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CONTACT is a unique interdisciplinary conference which brings together some of the foremost international social and space scientists, science fiction writers and artists to exchange ideas, stimulate new perspectives and encourage serious, creative speculation about humanity's future ... onworld and offworld. Each year we meet to promote the integration of human factors into space age research and policy, emphasize the interaction of...
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A major UN conference on racism looks to be in disarray as more countries confirmed they will not take part.


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Three US boffins built a programme designed to create research papers with random text, charts and diagrams. Two bogus papers were submitted to a computing conference in Florida, and one of them was accepted. One of the hoaxers said the fake paper was designed to expose the lack of standards at academic gatherings.


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SCIgen is a program that generates random Computer Science research papers, including graphs, figures, and citations. It uses a hand-written context-free grammar to form all elements of the papers. Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather than coherence. One useful purpose for such a program is to auto-generate submissions to fake conferences; that is, conferences with no quality standards, which exist only to make money.
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Climate change groups have criticised Danish police for using heavy-handed tactics after they detained 968 people at a rally near the Copenhagen summit.


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Virtual conferences are set to explode and steal a slice of the action away from real-life trade shows.


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This year's UN climate summit has opened in Mexico, with expectations of significant progress generally low. In contrast to last year's summit in Copenhagen, there is a general belief that no new global deal will emerge.


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