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Bio-piracy next bone of contention between rich, developing nations

(dailypioneer.com): Post-Copenhagen, in the International Year of Biodiversity, the issue of bio-piracy is all set to be the next bone of contention between the developed and developing countries. India recently sought to assume a "leadership role" in the global biodiversity conservation efforts by asserting it will push for the adoption of the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) protocol at the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at Nagoya (Japan) in October this year. The ABS protocol provides an opportunity to biodiversity-rich countries like India to realise benefits for its people from the use of biodiversity. The adoption of the ABS protocol is one of the major items for consideration in Nagoya where as many as 3,600 texts will be negotiated.
   
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The EBook Revolution Cometh

(newuniversity.org): It is easy to understand why eBooks are going to change the way content is produced, delivered and used. eBook readers are comparable in size with the printed book, but can store more than 1000 books (much more than the typical book collection of a single family). eBooks are much easier to produce, store and distribute. There are also significant environmental benefits. They don't need paper and unlike LCD screens and other display technologies, eBooks do not dissipate power while displaying a page, only when switching from one page to the next. Hence eBooks are energy efficient. In terms of resolution and color, eBooks are still catching up to printed books, but they are improving. All these factors will give huge technological advantage for eBooks versus conventional technologies.
   
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How E-Books Will Change Reading And Writing

(kosu.org): Ten years ago, few imagined that by decade's end, people would be reading novels on cell phones. A lot has changed in the book world. As digital platforms proliferate, writers are trying to figure out how to use them. Novelist Rick Moody recently wrote a story on the social networking site Twitter. Moody says he got intrigued by the idea of writing in abbreviated form to fit within the 140-character limitations of each Twitter post.
   
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The Best of Next Generation Science 2009 - The Year in Review

(nextgenerationscience.com): Next Generation Science presents the most popular articles for 2009. The most popular articles for 2009 have been calculated using two measures, either by the highest number of page views for the year (shown in blue) or by the average number of page views (shown in white and calculated as the number of page views/number of days posted).
   
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Why Social Networks Only Pretend To Protect You

(techcrunch.com): As long as the same information that social networks piously prohibit their own customers from using is being bought and sold on the open market by giant marketing companies, social networks are only pretending protect your privacy. Social networks are engaging in Privacy Theater because there's no shortage of examples of organizations on the Web that process vast quantities of PII while providing real privacy protection.
   
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