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Harvard is urged to detail inquiry

(boston.com): Scientists are calling on Harvard University to make public details about the findings of its three-year internal investigation of psychology professor Marc Hauser's laboratory, which found evidence of scientific misconduct. Though Hauser has told colleagues the case is closed and one of his papers is being retracted, Harvard has not disclosed information about the nature of the misconduct, nor even acknowledged that it conducted an investigation of the star faculty member. Harvard says such inquiries are confidential.
   
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Digital Imitation Is A Form Of Flattery For Old-Guard Publishers

(paidcontent.org): Though many professional analogue publishers are lazily shoveling their one-dimensional print editions on to e-readers, increasing numbers of them are also designing custom tablet editions that are truly suited to the device's unique form factor. Traditional-media operators can take heart and feel flattered at digital-native developers' stumbling attempts at mimicking old formats in new gadgets. But they should also stay alert - the digital space where old and new meet is providing ample opportunity for upstarts to cast themselves in incumbents' image, and add plenty more besides.
   
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The State of the E-Textbook

(pcworld.com): Students have not yet ditched heavy textbooks, but the options for getting course materials digitally are growing. Shopping-savvy students increasingly are avoiding the traffic jam and lessening the sticker shock by choosing to rent or purchase used textbooks online. But as a generation heads to school armed with multiple mobile devices, publishers are beginning to offer digital alternatives to traditional course materials.
   
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How do new-fangled digital and old-fashioned print books measure up against green criteria?

(gmagazine.com.au): In this digital age we're becoming more and more used to downloading than handling hard copies. CDs have almost gone the way of vinyl records thanks to the growing thirst for digital music, and legal movie downloads are becoming increasingly popular. More recently, e-books have emerged as a viable alternative to the printed tome. E-readers enable reading using reflective (natural) light that doesn't need front or back lighting. They have a 180-degree viewing angle and the ability to store many entire books. The environmental burdens associated with producing, storing, shipping and selling traditional print books are dispensed with, but what about the electricity e-readers consume and the materials they're made from?
   
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University to bypass expensive database

(cbc.ca)The University of Prince Edward Island has not renewed its subscription to a database long considered to be crucial to scientific research and is planning to work with other schools to create a new, free database of scientific research. The Web of Science, published by the Institute for Scientific Information, has been the world's leading scientific research database for 30 years. UPEI cancelled its subscription because the cost more than doubled this year, from $15,000 to more than $30,000. Five other universities in Canada have pulled subscriptions for the same reason.
   
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