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Apr 30, 16

Should academic research be free? This question has been raging in the academic community for years now, though many free-the-data evangelists are not waiting for an answer, instead choosing to simply obliterate the paywalls by putting scientific re…

Apr 30, 16

Big Data: Are we making a big mistake? Big data: are we making a big mistake? Big data is a vague term for a massive phenomenon that has rapidly become an obsession with entrepreneurs, scientists, governments and the media Five years ago, a team o...
The problem of saving the environment, then, is also the fundamental social problem: how do we come together and co-operate? I owe Lucy Mangan an apology. Seven years ago she wrote a column for The Guardian about the folly of overfilling your kett...
After years in which $100 oil was the norm, the price of Brent crude is now around a third of that. Assume for a moment that Russia and Saudi Arabia fail in their efforts to get the price back up. Will $30 oil change the world? The answer is yes, of…
Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman.  A short book arguing in favour of a universal basic income (and a few other things, but the UBI stuff is easily the most interesting). via Pocket

Apr 26, 16

The spat between Jess Varnish and Shane Sutton should be ringing alarm bells in a sport that does not appear to have a level playing field The London marathon is a great event. via Pocket

Apr 25, 16

Let’s say you are Elon Musk, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in tech history whose career spans two decades of successful startups. via Pocket

Apr 24, 16

OK, so encouraged by my facilitator Mr Creelman and wonderful group member Nour I would like to share a story and an idea for badges with you. It is not digital, it is simple, it is cheap (in a good way) and most of all it works. A friend of mine is…

Apr 23, 16

Who are we? We are artefacto, a small company that likes libraries, micro-publishing and education and all those good things. We created this as a project to share some of the interesting links we find and share each day. via Pocket

Apr 16, 16

With a growing number of mechanisms for research to reach the public, there is always a chance that your study may unexpectedly ‘go viral’. via Pocket
Academic Twitter is more than just sharing research articles and live-tweeting at conferences. Andy Tattersall gives an overview of the humorous accounts that aim to pull back the curtain on the Ivory Tower and share its oddities, culture and incons…

Apr 14, 16

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning Bhutanese skirt to her first meeting with the country's Dragon King and Queen – dubbed the 'William and Kate of the Orient'. via Pocket

Apr 10, 16

Botanist Hope Jahren’s new memoir tells how a lifelong passion for science sustained her in the male-dominated world of the research laboratory Hope Jahren’s memoir of her life in science, Lab Girl, has been described by the New York Times as a book…

Apr 10, 16

An unlucky couple returned home from the movies last week to discover their Siberian husky had infiltrated their supply of calligraphy ink — and tried his paw at dog calligraphy. Calligraphy is not a skill easily mastered, so he needed a lot of prac…

Apr 06, 16

There’s a popular myth that Alfred Nobel had wanted to create a prize for mathematics but didn’t want his love rival, the Swedish mathematician Gosta Mittag-Leffler, to win and so scrapped the idea. via Pocket

Apr 06, 16

From A Beautiful Mind to The Theory of Everything and The Man Who Knew Infinity, Hollywood loves a mathematician. So why can’t it get beyond the fevered prodigy scribbling equations on windows? via Pocket

Apr 03, 16

From the era of slavery to the rise of Donald Trump, wealthy elites have relied on the loyalty of poor whites. All Americans deserve better. I’m just a poor white trash motherfucker. No one cares about me. via Pocket

Apr 02, 16

Saga Noren from the Scandinavian TV crime drama The Bridge has become an unlikely hero. Widely diagnosed by viewers as being on the autistic spectrum, she is lauded not just because she is a leading character with the condition, but - more unusually…

Apr 02, 16

Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts. via Pocket

Apr 02, 16

Open Access (OA) to research literature, as both a concept and a movement, has been with us for many years – so how can it be described as new? In 2002 the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) set out the principles of Open Access to research lite…

Mar 31, 16

What are Metadata? In the twenty-first century, the term “metadata” has appeared in the popular news press with increasing frequency. via Pocket

Mar 31, 16

Two million people are already using Slack to chat, send emojis and encourage creativity at work. Nasa and Harvard are on board – will your company be next? Erica Baker likes poker. via Pocket

Mar 30, 16

Alexandra Elbakyan is a highbrow pirate in hiding. The 27-year-old graduate student from Kazakhstan is operating a searchable online database of nearly 50 million stolen scholarly journal articles, shattering the $10 billion-per-year paywall of acad…

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