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Skeptoid #709: WIND TURBINES AND BIRDS
It's well known that birds often crash into buildings, powerlines, cars, even rocks and trees, and are often injured or killed. But many people call out wind turbines as an especial threat, with their enormous blades slicing through the sky. At a time when half the country is calling out for renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions, and the other half searches for arguments against it, the belief that wind turbines pose an unacceptable risk to birds is gaining traction among the general public. Today we're going to look at the facts and see what role wind power should best play in the future of birds. by Brian Dunning
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WONDER OF THE WEEK
Getting paid to publish, and its effect on journals
Cash bonuses to academics who publish are on the rise.
There is a growing trend, mainly among emerging nations, for institutions to pay cash bonuses to academics who are able to successfully get an article published in a top journal. In China, an academic can be paid as much as US$165,000 for a single publication.
Such bounties usually range around a few thousand dollars, and are increasingly common in Muslim countries and in other emerging nations besides China like India and the Philippines.
This trend has increased the number of high-quality submissions to the journals, but since their space for publication remains the same, it means a greater workload for the editors. This also constitutes a further guarantee that access to top journals is going to remain at a premium, despite grassroots efforts to make access free to all journals.
Contributed by Brian Dunning.
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