Category Archives: Open Science

Open Access publishing initiative, SCOAP3, to start on 1 January 2014

With the support of partners in 24 countries[2], a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information. Continue reading…

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Report: Shelf-life of Scientific Data is Now Twenty Years


A biologist at the University of British Columbia says 80 per cent of data by today’s scientists is lost within 20 years, a victim of digital storage. Continue reading…

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Wanted: Raspberry Pi Columnist(s)

Image: PC Magazine

CSL is looking for one or more people who are conversant in using Raspberry Pi and other types of microcontrollers who would like to share their expertise and enthusiasm with our readers. Continue reading…

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A $20,000 Prosthetic Hand, 3D-Printed for 10 Bucks

3D printers are becoming more and more ubiquitous, with some remarkable stories coming out of this new technology. Here is just one courtesy of Twelve-year-old Leon McCarthy has been missing fingers on his left hand since birth due to lack of blood flow during his development. within the womb. Traditional prosthetic units to help people like Leon can run tens of thousands of dollars. … Continue reading…

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The Economist: How Science Goes Wrong


A SIMPLE idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea has generated a vast body of knowledge. Continue reading…

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Guardian: Citizens and Science in Greener China

Farmers dig ditches to run water from a polluted stream into farm fields in Yunnan province, China. Photograph: Reuters

Sensible collaboration with China in science, technology and innovation is not only in Britain’s economic interests but can also help to address environmental challenges shared by the entire international community. Continue reading…

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A New Approach to Publishing Scientific Data

We’ve covered the issue of access to scientific literature by non-professional, but a similar problem exists in the area of data. Now a new website, provides a potentially game-changing service. Continue reading…

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Passive Diamagnetic Levitation

Here we’ll discuss passive diamagnetic levitation briefly. We’ll describe the construction of a levitator where a pyrolytic graphite plate floats over a rare earth magnet array. Given benign ambient conditions, the graphite will float essentially for tens or even hundreds of millennia. Continue reading…

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NASA paywalls first papers arising from Curiosity rover, I am setting them free

So what does NASA do to reward this outpouring of public interest (not to mention to $2.5 billion taxpayer dollars that made it possible)? They publish the first papers to arise from the project behind a Science magazine’s paywall. Continue reading…

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A Citizen Science Peer-Reviewed Journal?

Last week we learned a new Citizen Science Association was launched. It took twelve months and the hard work of many smart people. It also holds huge promise for advancing citizen science. But there is one piece missing…the amateur scientists themselves. Continue reading…

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