"Coursera today released an iOS app, bringing the company’s learning platform into the mobile world for the first time. ...
The new iOS app allows students to stream course videos while on the go, making it possible to fit in learning anywhere and anytime. Whether you’re on your daily commute, at the gym, waiting in the grocery line, or simply anywhere away you’re your desktop or laptop, you can still get in some quick studying."
"Leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process and represent a 'tyranny' that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner who has declared a boycott on the publications.
Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, said his lab would no longer send research papers to the top-tier journals, Nature, Cell and Science.
Schekman said pressure to publish in 'luxury' journals encouraged researchers to cut corners and pursue trendy fields of science instead of doing more important work. The problem was exacerbated, he said, by editors who were not active scientists but professionals who favoured studies that were likely to make a splash."
(Ian Sample, Monday 9 December 2013, The Guardian)