The Daily Dose: India makes a massive move toward Open Access; Big Pharma doing Big Pharma things.

Slowly but surely, the World appears to be inching towards a form of Open Access to scientific knowledge. The latest move comes complements of the Indian Government. Per Nature, “The Indian government is pushing a bold proposal that would make scholarly literature accessible for free to everyone in the country. The government wants to negotiate with the world’s biggest scientific publishers to set up nationwide subscriptions, rather than many agreements with individual institutions that only scholars can use, say researchers consulting for the government.” Germany has a variation of this model but less expansive.

The United States House Oversight Committee has released two reports that expose How two drug makers, Celgene and Teva, conspired to raise the price of their blockbuster drugs revlimid and copaxone. Per STAT News, “The reports, which are the culmination of an 18-month investigation based on internal company documents, outline in vivid detail how both drug makers raised their prices at will and plotted to keep lower-cost alternatives off the market.” Pharmaceutical companies can’t help but shoot themselves in the foot, can they?

Climate change has changed the color of some of the world’s flowers. Per Science, “On average, pigment in flowers at all locations increased over time—an average of 2% per year from 1941 to 2017, they reported this month in Current Biology. But changes varied depending on flower structure. In saucer-shaped flowers with exposed pollen, like buttercups, UV-absorbing pigment increased when ozone levels went down and decreased in locations where ozone went up. But flowers with pollen concealed within their petals, such as the common bladderwort, decreased their UV pigment as temperatures went up—regardless of whether ozone levels changed.” Deniers will say that this is merely Nature at work while conveniently ignoring the cause.

A reporter at the BBC spent some time with Stefan Schwill, one of Germany’s leading proponents of rewilding. It’s an interesting approach to nursing portions of the Earth back to earlier Anthropocene levels. Per BBC Future, “This method of conservation aims to let large areas of land return to wilderness – in other words, a state of zero human intervention. This may require a bit of manipulation to begin with, but the aim is to eventually step back and let nature do what it wants.” Schwill currently works as board director of Rewilding Oder Delta, a rewilding project founded in 2015 by several environmental NGOs that covers 250,000 hectares (965 sq miles) at the northernmost part of the German-Polish border. It’s a bit questionable whether the process is a return or the creation of an entirely novel state of nature.

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