To search for alien life, scientists make a library of life’s colors

first_imgHere’s a new way to search for life on alien worlds: Look for the light it reflects into space. To prepare for such a search, scientists have made a library of life’s colors, cataloging the spectra, or wavelengths of light, reflected by 137 types of microorganisms, they report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the visible wavelengths of light, the microbes’ spectra depended on their pigments—what we think of as their color—which varied from species to species. In the infrared, however, the microbes all looked similar, absorbing light at particular wavelengths due to the water inside of them. If scientists detected a pattern of wavelengths that matched the types of pigmentation seen in earthly species, and displayed the universal absorption features in the infrared, it would be evidence for life. The database could help scientists design searches for life on watery, habitable exoplanets like the artist’s conception above, using the new, highly sensitive telescopes on the horizon. But such a search would be a technical challenge, because the light reflected by a planet is swamped by that of its star. And, the technique isn’t foolproof—it works only if the planet has a transparent atmosphere with few clouds, so that light reflected from microorganisms can escape, and is probably most useful for life that is likewise carbon-based and therefore has the same chemistry constraining its spectrum. Still, remote-sensing techniques like these may be our only hope for finding our kin in the far-flung corners of universe.last_img read more

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STARTV 2 LAST

first_img“We feel confident about the USD 500-million target for “We feel confident about the USD 500-million target for 2018. Its coming from two factors — one is continued growth of the entertainment business, which was the hallmark of the Star business. We get 23-24 per cent market share every night. Its a market that is growing. In the last six months TV ad market grew 21 per cent, we over-indexed because of our strength,” Nallen said. “The second leg is sports, where big investment cycle is behind us. Going forward we have lumpy years because of the World Cup Cricket, but that wont interfere with us in getting our target. So we feel pretty good about it,” he added. Nallen ruled out major investment in Star in the near future. “Not much more investment (in Star). This year we grew the investment because we extended one of the sports franchises that we started, this local Kabaddi sport that has turned into a phenomenon in India. There is not a massive new incremental investment that we need for Star,” he said. Star India has so far invested over Rs 300 crore in the Pro Kabaddi League, including Rs 150 crore in its inaugural edition last year. PTI DS BEN ARS SOMlast_img read more

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How to Persuade People by Asking the Right Questions [Video]

first_img Topics: Originally published Jul 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack This post originally appeared on HubSpot’s Sales Blog. To read more content like this, subscribe to Sales.As marketers, it’s our job to be convincing … but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In fact, persuading someone to complete a certain action requires a lot of careful consideration. Click here for our free guide to improving your presentation skills.For example, I’m willing to bet at least one person that’s reading this has a child with a messy room. How do you get a kid to clean their room?You beg and plead. You offer rewards. You threaten punishments. You create checklists. You offer to pitch in. You might even just forget the whole thing, and make peace with the disaster behind the door.But all of these approaches come from a single perspective — why it’s important to you that your child cleans her room. Wouldn’t it be more effective to help the child to realize the benefits of a clean room?In the following video, Daniel Pink uses this very example to set the record straight on persuasion.”We tend to think persuasion or motivation is something that one person does to another,” Pink says. “But what the social science clearly tells us it’s really something people do for themselves.”Watch the clip to discover the power of counterintuitive questions in persuasion (and finally get a no-fail room cleaning remedy).By the way — Daniel Pink is set to grace the stage of INBOUND 2015. To see him speak in person, register here.center_img Persuasion Daniel Pink: How to Persuade Others with the Right Questions from Big ThinkLiked this article? Click here to subscribe to Sales.last_img read more

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Indian men’s hockey team wins 3-0 against Australia A

first_imgYoung striker Sumit Kumar Jr struck a brace after comeback-man Rupinder Pal Singh opened the scoring as India’s men’s hockey thumped Australia ‘A’ 3-0, here Friday.Drag-flicker Rupinder, competing after a nearly eight-month injury layoff, scored in the sixth minute to give the visitors the lead. Sumit found the back of the net in the 12th and 13th minutes, helping India win their second game in a row.The aggressive Indians dominated the first quarter, constantly looked to break into the striking circle. The tactic worked as all three goals were scored in the first quarter putting the home team on the back-foot.India’s first goal came when the team won their first short corner of the match. Rupinder showed good nick, as he timed the flick well with good power and speed to send it past the opposition goalkeeper.Defender Harmanpreet Singh’s skillful tackling saw Australia ‘A’ lose ball possession which led to India’s second goal. A fine assist by skipper Manpreet Singh to Sumit saw the youngster score a superb field goal in the 12th minute.The home team was left stunned when India converted their third goal in the very next minute when striker Akashdeep Singh set-up the goal scored by 21-year-old Sumit.With a formidable 3-0 lead in the first quarter, India did well in terms of stitching together a good defense to hold off the Australian attack.Harmanpreet remained a vital cog of Indian defense as he won possession from Australian ball-carrier on several occasions that broke the home team’s rhythm.advertisementAustralia’s lone goal-scoring opportunity came in the second quarter when they created a PC but India goalkeeper Krishan Pathak was up to the task.”It was a very good first quarter with the basics right. After a 3-0 lead, it was important we stayed focused on the process. The second and third quarter was tight. I was happy with the things we have been working on, we created a lot of opportunities and I believe we can still do better in our finishing,” Indian chief coach, Graham Reid said.India will play their next game on Monday where the team will look to continue their fine run in the tour.”The next game will be harder and we are looking forward to it. The team will be stronger from today’s which had about seven national players from the Australian senior team. But it’s a good progression,” Reid added.Also Read | Manpreet Singh to lead India in tour of AustraliaAlso Read | India men’s hockey team to join FIH Pro League from 2020last_img read more

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How 11 Students Built a Company’s Inbound Strategy with HubSpot Certifications

first_img Originally published Aug 10, 2017 6:00:00 AM, updated August 10 2017 Inbound Marketing Where We Go From HereNext StepsAs we mentioned previously, following the success of the experiment, we structured it in a way that has allowed it to become an official offering of the Education Partner Program. Working with our Customer Success team, we have established a system to match professors who want their students to obtain the HSMC with HubSpot customers, using criteria like product fit and shared expectations.How Marketers Can Use What We LearnedWhen we carried out this project, we didn’t just learn more about Education Partners — we also learned some valuable lessons about experimentation in general.Go BigPick experiments that, if they’re successful, will produce significant results. Design them with impact and scale in mind — for many, time is the most valuable resource, so don’t let it go to waste on an experiment that will only have minimal impact.In our case, we needed a way to dramatically increase the value of the Education Partner Program for participating schools, professors, and students, and knowing whether the students could become HSMC in one semester was crucial to that. Even if our hypothesis was proven wrong, we would know to look for a different potential value source.Recycle When PossibleUnless your company was founded yesterday, you likely have a wealth of resources to draw upon for your experiments — things like previous experiments, marketing collateral, fellow employees, and historical data.Notice that we didn’t actually create any net-new assets to conduct this experiment — the only investment was sweat equity and time. Additionally, the other major stakeholder in the experiment, Professor Harrison, agreed to document the experiment, regardless of the outcomes. That meant we would be creating a new value point for the program, as we paved the way for other professors to get their students certified … or cautioned educators on what we learned, had it failed.And About That DocumentationDocument everything like your life depends on it. Use the scientific method, and be sure to debrief when it concludes — remember, if it succeeds you’ll be repeating it, and regardless of the outcome, you want to discuss ways to improve upon it.And remember this: Many times, an experiment is more valuable if it fails. For that, we use this famous quote from Thomas Edison — “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”What are some of the ways you’ve used HubSpot Academy certifications? Let us know about your best experiment in the comments — and hey, we might even feature it on our blog. Topics:center_img If you’re familiar with the HubSpot Academy, then you know it offers online certifications and free tools to help people all over the world learn how to market, sell, and grow an inbound business.Recently, HubSpot Academy launched its Education Partner Program, which helps college and university professors teach inbound marketing, sales, and provides guidance on using the HubSpot Marketing Software and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). The mission of the program is to bring the theory and practice of running and growing a business into the classroom — and to give students the hands-on experience they need to launch their careers right out of school.But when it came time to drive even more value for this program, there was much more we could for students. The program already provided educators with the software, resources, community and support to build leading marketing classes. We wanted to do even better at providing students with valuable, market-ready skills — by way of certification.Click here to learn about using social media in every stage of the funnel.Here’s what happened when we challenged 11 marketing students to get their HubSpot certifications in one semester — and build an inbound strategy for a real company in the process.How HubSpot Certifications Helped Build an Inbound StrategyThe Hypothesis and ObjectiveThe CertificationHubSpot Academy certifications are designed to help marketers stay up-to-date on the latest marketing and sales techniques, while also boosting their resumes. They allow users to take their inbound skills to the next level, with a confirmed completion of a qualifying exams.When we looked at which certifications were being assigned by Education Partner Program professors — and which ones students were receiving — the HubSpot Marketing Software Certification (HSMC) was missing. But we didn’t despair at that finding. Rather, we looked at how we could address those barriers to adoption.To say that the HMSC is “difficult” is a tremendous understatement. It involves an exam, a mastery of the Inbound Methodology, a practicum component, and a proven ability to achieve results using the HubSpot Marketing Software.Having this certification can help a marketer stand out during a job search — especially a recent graduate.The prospect of more students receiving their HMSC was a mutually beneficial goal for instructors, students, and their respective institutions. We wanted to show that students could get their HSMC within a single semester, so we created an experiment to do that, with the mentality that if it was successful, we could roll it out across the entire Education Partner Program community.The FrameworkThe biggest HSMC adoption barrier for students seemed to be the practicum component, which requires users to carry out actual inbound marketing activities using HubSpot Marketing Software — and achieve tangible results. That meant we would need a real business to agree to let these students use its HubSpot portal to complete these tasks, while working toward the HSMC.But a barrier to adoption didn’t have to be a deal-breaker. In fact, it turned out to be quite the opposite — in addition to building an experiment to show that students could get their HSMC within a single semester, our objective would now also require them to complete real-world marketing work on behalf of an actual business. Around here, we call that a “win-win.”Using those factors as a foundation, we determined our hypothesis: Students will be able to earn their HubSpot Marketing Software Certifications within a single semester.The ExperimentWhat We DidTo test the hypothesis, we first pitched the experiment to Randy Harrison, a senior member of the affiliated faculty at Emerson College’s Department of Marketing Communication. He had previously spoken of his desire for his students to become certified, and was eager to give them the real-world experience that came with completing the HSMC.Since HubSpot has roughly 30,000 customers, we (optimistically) figured that at least one of them would be willing to let a classroom of eager students do free marketing work on behalf of the company. The idea was that the customer would add the students as users in its HubSpot portal, who would then work to complete the practicum requirements of the HSMC by way of the aforementioned marketing work.But Professor Harrison was already way ahead of us. After we approached him with the experiment he convinced one of his business contacts to not only become a new HubSpot customer — but also, allow his students to carry out the marketing work for their HSMC.Before jumping right in, we established some guardrails. If the experiment was successful, we wanted it to be designed to scale — and more seamlessly replicable by other educators in the future:Every student should become certified.The class would visit the HubSpot office at least once.A member of the HubSpot team would visit the class at least once.Professor Harrison would work with a member of the Education Partner Program team to design the course.Professor Harrison would document this experience and allow it to be used publicly.How We Would Measure SuccessSuccess would be measured according to the following metrics:Every student meets the practicum component of the certification.80% of the students complete the HSMC in its entirety.The Spring 2017 semester began — and we were ready to get to work.The ResultsAll in all, the experiment was a success.Every student completed the practicum component with flying colors — which meant they were able to accomplish the objective of applying the Inbound Methodology to build and execute an inbound strategy for a real business.Meanwhile, 66% of the students passed the entirety of the HSMC — which meant they both completed the practicum and passed the certification exam. And while we didn’t reach the 80% metric we originally established, the benchmark was high enough for us to take the experiment out of beta, tweak it to even better set up students for success, and replicate for the following semester.And finally, here’s our favorite part: The company that became a customer for this experiment hired four of the students before they even graduated. Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

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Sorry boys, Janhvi Kapoor does not need you. See who her support system is

first_imgJanhvi Kapoor is one actress who takes fitness and workout seriously. The actress is known to incorporate various forms of workouts when it comes to sweating it towards a fitter body.From different forms of dance to Pilates, Janhvi includes everything in her fitness regime to keep it fun and effective. Celebrity favourite trainer, Namrata Purohit recently took to her Instagram account to give a proof of what we just said.The gram that is captioned, “Support system! Janhvi Kapoor and I balancing each other out! #PilatesGirls,” shows two images in juxtaposition in one of which the Dhadak actress is on the mat holding Namarata’s legs.In the other image, Janhvi is in the air, supporting herself on her trainer’s legs while Namrata holds Janhvi’s feet. For her Pilates session, Janhvi chose a pair of hot pink workout pants and an orange sports bra.Janhvi too took to the post and responded to the caption saying, “Who needs boyz.(sic)” Janhvi Kapoor’s comment on Namrata Purohit’s Instagram post Photo: Instagram/ Namrata PurohitAnd, we totally agree.On the work front, Janhvi is currently shooting for her film Dostana 2 with Kartik Aaryan. She is also shooting for her film, Roohiafza in which she stars with Raj Kummar Rao.ALSO READ | Janhvi Kapoor belly dances to Ankh Lad Jave in throwback video. Leaves us speechlessadvertisementALSO WATCH | Janhvi Kapoor in Dhadak and Sridevi in English Vinglish have something in commonlast_img read more

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Wrestling World Championships: Rahul Aware to fight for bronze after losing 61kg semi-final

first_imgIndia’s Rahul Aware lost his semi-final bout 6-10 to Georgia’s Beko Lomtadze in the 61 kg category at the World Wrestling Championships on Saturday. Aware will now fight for a bronze medal on Sunday.Aware’s opponent Beko Lomtadze was dominant since the start as he opened up a 4-0 lead and went in the break with a 7-1 advantage. Aware came back to put a formidable performance in the second round and closed the gap from 2-8 to 6-8 but it was Lomtadze who sealed the bout 10-6 in his favour.Earlier, Rahul Aware had defeated former Asian champion Kayliyev of Kazakhstan in a thrilling 10-7 encounter to reach the last four of the 61kg category.A thrilling quarter-final bout till Rahul scored four quick points with a throw in the last minute of the bout. Rahul won the fight 10-7 against former Asian champion Rassul Kaliyev of Kazakhstan.The Indian trailed 0-2 at the start but equalled the scores 2-2 and then extended it to a 6-5 lead in the second period. In a tight bout that could have gone either way, Rahul Aware scored 4 quick points in the closing stages with a throw to take 10-6 lead.The Kazakh attempted to fight back but Aware sealed it 10-7 in the end. Aware had earlier registered a technical superiority 13-2 win over Turkmenistan’s Kerim Hojakov in the quarters.Meanwhile, Jitender’s hopes for trying to clinch a medal through repechage were dashed as Taimuraz Salkazanov, who defeated him in the quarter-final, lost his semi-final bout 3-4 to Azerbaijan’s Jabrayil Hasanov.advertisementAlso Read | World Championship bronze an inspiration for upcoming challenges: Bajrang PuniaAlso Read | World Wrestling Championships 2019: Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar seal bronze medalslast_img read more

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Why is Bigil trailer release getting delayed? Producer Archana Kalpathi reveals

first_imgVijay’s previous film Sarkar with AR Murugadoss created a huge uproar among the politicians. The film made a great impact at the box office which gave Vijay a much-needed boost. Thalapathy moved on to his next flick, Bigil, which is directed by Atlee.At the audio launch of Bigil, which was held on September 20, director Atlee revealed that the trailer will release in the first week of October. According to rumours, the trailer of Bigil was supposed to release on Gandhi Jayanthi, which falls on October 2. However, the trailer release has been delayed, which left the fans disappointed.In a recent interview to Tamil magazine Vikatan, producer Archana Kalpathi has opened up about the delay behind the trailer release. She said, “A production house alone does not have the rights to give an update. It all lies in the hands of the direction team. When they say that the product is ready, then we will be able to give an update. I understand that people are curious to see the film. But, it’s not right to pressurise the direction team.”According to the latest reports, an update regarding Atlee’s Bigil will be made on October 7. Reportedly, Atlee and his team are busy with the film’s post-production as they have planned to send the film to the censor board in the second week of October.Archana Kalpathi also revealed that the budget of Bigil stands at Rs 180 crore, which is a staggering amount for a commercial film. Bigil, tipped to be a sports-drama based on women’s football, stars Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Kathir, Yogi Babu, Indhuja Ravichandran, Varsha Bollamma and Amritha Nair.Bigil, produced by AGS Entertainments, is slated to release on Diwali, this year.ALSO SEE | Bigil: Will Atlee and Vijay release the trailer on October 2?ALSO SEE | Bigil: Tamil Nadu college in trouble for hosting audio launch of Vijay filmALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Vijay hints at joining politicslast_img read more

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India vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I: Want to continue performing well, says Shivam Dube on Chahal TV

first_imgYuzvendra Chahal is back in the Indian setup and that means that another episode of Chahal TV is out. This time, he interviewed Mumbai lads Shreyas Iyer and Shivam Dube while standing on a chair at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi where India will play Bangladesh in the first T20I of the three-match series on Sunday.Chahal introduced his interviewees, who were both significantly taller than him, before glancing at the pair. He then pulled a chair from behind the camera and stood on it to make up for the height difference. “Now it is fine or else these two will make my back hurt,” he said.He asked Dube for his thoughts on the match, which would mark the 26-year-old’s debut for the national team. “I just want to continue performing well. I am playing for the country now so it is a very proud moment. There will be more eyes on me and so I need to work hard and continue the good work,” he said.Chahal TV returns with Mumbai Boys – Shreyas & ShivamIn this fun segment, @yuzi_chahal speaks with @ShreyasIyer15 on Shivam Dube’s maiden T20I call-up and his foray into @IPL – feature by @28anandFull video https://t.co/YUaNHZ5XYB #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/uCIIz5qKnYBCCI (@BCCI) November 2, 2019Shreyas then said that Dube hits the bigger sixes between the two. Chahal then asked Dube if his sixes are bigger than his own, which brought a laugh from the left hander.advertisementDube had hit five consecutive sixes while playing for Mumbai in a Ranji Trophy match in 2018. It garnered attention from IPL franchises and he ended up being sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 5 crore. Chahal asked Shreyas, who captains Mumbai, what he had told Dube that the latter went on the assault in this manner. “We told him before the day started that today your price will increase in the auction only if you hit six sixes in an over. So then he ended up scoring a hundred and hit five consecutive sixes in that innings. Tabi jaake usko paanch khokha mila (Only then did he end up getting Rs 5 crore),” said Shreyas as Dube laughed beside him. Chahal then said, “So if you had hit six sixes in six balls you would have got six crore?”Also Read | India vs Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma all set to surpass MS Dhoni in Delhi T20IAlso see:last_img read more

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Lack of Public Trust in Charities and What to Do About It

first_img Since 2002, donors increasingly believe that charitable organizations “waste” money—on staff salaries, fundraising expenses, or other core costs considered administrative or not directly benefiting programs. Furthermore, nearly half of those polled were mostly concerned about how organizations use their money. This was also the top concern in the Money for Good study released last year. Since 2002, donors increasingly believe that charitable organizations “waste” money—on staff salaries, fundraising expenses, or other core costs considered administrative or not directly benefiting programs. You know what comes next: Donors favor organizations with low administrative and fundraising costs. In fact, 54% of donors like charities that get good ratings by validators like Charity Navigator or the Better Business Bureau, which seem to reward the “lean and mean” organizations. And now we are squarely back in the thick of the Overhead Myth.Quite a bit has been written and discussed about the Overhead Myth and the charity “watchdogs” or validators, so I won’t add to that debate here. Without a doubt, the measure of nonprofit performance has gotten stuck on financials. This is only one part of the story of an organization’s effectiveness. Nonprofits that have the resources to invest in talent, systems, and infrastructure are more likely to be successful, which is directly seen in their programs’ impact and results.So, if we know donors are scrutinizing charities more than ever and questioning how nonprofits are using their money, how can we restore donor confidence? Change the conversation. Share your vision and plans for the future. Celebrate your successes, and be honest about your challenges and how you are addressing them. Quantify your results and impact, both in numbers and stories.If donors see that you are doing good work with visible results, then the “administrative” costs and how you spend money on staff and fundraising, for example, fit within a broader context of organizational effectiveness. It then makes sense that having the financial resources to pay competitive salaries to hire talented and experienced staff will lead to stronger programs and results. Fundraising expenses become part of your organization’s overall strategy for growth and reinvestment of revenue to create a stronger foundation for innovative and expanded breadth of services. You get the picture.Donor trust should never be assumed. It’s earned. While you may not be able to shift your donors from restricting their gifts to specific programs, you can inspire greater investment by positioning everything you need—from vision to staff to resources—to continue doing your work well. The 2015 Giving USA report announced that giving levels across the United States returned to record highs, finally restarting the philanthropic pause triggered by the 2008 recession.If donor confidence seems to have been restored and all is right in the charitable world again, why does a recent Chronicle of Philanthropy poll point to stalled levels of confidence in nonprofits? Of the 1,000 or so people surveyed, 64% said they had a great deal of confidence in charities. More than 50% is pretty good, right? So what’s the problem? Donor trust levels have stayed about the same since 2002, when Paul Light, a professor at New York University, started studying donor confidence.last_img read more

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Celebrating the Second Year of the PLOS-MHTF Collection on Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on January 29, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following was originally posted on PLOS  BlogsPLOS Medicine and the MHTF review highlights of the second successful collection, as part of their 3 Year partnership focusing on improving Maternal Health globally.Back in late 2012 the Maternal Health Task Force, at the Harvard School of Public Health, and PLOS Medicine issued a call for papers on the theme ‘Maternal Health is Women’s Health’, chosen in order to recognise that a women’s health is of crucial importance through her lifetime, and not just during pregnancy and labour.The breadth of the research that has been submitted to PLOS since the call has been of great quality and impact. In this blog, we’d like to highlight just some articles in the collection that represent a selection of the important work recommended to alleviate the poor health, low educational attainment and low socioeconomic status adversities affecting maternal health, that women and girls of experience throughout their lifetimes.To continue reading, visit the original post at PLOS. For more on Year 3 of the PLOS-MHTF  collection on maternal health, including guidelines for submitting to the collection, visit the Year 3 call for papers. To read articles published in the Year 1 and Year 2 collections, visit PLOS Collections.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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How to Avoid Predatory Journals: A Five Point Plan

first_imgPosted on January 28, 2015May 9, 2017By: Jocalyn Clark, Executive Editor, Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition at icddr,bClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Increasingly, I’m asked to advise and assist with the problem of predatory journals. While it’s probably only an annoying nuisance to many in the developed world, the increasing number of spam emails inviting articles and conference participation is beginning to feel like a potentially serious problem for developing world scientists and institutions. This demands action, as Richard Smith and I argue in a recent editorial in The BMJ.That’s because these countries’ relative lack of development also extends, unsurprisingly, to scholarly publishing. Whereas in rich country institutions we would have training, supervision, and support that generate a level of literacy to discern predatory versus legitimate journals, this is often missing or nascent in developing country institutions. As a recent paper shows, the majority of authors in predatory journals are inexperienced and based in developing countries.Predatory journals (a term first coined by librarian Jeffrey Beall) are fake or scam journals that send phishing emails offering “open access” publication in exchange for payment, without providing robust editorial or publishing services. They have been discredited by the scientific community, and because they are not indexed in standard databases any research published in them is effectively lost. Their motive is financial gain, and their modus operandi is a corruption of the business model of legitimate open access publishing.Many organisations and universities around the world are facing this problem, but it appears predatory publishers may be particularly targeting institutions in the global south.I’m struck by how many more spam emails from predatory publishers I get to my Bangladesh institutional email than I do to my Canadian academic account. In a recent seven day trial, I received 14 predatory journal spam emails to my icddr,b account and six to my University of Toronto account; a colleague at Harvard in the same period got just two.This can’t be explained by inadequate junk mail filters, as the system we use at my organisation in Bangladesh is an industry standard.I recommend a five point plan for researchers to avoid predatory journals, which involves “doing your homework” to check the credibility of a journal or publisher, and always being sceptical of unknown journals. To distinguish legitimate from predatory journals, here are some useful sources of information—none of which are adequate on their own:Is the journal or publisher listed in Beall’s List? If so, it should be avoided, as this “blacklist” is regularly updated and specifies criteria for identifying predatory journals and publishers.If claiming to be an open access journal, is the journal in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)? This is a sort of “whitelist,” and journals here must meet specific criteria.Is the publisher a member of recognised professional organisations that commit to best practices in publishing, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE); the International Association of Scientific, Technical, & Medical Publishers (STM); or the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)?Is the journal indexed? Do not accept the journal’s claims about being indexed. Instead verify these claims by searching for the journal in databases such as PubMedCentral (free) or the Web of Science (requiring subscription).Is the journal transparent and following best practices when it comes to editorial and peer review processes, governance, and ownership? Are there contact details for the journal and its staff (email, postal address, working telephone number)? Reputable journals have a named editor and editorial board comprised of recognised experts. Are the costs associated with publishing clear? Credible journals do not ask for a submission fee. Many bona fide open access journals require a publication charge, but this is levied after acceptance and through a process separate from the editorial process.To help with “doing your homework” authors can consult new guidance from COPE, which—along with the DOAJ, OASPA, and the World Association of Medical Editors—has set out principles of transparency and best practice that set apart legitimate journals and publishers from “non-legitimate” ones.These sources of information can help any researcher struggling to avoid predatory journals, but should supplement rather than supplant extensive discussions among co-authors about the right and reputable target journals for their papers.In addition, those of us who collaborate with and advocate health research from developing countries should lend our support to colleagues, especially junior colleagues, to spread publication literacy and to fight against the predatory journals.This post originally appeared on BMJ Blogs.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Barcelona vs Betis: Griezmann leads line as Messi & Suarez miss out

first_imgBarcelona will look to put the disappointment of opening-day defeat behind them as they look forward to their first home fixture of the new season with Real Betis.This fixture last season produced an instant classic as Betis earned a 4-3 win in a pulsating game at Camp Nou – with the scoring opener by Barca’s summer signing Junior Firpo.After Aritz Aduriz’ stunning overhead kick consigned Barca to defeat at Athletic Club last weekend, Betis were also beaten after going down to ten men early on against Real Valladolid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Barcelona vs Real Betis Date Sunday, August 25 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports / beIN Sports en Espanol fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be shown live on ITV 4, and available to stream on the ITV Hub. UK TV channel Online stream ITV 4 ITV Hub Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Pena Defenders Pique, Lenglet, Semedo, Umtiti, Junior, Alba Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Rafinha, Roberto, De Jong, Vidal Forwards Griezmann, Perez, Fati Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Roberto; Perez, Griezmann, Rafinha. Position Real Betis squad Goalkeepers Robles, Martin Defenders Francis, Feddal, Bartra, Sidnei, Moreno, Barragan, Emerson, Mandi Midfielders Garcia, Pedraza, Canales, Tello, Carvalho, Joaquin, Guardado, Lainez, Kaptoum, Narvaez Forwards Iglesias, Fekir, Juanmi, Loren Betis starting XI: Martin; Emerson, Bartra, Sidnei, Pedraza; Carvalho, Guardado; Canales, Fekir, Tello; Loren.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are 1/4 favourites to win this match with bet365. Betis are on offer at 10/1, while the draw is available at 21/4.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Lionel Messi Barcelona TrainingAfter a summer dominated by the transfer pursuits of forwards Antoine Griezmann and Neymar, Barcelona looked curiously blunt when they got the new Spanish season underway last Friday.Though it took a moment of sublime quality from Aritz Aduriz to down them, Ernesto Valverde’s side struggled to create chances.With Messi still not ready to return and starting forwards Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele also injured, the expectation in this game will be on Antoine Griezmann to deliver, with fans eagerly anticipating his competitive home debut. Valverde is looking forward to it too, but says Griezmann has to contribute more after a muted performance on his competitive debut.”He has to be more involved in the play and always be looking to get involved,” he said.”It is good to have him near the area because of his movement but that will only work if we completely dominate games.”Cristian Tello Real BetisGerard Pique is set to make his 500th appearance for the club, though he isn’t likely to come up against Betis’ new star forward Borja Iglesias, who is injured. Pique’s fellow La Masia graduate Cristian Tello, though, is looking forward to his trip back to Catalonia.”It’s the team that gave me the opportunity to debut in the first division,” Tello told Barca’s website. “I have a lot of love for Barça and I appreciate all the people there.”I experienced the best moments as a player who was trying to get to the top, and when you join the first team with all the enthusiasm that entails. I think it will be very special to return.”We are aware that to win at Camp Nou we have to play a practically perfect match, but I think we have the team for it. Against Valladolid we had some bad luck, but we were very focused. I think we can win again at Camp Nou.”last_img read more

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‘No one told Icardi to stay’ – Marrotta ‘irritated’ by Wanda comments

first_imgInter director Beppe Marrotta has expressed his “irritation” at Mauro Icardi’s agent Wanda Nara’s recent comments suggesting the striker had been invited to stay at the club.Since a public falling out between the player’s camp and the club’s hierarchy, Icardi has been stripped of the captaincy, dropped from the first team and had his shirt number given to new signing Romelu Lukaku.All signs pointed to an exit for the Argentine striker, but with the transfer deadline drawing nearer, no new club has yet been found and Nara – Icardi’s wife and agent – suggested on Sunday that the club president had told the player to stay put. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Right now [Conte] is not letting [Icardi] play but maybe he will,” Nara said on Mediaset TV show Tiki Taka.“I’m not waiting for anything. Maybe someone told him to stay. Who? Maybe the one who runs the club.”We have many friends in Naples. It’s true – he has said no to every destination that is not Inter.”Everyone has known his choice since the start of the summer and that is the case for any team that has shown interest. In my view, at the end of the day, he will remain at Inter.”He doesn’t believe it’s over at Inter. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do know his words when the transfer market opened. He has stayed consistent.”There were offers that no player in the world would have turned down, but he said no for Inter.”However, club CEO Marotta has refuted those claims and has admitted his frustration with Nara’s comments.“We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a pinch of irritation, both for the timing and the method,” Marotta told DAZN.“I can also categorically deny that someone at the club told Icardi to stay at Inter, especially not President Steven Zhang.“The strategy Inter have taken is precise and we communicated it clearly in the right time-frame. We’ll continue like this to the end and nobody at Inter can change this common approach that is shared by everyone.”last_img read more

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Lincoln Riley Announces Major Injury Update For RB Kennedy Brooks

first_img “Yeah, he’s doing good,” Riley said. “Yeah, he’s all good, all good. He’ll play this week.”The hit occurred on an interception return by Texas Tech defender Douglas Coleman III. As Brooks tried to knock Coleman out of bounds, Red Raiders linebacker Eli Howard snuck up and leveled him from behind.It was good to see Kennedy Brooks walk off the field after taking this dirty shot. pic.twitter.com/wpZR6UWdK1— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) September 28, 2019Brooks is an invaluable piece of the Sooners offense. He was the team’s leading rusher in 2018, averaging 8.9 yards per carry for 1,056 yards and 12 touchdowns.Through four games this season, Brooks is averaging more than 8.0 yards per carry again for 206 yards and a touchdown.Oklahoma will head to Lawrence this weekend to take on Kansas at Memorial Stadium. The game will be played at 12 p.m. EST and will air on ABC. Kennedy Brooks of Oklahoma after a big play.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 10: Running back Kennedy Brooks #26 is congratulated by offensive lineman Cody Ford #74 and offensive lineman Ben Powers #72 of the Oklahoma Sooners on a touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 48-47. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)On Saturday, Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks was cheap-shotted in the legs by a Texas Tech player. It was a clearly dirty hit.Brooks had to be pulled from the game and evaluated for what looked like potentially serious injuries. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like he is going to be out for long – or at all.Speaking to the media on Monday, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley had only good news. He said that Brooks is doing well and will play this week against Kansas.Via OUInsider:last_img read more

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ESPN’s Final Prediction For Michigan-Iowa

first_img Despite all the concerns about Michigan heading into this matchup, the latest projections have the prestigious program from Ann Arbor coming out victorious.According to ESPN’s Football power Index, the Wolverines have a 62.1 percent chance of defeating the Hawkeyes.ESPN releases final prediction for Michigan-IowaThis should be one of the best games of this weekend, especially considering how much is at stake for Michigan and Iowa. It could be a game that decides the conference standings later this year.Kickoff for this game is at 12 p.m. ET from Michigan Stadium.Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt will be calling this game for FOX. Shea Patterson throws the ball against Army.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 7: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines passes the ball against the Army Black Knights during the first half at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Two of the top teams in the Big Ten will square off this afternoon in Ann Arbor. Michigan is hosting Iowa in what is undeniably a must-win scenario for Jim Harbaugh’s squad.Michigan rebounded from its loss to Wisconsin with a dominant win over Army. However, there are several questions about this team that still remain.As for Iowa, the Hawkeyes remain undefeated through the first month of the season. Nate Stanley is having an outstanding senior campaign, throwing for 965 yards and eight touchdowns.While the Hawkeyes are receiving consistent play at quarterback, the Wolverines are waiting for Shea Patterson to finally reach his full potential.last_img read more

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ESPN’s David Pollack Defends Auburn Defender Who Injured Florida QB Kyle Trask

first_imgKyle Trask laying on the ground injured against Auburn.GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 05: Kyle Trask #11 of the Florida Gators suffers an injury during the second quarter of a game against the Auburn Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)Florida took down Auburn at home on Saturday, but in the process, it saw its second starting quarterback suffer a significant injury. Kyle Trask injured his knee in the first half of the contest.Trask was tackled by Auburn defender Marlon Davidson and appeared to be in a great deal of pain as he was taken off the field. But he later returned to the game with what head coach Dan Mullen called a sprained MCL.Mullen, in announcing the news to CBS sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl, implied that the hit on Trask was a “dirty” play.Mullen presumably had not seen replay of the tackle. Davidson was pushed into Trask – he didn’t really have an option in how he attempted to tackle him. ESPN’s David Pollack took to Twitter to protest Mullen’s claim that the play was dirty. He wasn’t the only one.That was not even close to a dirty hit that hurt Kyle Trask! You cannot control your body when you are being held and twisted to the ground.— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 5, 2019Dan Mullen is going to regret that “dirty plays” comment when he watches the tape. Marlon Davidson was held the entire way and fell into Trask. Davidson is FAR from a dirty player. #Auburn #Florida— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) October 5, 2019Floridas Kyle Trask leaves game after this injury. He walked off the field on his own 🙏🏽 #Gators pic.twitter.com/peWIXZ9nNg— Sports ON Tap (@SONTHighlights) October 5, 2019It’s unclear if Mullen has since seen the replay. Perhaps he’ll change his tune if he does.Regardless, Florida remains undefeated and heads to LSU next week. College GameDay will be on-hand ahead of the game.last_img read more

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Report: Juventus 2-1 Hellas Verona

first_imgAaron Ramsey marked his full debut with a goal and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty as Juventus came from behind to beat Hellas Verona 2-1 in Saturday’s Serie A clash at the Allianz Stadium.The Italian champions handed first starts of the season to four players and trailed 1-0 to a fine Miguel Veloso strike before Ramsey got off the mark for his new clubRonaldo scored the winner from the penalty spot early in the second half as Juve, who were held by Fiorentina last weekend and squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Atletico Madrid in midweek, returned to winning ways in Turin against opponents who finished with 10 men due to Marash Kumbulla’s injury-time dismissal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The victory lifts Juventus to the top of Serie A – albeit with the champions having played a game more than the chasing pack – and it was a particularly special one for Gianluigi Buffon, who equalled Paolo Maldini’s record of 902 club appearances with his rare start.Yet it could have turned out differently for Buffon as Verona were gifted a penalty 19 minutes in when Merih Demiral fouled Samuel Di Carmine inside the box.Di Carmine slammed the penalty against the foot of the post and Darko Lazovic picked out the crossbar from the follow-up, but the ball was in the net 13 seconds later through Veloso’s unstoppable drive into the top-left corner.Juventus had scored in their previous 12 home league meetings with Verona, however, and they were soon on level terms through Ramsey’s deflected shot from 25 yards.The hosts moved in front inside four minutes of the second period as Koray Gunter needlessly challenged Juan Cuadrado and Ronaldo thumped the resulting penalty down the middle.Buffon produced a brilliant stop to deny Lazovic in the final minute, but Verona’s hopes of snatching a point were effectively ended when Kumbulla tripped Blaise Matuidi and was shown a second yellow in added time.FT | | WE TAKE AN IMPORTANT THREE POINTS!!! #JuveVerona #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/FdBWxV7nsG— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 21, 2019What does it mean? Juventus continuing to stutterJuventus have won three and drawn two of their opening five matches under Maurizio Sarri but they have been far from convincing in those matches.The ex-Chelsea boss had every right to rotate his squad for this contest, but it appears he is still working out the best players to suit his system.Ramsey up and runningHaving come on as a late substitute against Atletico, Ramsey made his Serie A bow here and showed exactly why Sarri was keen to get him involved.The box-to-box midfielder marked his full debut with a goal and also highlighted the other side of his game by turning over possession five times during his hour on the pitch – no player did so more often in that time.3 – Aaron #Ramsey is the third welsh player to score in Serie A after Iann Rush and John Charles, with his first shot in the italian top-flight. Dragoon.#JuventusVerona— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 21, 2019Demiral caught outDemiral impressed for Juventus during pre-season but has been made to wait for his first competitive outing.He was caught out 19 minutes in when allowing Di Carmine to get the wrong side of him, before panicking and bringing his opponent down for the penalty.What’s next?Juventus travel to Brescia on Tuesday for the first midweek Serie A action of the season and Verona host Udinese the same day. read morelast_img read more

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‘Dortmund would have won Champions League with Lewa & Gotze’

first_imgBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says the Bundesliga giants would have won the Champions League if star players Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze hadn’t been sold to Bayern Munich.Dortmund won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 under Jurgen Klopp and reached the 2013 Champions League final, where they were narrowly beaten by Bayern after a late goal from Arjen Robben.They have never come so close since. Gotze’s move to Bayern was infamously made public shortly before the 2013 final, while Lewandowski followed a year later and defender Mats Hummels, now back in black and yellow alongside Gotze, joined them in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “We had a world-class team,” wrote Watzke in his biography ‘Echte Liebe’ – ‘True Love’, a Dortmund slogan.“And if that team’s structure had not been left in tatters, then it would have also won the Champions League – one hundred per cent!“We just lost the final in 2013. The next few years would have been our years, for sure! But then Mario left, then Robert went, then all the sh*t started.”In 2014-15, the season after Lewandowski’s departure, Dortmund capitulated. A spell of five consecutive defeats early in the season set the tone for a campaign in which Klopp’s side were bottom of the table as late as February.Borussia Dortmund 2014-15While they eventually recovered to a seventh-placed finish, it was to prove Klopp’s last season at the club. He left at the end of the season and joined Liverpool in October 2015.Klopp recently revealed Watzke sounded him out about returning to the club in the summer of 2018, though the CEO hadn’t expected him to renege on his long-term contract at Anfield.While Dortmund returned to something like their best with a season-long title challenge under Lucien Favre last season, they haven’t progressed past the quarter-finals of the Champions League since their run to the final in 2013.Domestically, Bayern have returned to their hegemony at the top of the Bundesliga with seven straight German titles, thanks in no small part to Dortmund’s former star man Lewandowski.The Poland international, now 31, has scored more than 200 goals for Bayern since joining in 2014 and has started the current campaign in record-breaking form.last_img read more

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1A Trico League football: Castle Rock 27, Seton Catholic 26

first_img Published: October 19, 2018, 11:19pm By The Columbian Castle Rock RocketsSeton Catholic Cougars Share: PASSING — Seton: Deloney 16-29-0-215, Luke Price 0-2-0-0. Castle Rock: Caleb Mullen 10-20-0-132.RECEIVING — Seton : Luke Pitzer 3-27, Mikey Silveira Jr 7-139, Joey Dearey 1-8, Taj Muhammad 5-41. Castle Rock: Seth Werly 3-53, Wyatt Partridge 4-9, Jayden Behrendsen 2-45, Coleman Guerrero 1-25. Seth Werly caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Mullen as time expired as the Rockets kept their playoff hopes alive.Castle Rock must beat La Center next week to stay in the playoff mix.The Rockets rallied to win despite four touchdown passes from Seton’s Tyvauntae Deloney to Mikey Silveira Jr.Silveira caught seven passes for 139 yards and four touchdowns. Deloney passed for 215 yards for the Cougars.CASTLE ROCK 27, SETON CATHOLIC 26Seton 6 8 0 12–26C. Rock 0 7 7 13–27First quarterSC — Mikey Silveria Jr. 59 pass from Tyvauntae Deloney (kick failed)Second quarterSC — Silveira 35 pass from Deloney (CJ Hamblin run)CR — Wyatt Patridge 20 run (Manny Maramon kick)Third quarterCR – Partridge 5 run (Maramon kick)Fourth quarterSC — Silveira 26 pass from Deloney (kick failed)CR — Peyton Watts 1 run (Maramon kick)SC — Silveira 10 pass from Deloney (pass failed)CR — Seth Werly 10 pass from Caleb Mullen (no PAT)INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHING — Seton: Tyvauntae Deloney 9-33, Myles McGovern 2-4, Elijah Volk 10-3, Taj Muhammad 6-6, CJ Hamblin 4-20. Castle Rock: Wyatt Partridge 26-87, Peyton Watts 7-19, Caleb Mullen 9-11. Share:center_img Tags GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: 1A Trico League football: Castle Rock 27, Seton Catholic 26last_img read more

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