Research

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Harvard's SLIPS technology solves sticky situations
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A surprising number of the world's problems arise because of stuff sticking to other stuff: Ice on airplane wings, barnacles growing on undersea power lines, blood sticking to blood bags. A new company launched out of Harvard University hopes they've found a solution. Their creation? A suite of ultra-slippery surfaces that repel blood, bacteria, dust, water, ice, cement, and more. Read More
a fine line
Facebook reveals research guidelines after playing with users' feeds
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Back in 2012, researchers from Facebook and Cornell University altered the kinds of posts people saw in their Facebook feeds to study the way they responded to them. When Facebook users found out this year, they were mad. Now Facebook has responded, with its chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer publishing a response, laying out a set of guidelines by which research on Facebook will be conducted in the future. Read More
Your space my space
How to ethically study people on Facebook? Researchers discuss
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A study on Facebook users that altered the news feeds of some 700,000 people in 2012 drew shrill outcry from Facebook users, ethicists, politicians, and researchers when the work was published this summer. The feedback prompted a post-mortem of the methods in that study within the research community as well as a re-examination of ethics surrounding research on people and their data. Read More
A smarter search engine?
Medical search engine Parzival wants to guide docs to more reliable sources
Parzival co-founders Celina Ansari and Lonnie Rae Kurlander.
Do you want your doctor to diagnose an ailment by Googling? A new medical search engine called Parzival is taking the wraps off this week, aiming to guide doctors and medical researchers to the most reliable sources when they're hunting for information about diseases and treatments. Read More
Free the knowledge
The Exploitative Economics of Academic Publishing
Open Publishing
Taxpayers in the United States spend $139 billion a year on scientific research, yet much of this research is inaccessible not only to the public, but also to other scientists.(a) This is the consequence of an exploitative scientific journal system that rewards academic publishers while punishing taxpayers, scientists, and universities. Fortunately, cheap open-access alternatives are not only possible, but already beginning to take root, suggesting a way forward to a more open and equitable system for sharing research. Read More
Community Management
Get what you want, without telling people what to do
The CR Network / Community Roundtable
By Rachel Happe In my January post, Redefining Management in the Digital Age, I talked about how management is changing as individuals gain more power, market access (and information) is commoditizing, and loosely coupled groups are taking on more value creation and distribution. These trends are colliding to make traditional management at best inefficient at, and at worst detrimental to, attracting and keeping the best talent. Read More