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Google Scholar and Junk Science – getting more and more contradicti g...
Google Scholar is the world's largest and most-used academic search engine, yet it is increasingly becoming polluted with junk science, making it a potentially dangerous database for anyone doing s...
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Austrian computer pioneer Heinz Zemanek dies at age 94.

Famous for developing the "Mailüfterl" computer at the #tuvienna – the first #computer solely using transistors – and the leading #programming languages of that time (1960) "Vienna Definition Language" and "Vienna Definition Method", Mr. Zemanek became one of the few +IBM Fellows in 1976.

Further Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Development_Method
http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ideasfromibm/us/ibm_fellows/
http://www.tuwien.ac.at/de/aktuelles/news_detail/article/8899/

#ibm   #transistor   #computerscience  
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What does it take to run your own journal? An Editor-in-Chief answers this question:

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We follow +io9 and love this page as well: "spurious correlations".

Did you that the more the people eat margarine the more people get divorced in Maine, US? So, stop eating margarine!

Ok, just kidding, but this shows in which direction all the posts go on this page by Tyler Vigen - nice and amusing!
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271 Years Before Pantone, a Dutch Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/05/color-book/ 
In 1692 an artist known only as "A. Boogert" sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two,
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50% off #Springer #eBooks in #Statistics! Springer Shop #Special ends tomorrow, Apr 1! http://bit.ly/1nTO8L4
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These 13 science gifs are so cool they will leave you in awe.

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Working on #android , a #robot  or in the #cyberspace  and ever wondered were does it come from? No, not your passion, but these weird names of your science?

Then check out this entertaining article at +io9 – guess there should be more scifi writers...
There are so many words and phrases that we use in science fiction—and even science—without giving it much thought. But where did we get terms like "death ray," "terraforming," "hive mind," "telepathy," and "parallel universe"?
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we guess you all know about the great science networks +ResearchGate and academia.edu.

But the benefit is not just finding colleagues and institutions, but also to discuss new and upcoming papers and science topics.

Academia.edu is even providing you the top trending papers of the week. Nice for discovery and curiosity!
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#economics   #students  are revolting! They demand #pluralism  in teaching and research at universities. One reason is of course the background of the (current?) #economiccrisis  and the (failing?) solutions brought up by the established think tanks and decision makers.

To enforce more open minded thinking and teaching, students around the world joined and founded an initiative. Have more info in the attached link!
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What scientists say, and what the public hear

Although originating from 2011, this table is currently making the rounds on Twitter.  It comes from an article written by Richard Summerville of +Scripps Oceanography and Susan Hassol of Climate Communication focusing on 'communicating the science of climate change', and how science communicators aren't really getting their message across.

Actually the points they make are relevant to all science communication - not just for climate change.

The original article is very much worth a read - you can find it here http://ow.ly/wrgBp 

#scicomm   #openaccess   #science  
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Read about initiatives to make science less error prone, more open and high quality (and less costly). Sorry - german article.

*But here are the most important links:*

Reproducibility Initiative: http://reproducibilityinitiative.org – an initiative by +ScienceExchange +figshare +Mendeley and PLOS.

Independent Validation Initiative of Antibodies: http://www.antibodies-online.com/independent_validation/ – get independently certified antibodies and certificates from +antibodies-online Inc. 

And finally a fresh move into unknown territories: Open Review by +ResearchGate – do you got the guts and face critical questioning by the largest science community? Then read more here: http://www.researchgate.net/publicliterature.OpenReviewInfo.html

#scienceeveryday   #peerreview   #innovation   #opendata  
 
For more reproducibility in science: The independent validation initiative, now featured in Spiegel Online, Germany´s largest online magazine (in German): http://ow.ly/uRNXh
Ob Krebstherapien oder neue Wege zur Herstellung von Stammzellen: In der Forschung entpuppen sich vermeintliche Sensationen regelmäßig als Pleiten. Doch es gibt Initiativen, die genau das verhindern sollen. Wir stellen vier von ihnen vor.
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