Snap Observations: Another Censored Scientist, Internet Attitudes, Bayh-Dole, Talking Nanotech, Digitizing Research Libraries
The Bush Administration continues to censor scientists. The AP has the latest on revisions made to the testimony of CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding, who testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Tuesday on the health impacts of climate change. The original testimony was 14 pages; the White House hacked it down to four; six made it to the Senate. The Knight Science Tracker, ThinkProgress, and Wired Science have more.
“More than half of Americans believe that Internet content such as video should be controlled in some way by the government.” Selections from the results of a 463 Communications/Zogby International poll on U.S. attitudes on the Internet.
The Bayh-Dole Act grants intellectual property rights to universities for projects developed with federal funds. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today to consider changes to the legislation. At issue: limitations on the earnings from licensing royalties that labs can keep; and the need to consider that the exclusive patent model may work for drug development, but not for telecommunications or forthcoming energy technologies.
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has been holding an online conference the past two days on the impact of nanotechnology on consumer products. Yesterday conferees discussed the possible applications of nanotechnologies; today they have been looking at regulation and oversight strategies.
Major research libraries are falling into two camps: those that allow Google and Microsoft to digitize their book collections, and those that place their knowledge stores in the hands of the Open Content Alliance.
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