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In Germany, the fight for open access and favorable pricing for journals is getting heated. At the end of last month (June 30), four major academic institutions in Berlin announced that they would not renew their subscriptions with the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier once they end this December. Then on July 7, nine universities in Baden-Württemberg, another large German state, also declared their intention to cancel their contracts with the publisher at the end of 2017.

These institutions join around 60 others across the country that allowed their contracts to expire last year.

The decision to cancel subscriptions was made in order to put pressure on Elsevier during ongoing negotiations. “Nobody wants Elsevier to starve—they should be paid fairly for their good service,” says Ursula Flitner, the head of the medical library at Charité–Berlin University of Medicine. “The problem is, we no longer see what their good service is.”


http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.amp/articleNo/49906/title/Major-German-Universities-Cancel-Elsevier-Contracts/

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 A single point in space can spin continuously without becoming tangled. It returns to its original configuration after spinning 720 degrees.
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Alan Turing, pictures of biologically inspired patterns.

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James Gunn is dancing Groot!!

James Gunn himself. “Baby Groot dancing is 100 percent me,” he told us. “I was too embarrassed for anyone to be there, so I made everyone leave the room and I set up a camera and I videotaped myself dancing. Then I sent the video to the animators and had them animate over that.

https://www.yahoo.com/movies/dancing-baby-groot-clip-guardians-of-the-galaxy-94738291414.html
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Three men and a moon. Cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, and astronauts Tom Marshburn and +Chris Hadfield  on their way to the International Space Station in a Soyuz spaceship last December. They returned to Earth Monday in the same ship, while the moon continues its journey around the home planet.
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[GIF] Reminds me of one of my favorite classes in school: topology.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topology
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