Five questions, answers on 'net neutrality'
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering whether Internet providers should be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster.
CERN and the American Physical Society announce partnership for open access
The American Physical Society (APS) and The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) jointly announce a partnership to make all CERN-authored articles published in the APS journal collection to be Open Access. Articles ...
Fossil arthropod went on the hunt for its prey
A new species of carnivorous crustacean has been identified, which roamed the seas 435 million years ago, grasping its prey with spiny limbs before devouring it. The fossil is described and details of its lifestyle are published ...
Open Internet threats loom, study says
The future of an open Internet faces threats from government crackdowns, and "balkanization" resulting from growing concerns over broad electronic surveillance, a survey of experts showed Thursday.
French scientists revive assault on pesticide, GM corn (Update)
Scientists who wrote a contested study linking pesticide-treated, genetically-modified corn with tumours and liver and kidney disease in lab rats returned to the attack on Tuesday, republishing their work ...
The early earthworm catches on to full data release
To quote the American cartoonist Gary Larson: all things play a role in nature, even the lowly worm—but perhaps never in such a visually stunning way as that presented in two papers published today in the ...
US regulators tentatively OK Internet 'fast lanes' (Update 2)
US regulators voted Thursday for a controversial proposal that would allow Internet "fast lanes" while leaving open the possibility of tougher regulations to protect online access.
New database features 710,000 natural history records from Canadian Museum of Nature
The Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada's national museum of natural history, has launched a free scientific database featuring open access to more than 710,000 records of plants, animals, fossils, and minerals that are part ...
A statistician intent on sharing research to promote better science
For centuries, researchers in fields as disparate as astrophysics and political science have faced the same hurdle before they could win acceptance for their theories—their peers must replicate and verify ...
Riled up by Elsevier's take-downs? Time to embrace open access journals
The publishing giant Elsevier owns much of the world's academic knowledge, in the form of article copyright. In the past few weeks it has stepped up enforcement of its property rights, issuing "take-down notices" to Academia.edu, where many researchers post PDFs of their articles. ...
The little black box bringing the internet to Kenya
The BRCK is, in a sense, just like the archetypal little black box. It does what you need and you don't have to worry about its inner workings.
Contactless payment cards: Research highlights security concerns
(Phys.org) —Warnings about the use of contactless payment cards and Near Field Communication (NFC) capable devices are raised in a study led by a team of researchers at the University of Surrey.
Publishing in Open Access increases usage and has no effect on book sales
Open Access publishing has no negative effect on book sales, and increases online usage and discovery considerably.
Is open access working?
According to Peter Suber open access is academic literature which is "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions". Open access delivered by journals is called "gold" ...