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At this early stage in the history of electronic books, there’s Amazon, there’s Apple, and then there’s everyone else. Amazon and Apple want to keep it that way, which is why you can’t just download any old e-book to your Kindle or iPad. [More]
In the past, a journal title that was unfamiliar to a researcher would be an automatic red-flag for journal quality - if I haven't heard of it, it must not be very good. As the number of journal titles increases exponentially (Larsen and von Ins, 2010), scholars have turned to a wide variety of tools to help separate quality publications from the rest. Journal metrics like the impact factor (Garfield, 2006) and a journal's h-index have been used (and mis-used) extensively. And in recent years, librarian Jeffery Beall has put together a list of the worst journals of all, so-called " predatory publishers ."[caption id="" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Not this kind of predator. CC-BY Image from Flickr user Dimitry B"] [/caption] [More]
( SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics ) The first major image quality improvements in the history of a widely used century-old 3-D printing technique have been enabled by research at Curtin University, the team has reported in the journal Optical Engineering published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. The technique, anaglyph printing, utilizes red-and-blue eyewear to transform 2-D images into 3-D in comics, magazines, books, and newspapers.
Yesterday the I-5 bridge spanning the Skagit River in Washington had one of its support girders hit by a truck too wide , and the whole scene of contorting metal fell into the water below. Though a number of people and their cars went into the water along with the bridge, thankfully no one was killed. The collapse of the I-5 bridge has sparked a conversation about the failing infrastructure system of the US, but failures due to girders unable to take a truck impact are hardly a common occurrence. In fact, the most dangerous thing to a bridge is that which it typically takes us over. [More]
( Geological Society of America ) New papers published in the June issue of Lithosphere cover the geology of Western Europe; the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica; the Norwegian Caledonides; the Central Asian Orogenic Belt; the Karakoram shear zone and Greater Himalaya Sequence, NW India; the Garlock fault and the southern Sierra Nevada-eastern Tehachapi Mountains, USA; and the Chinese Altai. The issue features multi-national research teams, including authors from Belgium, Scotland, China, and Japan, as well as the USA.
( DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory ) The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has begun delivery of germanium-76 detectors to an underground laboratory in South Dakota in a team research effort that might explain the puzzling imbalance between matter and antimatter generated by the Big Bang.
( Frontiers ) Frontiers in Physics is the latest journal to be launched as part of Frontiers' drive to bring its publishing model and research networking platform to all academic communities Frontiers in Physics is the latest journal to be launched as part of Frontiers' drive to bring its publishing model and research networking platform to all academic communities.