty from twenty public research universities. This investigation includes an examination of how frequently engineering faculty seek or access information, how they keep abreast of current developments in the field and find less recent journal articles, how often they visit the library in-person, and how important library services and resources are in meeting their information needs.
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Tighter ethics rules have reduced industrial relationship of NIH scientists

(scienceblog.com): The 2005 ethics rules that govern relationships between researchers within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other industrial companies have significantly reduced the prevalence of such collaborations without affecting standard measures of research productivity, according to a study in the November issue of Academic Medicine. However, this report from the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) also finds that NIH scientists and administrators believe the new rules are too restrictive.
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