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Science PeerJ Founders Peter Binfield and Jason Hoyt
Support Grows for Open Access to Science Research

Matt Cooper and Elizabeth Wiley suggest that federally funded research should be freely accessible over the Internet. They argue that when students lose their access to academic databases after graduation, society doesn’t get the same benefits it could from that research

Politics Numbers
Bad Numbers Make For Killer Headlines – And Dodgy News

Last week, The Guardian informed us the Eurozone Crisis will Cost World’s Poorest Countries US$238bn. Really? Not US$237 billion or US$239 billion? Perhaps it was just a wonky headline, and the article would be more nuanced. But no: the article soberly reported that the current crisis will cost US$238 billion – an impossible level of certainty for an economic forecast!

Does accuracy or inaccuracy of this sort really matter? Of course it does. Numbers often drive the news cycle, with consequences as far-reaching, or far-fetched, as the claims they seem to support.

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