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The web of science seems to be immeasurably large, with researchers around the world churning out papers in hundreds of different fields. So when scholars try to describe and explain how scientists weave new threads into the fabric of knowledge, they typically stick to very small patches . But in a massive new analysis of nearly 20 million biomedical journal articles, Knowledge Lab researchers constructed the most complete picture yet of the network of biomedical science -- and in doing so, found that it was surprisingly compact.

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A pioneering new project at the University of Chicago and Oxford University, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will use data analysis techniques to develop a massive digital “commonplace book.” Identifying and analyzing these commonplaces will shed light on how knowledge spread and transformed in the early modern period, according to Robert Morrissey, one of the leaders of the “Commonplace Cultures” project.

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The Internet has revolutionized the way we access and use the vast amount of knowledge accumulated by mankind.

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More science doesn't always mean better science. Fashionable theories, pressures to publish and cultural biases can lead to reduced innovation even as the volume of journals publishing scientific findings grows exponentially. With government austerity creating tighter science budgets and increased demand for accountability, it's more important than ever that we find ways of evaluating and forecasting the potential of a scientific finding to add important information to the body of knowledge, argues CI fellow James Evans in the journal Science.

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Many people are familiar with Google's unofficial slogan, "Don't Be Evil." Fewer know the company's official mission statement, "to organize the w