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Fabio Casati and his collaborators at LiquidPublication, an EU-financed research project, want to change how you do science.  Namely by allowing you to do more of it, instead of sifting through journals.

“The more papers you produce, the more brownie points you get,” says Casati. “So most of your time is spent writing papers instead of thinking or doing science.”
No one here at Science 2.0 really noticed the Scienceblogs Pepsigate thing, being busy writing about science, but I lurk in a number of other places and, since Scienceblogs is the Big Kahuna in science blogging, it merited some attention, at least from me.
Science 2.0, being about openness and outreach and participation,  can attract its share of kooks.  Depending on the whims of the community moderators around that day, goofy, speculative nonsense can even stay on the front page as a blog for a while.  It comes with the territory but people who spend money on cameras, lights and lawyers can usually be taken more seriously.

Not always, as PZ Myers found with Expelled filmmakers.  Sometimes the anti-science contingent has both money and an agenda.
Discover Magazine, both print and online, has been sold to Kalmbach Publishing, which owns publications like Astronomy, Trains and Birder's World.

Price: $7 million, says MediaWeek, for a company with 700,000 print subscribers and $14 million in annual revenue.   
Know why BetaMax didn't beat out VCRs even though it was better in every way?   The same reason more people have PCs than Apples.   Strangling the technology with one provider keeps the market small and when a flexible alternative comes out, people flock to it.
Hershey Teams Up With ADA - the American Dietetic Association - says the press release.   The Hershey Center for Health&Nutrition® sponsoring an advocacy group devoted to dietary health workers?  Sure, why not?  Hershey's says they want to make us all healthier...
by working with industry sponsors to include registered dietitians in the development of policies and products; sharing science-based information and new research with ADA members; and enabling ADA to reach millions of consumers with healthy-eating messages.