Alexandra Elbakyan recently shook up the science world by creating Sci-Hub, the largest website for pirated academic papers. She created the website to allow everyone access to scientific journals that are behind a paywall. You can read about the grad student in the center of the conflict here.
By Danae Dodge
John Maddox Prize
Nominations are now open for the 2016 John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science. Now in its fifth year, this unique international prize recognizes the work of an individual who promotes sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so.
By Gabrielle-Ann Torre
I write this on what feels, to me, to be a monumental day for science: LIGO, a large-scale science experiment, announced the detection of gravitational waves between two black holes, while women in STEM were celebrated on the Inaugural International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Days like this are rare. As scientists, we accept that the fruits of our craft can be underappreciated, a tale of null results and wrong hypotheses. The story of LIGO and the celebration of women in STEM reminded me of an experience that shaped the way I approach research and showed me the importance of communicating our science.
Do you have an idea, invention, or creation that you want to share with the world? The Microsoft Patent Program was recently developed to support the next generation of amazing women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This program will provide women with the opportunity to develop their ideas, gain mentorship from a board of Microsoft women, and ultimately file for a U.S. patent.
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