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Turkish Academy of Sciences to lose its independence

(PhysOrg.com) -- Members of TÜBA, the Turkish Academy of Sciences, are threatening to resign en masse in order to fight a decree issued by the government of Turkey that would strip the Academy of its autonomy.

Sep 09, 2011 report
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Glorious Dawn: Sagan, Hawking Sing (w/ Video)

Astronomer and long time science advocate Carl Sagan once said that he was "not very good at singing songs." But on Nov. 9 in Washington D.C., his voice could be heard singing about the wonders of universe -- 13 years after ...

Nov 12, 2009
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Nobel history illustrates gap in grants to young scientists

A new study by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy illustrates a disconnect between government funding of biomedical research by young investigators and a novel standard by which to judge it: the Nobel Prize.

Jan 10, 2012
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A time for a change in the PhD system

(PhysOrg.com) -- According to a series of articles published in Nature, the world has too many PhDs and not enough academic jobs to sustain them. Researchers point out that it is either time to make change ...

Apr 25, 2011 report
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Airtight box and plant experiment ends in blinding headaches

(PhysOrg.com) -- Iain Stewart, a professor of geoscience at Plymouth University, spent the weekend carrying out an experiment in Cornwall at the Eden Project. Stewart was locked in an airtight chamber for 48 hours with nothing ...

Sep 19, 2011 weblog
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Dating the world's language families

(PhysOrg.com) -- A computerized method for determining when prehistoric languages were spoken has been developed by an international group of scholars known as the ASJP (Automated Similarity Judgment Program) ...

Dec 05, 2011
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Balancing scientific freedom and national security

The U.S. government's request that the journals Science and Nature withhold scientific information related to the genetically modified H5N1 virus because of biosecurity concerns does not violate the First Amendment, say two Georg ...

Jan 19, 2012
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To be or not to be

(PhysOrg.com) -- A scholar from Oxford's English Faculty has discovered that a painting lauded as the only known portrait of William Shakespeare painted from life is almost certainly of somebody else.

Mar 23, 2009
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Physics could be behind the secrets of crop-circle artists

In this month's edition of Physics World, Richard Taylor, director of the Materials Science Institute at the University of Oregon, takes a serious, objective look at a topic that critics might claim is beyond scientific understanding ...

Aug 01, 2011
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