rackeer writes: "Exchanging research results is at the heart of the scientific method. However, there are concerns about whether investigations of pandemics, which possibly constitute a threat to the whole population of earth, should be shared. The debate about research on the avian flu was discussedon slashdotbefore. Now the main parties have their own 2 cents to say. On-line on the science magazine are commentaries both by by authors of the paper in question, who went ahead with the publication, and by the national advisory board for biosecurity, who advised against publishing."
rackeer writes: "According to wikipedia's Editor Trends Study, active contributors are leaving, and new contributors don't stay with the project and make up a continuously smaller share of the total number of contributors. A whitepaper by the wikimedia foundation proposes top priorities based on this study. One of these priorities is the creation of a climate which is positive towards newcomers. What is your opinion of what should change?"
rackeer writes: Recently the story was slashdotted that Flattr was one of the very few sites that still accepted donations to wikileaks. However even on slashdot, many people haven't heard of this relatively new microdonation platform. This is because, although it has an impressive growth to show, Flattr is still young, in an early stage of development, and users are mostly European. This article explains what flattr is, why people should know about it, how to make money with it, and how to donate. It also shows how to integrate it with any website.
rackeer writes: In times of economic crisis, governments try to cut expenditure. While in the United States, as an answer to the economic crisis, a stimulus package increases spending on R&D, the Spanish government has decided to reduce government expenditure on research and development (R&D) by nearly 18 percent (Spanish). The author of the article gives an economic rational why R&D spending should not be reduced. Scientific research indicate that R&D spending at about 3 percent of GDP is optimal, while Spain was at 1.2 percent in 2008. The author argues that Spain should rather increase its research expenditure in order not to fall more behind United States, Japan, and the European average.