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By Mike Marinetto | Published: April 18, 2014
When governments nudge people to do healthful things it IS a little bit like 1984, says Mike Marinetto. But it's more like a big brother than Big Brother, he adds.
Well-known leftist political theorist Ernesto Laclau, an Argentinian who made his home in the United Kingdom and with his partner Chantal Mouffe was the leading proponent of the Essex School of discourse analysis and his ideas of “radical democracy,” has died at the age of 78. According to the Argentinian news agency Télam, Laclau suffered [...]
The father of Argentinian semiotics, Eliseo Verón, has died at age 78.
The author of a new introduction to statistics textbook was bothered that even among students who but their required books they rarely crack them open. So he decided to give them an incentive.
By Farida Vis | Published: April 16, 2014
There's lots and lots (and lots) of information pumping through the internet. This, argues Farida Vis, makes it doubly important to verify what's out there and then determine how to deal with the patently false.
By Social Science Space | Published: April 15, 2014
Scholarly knowledge is under threat, and that's both good and dire, argued panelists at a recent discussion in Vienna.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: April 15, 2014
No one expected Tamiflu to be a wonder drug, but indications are that it's moderately useful in fighting a serious public health threat. But that message was lost last week in an ill-starred rush to beat up on 'wicked' Big Pharma, argues Robert Dingwall.
By Ben McNeil | Published: April 14, 2014
Proposals circulating to cut as much as a fifth of the budget from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation are a quick way to inflict long-term pain in Australia's research community.
By Social Science Space | Published: April 14, 2014
Social Science Space reported last week how–according to one survey drawn from the STEM fields–Canadian researchers like the principle of open access scholarly publishing but shied away from it when publishers came seeking the author fees this model usually requires. The survey furter noted that a lot of researchers didn’t really know if their funders [...]
By Impactstory | Published: April 14, 2014
You like the idea of “megajournals”–online-only, open access journals that cover many subjects and publish content based only on whether it is scientifically sound. You get that PLOS ONE, PeerJ and others offer a path to a more efficient, faster, more open scholarly publishing world. But you’re not publishing there. Because you’ve heard rumors that [...]