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Illegal Trading Volume of Academic Papers Reaches 1b Yuan

(english.cri.cn): Trading academic papers has become big business in China. It has even evolved into an "industry chain" with an annual sales volume of one billion yuan last year, nearly 5.5 times the figure in 2007. The figure was released by a research team headed by Shen Yang, an associate professor with Wuhan University, which has focused on paper trading and illegal periodic publications for three years. According to their study, the annual quota of academic papers in China's legal periodicals stands at 2.48 million, yet as many as 11.8 million people are burdened with the task of publishing academic paper, mostly at least one per year.
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Can we trust industry-funded drug research?

(guardian.co.uk): The point of science is that it can give us impartial answers to important questions. Doctors and patients can look at scientific evidence to help them decide what makes a healthy diet, or whether a drug can treat a particular condition. Scientific journals publish detailed reports of research, allowing readers to see for themselves that the studies were unbiased. Of course, there are other factors at work too. Researchers are only human, journals want to publish exciting new findings, and drug companies want to demonstrate that their products are effective. That's why scientific journals work hard to be transparent about conflicts of interest, and usually give information about how studies were funded.
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How to time travel by search engine

(independent.co.uk): Until recently, ancient publications could only be scoured by visiting in person the reading rooms at Colindale in the northern suburbs of London. Now they can be trawled using search engines that can pick out the mention of a surname or a place name from 49 titles, from Trewman's Exeter Flying Post to The Northern Liberator and the Illustrated Police News. A further one million pages of the archive are about to be transferred from fragile, disintegrating newsprint to digital format.
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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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