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Google vital for Chinese scientists

(cbc.ca): A survey of scientists in China has found that a large majority of them use Google in their research and their work would be hampered if the search engine left the country. A Chinese Google user lays flowers outside Google China headquarters in Beijing in January. (Vincent Thian/Associated Press) The journal Nature surveyed 784 Chinese researchers and found that more than three-quarters of them use Google as their primary search engine.
   
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Turning peer review into modern-day holy scripture

(spiked-online.com): The treatment of peer-reviewed science as an unquestionable form of authority is corrupting the peer-review system and damaging public debate. Peer review is a system that subjects scientific and scholarly work to the scrutiny of other experts in the field. Ideally it ensures that research is only approved or published when it meets the standards of scientific rigour and its findings are sound.
   
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Third International Conference on Digital Libraries address contemporary Issues related to development of digital libraries and their impact on changing the information paradigm

(businesswireindia.com): Digital Libraries (DL) are increasingly playing a vital role in business, research and education and facilitating 'anytime, anywhere access' to knowledge resources. They are emerging as a crucial component of global information infrastructure and resources that bring the physical library and information resources to users in digital form. This provides a common platform and enable interaction among all DL experts, researchers, academics and students; facilitates creation, adoption, implementation and utilization of DL's and their future contribution towards shaping the information paradigm and also to enable developed and developing countries to bridge the digital divide through knowledge sharing.
   
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'PLoS Medicine' Bans Research Financed by Tobacco Companies

(chronicle.com): PLoS Medicine, an open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science, will no longer accept papers "where support, in whole or in part, for the study or the researchers come from a tobacco company," the journal's editorial board has decided. In a strongly worded editorial published online today, the editors acknowledge that their stance might be criticized as moralistic, unscientific, and biased, but they add: "Like the two other PLoS journals that have recently adopted this policy, PLoS Biology and PLoS ONE, we feel that any potential criticisms and risks are preferable to supporting the tobacco industry's efforts to deflect attention from the harms of its products."
   
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British Library captures oral history of British science

(online.wsj.com): The British Library has launched a project to capture and make available 200 audio-visual interviews with the British scientists who have led the world in scientific innovation. The initiative - Oral History of British Science - led by National Life Stories, will interview and record the voices, memories and experiences of hundreds of British scientists. The project comes at a time when genetic engineering, the internet, and climate change are topics that make media headlines around the world. Yet little is known about the journey behind the important scientific and technological advances made in Britain that have transformed our world.
   
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