EurekAlert: Announcing the launch of Global Africa, a new African academic journal

EurekAlert: Announcing the launch of Global Africa, a new African academic journal. “With Global Africa, the UGB’s LASPAD (Laboratoire d’analyse des sociétés et pouvoirs / Afrique – Diasporas) aims to report on political, social, economic, environmental, and technological issues, both in Africa and around the world…. Alongside the journal, training courses will be offered to improve the African research production and dissemination ecosystem. These will include online classes on preparing and publishing articles for both researchers and publishing professionals, as well as pop-up seminars for young researchers, helping to grow the community of authors interested in the journal’s key topics.”

ScienceDaily: New statistical method eases data reproducibility crisis

ScienceDaily: New statistical method eases data reproducibility crisis. “A reproducibility crisis is ongoing in scientific research, where many studies may be difficult or impossible to replicate and thereby validate, especially when the study involves a very large sample size. Now researchers have developed a statistical tool that can accurately estimate the replicability of a study, thus eliminating the need to duplicate the work and effectively mitigating the reproducibility crisis.”

Arab News: A digital library offers Saudis affordable access to scholarly research

Arab News: A digital library offers Saudis affordable access to scholarly research. “Academic literature is usually hidden behind expensive paywalls or restricted to those who are affiliated with big organizations. Now Zendy, developed by Knowledge E, is offering users affordable access to scholarly works from around the world. In step with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 development agenda and its efforts to foster a culture of research, innovation and entrepreneurship, Zendy will give students, professionals and hobbyists access to thousands of articles, e-books and scholarly resources.”

CNN: Google offered a professor $60,000, but he turned it down. Here’s why

CNN: Google offered a professor $60,000, but he turned it down. Here’s why. “[Professor Luke] Stark is among a growing number of people in academia who are citing the exits of [Timnit] Gebru and [Margaret] Mitchell for recent decisions to forfeit funding or opportunities provided by the company. Some AI conference organizers are rethinking having Google as a sponsor. And at least one academic who has received a big check from Google in the past has since declared he won’t seek its financial support until changes are made at the company.”

HPC Wire: Sandia Announces Rare Open-Access Quantum Computer Now Operational

HPC Wire: Sandia Announces Rare Open-Access Quantum Computer Now Operational. “Quantum computers are poised to become major technological drivers over the coming decades. But to get there, scientists need to experiment with quantum machines that relatively few universities or companies have. Now, scientists can use Sandia’s QSCOUT for research that might not be possible at their home institutions, without the cost or restrictions of using a commercial testbed.”

EurekAlert: National Eye Institute launches data portal for macular degeneration research

EurekAlert: National Eye Institute launches data portal for macular degeneration research. “The National Eye Institute (NEI) Data Commons now enables researchers to access data from patients with macular degeneration who participated in the Age-related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2). The database complements newly available stem cell lines created by the New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute (NYSCF) from blood cells of AREDS2 study participants. Together, these resources will accelerate the discovery of therapies for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other blinding conditions.”

Big Think: MIT study shows ultrasound vibrations may kill coronavirus

Big Think: MIT study shows ultrasound vibrations may kill coronavirus. “The researchers created various models of the novel coronavirus, and then used computer simulations to determine the frequencies at which acoustic vibrations might damage key parts of the virus, namely the shell and spikes. The results showed that ultrasound vibrations between 25 and 100 megahertz caused the shell and spikes to rupture almost immediately.”

University of California: UC secures landmark open access deal with world’s largest scientific publisher

University of California: UC secures landmark open access deal with world’s largest scientific publisher. “The University of California today (March 16) announced a pioneering open access agreement with the world’s largest scientific publisher, Elsevier, making significantly more of the University’s research available to people worldwide — immediately and at no cost…. Under the four-year deal, all research with a UC lead author published in Elsevier’s extensive portfolio of hybrid and open access journals will be open access by default.”

Fierce Biotech: Clinical trial firms tap social media ‘influencers’ for virtual trial recruitment drive

Fierce Biotech: Clinical trial firms tap social media ‘influencers’ for virtual trial recruitment drive. “As the hype around so-called siteless trials continues unabated, two trial tech firms are joining forces to tap social media influencers to help push more patients into studies. The pair: decentralized clinical research company Thread and trial recruitment firm CureClick. They say their new pact will allow sponsors and contract research organizations to ‘access the power of patient activist-driven crowdsourcing to improve recruitment’ in virtual trials.”

Brief19: Coronavirus MRNA Vaccines Reduce The Risk Of Asymptomatic Infection

Brief19: Coronavirus MRNA Vaccines Reduce The Risk Of Asymptomatic Infection. “This research, conducted by the Mayo Clinic health system across its hospitals in Minnesota, Arizona, and Wisconsin, recruited patients requiring covid-19 testing 48 to 72 hours ahead of planned procedures and surgeries. The patients were divided into two cohorts: those who had received at least one dose of either vaccine and those who hadn’t had a shot yet at the time of the testing. Of the nearly 40,000 patients who were tested, 3.2 percent of the unvaccinated group tested positive, while only 1.4 percent of the protected group was found to have contracted SARS-CoV-2. This was a statistically notable difference and suggests a relative risk reduction of 44 percent after getting vaccinated for asymptomatic disease.”

EurekAlert: Leprosy drug holds promise as at-home treatment for COVID-19

EurekAlert: Leprosy drug holds promise as at-home treatment for COVID-19. “A Nature study authored by scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and the University of Hong Kong shows that the leprosy drug clofazimine, which is FDA approved and on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, exhibits potent antiviral activities against SARS-CoV-2 and prevents the exaggerated inflammatory response associated with severe COVID-19. Based on these findings, a Phase 2 study evaluating clofazimine as an at-home treatment for COVID-19 could begin immediately.”

The Verge: Some research has gotten a huge boost during the pandemic

The Verge: Some research has gotten a huge boost during the pandemic. “Billions of dollars have been spent fighting the pandemic, with a huge proportion of that money going towards vaccine development. Other areas of research have also gotten a big boost during the pandemic — and the results could make a huge difference to public health in the future. Here are some of the big winners in the pandemic-inspired funding race.”

EurekaAlert: Not-for-profit publisher makes big move toward open access science

EurekAlert: Not-for-profit publisher makes big move toward open access science. “Canadian Science Publishing (CSP)–a not-for-profit publisher of peer-reviewed STEM journals–is excited to announce a new transformative open access publishing agreement with the University of California (UC) that will offer unlimited open access publication for UC researchers publishing with its journals.”

MIT News: The MIT Press launches Direct to Open

MIT News: The MIT Press launches Direct to Open. “The MIT Press has announced the launch of Direct to Open (D2O). A first-of-its-kind sustainable framework for open-access monographs, D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model where individuals and libraries buy single e-books to a collaborative, library-supported open-access model…. Beginning in 2022, all new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections will be openly available on the MIT Press Direct e-book platform. Instead of purchasing a title once for a single collection, libraries now have the opportunity to fund them one time for the world through participant fees.”