The Daily Dose: More OA news and Don Delillo on Trump’s America

Dawn Til Death: The past week has not been kind to aging NASA spacecraft hurtling through different parts of the solar system. First the space agency announced that Kepler Space Telescope had essentially run out of gas (hydrazine) and that they commanded it to shut down. Then in quick succession, the spacecraft Dawn, which has been orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres, shared a similar fate. Its supply of hydrazine ran out, rendering it unable to keep its antennae pointing towards Earth and its solar panels toward the Sun. For the next few decades, it will continue orbiting safely.

Brexit’s Effect on Biotech: Brexit is a touchy subject in the United Kingdom. Still, not talking about it won’t make it disappear, won’t make March come any slower, or change any of the “known-unknowns” and “unknown-unknowns” the event may cause. Recently, Fierce Biotech held a conference in London to discuss Brexit’s effect on the biotech industry. While many companies skipped speaking due to PR departments’ warnings, there were a few that did. Their outlook was sanguine, for the most part, and indicated that may of their funding model projections ended up being wrong. Time will tell how it pans out though.

OA is the Future: We’re big fans of Open Access here at cash-strapped Scientific Inquirer. That’s why we applaud anytime a positive step is taken toward full OA. The Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — two of the largest private funding agencies in the world — announced that they are requiring any research they contribute to be immediately free and accessible. How long can the holdouts hold out?

Pleistocene Birth Defects: The fossil record of early humans indicates that they suffered from a very high number of birth defects, everything from debilitating skeletal deformities to minor inconsequential flaws. Specifically, bones from the Pleistocene display the irregularities. Scientists speculate that it could be due to in-breeding among Hunter Gatherers.

Words of Wisdom: In honor of Election Day in America, we bring you America’s Greatest Novelist’s take on Donald Trump’s America made to the Guardian. “… what’s significant to me is that all of his enormous mistakes and misstatements disappear within 24 hours. The national memory lasts 48 hours, at best. And there’s always something else coming at us down the pipeline. You can’t separate it all out. You get lost in the deluge.”

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