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independent scientists find new world that professional astronomers had missed (comment)


Below is an excerpt from and link to a story entitled "Citizen Scientists Discover Strange New World Pro Astronomers Missed," by Corey S. Powell that appeard on NBC News Mach online on January 11, 2019.  I would describe the participants as "independent scientists" given the level of expertise apparently needed to carry out this work.

Academic research and the gig economy (comment)


Courtesy of the NCIS facebook page, below is an excerpt from and link to a blog post entitled "When you can't always get what you need," by May Ngo in the Research Whisperer blog.

"I work in a casualised, low pay, no-paid-holidays job. I do this out of necessity. I come home physically tired, cranky and, most of the time, not in a capacity to think – let alone write – academically.

Review of J. van den Hout. Adriaen van der Donck: A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America

[Editor's note:  the review states that the author of this book is an independent scholar--Margaret DeLacy, H-scholar editor]


J. van den Hout. Adriaen van der Donck: A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2018. xvi + 203 pp. $27.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4384-6922-5.