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Unregulated KIS data overload will baffle, not enlighten, students

Unregulated KIS data overload will baffle, not enlighten, students | AJCann | Scoop.it

"It is precisely the students we are keenest to encourage - those from widening-participation backgrounds - who will be most disadvantaged by unregulated information overload. Bafflement, together with debt-aversion, is likely to reinforce their tendency to "go local" - and this in turn could seriously restrict their choices and opportunities."

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Michael Gove faces new questions about what he did with a traffic cone

Michael Gove faces new questions about what he did with a traffic cone | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has only 'hazy' memories of the night a traffic cone was thrown from a viaduct in Aberdeen. Now an eyewitness has come forward..."

I can think of something I'd like to do with a traffic cone.

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TweetDeck goes all HTML5

TweetDeck goes all HTML5 | AJCann | Scoop.it

If you wondered where Twitter was taking Tweetdeck, here's the answer.

I regard this a s a positive development, given that It's possible to run HTML5 services as desktop apps.

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The three ghosts of open access articles

The three ghosts of open access articles | AJCann | Scoop.it

The Ghost of Articles Yet To Come - one of the most interesting developments over recent years has been the rise of the physics pre-print repository arXiv... These are articles that have not yet been published, but could be. They are thus akin to the Christmases of the future that Scrooge sees - they are shadows, possibilities, but not definite. In the removal of the heavy peer-review process this approach strikes fear into many academics, like the Ghost who "was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form... the Spirit neither spoke nor moved"

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Save Scholarly Ideas, Not the Publishing Industry

Save Scholarly Ideas, Not the Publishing Industry | AJCann | Scoop.it

"WTF? How did academia become so risk-adverse? The whole point of tenure was to protect radical thinking. But where is the radicalism in academia? I get that there are more important things to protest in the world than scholarly publishing, but why the hell aren’t academics working together to resist the corporatization and manipulation of the knowledge that they produce? Why aren’t they collectively teaming up to challenge the status quo? Journal articles aren’t nothing… they’re the very product of our knowledge production process."

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Google’s News Reader — Now Called Currents — Finally Coming

Google’s News Reader — Now Called Currents — Finally Coming | AJCann | Scoop.it

Google’s entrant into the news reader space is finally set to launch as early as tomorrow. Sources said the product, which was codenamed Propeller and will compete with a spate of competitors such as Flipboard and Yahoo’s Livestand, is now called Currents (I had gotten that one right!). As in current events.

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Manchester hiring: Naturejobs

"Despite austerity measures across Britain, the University of Manchester is creating more than 30 science faculty posts as part of a £20-million (US$31-million) recruitment campaign. It hopes to boost its performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) used to assess UK universities."

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't this backfire spectacularly when they did this for RAE2008?

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Why Full Open Access Matters

"Scientific authors who pay to publish their articles in an open-access publication should be congratulated for doing so. They also should be aware that they may not be getting full open access from some publications that charge for publication under the “open access” label. Two features define an open-access publication: (1) the published contents are freely accessible through the Internet, and (2) readers are given copyright permission to republish or reuse the content as they like so long as the author and publisher receive proper attribution. Recently, some publications have begun offering an open-access option that charges for Internet publication without granting readers full reuse rights, such as Springer's Open Choice or Nature's Scientific Reports. These publishers have adopted a business model through which authors pay for immediate publication on the Internet but the publisher nonetheless keeps commercial reuse rights for itself. This is not full open access."

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Kindle Fire Usability Findings #UoLTUG

Kindle Fire Usability Findings #UoLTUG | AJCann | Scoop.it

"Amazon.com's new Kindle Fire offers a disappointingly poor user experience. Using the web with the Silk browser is clunky and error-prone. Reading downloaded magazines is not much better. Still, user testing with the Fire did help us understand what the new generation of 7-inch tablets is good for: Are they more like 10-inch tablets (e.g., the iPad) or more like 3.5-inch mobile phones? To give away the conclusion, the answer is: "a bit of both."

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How to write an opening para

How to write an opening para | AJCann | Scoop.it

All writers know that the hardest thing is the opening few sentences. Get them right, and you’re away. This opener in the New Yorker by Elizabeth Kolbert is a classic example of how to do it.

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You're gonna love this - Cameron's selling your medical record

You're gonna love this - Cameron's selling your medical record | AJCann | Scoop.it

BBC News reports that healthcare companies could be given access to anonymous NHS patient records and other NHS data under new plans. On Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron is due to unveil the plans intended to boost the UK life sciences sector.

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BBC stokes cult (speck spelling) of Zuckerberg

BBC stokes cult (speck spelling) of Zuckerberg | AJCann | Scoop.it

"On the first day we visited Facebook for the BBC film I was making, we didn't set eyes on Zuckerberg - or so we thought. But when we came in the next day, the receptionist told us he'd walked right past us and a family of tourists had also missed him. It wasn't uncommon, she told us, "he's like a Ninja". "

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Wi-fi from laptops 'may damage sperm' - or not

Wi-fi from laptops 'may damage sperm' - or not | AJCann | Scoop.it

When I scanned this item earlier in the week I didn't realize how badly the study had been conducted.

Sense at last from NHS Choices.

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Quality Reviewing Declines with Experience

Quality Reviewing Declines with Experience | AJCann | Scoop.it

There are some things that get better with age and experience. Reviewing manuscripts, unfortunately, is not one of them. A long-term study of reviewer quality in a medical journal reports a small but significant decline in the performance of peer-reviewers over time.

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Does David Cameron's 'full-bladder technique' work?

Does David Cameron's 'full-bladder technique' work? | AJCann | Scoop.it

The prime minister conducted his EU negotiations while intentionally 'desperate for a pee', to achieve maximum focus. But it is clear that Cameron is not a keen reader of the journal Neurourology and Urodynamics, otherwise he would know that the medical research on this matter begs to differ...

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The Book of Jobs

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Re-examining the Great Depression, Joseph E. Stiglitz lays out the true economic challenge the U.S. faces now:

"For the past several years, Bruce Greenwald and I have been engaged in research on an alternative theory of the Depression—and an alternative analysis of what is ailing the economy today. This explanation sees the financial crisis of the 1930s as a consequence not so much of a financial implosion but of the economy’s underlying weakness. The breakdown of the banking system didn’t culminate until 1933, long after the Depression began and long after unemployment had started to soar.... The underlying cause was a structural change in the real economy: the widespread decline in agricultural prices and incomes, caused by what is ordinarily a “good thing”—greater productivity."

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Universities under Attack

Universities under Attack | AJCann | Scoop.it

"The lack of solidarity — or even collegiality — among academics is one of the most depressing aspects of the current crisis. One sees this acutely in the way it renders universities unable to combat the racketeering of journal publishers, for example. If all the serious universities in Britain and the US collectively decided that they would cancel journal subscriptions rather than submit to the price gouging currently practiced by publishers, then the entire cartel would collapse in a year. But the moment a university librarian so much as hints that s/he is minded to call the publishers’ bluff there will be angry calls from academics each concerned not about the importance of the issue for the community, but about their individual interests — citations, access to papers, etc."

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Two-front push for extra places leaves low-income students out in the cold

Two-front push for extra places leaves low-income students out in the cold | AJCann | Scoop.it

"A pre-1992 university has cut almost £1 million in planned cash support for poorer students while offering tuition-fee discounts for high-achieving applicants so that it can bid for extra places on two fronts."

Dontcha just love market forces?

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Oi, lardass!

Oi, lardass! | AJCann | Scoop.it

This was a laboratory-based study. It aimed to determine whether the formation of fat cells – known as adipocytes – is influenced by the weight those cells are placed under, or the “mechanical loading/stresses”. Other types of cell have already been shown to be sensitive to the mechanical stress they are placed under. For example, bone cells – known as osteoblasts – produce mineralised bone when given sufficient mechanical stimulation. Although this is an appropriate study design to look at the formation of different cell types, it can’t prove that the mechanical pressure caused by sitting down contributes to bottom fat. This is for several reasons, including the fact that the study took place on fat cells in a laboratory, and did not look at fat cells in human bottoms.

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Seize the opportunity, interesting

Seize the opportunity, interesting | AJCann | Scoop.it

Seizures have long been associated with misconceptions and stigma. Exponential growth in Internet use has seen the rapid expansion of social media, such as Twitter, for health promotion. In view of the popularity of Twitter, we sought to explore how seizures are being portrayed on this social networking website and to consider its potential for information dissemination. A 48-hour Twitter search was used as a preliminary data set to determine an appropriate classification scheme of "seizure"-related posts ("tweets"). Analysis was then conducted using "seizure" tweets from a 7-consecutive day sample period. Tweets were analyzed and coded by two independent reviewers. Predominant categories were Metaphorical (32%), Personal Accounts (31%), Informative (12%), and Ridicule/Joke (9%). This study supports the notion that stigmatization associated with seizures continues to flourish, as 41% of "seizure" tweets were derogatory in nature. Although Twitter could be used to disseminate accurate information on seizures and epilepsy, this study suggests that it is currently propagating negative attitudes toward seizures with potential for fueling stigma. In recent years there have been significant advancements in technology offering many new methods of sharing information. Social networking sites allow real-time communication while providing the opportunity for exchange of information and opinions. Twitter, a website launched in 2006, allows users to communicate through "tweets" limited to 140 characters. Twitter's popularity has drastically increased since its inception, with approximately 110 million tweets per day from 200 million users worldwide, as of January 2011 (http://blogs.forbes.com/oliverchiang/2011/01/19/twitter-hits-nearly-200m-users-110m-tweets-per-day-focuses-on-global-expansion/). Such social media facilitate communication about an array of health-related topics including seizures and epilepsy.

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Pate? Err, no thanks...

Pate? Err, no thanks... | AJCann | Scoop.it

New figures from the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) reveal that over 90 per cent of outbreaks of Campylobacter food poisoning at catering venues in 2011 were linked to chicken liver pate.

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