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Rachel Aston / Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP

Researchgate, a free Facebook-style social network created solely for scientists worldwide, announced Tuesday that it has raised $53 million in funding from a range of big-name investors, including Goldman Sachs and Bill Gates, reports the NY Times. The money was secured in late 2015, but was only recently made public in accordance with German corporate accounting rules.

"It's real-time feedback from people who are experts in this field," said Calvin Coffey, a professor of surgery at the University of Limerick in Ireland, who has turned to Researchgate for tips and suggestions on his medical study. "It's not like your typical social media."

According to Madisch, the company has signed up 12 million scientists — or as the NYT notes, roughly 60% of all such potential users world wide — and researchers upload around 12.5 million papers to the network every month.

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Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence. Trump believes the vice president can solve all his problems by simply refusing to certify the Electoral College results. It's a simple test of loyalty: Trump or the U.S. Constitution.

"The end is coming, Donald."

The male voice in the TV ad boomed through the White House residence during "Fox & Friends" commercial breaks. Over and over and over. "The end is coming, Donald. ... On Jan. 6, Mike Pence will put the nail in your political coffin."

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The Capitol insurrection means the anti-tech talk in Washington is more likely to lead to action, since it's ever clearer that the attack was planned, at least in part, on social media.

Why it matters: The big platforms may have hoped they'd move to D.C.'s back burner, with the Hill focused on the Biden agenda and the pandemic out of control. But now, there'll be no escaping harsh scrutiny.

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Why domestic terrorists are so hard to police online

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Domestic terrorism has proven to be more difficult for Big Tech companies to police online than foreign terrorism.

The big picture: That's largely because the politics are harder. There's more unity around the need to go after foreign extremists than domestic ones — and less danger of overreaching and provoking a backlash.

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