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Enforcement Interactive Web tool allows the public to check water violations in their communities

(yosemite.epa.gov): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new set of web tools, data, and interactive maps to inform the public about serious Clean Water Act violations in their communities. Improving water quality is one of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's priorities and in 2009, Administrator Jackson directed the agency to develop concrete steps to improve water quality, to better enforce the Clean Water Act and to use 21st Century technology to transform the collection, use and availability of EPA data. The web tools announced today is part of EPA's Clean Water Act Action Plan to work with states in ensuring that facilities comply with standards that keep our water clean.
   
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Evolution- Four stages of science and types of scientists

(the-scientist.com): First-stage scientists have to be imprecise, untethered by what's known at the time, and-sometimes-even inaccurate. Other scientists had tried to craft a periodic table before Dmitry Mendeleyev, but kept restricting it to discovered elements. Mendeleyev was successful because he left empty positions and hypothesized what those elements might look like. First-stage scientists can't be afraid to make mistakes (Antoine Lavoisier thought "light" and "caloric" were chemical elements), and ignore negative feedback from scientists who pooh-pooh their ideas.
   
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The Ethics of Digital Magazine Advertising

(pbs.org): From digital editions to social media to mobile apps, magazines are exploring a variety of ways to provide advertisers with novel opportunities to reach audiences, just as they have in print. The new world of tablets, e-readers, mobile devices and the web is offering new opportunities to magazines and their advertisers. But what impact will this changing world have on the ethics of magazine advertising?
   
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Should Science Be Free for Everyone?

(genomeweb.com): The current system of research publication is "antiquated" and "hindering" science, and it's time to make the results of scientific studies openly available to everyone. Despite the fact that a lot of research is federally funded, much of it is only available through journals that require a paid subscription. "Why should taxpayers have to pay twice to have access to science?"
   
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Transparent and accurate reporting increases reliability, utility, and impact of your research

(biomedcentral.com): Although current electronic methods of scientific publishing offer increased opportunities for publishing all research studies and describing them in sufficient detail, health research literature still suffers from many shortcomings. These shortcomings seriously undermine the value and utility of the literature and waste scarce resources invested in the research. In recent years there have been several positive steps aimed at improving this situation, such as a strengthening of journals' policies on research publication and the wide requirement to register clinical trials.
   
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