the grant economy as tragedy of the commons

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Grants, grants, grants. Every academic likes getting them. And every administrator wants more of them. In some fields, you can’t be an active researcher without them. In all fields, the search for grants grows ever more competitive.

PLOS recently published the results of a survey of the grant-writing process in the U.S. Drawing on a nonrandom sample of astronomers and social & personality psychologists, and asking about their applications to NASA (astronomers), NIH (psychologists), and NSF (both), they reported their researchers having applied for four grants in the past four years, on average, and received one. Proposals took an average of 116 hours to write.

While respondents did note some non-pecuniary benefits to grant-writing, comments suggested that many researchers simply gave up after repeated failures, judging it a poor use of their time. In the words of one respondent:

I applied for grants from the NSF in 2004, 2005…

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Venezuela – Petro-Sozialismus im Niedergang

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Präsident Maduro mit der Nationalflagge. | Bildquelle: REUTERS

In Venezuela sind Mangelwirtschaft und Inflation nichts Neues. Doch der Ölpreis-Verfall hat die Lage verschärft. Zugleich nehmen die Spannungen mit den USA zu. Präsident Maduro sieht sich von Feinden umzingelt – und regiert nun ohne Parlament. [mehr]

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Wale Previews New Music with Kanye West

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Wale was recently chosen to be creative liaison for his hometown NBA team, the Washington Wizards. One of his first orders of business was to re-design the Wizards’ jersey. He ended up reaching out to Kanye West for help and it looks like the design wasn’t the only thing they worked on. Earlier today, Wale snapchatted new music with him and Mr. West that will be presumably be on his upcoming album. How the snapchat leaked? Who knows, but we’re glad it did. Stream the clip in its entirety above and be on the lookout for more from the two soon. Salute!

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Poroschenko kommt mit klarer Botschaft nach Berlin

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Joachim Gauck (links) empfängt Petro Poroschenko mit militärischen Ehren | Bildquelle: REUTERS

Wenn der ukrainische Präsident Poroschenko heute nach Berlin kommt, dürften die Gesprächsthemen wohl klar sein: Der Konflikt mit Russland, der schwierige Friedensprozess in der Ostukraine sowie weitere Hilfen für seine Regierung. Er kommt mit klarer Botschaft. [mehr]

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New Google search features help you prep for your upcoming flight

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Searching for flights via Google Flight has instantly become more informative and useful. Thanks to a recently inked deal with Routehappy, Google Flight users will now be able to see which upcoming flights have Wi-Fi options available while also being able to compare flights based on other “happiness” variables such as leg room, in-seat power, and more.

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Wenn die italienische Finanzpolizei kommt

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Guardia di Finanza | Bildquelle: picture alliance / ROPI

Von den Befugnissen der italienischen Finanzpolizei können deutsche Ermittler nur träumen: zum Beispiel Kontoeinsicht ohne richterliche Genehmigung. Die Methoden der grau Uniformierten werden immer raffinierter – und gnadenloser. [mehr]

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