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Science Policy Around the Web – October 27, 2012

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By: Jennifer Plank

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

EU acts against harm from biofuel crops – The European Commission has concluded that clearing land in order to plant food for generating biofuels minimizes the environmental benefit of using them. To circumvent this issue, the commission has placed a new cap on the amount food-based biofuel. As an alternative, they recommend using waste, algae, and straw for the production of biofuel.

Viral research faces clampdown – In an attempt to enhance public safety, US health agencies have added two new viruses to the list of select agents – a list of pathogens and toxins that have the “potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety”. However, researchers oppose the restrictions due to the implications posed for conducting research on the select agents. The labs working on these agents will either have to upgrade their biological safety levels, transfer, or destroy their stocks. The two pathogens in question are the SARS Virus and strains of H5N1 influenza that are transmissible to mammals. (Declan Butler)

Life at the Bottleneck – A recent graduate from the University of Vienna’s Department of Social Studies of Science shares the major findings of her research. Ruth Muller studied the current academic landscape and how it influences a postdoc’s career development and working practices. Her findings suggest that the pressure of the postdoctoral position decreases the opportunity to develop skills for future success such as lab management, creative collaboration, and visionary innovation.

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Written by sciencepolicyforall

October 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

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