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Science Policy Around the Web – July 20, 2012

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By: Rebecca Cerio

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

Mixed Report for Oiled Salt Marshes Ed Yong reports on the damage to Louisiana wetlands, post-Deepwater Horizon spill…and how it has only accelerated wetland destruction that was already in progress.  The spill has highlighted an evolving problem with conservation of wetlands.   (via The Scientist)

New Federal Ban on Synthetic Drugs Already Obsolete – Chemicals that mimic the biological effects of the active compounds in illegal drugs like marijuana and methamphetamine have been recently banned in the new Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012.  However, the ban’s specificity has already rendered it obsolete, since new compounds are already for sale that aren’t covered by the law.  Wired also has a nice, slightly older article on the chemical fundamentals that make this possible.   (by Brandon Keim via Wired)

UK Sets Down New Rules For Expanding Access to Research – The UK’s Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings has hopped on the open access train, laying down new publishing mandates for publicly-funded research.  The group’s report “recommended a balanced programme of action to enable more people to read and use the publications arising from research, and to accelerate the progress towards a fully open access environment.” (via Research Information Network)

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Written by sciencepolicyforall

July 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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