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In a recent post on his Whatever blog, science fiction writer John Scalzi makes some very fine points related to the ongoing controversy surrounding the way Amazon treats various publishers and how this affects authors. He makes great points throughout the post and with a little tweaking we can very easily apply his remarks to…

I have some theories about both children’s books and about science-themed graphic works. There are basically two kinds of children’s books: those that are designed to please children versus those that are designed to attract the adults that buy most children’s books. There are also basically two kinds of science-themed graphic works: those that are…

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats Facebook’s massive psychology experiment likely illegal Facebook and Engineering the Public College graduates earn more, but that doesn’t prove college is worth it Mirrortocracy: The next thing Silicon Valley needs to disrupt big time: its own culture Google’s latest empire-building tactic: cheap phones How Crowdworkers Became the Ghosts…

I’m always interested in the present and future of libraries. There’s a steady stream of reports from various organizations that are broadly relevant to the (mostly academic) library biz but they can be tough to keep track of. I thought I’d aggregate some of those here. Of course I’ve very likely missed a few, so…

There’s been a lot around the intertubes the last few months about journal pricing and who pays what and why and reactions all around. I thought I’d gather a bit of that here for posterity, starting with the Timothy Gowers post on the UK Elsevier Big Deal numbers up to the most recent item in…

There are two very strong competing emotions at work here in this post: delight versus depression. Depression that the government-funded research landscape here in Canada can sink so low that the premier freshwater research facility likely in the world is reduced to putting its hand out and asking for spare change just to fund its…

I have a son who’s currently a physics undergrad. As you can imagine, I occasionally pass along a link or two to him pointing to stuff on the web I think he might find particularly interesting or useful. Thinking on that fact, I surmised that perhaps other science students might find those links interesting or…

Faithful readers of this blog may recall that back in March I posted a set of slides I had prepared for a presentation to a class of undergraduate computer science majors, basically outlining what open science is and challenging them to use their talents to make science work better. Usually I don’t post the presentation…

Extremophiles are fun! Basically, they’re the biggest, smallest, hardiest and definitely the oddest bunch of beasties to be found anywhere on this planet. The Palumbi father and son team — one scientist and one writer — bring us this fun little book on the extremophiles of the sea. And literally, the book covers all the…

Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’? In One Stunning Graphic, NASA Shows Us What Climate Change Will Do to Earth by 2099 Exxon Mobil’s response to climate change is consummate arrogance We Should Be in a Rage Capitalism simply isn’t working and here are the…

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