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  1. Last 7 days
    1. In December 2019, The Washington Post reported that the US Justice Department was investigating whether Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan had links with Russian intelligence, in part due to the suspicion that tacit approval or assistance of the Russians is required for an operation of the scale of Sci-Hub.[33]

      Russians for open-access literature?! Are we really complaining, and wasting our time investigating?

  2. Oct 2020
    1. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) includes discarded CRT monitors in its category of “hazardous household waste”.

      And legally, cannot be discarded in a landfill. Rather, is sold to "recycling" companies or sent to other countries.

    2. Computers and entertainment centers and other electrical appliances convert the alternating current they are receiving to direct current which the equipment will use to power its activities using less electricity

      It seems unlikely that broken and unused appliances are still creating electromagnetic waves.

    3. Scientific Research has shown these “polluting” high-frequency fields to have specific biological effects that are detrimental to the overall health of the individual. 

      Source please!

  3. Sep 2020
    1. Had it not been for the attentiveness of one person who went beyond the task of classifying galaxies into predetermined categories and was able to communicate this to the researchers via the online forum, what turned out to be important new phenomena might have gone undiscovered.

      Sometimes our attempts to improve data quality in citizen science projects can actually work against us. Pre-determined categories and strict regulations could prevent the reporting of important outliers.

    1. Outside of citizen science, the research base around recruiting and retaining volunteers is relatively large, and we draw on this literature here because we believe that useful lessons can be learned from this more established field.

      Yes! Let's draw from other fields to improve our own!

    2. However, very little has been published in the academic literature about the factors that influence people to take part in citizen science projects and why participants continue their involvement, or not.

      What do we know so far? Where are clear areas where research can be done to improve our understanding of this?

    1. A training session was not carried out by the authors for the Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey, a project specific to New York State.

      Why was there not a training session for this specific project?

  4. May 2020
    1. soil enriched with acetamide

      This is due to acetamide-class pesticide runoff. Acetamide compounds are known to persist in the environment. Delftia uses acetamide as a carbon source.

    1. Asymmetrical T4P activation mediated by a photosensing protein was observed in response to light stimulus. A single-cell model demonstrated that this response was associated with phototaxis away from blue light.

    1. Exposure to bright, focused light causes a signal cascade, resulting in local inactivation of T4P, breakdown, and reassembly on the other side. Relocalization of T4P to the side of the cell facing light resulted in phototaxis toward the light source.

    1. though not conducted in a natural context,

      Experiment was performed using purified delftibactin, not whole cell Delftia. While this helps eliminate variables, we must make sure isolation and purification has no effect on protein function.

    2. indicating that delftibactin is most likely a siderophore that serves at least two purposes for this organism.

      What is the second purpose (regarding interactions with iron)?