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Open CRS

Service pooling Congressional Research Service reports online, a "itunes for policy wonks". http://opencrs.com/

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Technology

Promote Frivolous Academic Research

Seemingly "frivolous" academic research serves an important function: it popularizes science and can attract increased funding to related studies. BBC http://bit.ly/ctfygU

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Don't Put Too Much Faith in "Statistical Significance"

Statisticians know what the public often doesn't: research findings based on "statistical significance" are often wrong. Much medical research in particular is flimsy. An analysis in Science News: http://bit.ly/aAvdEv

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Health

Use Fitter Lab Rats

Scientists at Johns Hopkins assert that lab rats, who are usually out of shape and flabby, distort medical research. We should use healthier animals. http://bit.ly/aq8fvh

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Technology

Open Peer Review Journals

Nature, the stalwart of peer-review journalism, has just purchased a controlling stake in Frontiers, an online "open" publication. http://econ.st/Ws69kF

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Technology

Crowdfund Research

Crowdfunding platforms aren't just for tech startups. Rockethub supports basic research initiatives. http://www.rockethub.com

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Global Development

Don't Hide Good Ideas in PDFs

An analytics review at the World Bank showed that nearly a third of PDF reports are downloaded zero times. Another 40% fewer than 100 times. WaPo Wonkblog http://wapo.st/1kRWb7r

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Be Wary of Scientific Research

Scientists sometimes fabricate research. A British study found 2% of scientists admitted to falsifying research, and 34% admitted questionable research practices. When asked about the behavior of others, scientists reported even higher expected rates of fabrication. PLoS one http://bit.ly/9dHObR

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Transgenic Animals for Research: Meet Ruppy, the Glowing Dog

Scientists are combining genes from different species, which will lead to new opportunities in medical research. New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/projects/magazine/ideas/2009/#g-1.html

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Environment

Study Deserts with Robo-Tumbleweeds

A new robot tumbleweed developed in Israel allows researchers to inexpensively collect on the ground data across deserts. Wired http://wrd.cm/1lzHWtX

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Education

Separate Research and Teaching Tenure

Reforming the tenure system will help overall education. One key step would be to create separate types of tenure which reflect different roles in a university. NY Times http://nyti.ms/1lEa2Ea

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Study Hippo Poo Using Crocodile-disguised Boats

Kenyan researchers studying hippo pods in the Mara river have designed crocodile-disguised boats. Popular Science http://bit.ly/1heTDiD

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