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Tapping the tablet boom

(moneyweb.co.za): The chipmakers behind the touchpads that are killing off the laptop mouse and the keys on a mobile phone are battling for supremacy in the latest blockbuster gadget -- the tablet PC. Tablet PCs are set to capture three-quarters of the PC touch market this year, from below 4 percent in 2009, crushing opposition from notebooks, netbooks and monitors.
   
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Many a Times Docs Do Not Refer to Earnings Made from Corporate Tie-Ups

(topnews.us): Researchers from the United States said that almost half of the surgeons, who made an earning worth $1 million or more, from the firms manufacturing orthopedic devices, did not refer to it, while publishing medical articles in magazines or journals. The report by the researchers has been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and it mentions that a cross-check of records from five various device manufacturers spot major discrepancies in the reporting of reimbursements offered to the medical journals.
   
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Peer review highly sensitive to poor refereeing, claim researchers

(physicsworld.com): Scholarly peer review is the commonly accepted procedure for assessing the quality of research before it is published in academic journals. It relies on a community of experts within a narrow field of expertise to have both the knowledge and the time to provide comprehensive reviews of academic manuscripts. While the concept of peer review is widely considered the most appropriate system for regulating scientific publications, it is not without its critics..
   
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Universities too focused on research

(bbc.co.uk): Science Minister David Willetts has said the research-teaching balance has "gone wrong" in universities, after defending cuts to science research. Addressing vice chancellors, he said he was shocked by how little teaching was valued in lecturers' promotions..
   
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When is self-plagiarism ok?

(the-scientist.com): Some scientists and publishers argue that it's "unavoidable" for scientists to re-use portions of their own text (not images or data, of course) from previous papers, and doing so may even be good practice. But others disagree, including many journals -- who have retracted papers in response.
   
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