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November 19, 2014

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3:00 AM | The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch
By Lewis Dartnell Synopsis: How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch? If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact, what would be the one book […]
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12:15 AM | Spiral laser beam creates quantum whirlpool
Physicists at ANU have engineered a spiral laser beam and used it to create a whirlpool of hybrid light-matter particles called polaritons. “Creating circulating currents of polaritons – vortices – and controlling them has been a long-standing challenge,” said leader […]test The post Spiral laser beam creates quantum whirlpool appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Philip Ball
Special thanks to Philip Ball for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen Philip Ball is a freelance science writer. He worked previously at Nature for over 20 years, first […]

November 18, 2014

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4:37 PM | PubPeer Selections: From “this comment is clearly unfounded” to “happy to elaborate,” a range of responses
Late last week, Nature reported some details of PubPeer’s fight against a subpoena from a researcher who claims to have lost a job because of comments on the site. (Background here.) Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: “This comment is clearly unfounded.” A commenter reacts to a questions about a paper in the Journal of […]
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3:21 PM | Wait, you lost this too?
This appears to be the week to lose things. I lost my job, the only known sample of ε-polypropylene was lost and now the world's smallest 3D-sculptures are lost too. Granted, these sculptures would be pretty easy to lose. Take a look at one:There are additional pictures in the linked article.These sculptures were made with 2-photon absorption photochemistry, although the details are sadly lacking in the report. You start with a volume of photoreactive monomers such as an acrylate. UV […]
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2:30 PM | Leukemia paper retracted for plagiarism — 18 years later
Nearly two decades after a Polish researcher plagiarized the work of a Turkish team, her theft has been exposed and the paper retracted. According to an article in Polish-language paper Gazeta Wyborcza, Jolanta Rzymowska of the Medical University of Lublin was the subject of two disciplinary hearings, the first in February 2014, following the discovery of her plagiarism […]
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3:04 AM | Triclosan study marks PNAS’s tenth embargo break this year
Although it didn’t lead to an early embargo lift, a university press office and a local news site broke the embargo today on a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) study of whether the soap ingredient triclosan causes liver damage in mice. A press release from the University of California, Davis, where the […]
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3:00 AM | I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More Complicated Than That
By Ben Goldacre Synopsis: The very best journalism from one of Britain’s most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma. In ‘Bad Science’, Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tricks […]
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12:50 AM | Clive Gifford and Anil Seth win the Royal Society Young People’s Book Award
The Royal Society Young People’s Book Award was recently announced. The winners were author Clive Gifford and consultant Anil Seth for their book Eye Benders: the science of seeing and believing. A book looking at illusions and […]
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12:15 AM | WHO warns that progress towards eliminating measles has stalled
WHO warned recently that progress towards the elimination of measles has stalled. The number of deaths from measles increased from an estimated 122 000 in 2012 to 145 700 in 2013, according to new data published in the WHO Weekly […]test The post WHO warns that progress towards eliminating measles has stalled appeared first on Australian Science.

November 17, 2014

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7:22 PM | Fake citations plague some Google Scholar profiles
Last week, microbiologist Enrico Bucci emailed us with concerns that several of the citations listed on his Google Scholar profile were fake. Colleagues of his had noticed the same problem on their pages. The listings seem to be real titles, researchers, and publications, but scrambled. When Bucci first spoke with us, the Scholar citations all […]
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4:39 PM | Engineer in South Korea forced to retract ten papers in one fell swoop
Chang-Suk Han, a member of the engineering faculty at Hoseo University in South Korea, has had ten articles retracted at once because of duplicated data. Here are the ten studies from Metals and Materials International: Precipitation Behavior of B2-ordered Aluminide (2006) Dislocation-Particle Interaction in Precipitation Strengthened Ll2-ordered Ni3Al (2007) Microstructure of Carbide Precipitates in L12-Ni3Al […]
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4:33 PM | Unemployed and looking for a job
Short and sweet: I am looking for employment. My previous employer, an unnamed Minnesota-based mining and manufacturing company gave me a severance package (pretty small compared to what I got 13 years ago when I was also let go from them, but times change). And so I am looking for a job in the Twin Cities area, particularly on the east side and into western-most Wisconsin. Advice and leads are nice, but names of hiring managers are solid gold.I also am available as an expert witness. I was one […]
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2:30 PM | Retraction appears for faked study of Novartis anti-cancer compound
A paper by a former postdoc at MD Anderson Cancer Center who “admitted to knowingly and intentionally falsifying” a figure has been retracted. In August, the Office of Research Integrity announced that it had sanctioned Jun Fu for faking data in a study of the results of a mouse study of NVP-HSP990, a Novartis compound designed […]
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3:00 AM | The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History
By Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, and Matt Lamothe Synopsis: In the bestselling tradition of The Where, the Why, and the How, this offbeat illustrated history reveals 65 people you’ve probably never heard of, but who helped shape […]
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12:15 AM | Ocean primed for more El Niño
The ocean is warming steadily and setting up the conditions for stronger El Niño weather events, a new study has shown. A team of US, Australian, and Canadian researchers sampled corals from a remote island in Kiribati to build a […]test The post Ocean primed for more El Niño appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Maureen Ogle
Special thanks to Maureen Ogle for answering 6 questions about her recently featured book – In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America I have a Masters and Ph.D. in American history, both from the […]

November 16, 2014

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3:00 AM | Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes
By Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton Synopsis: Find out how the smallest things on the planet do some of the biggest jobs in this intriguing introduction to the world of microbes. All around the world […]
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12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
Welcome at the end of one more exciting and this time, we could say, historically amazing week. Namely, these days we are witnessing a highly interesting ESA’s mission called Rosetta. For such a reason, this week’s review will be dedicated […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

November 15, 2014

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2:30 PM | Weekend reads: Speed kills in publishing too; studying blank pages; apologies for the Rosetta Shirt
Highlights at Retraction Watch this week included a case of overly honest referencing and the story of how a medical resident flagged up a pseudoscientific study. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “The publishing world is moving faster and faster,” says Kent Anderson, publisher at AAAS/Science, “and the ledger doesn’t usually seem net positive.” “A systematic […]
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3:00 AM | Parrots Over Puerto Rico
By Susan L. Roth, Cindy Trumbore, Illustrated by Susan L. Roth Synopsis: Above the treetops of Puerto Rico flies a flock of parrots as green as their island home. . . . These are Puerto Rican parrots. […]
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12:15 AM | Protecting native forests more valuable than logging
New research has found Mountain Ash forests provide more value to the community and the global climate when protected and not logged. Research scientists at the ANU, in partnership with information and communication technologists at Fujitsu Laboratories in Japan, have […]test The post Protecting native forests more valuable than logging appeared first on Australian Science.

November 14, 2014

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4:42 PM | Is Dow Chemical going to have a proxy fight?
Every time I keep thinking that Dow Chemical may have finally been able to tell activist investor Daniel Loeb to take a hike, he keeps coming back. What a glutton for punishment.Loeb's latest effort is this flashy website which makes yet another logically inconsistent attempt to acheive changes that he desires at Dow. This website is designed to inform stockholders of his opinions and push for a proxy fight to get two of his handpicked directors on the board.I'm guessing that Loeb hopes that […]
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4:30 PM | Paper on circulating tumor cells taken out of circulation after lab error
A group of researchers at the Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences in Guangzhou, China have retracted a paper that came out of a clinical trial on transarterial chemoembolization, a targeted kind of chemotherapy. According to the notice, one of the authors mixed up the control samples with the clinical samples, and “could not recall which samples were in the wrong […]
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2:30 PM | Univ.: No misconduct, but “poor research practice” in mgt prof’s work now subject to 7 retractions
The Leadership Quarterly has retracted a trio of papers by Frederick Walumbwa, an “ethical leadership” guru at Florida International University, whose work has come under scrutiny for flawed methodology. And another journal  has pulled one of his articles for similar reasons. That brings his count – as far as we can tell — to seven retractions […]
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3:00 AM | The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of the World
By John Farndon and Steve Parker (2006 Cover above) Synopsis: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of the World provides a comprehensive reference guide to over 700 minerals, rocks and plant and animal fossils from […]
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12:15 AM | Mark Twain Predicts the Internet in 1898: Read His Sci-Fi Crime Story, “From The ‘London Times’ in 1904”
Most people know that Mark Twain wrote about Jim and Huckleberry Finn navigating down the Mississippi. Less well known is that he occasionally dabbled in the burgeoning genre of science fiction. His 1898 short story “The Great Dark” is about […]test The post Mark Twain Predicts the Internet in 1898: Read His Sci-Fi Crime Story, “From The ‘London Times’ in 1904” appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Lynn Sherr
Special thanks to Lynn Sherr for answering 6 questions about her recently featured book – Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space Lynn Sherr is an award-winning broadcaster and author who spent more than thirty years at ABC […]

November 13, 2014

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11:00 PM | #flashbackfriday: The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
#flashbackfriday this week was featured on December 8, 2013. The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by famous autism advocate, Temple Grandin. She writes with Richard Panek about Grandin’s life with autism and the latest developments about the […]
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7:27 PM | Professor defends ripping off his student by insulting him in the media
University of Regina professor Shahid Azam is the kind of thesis advisor that gives prospective grad students nightmares. According to the CBC, Azam lost a paper in Environmental Geotechnics for plagiarizing the work of his student, Arjun Paul, without bothering to cite it. Azam went on to trash the student’s ability to the CBC reporter. He’s got two […]
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