Will we only ever dream of endless energy?
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by Daniel Hook
2w ago
The National Ignition Facility (NIF) has achieved fusion ignition using powerful laser systems and x-rays. Image credit: NIF, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, US. The recent nuclear fusion ignition event at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California is a triumph of modern science and of the persistence of scientists who continue to strive to solve some of the most difficult technical and engineering challenges of a generation. However, it is important to see this development in a broader context of global events as well as the research en ..read more
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A Conflict of Interests – Manipulating Peer Review or Research as Usual?
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by Guest Author
2w ago
In seeking to define morality and moral actions, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states in paragraph 1753 that, “A good intention (for example, that of helping one’s neighbor) does not make behaviour that is intrinsically disordered, such as lying and calumny, good or just. The end does not justify the means.” Stephen Sammut, PhD Science, Scientific Method, and Politics  It is tempting to think of science in the abstract as objective and pure based on rigorous analysis of empirical evidence. Conversely, politics might often appear less structured and more chaotic, based on subjecti ..read more
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Pandemic exposes critical gaps in Japan’s health research
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by Guest Author
1M ago
While Japan has weathered the COVID-19 storm better than most, new data shows Japan’s infectious diseases research effort has been lagging behind for years, drawing criticism from the country’s researchers. “We are standing on the brink of a global crisis in infectious diseases. No country is safe from them. No country can any longer afford to ignore their threat.” Dr Hiroshi Nakajima (1928–2013) Former Director-General of WHO (1996) These prophetic words from the late Dr Hiroshi Nakajima headlined the release of the World Health Organization’s World Health Report 1996, warning of “fatal co ..read more
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Why is it so difficult to understand the benefits of research infrastructure?
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by Guest Author
2M ago
Persistent identifiers – or PIDs – are long-lasting references to digital resources. In other words, they are a unique label to an entity: a person, place, or thing. PIDs work by redirecting the user to the online resource, even if the location of that resource changes. They also have associated metadata which contains information about the entity and also provide links to other PIDs. For example, many scholars already populate their ORCID records, linking themselves to their research outputs through Crossref and DataCite DOIs. As the PID ecosystem matures, to include PIDs for grants (Crossre ..read more
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Demonstrating Real Impact: SDG Reporting for Institutions
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by Guest Author
2M ago
For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together countries from around the globe to hold climate summits on how to address the growing climate crisis. Last year’s Conference of the Parties (COP) in Glasgow (delayed by a year due to the pandemic) took major steps toward addressing the climate crisis, but failed to deliver the national commitments required to together limit warming globally to 1.5C laid out by the Paris Agreement. After a year of extreme weather events, from record heatwaves to disastrous flooding, this year’s COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, will be crucial as the wo ..read more
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The role of Open Access in developing African research and publications
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by Simon Linacre
7M ago
How far has the scholarly communications industry come in helping African researchers to publish their work? Inroads have been made but there’s still a way to go – and Open Access has a major role to play. A recent study showed that researchers using different article publication databases would not have access to the same level of content from the Global South (Basson et al, 2022). This has, sadly, always been the case, as Western countries’ researchers have dominated in terms of article numbers and their respective citations ever since the first journals appeared in England and France in th ..read more
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Happy Holidays from Digital Science
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by Aileen Irons
1y ago
From all of us at Digital Science, wishing you a merry and happy holiday, and New Year. Be sure to check out the Christmas Science Quiz to test friends and family this holiday season. The post Happy Holidays from Digital Science appeared first on Digital Science ..read more
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Christmas Science Quiz Questions
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by Aileen Irons
1y ago
To celebrate the holiday season we have written a Christmas quiz with a science theme – perfect for the science round on a pub (or at home) quiz. If you enjoy the Christmas Science Quiz then please share with your friends, colleagues and fellow science enthusiasts. The Christmas Science Quiz 1. If you multiply the highest number on the Beaufort scale by the atomic number of iodine, then add the product to the year in which Darwin’s On The Origin of Species was published, and then add the periodic table group number of the halogens, what appropriately festive number do you have? 2. In what Chri ..read more
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Concerns over misuse and lack of credit for open sharing
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by Guest Author
1y ago
Quick Read Since 2016, we have monitored levels of data sharing and usage, and in this, our sixth survey, we asked about motivations as well as perceived discoverability and credibility of data that is shared openly. 76% of survey respondents believe they currently get too little credit for sharing data 52% of survey respondents said funders should make the sharing of research data part of their requirements for awarding grants 73% of survey respondents strongly or somewhat support the idea of a national mandate for making research data openly available “Researchers largely want to sh ..read more
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My MisAdventures with open access monograph metadata
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by Guest Author
1y ago
Jen Slajus is the Client Sales & Marketing Manager for Longleaf Services. Three years ago, my nonprofit publishing services company, Longleaf Services, a subsidiary of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Press, received a Mellon Foundation grant to develop a digital-first open access pilot program to allow university presses to publish history monographs openly.  Since then, I have learned that, even with generous funding, producing open access monographs and making free content universally available can be significantly more challenging than creating equivalent paywalled print ed ..read more
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