Michael Eisen, an acclaimed biologist at UC Berkeley and co-founder of the Public Library of Science, has resolved to change the way scientific findings are circulated. His PLOS publishes some of the widest and most prestigious academic papers in the world. He aims to provide open access, meaning anyone having internet connection can read them for free. Currently, most research papers are locked behind paywalls, and unlocking those documents costs hundreds of dollars per article. This prevents the general public and scientists from being updated about new researches although they are funded by U.S. taxpayers. PLOS has started an initiative called open science movement to break up the academic publishing conglomerate.
Academic publishers and societies have taken legal action against scientific networking site ResearchGate for copyright violations. A team named Coalition for Responsible Sharing has been formed to restrict ResearchGate downloading and copying articles from published journal articles. The members of this coalition team include the American Chemical Society, Brill, Elsevier, and Wiley and Wolters Kluwer. […]
Superconducting circuits rely on an electronic component known as the Josephson junction, allowing them to manipulate quantum information and communicate with photons. Using a stimulated Josephson non-linearity, a team of researchers at Princeton University, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago directly operated an oscillator. By operating it as an isolated two-level system, the team […]
A recent study highlights the often-overlooked issue of increasing soil temperatures and its implications for climate change. Researchers in Germany collected soil-temperature data from various sources and discovered that soil heat extremes are intensifying more rapidly than air temperatures. In Central Europe, including Germany, Italy, and southern France, soil heat extremes are rising 0.7 oC […]