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Do Academic Scientists Share Information with Their Colleagues? Not Necessarily

(Turkishweekly.com): Sharing of information is critical to scientific progress, but scientists have private incentive to avoid disclosing research. This column analyses the benefits and costs of sharing, both one-to-one and with the general scientific community, and assesses how government funding and scholarly competition shape sharing decisions.
   
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New journal supplements provide useful resource for tackling disease in the developing world

BioMed Central has published several supplements aimed at improving health in developing countries over the past month. Last week, a collection of articles published in BMC Public Health concluded that money available to treat HIV/AIDS is sufficient to end the epidemic globally, but only if we act immediately to control the spread of the disease. In a new supplement published in Malaria Journal, the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), the release of sexually sterile male insects to wipe out a pest population, is one suggested solution to the problem of malaria in Africa. Finally, in conjunction with the Aids Vaccine 2009 conference in Paris last month, BioMed Central's open access journal Retrovirology published the meeting's scientific abstracts.
   
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Is Semantic Technology Real?

(Fastforwardblog.com): Semantic technology is all the rage, sometimes even dubbed "Web 3.0." However, many people-especially those making technology decisions for enterprises-wonder whether semantic technology has meaningful applications in the enterprise. Based on hands-on experience working with semantic tools, this panel of experts will establish the boundaries between reality and hype and help you understand what enterprises can gain from semantic technology in the here and now.
   
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Let internet replace journals

(TheAustralian.com): Those who pay for scientific research have to pay again to read the results. This practice is ripping off taxpayers at the expense of a few international publishers. But for how much longer?
   
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Hacked archive provides fodder for climate sceptics

(Newscientist.com): Climate scientists are reeling from the discovery that someone has hacked into the email archive of one of their most prestigious research centres, the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, UK, custodian of the most respected global temperature record. Climate sceptics have gleefully blogged that the emails, now widely published on the internet, reveal extensive data manipulation and expose a conspiracy behind global warming research.
   
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