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Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science

(nytimes.com): The physical technology of scientific research is still here - the new electron microscopes, the telescopes, the particle colliders - but they are now inseparable from computing power, and it is the computers that let scientists find order and patterns in the raw information that the physical tools gather. Computer power not only aids research, it defines the nature of that research: what can be studied, what new questions can be asked, and answered.
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Will Tablets Kill E-Readers?

(technewsdaily.com): With the recent Android Froyo update for the Nook Color, Barnes&Noble's device became more of an Android tablet than an e-reader. Apple created its own e-book store to accompany the iPad, and rumor has it that Amazon is working on an Android tablet of its own that will incorporate its vast Kindle library. These developments have led many to ask if this is the end of the dedicated e-reader as we know it.
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Not With A Bang: The First Wave of Science 2.0 Slowly Whimpers to an End

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Beyond the lack of community buy-in, monetization of Web 2.0 has proven problematic, even for sites with enormous levels of participation. This last month has seen the dying gasps of some of these corporate-backed attempts to crack this market. As noted elsewhere, the needs of a for-profit corporation are generally at odds with the needs of members of the social networks they run. The big publisher-backed build is slowly fading into oblivion, replaced by smaller, ad hoc networks created and run by users. The question of how or even whether these tools will ever see mainstream use by scientists is still open. But the idea of them as huge profit centers for publishers has been pretty well refuted.
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STM Submission for the Consultation on Amending the Patents Act to Provide for Online Patent Document Inspection

(stm-assoc.org): STM believes that the aims and objectives pursued by the Intellectual Property Office in making documents available for online inspection, could be attained without a need for a copyright exception that would encompass in its present wording harm and prejudice to rightsholders of works already available in print and online. STM stands ready to co-operate with the Intellectual Property Office to find a solution that allows online consultation ofdocuments, yet remains in keeping with the UK's traditionally copyright-friendly law and also with the UK's international and EU obligations regarding copyright-protected works.
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End the wasteful tyranny of reviewer experiments

(nature.com): Peer review of scientific papers in top journals is bogged down by unnecessary demands for extra lab work, argues Hidde Ploegh. Submit a biomedical-research paper to Nature or other high-profile journals, and a common recommendation often comes back from referees: perform additional experiments. Although such extra work can provide important support for the results being presented, all too frequently it represents instead an entirely new phase of the project, or does not extend the reach of what is reported.
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