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CC licensing and open access

Here's an example of how limitations through CC licences can change what you do with a paper. I'm looking at an image. At first I thought to use it in a blog post about organic batteries. I thought I could do that because the paper is open access, but the...

STFC and the fall of the Roman Empire

One puzzle about the Roman Empire is that while they had technology they often didn’t use it to its full potential. For instance, take the steam engine. Hero of Alexandria had demonstrated a basic steam engine, the aeoliopile, around two thousand years ago. A...

REF & ʇɔɐdɯı lɐɹnʇlnɔ

At the start I should make clear that I am not an expert and I can’t say for certain exactly what Impact is. The reason I’m writing this is that sadly no one else can say what Impact is either, though HEFCE has a go. That’s a problem, because...

Bookmarks for 16th of November through to 18th of November

These are my links for 16th of November through 18th of November: The Academic Journal Racket « In the DarkTelescoper explains how academic publishing works. The only thing that would improbe the post would be the theme from 'The Naked Gun' in the...

Time to ditch the press release?

At the National Astronomy Meeting in 2004 I listened to Dr David Whitehouse, who I think was then Science Editor at the BBC, give advice about feeding science stories to the media. He made quite a few points, but there are three I remember. Don’t push a story on...