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Libraries switch on to electronic lending with eBook scheme

(news.scotsman.com): Flicking through well-thumbed and yellowing paperbacks could soon be a thing of the past as Edinburgh libraries prepare to roll out their first electronic lending scheme. With so-called eBooks becoming more popular, the city's libraries will soon be offering a wide range of books to download for a short spell. Library members will be able to access the library catalogue remotely through the new YourLibrary online portal, and when the rental period expires the book will simply disappear from their device. The system removes the need to physically borrow and return books, and the automatic deletion removes the misery of overdue fees.
   
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Scientific Research or Corporate Marketing?

(westpalmbeach.injuryboard.com): Though celebrities, executives, and politicians may have ghostwriters for speeches; using ghostwriters when publishing medical research and reports presents dangers to appropriate medical treatment and to the professional credibility of medical experts. After reports surfaced that drug companies were using educational grants from the Senate Finance Committee (hereinafter 'Committee') to finance and promote off-label uses of their drugs [uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (hereinafter "FDA")], the Committee inquired about financial relationships between pharmaceutical&device companies and articles published in medical journals. The Committee's inquiry resulted in distinct cases where there existed inconsistencies between the amount in payments physicians and scientists (authors of medical articles) received from drug companies and the amount reported by the institutions.
   
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Health Sites Use Semantic Technologies to Provide Better Results

(newsbreaks.infotoday.com): Searching for health information continues to be one of the most dominant areas of web search activity. Over the years, we've seen the development of better search capabilities in a newer generation of search engines that draw on semantic technologies (the meaning of language) to provide concept-based searching, in contrast to full-text search. Behind the scenes, the search engines draw on taxonomies and databases of medical concepts that include diseases, conditions, causes, symptoms, diagnoses, treatments, and other medically relevant attributes.
   
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How Trustworthy Are Online Ratings?

(scientificamerican.com): Web sites such as Amazon, TripAdvisor and Yelp have long depended on customers to rate books, hotels and restaurants. The philosophy behind this so-called crowdsourcing strategy holds that the truest and most accurate evaluations will come from aggregating the opinions of a large and diverse group of people.
   
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Federal Agencies Issue Caution on Use of E-Readers in the Classroom

(printceo.com): In our rush to embrace iPads, Kindles, and other revolutionary electronic book readers, it's easy to forget that these devices can seem anything but revolutionary to those who can't see well enough to discern what's on their screens. But, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education haven't forgotten the exclusions that e-readers can cause when they are used as learning tools in classrooms where sight-impaired students are striving to keep up.
   
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