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Iraqi Scientists Now Downloading 30,000 Papers Each Month

(sciencemag.org): After years of conflict that has wreaked havoc on Iraqi higher education and research, scientists and scholars in the country appear to be slowly rebuilding Iraq's scientific enterprise. One sign, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials, is the rising number of papers published by Iraqi researchers, which went up from a miniscule 80 publications in 2005 to 250 in 2008. Another indicator is the nearly 30,000 papers being downloaded every month from the Iraq Virtual Science Library, a Web portal created in May 2006 to give Iraqi researchers and students free access to thousands of journals.
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Serious Games, Science Communication, and One Utopian Vision

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Over the course of the next 15 years, this community of users who experience content versus strictly reading it will comprise the community of scientists, researchers, and society members who are our customers. It may be difficult for traditionalists to make the conceptual leap from journal or book publishing to scientific simulations and instructional gaming. However, as economics and culture align, these will become part of the fabric of the industry.
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Synopsys, IEEE push open source modeling standard

(eetimes.com): EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. announced the open source availability of its Interconnect Technology Format (ITF) for parasitic modeling and the formation of a technical advisory board (TAB) under the auspices of IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO). Synopsys has said that the Interconnect Modeling TAB would facilitate the evolution of ITF and promote an interoperable interconnect modeling format to address the industry's advancing process technology and design needs.
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Conflicts of Interest, Transparency and the Media

(citybeat.com): When is disclosure of potential or real conflicts of interest sufficient?
This question of transparency provoked an attack on the World Health Organization's recommendations on how governments should cope with the then-impending H1N1 pandemic.
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ebooks to overtake print within five years

(telegraph.co.uk): There will be more digital content sold than physical content within five years. This is according to Steve Haber, president of Sony's digital reading business division. He said the same patterns that Sony had seen in the digitisation of music and photography were now being repeated in the books market.
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