Eerste VIRUS penicilline gevonden?

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Chinese onderzoekers hebben een molecule ontdekt die ze “de eerste penicilline tegen virussen” noemen. Het gaat om de molecule MIR2911, die van nature gevonden wordt in een Chinees kruid dat Japanse kamperfoelie heet. MIR2911 levert een anti-virale activiteit over een breed spectrum tegen griepvirussen, kan het een nieuwe strategie worden om dodelijke infecties tegen te gaan. [via]

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The Cost of Knowledge – ACCESS

Liefst 14.815 academici hebben zich inmiddels aangesloten bij The Cost of Knowledge: Getting back to where research is about. No access means also no teaching those material. It goes way further than just having to pay for it (via).

See also earlier here and here.

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Nobel Price Economics 2014

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This year’s Sveriges Riksbank prize in economic sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel goes to a single receipient, Jean Tirole of Toulouse University in France (pictured). He has been awarded the prize for his microeconomic research investigating how large firms should be regulated in order to prevent consumers being damaged by their monopolistic behaviour.

As the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences notes on its website:
Jean Tirole is one of the most influential economists of our time. He has made important theoretical research contributions in a number of areas, but most of all he has clarified how to understand and regulate industries with a few powerful firms.
Many industries are dominated by a small number of large firms or a single monopoly. Left unregulated, such markets often produce socially undesirable results—prices higher than those motivated by costs, or unproductive firms that survive by blocking the entry of new and more productive ones.
From the mid-1980s and onwards, Jean Tirole has breathed new life into research on such market failures. His analysis of firms with market power provides a unified theory with a strong bearing on central policy questions: how should the government deal with mergers or cartels, and how should it regulate monopolies? (via)

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R.I.P. Seth Gaaikema

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Seth has left the building.

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