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March 28, 2015

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3:00 AM | Coming Home (An Alex Benedict Novel)
by Jack McDevitt Synopsis: Thousands of years ago, artifacts of the early space age were lost to rising oceans and widespread turmoil. Garnett Baylee devoted his life to finding them, only to give up hope. […]

March 27, 2015

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3:36 PM | My Interview with "The Polymer Babe"
Today I have a very special interview with "The Polymer Babe". Apparently she is the twin-sister-separated-at-birth of "The Food Babe". I think you will soon seen the similarities in their looks and personalities. The Polymer BabeJohn: You have some strong opinions about what should and should not be in polymeric materials. Can you explain?Polymer Babe (PB): Certainly. I believe that nothing that can be eaten or drunk by a person should be in polymers. No food whatsoever.John: Why do you feel […]
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3:30 PM | “Not faithful” figures kill apoptosis paper
A paper on apoptosis in mice has been retracted by Infection and Immunity after a reader tipped them off that several figures were “not faithful representations of the original data.” When the journal, published by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), contacted the authors at Anhui Medical University in Hefei, China, they claimed they couldn’t provide the […]The post “Not faithful” figures kill apoptosis paper appeared first on Retraction […]
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1:30 PM | Cabbage batch skids: new experiments dry up plant paper
Prominent plant researcher Mark Estelle has retracted a paper on plant hormones after follow-up studies showed the conclusions were incorrect. The hormone in question, auxin, is a major player in plant growth and development. The retracted Current Biology paper reported that a certain auxin receptor, designated AFB4, downregulates the responses of cabbage-cousin Arabidopsis thaliana to the signaling molecule. But […]The post Cabbage batch skids: new experiments dry up […]
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10:46 AM | A firsthand perspective of trialling mobile DNA sequencing
Sam Minot from Signature Science, LLC and Andy Kilianski from the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are part of a team that has been trialling a new palm-sized DNA sequencer to test whether it can characterize viruses and bacteria. Their findings, published in GigaScience, suggest the device could have potential for disease diagnosis in the field. The post A firsthand perspective of trialling mobile DNA sequencing appeared first on GigaBlog.
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3:00 AM | Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving
By Sanjoy Mahajan Synopsis: In problem solving, as in street fighting, rules are for fools: do whatever works–don’t just stand there! Yet we often fear an unjustified leap even though it may land us on a […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Aric Sigman
Special thanks to Aric Sigman for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – The Body Wars: Why Body Dissatisfaction is at Epidemic Proportions and How We Can Fight Back Dr Sigman has a Bachelor of […]
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12:00 AM | Automatic Passenger Counting and Information System Market by Technology (Laser, Infrared and Time of Flight), PIS Market by Systems, Devices & Components, by Application (Railways, Roadways and Waterways) & Geography – Global Forecast & to 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The automatic passenger counting market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 22.2% from 2014 to 2020; whereas, the passenger information system market is anticipated to reach $23.1 billion by 2020. In this report, the driver, restraints, and opportunities for the automatic passenger counting & information system market are covered. Government regulations for ridership data, increased demand for fleet optimization, and increased demand for smart telematics solutions are some driving factors of […]
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12:00 AM | Micro Irrigation Systems Market by Type (Drip & Sprinkler Irrigation Systems), Crop Type (Field Crops, Plantation Crops, Orchard Crops, and Forage & Turf Grasses) & by Region - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The micro irrigation systems market continues to grow due to high demand in most of the countries and the intensifying market opportunities. The market players are responding to these new opportunities by expanding their global presence and product lines. Micro irrigation system, on the basis of type, has been segmented into drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation systems. The micro irrigation systems market, in terms of value, is projected to reach around $4,909.49 million by 2019, at a CAGR […]
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12:00 AM | Enterprise WLAN Market by Components (Access Points, WLAN Controllers, Wireless Hotspot Gateways), by Software, by Services, by Verticals, by End Users, by Regions - Global Forecast to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) usually face challenges when it comes to deploy a wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), because they have small IT staff size, and tight budget. Enterprise WLAN solutions enable both large enterprises and SMEs to manage their networks at a cost efficient manner. Deployment of WLAN through cloud reduces the WLAN cost, and also enables the companies to enjoy more security and flexibility. The enterprise WLAN market to grow from $5,120 million in 2014 to […]
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12:00 AM | Electric Power Substation Automation Market by components (IED, RTU, PLC, BCU), SCADA, Communication (Wired, Wireless), type (Transmission, Distribution), End-user (Utility, Industries), Stage (Retrofit, New) & Geography - Global Forecast to 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The growth of the electric power substation automation market is expected to be remarkable with the revenue growth projected to reach $48.25 billion by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 6.71% between 2013 and 2018. The developments in communication and microprocessors technologies, along with developments in the multifunctional equipment, have changed the approach to electric power substation automation solutions. IEDs are considered to be the key component of electric power substation automation. […]

March 26, 2015

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11:00 PM | #fridayflashback: Science Book a Day Interviews Lawrence Goldstone
This week’s #flashbackfriday is from August 11, 2014. It is an interview that we did with Lawrence Goldstone, who answered 5 questions about his featured book – Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies. It is […]
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9:00 PM | Data “irregularities” sink paper on water treatment
Desalination and Water Treatment has retracted a paper it published in January by a pair of Turkish researchers for “irregularities in the methodology and data management.” The article, “Molecular simulation of Zn2+, Cu2+, Pb2+, and NH4+ ion-exchange in Clinoptilolite,” investigated how well different natural forms of the zeolite Clinoptilolite remove heavy metals from wastewater. It came […]The post Data “irregularities” sink paper on water […]
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8:40 PM | Scenes from the White House Science Fair
At the fifth annual White House Science Fair on March 23, 2015, some 30 students shared their hard work on their research projects and collected insights. It was striking how many of these young... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:05 PM | BioMed Central retracting 43 papers for fake peer review
BioMed Central is retracting 43 papers, following their investigation into 50 papers that raised suspicions of fake peer review, possibly involving third-party companies selling the service. In November 2014 we wrote about fake peer reviews for Nature; at that point there had been about 110 retractions across several journals. The addition of 16 retractions by Elsevier for […]The post BioMed Central retracting 43 papers for fake peer review appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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1:30 PM | Pain paper scratched for authorship issues
A group of pain researchers in Austria has lost their 2014 paper in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology because one of the authors wasn’t, well, one of the authors. The article, “Intravenous nonopioid analgesic drugs in chronic low back pain patients on chronic opioid treatment: A crossover, randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study,” came from a team […]The post Pain paper scratched for authorship issues appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:10 AM | Lydia Hales Reviews 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts
Review by Lydia Hales 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts By John D Barrow Before opening 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths […]
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3:00 AM | 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts
By John D Barrow Synopsis: What can maths tell us about art and design? Professor John D. Barrow has all the answers. In 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts, […]
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12:00 AM | Electrophysiology Market by Product {Diagnostic Catheter (Conventional, Advanced, Ultrasound)), Ablation Catheter (Cryoablation, RF, Microwave), Lab Devices (Mapping, Recording, Generator, ICE, X-ray)) & Indication (AF, VT, WPW) - Global Forecasts to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The global electrophysiology (EP) market is estimated to grow at a significant CAGR of 10.3% in the forecast period. Factors such as development of technologically advanced electrophysiology devices, rapid growth in aging population with high risk of target diseases, increasing incidence of arrhythmia cases across the globe, and growing focus of key market players to expand their geographic presence are fuelling the growth of the global electrophysiology market. This report studies the global […]

March 25, 2015

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9:52 PM | Hangout with Kit Parker: Engineering the Body
When I told Kit Parker of Harvard University to think about explaining what he does to teenagers who would be watching our Google Science Fair Hangout On Air earlier today, he had a great answer for... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:00 PM | Unkosher reuse of data forces retraction of minced pork paper
The journal Food Microbiology has pulled a 2012 paper on pork processing which, as we reported earlier, contained salami-sliced data. The article, “Bayesian inference for quantifying Listeria monocytogenes prevalence and concentration in minced pork meat from presence/absence microbiological testing,” came from a group at the Department of Food Science and Technology at the Agricultural University […]The post Unkosher reuse of data forces retraction of minced pork paper […]
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3:30 PM | Bitter herbs: Parsley paper retracted after authors omit colleague
A pair of plant experts at Uludag University, in Turkey, has lost a paper on techniques for drying parsley because they evidently left a key contributor off the manuscript. The article, “Effect of Vacuum, Microwave, and Convective Drying on Selected Parsley Quality,” was published online in June 2011 by the International Journal of Food Properties. […]The post Bitter herbs: Parsley paper retracted after authors omit colleague appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:47 PM | Is Kim Jong Un the next Queen of England?
One of the claimed advantages of polymeric currency is the increased difficulty to forge the notes. While forging the notes might be more difficult, it is apparently pretty easy to alter them as can be seen in this image:SourceI think it's a pretty well done. It's just a little bit early for April's Fools day however. (Know anyone brave enough to ask him for his reaction?)Previous YearsMarch 25, 2014 - More Exaggerations about Ocean TrashMarch 25, 2010 - What Are The Odds?
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1:30 PM | Genetics journal isn’t down with O.P.D. – stealing other people’s data
Genetics and Molecular Research, an online-only journal, has retracted two articles about gastric cancer by a group of Iranian researchers who appear to have put their own names on other people’s data. Both articles were published in 2014. One was titled “Absolute quantification of free tumor cells in the peripheral blood of gastric cancer patients;” […]The post Genetics journal isn’t down with O.P.D. – stealing other people’s data appeared first on […]
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3:00 AM | It’s True! Space Turns You Into Spaghetti
By Heather Catchpole and Vanessa Woods, Illustrations by Heath McKenzie Synopsis: PSSST! It’s True! This is the best book on SPACE you’ll ever read! Thinking of space travel? Watch out for exploding stars, boiling planets and […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Paul J Zak
Special thanks to Paul J Zak for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity Paul J. Zak is a scientist, prolific author, and public speaker. His book […]
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12:00 AM | Pharmacovigilance and Drug Safety Software Market by Functionality (Adverse Event Reporting, Fully Integrated Software), Delivery Mode (On-premise, On-demand/Cloud based (SAAS)), End-user (Pharma & Biotech Companies, CROs, BPOs) - Global Forecast to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The global pharmacovigilance and drug safety software market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% during 2014-2019, and is expected to reach a value of ~$154.1 Million in 2019. Factors such as rising incidence rates of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and increasing adoption of pharmacovigilance software by outsourcing companies are driving the growth of the global pharmacovigilance and drug safety software market. In addition; government regulatory bodies (such as the U.S. FDA and EMEA) have […]
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12:00 AM | Water Testing & Analysis Market by Product (TOC, PH, DO, Conductivity, Turbidity), Product Type (Portable, Handheld, Benchtop), Application (Laboratory, Industrial, Environmental, Government) & Region - Global Trends & Forecast to 2019 ..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The global water testing & analysis market is dominated by Europe & North America. Developed European countries are emerging as leading exporters of water testing & analysis to the developing regions. The Asia-Pacific region is one of the prominent importer as well as manufacturer of water testing & analysis instruments. This region is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 7.0% from 2014 to 2019. The growing government regulations and increasing environmental concerns are […]
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12:00 AM | Infrared Imaging Market by Component (IR Lens System, IR Detector, and Other Components), Technology (Cooled, Uncooled), wavelength (Short, Medium, Long Infrared), Application and Geography - Analysis & Forecast to 2014 - 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
Infrared imaging is a technique of ascertaining things/objects in the dark, by detecting the heat signature. The infrared imaging report is segregated based on components, technologies, wavelengths, applications and geographic regions. IR imaging cameras are widely used in several applications, which include consumer electronics, surveillance, industrial, automotive, aerospace and defense, medical and firefighting. The global IR imaging market size is estimated to grow from $5,369 million in […]
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12:00 AM | Tumor Ablation Market by Procedure Volume, technology (RF, Microwave, Cryoablation, Others), Department (Interventional Radiology, Surgery, Oncology), Application (Liver Cancer, Lung Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Bone Metastasis) - Global Forecasts to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The global tumor ablation market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 11.5% during 2014-2019, and is expected to reach a value of 462.0 Million in 2019. A number of factors such as growing geriatric population, coupled with an increasing population base of cancer patients, technological advancements in the ablation devices, growing awareness about ablation procedures over conventional therapeutic and surgical procedures, and rising number of hospitals and surgical centers are fuelling the growth of […]
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