This week the MSW team delivered two pieces of choice: a pamphlet extolling the virtues of bringing Wikipedia and the world of research closer, as well as an exclusive report revealing a unique and extraordinary magnetic miscroscope. The recipe for success? Take the time to discuss, paper and pen in hand.
It was high time to translate Abby’s article advocating for a rapprochement between the practices of Wikipedia and those of research, or at least for a mutual curiosity. Here it is again, in English:
We’ve talked about it before and it’s finally here: our video report “Spintronics”, filmed at the university ENS Cachan. A team of scientists revealed for us the secrets of a microscope, unique in this world, capable of moving magnetic domain walls.
Open Access = $$$
Open access works because scientific knowledge can be disseminated more easily, more widely. Because accessibility is also the key to accuracy and excellence. Open access could also very well work in terms of $$$: according to a report by Simba Information, revenues from open access journals could triple by 2017. For the curious who would like to take a look at this report, however, it will cost you $2,500. (No, it’s not open, but what do you want, competitive intelligence isn’t free.)
Honors well earned
In the news this week, Grace Mugabe’s degree. Our most sincere congratulations to the First Lady of Zimbabwe for her PhD in sociology, obtained after extraordinarily short studies: two months. We can only pay tribute to such impressive work.
Things are heating up
I also wanted to show you how seriously we take our work. When the neurons are going at full speed and the fingers are flying across the keyboard, there’s nothing like a video of The Dukes of Hazzard stunts, in a continuous loop on a second screen to channel the creative energy and determination to succeed.
Unfortunately, such intense, productive activity also heats up the components of our technological allies, the hard-working machines that tolerate so much suffering in our place. When the computer gives up, what is left to us? Paper and pencil. It’s very strange to be forced to write again. No, nothing nostalgic about it; it’s simply troubling and exciting at the same time.