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January 30, 2015

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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Vince M Bertram
Special thanks to Vince Bertram for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – One Nation Under Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Crisis Dr. Bertram is a highly sought-after speaker and thought leader […]

January 29, 2015

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11:00 PM | #flashbackfriday Science Book a Day Interviews Deborah Heiligman
This week’s #flashbackfriday is from January 24, 2014. It is an interview that we did with Deborah Heiligman, who answered 5 questions about her featured book – The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos. This children’s book […]
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2:30 PM | Fraud retraction appears for deceased Maryland dental researcher
A former dental researcher at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, has lost a 2009 paper in the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology for fabricating his data on an NIH-funded study. The researcher, Mark A. Scheper, is not identified in the retraction notice as the person implicated in the university […]The post Fraud retraction appears for deceased Maryland dental researcher appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:00 AM | Earth’s Deep History: How it Was Discovered and Why it Matters
By Martin J S Rudwick Synopsis: Earth has been witness to mammoths and dinosaurs, global ice ages, continents colliding or splitting apart, comets and asteroids crashing catastrophically to the surface, as well as the birth of humans […]
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12:00 AM | Virginia Tressider Reviews Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
Review by Virginia Tressider Working Stiff: 2 years, 262 bodies and the making of a medical examiner By Judy Melinek and T J Mitchell Judy’s Blog/Homepage: http://pathologyexpert.blogspot.com.au Judy’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/drjudymelinek Maggots start with the eyes. Flies prefer moist places […]

January 28, 2015

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7:54 PM | Bad image prompts correction of Harvard-Brigham stem cell paper by Anversa
A group of Harvard stem cell researchers who already have one retraction and an expression of concern now have a correction. This one’s in Circulation Research, and it involves an image that previously had been flagged as suspicious in our comments. The group is led by Piero Anversa, who as we reported last year is […]The post Bad image prompts correction of Harvard-Brigham stem cell paper by Anversa appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:30 PM | “The main improvements reported are invalid”: Quantum communication paper retracted
A paper on quantum communication has been retracted for failing to address several important problems, making the conclusions invalid. Quantum communication involves sending a series of photons in specific quantum states over fiberoptic cables. It’s a little like the 1s and 0s of traditional computing, but much more secure. If the photons are intercepted on […]The post “The main improvements reported are invalid”: Quantum communication paper retracted appeared first on […]
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2:30 PM | Serial plagiarist loses 13 papers
Accusations of plagiarism spanning at least 14 years have finally caught up with Richard Lawrence Etienne Barnett, who has had 13 papers retracted from a journal he had guest edited. The dean of the for-profit University of Atlanta has been accused of copying his own and others’ work a number of times, as we wrote in November. Here’s […]The post Serial plagiarist loses 13 papers appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:00 AM | The Book of Beetles: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature’s Gems
By Patrice Bouchard Synopsis: When renowned British geneticist J. B. S. Haldane was asked what could be inferred about God from a study of his works, Haldane replied, “An inordinate fondness for beetles.” With 350,000 known species, […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Naomi Oreskes
Special thanks to Naomi Oreskes for answering 6 questions about the book she co-authored with Erik Conway, which we recently featured – The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future Naomi Oreskes is Professor of […]

January 27, 2015

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8:44 PM | Georgia State student paper retracts article for faked quotes, fires writer
Georgia State University student newspaper The Signal pulled an article and dropped a writer after discovering he lied about talking to a school spokesperson and made up quotes. The paper tells Retraction Watch that the undergraduate, Rico Johnson, has been removed from the staff of the paper. Here’s the notice for “Georgia State planning renovation for new […]The post Georgia State student paper retracts article for faked quotes, fires writer appeared first on […]
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4:30 PM | Second retraction appears for former accounting professor James Hunton
It took five months, but in December a second retraction popped up for disgraced accounting professor James H. Hunton. Hunton resigned his teaching post at Bentley University in December of 2012. An extensive investigation by Bentley showed that not only was the data in two papers falsified. Hunton also lied about non-existent confidentiality agreements and tried […]The post Second retraction appears for former accounting professor James Hunton appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Dead men tell no tales – nor respond to journal’s formatting queries
In November 2014, Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures withdrew an online-first publication on the grounds that, over the previous two years, the corresponding author has not responded to questions regarding formatting. There is, apparently, a good reason for that, although the notice for “Analysis of Effective Properties of Three-phase Electro-magneto-elastic Solids” suggests the editors of the journal […]The post Dead men tell no tales – nor […]
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3:00 AM | Numericon: A Journey Through the Hidden Lives of Numbers
by Rachel Thomas and Marianne Freiberger Synopsis: Numericon tells the stories of the numbers, mathematical discoveries, oddities and personalities that have shaped the way we understand the world around us. Funny, bizarre, tragic and dramatic, these […]

January 26, 2015

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8:40 PM | Exclusive: Former NIH lab head who faked data now working as government patent examiner
The former director  of the X-ray crystallography lab at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, who was found by the Office of Research Integrity to have faked findings in three papers, is once again earning a government salary, this time as a patent examiner, Retraction […]The post Exclusive: Former NIH lab head who faked data now working as government patent examiner appeared first on Retraction […]
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6:54 PM | Scientific American Video: We’re Huge in Hungary
In early January, Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti noticed that our video “What Happens to Your Body after You Die?” had 466,000 views on YouTube. Well, now it has more than... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:30 PM | New favorite plagiarism euphemism: “Inadvertently copied text”
Plagiarism earned genomics researchers an erratum, not a retraction, in BioMed Central journal BioData Mining. We keep a list of best euphemisms for plagiarism, and this one is right up there. Here’s the notice for “An iteration normalization and test method for differential expression analysis of RNA-seq data”: Following publication of our paper in BioData Mining[1], it […]The post New favorite plagiarism euphemism: “Inadvertently copied text” […]
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2:30 PM | Far from earth-shatteringly new: Plagiarism topples Chinese quake paper
A group of scientists at the Chinese Earthquake Administration in Beijing have lost their 2014 paper in Nature Scientific Reports for lifting chunks of text from a previously published article. The abstract of the paper, “Early magnitude estimation for the MW7.9 Wenchuan earthquake using progressively expanded P-wave time window,” states: More and more earthquake early […]The post Far from earth-shatteringly new: Plagiarism topples Chinese quake paper appeared first on […]
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2:08 PM | King Tut and BPA
King Tut was in the news last week, or more correctly, his burial mask was (although I bet most people don't really know the difference). The breaking news is over a polymeric material and the incompetence of some conservators to do the right thing. Specifically, it is reported that his iconic beard broke off, and was hastily repaired with an epoxy."Three of the museum's conservators reached by telephone gave differing accounts of when the incident occurred last year, and whether the beard was […]
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3:00 AM | Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat
By John McQuaid Synopsis: A fascinating and deeply researched investigation into the mysteries of flavor—from the first bite taken by our ancestors to scientific advances in taste and the current “foodie” revolution. Taste has long been […]

January 25, 2015

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3:00 AM | The Best Australian Science Writing 2014
Edited by Ashley Hay Synopsis: The annual collection celebrating the finest Australian science writing of the year. Why are Sydney’s golden orb weaver spiders getting fatter and fitter? Could sociology explain the recent upsurge in prostate […]

January 24, 2015

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2:30 PM | Weekend reads: Potti trial to begin; fraudster post-doc fired; how to avoid predatory journals
This week at Retraction Watch featured a hotly debated guest post from Leonid Schneider and two ORI findings. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: The civil trial against Duke University, Anil Potti, Joseph Nevins, and others begins Monday. The Cancer Letter describes Duke’s legal strategy as “We Did No Harm,” and C.K. Gunsalus asks, “Should detecting […]The post Weekend reads: Potti trial to begin; fraudster post-doc fired; how to avoid predatory journals […]
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3:00 AM | Mark Brake’s Space, Time, Machine, Monster
By Mark Brake Synopsis: Jam-packed with aliens and time machines, spaceships and cyborgs and the end of time, Space, Time, Machine, Monster tells you how sci-fi helped build the world in which we live. Of […]

January 23, 2015

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4:00 PM | “Immorally” affecting the literature: Authors blame sloppy work from an outside lab for retraction
A group of Chinese researchers has retracted a paper, saying that an outside lab switched their immunofluorescent stains with another research group’s. The group has decided to repeat the experiments on their own next time. Here’s the notice in Molecular Medicine Reports for “Protective role of Klotho on cardiomyocytes upon hypoxia/reoxygenation via downregulation of Akt and […]The post “Immorally” affecting the literature: Authors blame sloppy work […]
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1:55 PM | The Dastardly Death Ray vs. The Snowman
Please forgive my absence in posting this week. My thoughts have been elsewhere - on WORLD DOMINATION!I've written in the past about the Death Ray that I possess. It is the natural result of sunlight reflecting off the thin, curved window glass on the south side of my house. The curvature is enough to concentrate the sunlight so that it can burn the lawn and melt snow. Egged on by a comment from Chemjobber, I decided to put the Death Ray to the test and use it to sever a Snowman.Once the world […]
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1:01 PM | Former Pitt cancer researcher admits to faking findings
A former researcher at the University of Pittsburgh inflated the number of mice used in his experiments, and faked data in a number of images in a paper reporting the results, according to the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Dong Xiao admitting to having intentionally fabricated data contained in a paper entitled ‘Guggulsterone inhibits prostate cancer growth […]The post Former Pitt cancer researcher admits to faking findings appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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12:40 PM | Deforestation infographic
Cite this article:Ivanovic J (2015-01-23 12:40:35). Deforestation infographic. Australian Science. Retrieved: Jan 23, 2015, from http://www.australianscience.com.au/environmental-science/deforestation-infographic/testtest The post Deforestation infographic appeared first on Australian Science.
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3:00 AM | Gravity’s Rainbow
By Thomas Pynchon Synopsis: Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity’s Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce’s Ulysses was to […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Anthony Martin
Special thanks to Anthony Martin for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by their Trace Fossils Anthony Martin is Professor of Practice in the Department of Environmental […]

January 22, 2015

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11:50 PM | Science Book a Day Celebrates 50,000 Views!
Woop! I started this little blog in June 2013, and dutifully posted a different science book every day. It seems more and more people have enjoyed what I’m doing. So I just thought I would […]
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