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Submission + - Access to academic journals for the newly laid off

shadeshope writes: How to gain access to academic/professional literature when out of academia and work?
  I have recently found myself in professional limbo. After eight years designing embedded systems for industrial and medical applications. I returned to academia to research/study towards a PhD. Unfortunately due to recent health problems I have had to withdraw. It seems it could be sometime before I can consider continuing my studies. As such I am no longer enrolled and have lost all online access to university resources. Recently my doctor has said that it is ok to do a bit of light technical reading. However I keep encountering electronic roadblocks. In the form off accessible abstracts but protected articles. I know that there are some open journals but most seem to require one off payments or membership of a subscribing institution. It makes it impossible for me to pursue any sort of coherent path through the material. Sometimes it is possible to find a copy of a paper published on scrib or else where, using google. Mostly the information I want remains locked up, an electronic payment away.Have any slashdotters had similar problems? Is there any way to gain access to this information without spending money? It seems that given the economic situation the Government here in the UK and elsewhere. Would be keen to insure that those out of work have easy access in order to better their chances of keeping current and getting re-employed.
  If I was in fulltime employment I would be happy to pay a fee to my local university library for access to journals etc. Grateful for any suggestions. Is there a pirate bay equivalent for published academic research?


Submission + - London buses to get atheist posters 3

jd 0001 writes: The BBC are reporting that "Bendy-buses with the slogan 'There's probably no God' could soon be running on the streets of London. The atheist posters are the idea of the British Humanist Association (BHA) and have been supported by prominent atheist Professor Richard Dawkins. The BHA planned only to raise £5,500, which was to be matched by Professor Dawkins, but it has now raised more than £36,000 of its own accord. " The donations page was showing a total of nearly £40K the last time I looked. How long before something similar comes to the US?

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