Catholic Courier: Vatican Observatory launches podcast, new website

Catholic Courier: Vatican Observatory launches podcast, new website. “The podcasts are available on several platforms and they feature one of the pope’s own Jesuit astronomers speaking with a notable figure in the world of space exploration or science. For example, one episode features Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno — a planetary scientist, director of the Vatican Observatory and president of the foundation — speaking with U.S. astronaut Nicole Stott and her husband Christopher Stott of the International Institute of Space Commerce.”

IOS Press: IOS Press Labs Goes Live

IOS Press: IOS Press Labs Goes Live. “Offering a platform that promotes collaboration and feedback, Labs content centers around the following categories: data management, innovation, open science, the research ecosystem, STM publishing, and technology. Topics of particular interest are: artificial intelligence; case studies; “failing forward;” corporate/brand identity; data policies/data sharing; digital transformation; diversity and inclusion; editorial policies; knowledge graphs; linked data; machine learning; open access; open source; publication ethics; software development; and workflow tools for scholarly publishing.”

IOS Press: IOS Press Labs Goes Live

IOS Press: IOS Press Labs Goes Live. “Offering a platform that promotes collaboration and feedback, Labs content centers around the following categories: data management, innovation, open science, the research ecosystem, STM publishing, and technology. Topics of particular interest are: artificial intelligence; case studies; “failing forward;” corporate/brand identity; data policies/data sharing; digital transformation; diversity and inclusion; editorial policies; knowledge graphs; linked data; machine learning; open access; open source; publication ethics; software development; and workflow tools for scholarly publishing.”

California State University Channel Islands: Virtual Science Carnival will bring more than 50 hands-on science activities to kids and families

California State University Channel Islands: Virtual Science Carnival will bring more than 50 hands-on science activities to kids and families. “The magic of CSU Channel Islands’ (CSUCI) annual Science Carnival will be virtual this year, which will allow teachers, parents and kids from pre-school age on up to the eighth grade to bring hands-on science activities into their own homes and classrooms. ‘With the Virtual Science Carnival, kids can immerse themselves in over 50 activities where they are touching, seeing and doing science,’ said Science Carnival founder and Professor of Chemistry Phil Hampton, Ph.D.”

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.”

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.”

PsyPost: Watching Anthony Fauci on Fox News makes people more willing to engage in pandemic reducing behaviors, study finds

PsyPost: Watching Anthony Fauci on Fox News makes people more willing to engage in pandemic reducing behaviors, study finds. “How warmly or coldly people feel toward scientists is associated with their compliance with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to new research published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. The study also found evidence that medical experts such as Anthony Fauci can help motivate people to maintain social distance from others and use disinfectant products amid the pandemic.”

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.”

The National Academies: Emerging Evidence Indicates COVID-19 Pandemic Has Negatively Impacted Women in Academic STEMM Fields, Endangering Progress Made in Recent Years

The National Academies: Emerging Evidence Indicates COVID-19 Pandemic Has Negatively Impacted Women in Academic STEMM Fields, Endangering Progress Made in Recent Years. “Preliminary evidence indicates that the COVID 19 pandemic has negatively affected the well-being of women in academic STEMM fields in a range of areas, including productivity, work-life boundary control, networking and community building, and mental well-being, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.”

Institut Polytechnique de Paris: Unprecedented historical collections on Google Arts & Culture

Institut Polytechnique de Paris: Unprecedented historical collections on Google Arts & Culture. “École Polytechnique and Google Arts & Culture are teaming up to make available to the general public for the first time a unique collection of nearly 2,000 pieces from scientific, historical, and artistic collections from l’X, retracing more than 226 years of existence.”

Los Alamos National Library: New virtual platform shows students the science behind everyday objects

Launched last month from Los Alamos National Laboratory, but I missed it: New virtual platform shows students the science behind everyday objects. “What makes bread rise? Why does hand sanitizer keep you from getting sick? How does a microwave oven heat your food? These are just a few of the concepts covered in the new virtual learning platform, See the Science, unveiled in celebration of International Women and Girls in Science Day, February 11, 2021….See the Science targets upper elementary and middle-school students—the age at which students, particularly girls, get intimidated—or inspired—by classes in science, technology, engineering, and math. Materials will also emphasize the scientific contributions of women.” The platform is expected to be available this month.