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March 15, 2015

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11:00 PM | Nominations for the 2014 Nebula Awards
The Nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards were announced in February by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. The awards have been around since 1966, the first book to receive the award was Frank […]
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3:00 AM | Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician’s Training
By Perri Klass Synopsis: In her honest, riveting prose, Perri Klass — writer, mother, and doctor — takes readers through her extraordinary three years of internship and residency as a pediatrician in a Boston children’s hospital. […]

March 14, 2015

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1:30 PM | Weekend reads: Dissertations for sale, spurious impact factors, the roots of plagiarism
This week at Retraction Watch featured the retraction of yet another spoof article, and the temporary shutdown of a journal. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Earn $100,000 per year writing other people’s dissertations. What’s not legit about that? Spurious alternative impact factors are everywhere, argue a group of authors that includes Jeffrey Beall. Phil Davis […]The post Weekend reads: Dissertations for sale, spurious impact factors, the roots of plagiarism […]
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3:00 AM | Trial by Fire (Tales of Terran Republic)
By Charles E Gannon Synopsis: NEBULA AWARD FINALIST and sequel to national bestseller, Nebula Award finalist, and Compton Crook Award winner Fire with Fire. Science fiction adventure on a grand scale. When reluctant interstellar diplomat and intelligence operative Caine […]

March 13, 2015

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7:00 PM | Estudio analiza el uso de las redes sociales en la evaluación del impacto científico
El uso de las redes sociales en la comunicación científica viene aumentado en gran escala, y han sido creadas plataformas específicas para la interacción e intercambio de información entre investigadores. En un estudio por investigadores de la Universidad St. Gallen, en Suiza, evaluaron si y cómo el impacto científico puede ser medido por medio del análisis de medios sociales, y cómo este enfoque se relaciona con las métricas […]

HOFFMANN, C.P., LUTZ, C. & MECKEL, M. (2014). Impact Factor 2.0: Applying Social Network Analysis to Scientific Impact Assessment, 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Science, Hilton Waikoloa Village, DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2014.202

Bik, H. & Goldstein, M. (2013). An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists, PLoS Biology, 11 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001535

boyd, D. & Ellison, N. (2007). Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13 (1) 210-230. DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00393.x

Priem, J. (2013). Scholarship: Beyond the paper, Nature, 495 (7442) 437-440. DOI: 10.1038/495437a

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7:00 PM | Estudo analisa o uso de redes sociais na avaliação do impacto científico
O uso de redes sociais em comunicação científica vem aumentando em larga escala e plataformas específicas têm sido criadas para interação e compartilhamento de informação entre pesquisadores. Estudo de pesquisadores da Universidade St. Gallen, na Suíça, avaliaram se e como o impacto científico pode ser medido por meio da análise de dados de mídias sociais, e como esta abordagem se relaciona com as […]

HOFFMANN, C.P., LUTZ, C. & MECKEL, M. (2014). Impact Factor 2.0: Applying Social Network Analysis to Scientific Impact Assessment, 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Science, Hilton Waikoloa Village, DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2014.202

Bik, H. & Goldstein, M. (2013). An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists, PLoS Biology, 11 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001535

boyd, D. & Ellison, N. (2007). Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13 (1) 210-230. DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00393.x

Priem, J. (2013). Scholarship: Beyond the paper, Nature, 495 (7442) 437-440. DOI: 10.1038/495437a

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7:00 PM | Study analyzes the use of social networks in the assessment of scientific impact
The use of social networks in science communication has been increasing on a large scale, and specific platforms have been created for interaction and information sharing among researchers. A study by researchers at the University of St. Gallen, in Switzerland evaluated whether and how scientific impact can be measured by social media data analysis, and how this approach correlates to traditional metrics. … Read More →
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4:46 PM | Updated: Springer journal on hold for “pattern of inappropriate and compromised peer review”
Springer has put a cell biology journal on hold, “effective immediately,” after finding a “pattern of inappropriate and compromised peer review.” Here’s the brief statement from the publisher: An internal review of the journal Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics has revealed a pattern of inappropriate and compromised peer review. As a result, the scientific integrity of […]The post Updated: Springer journal on hold for “pattern of inappropriate and […]
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3:30 PM | Manufacturing paper assembled “almost entirely” from someone else’s 1999 thesis
The SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing has retracted a paper after realizing the authors ripped off a 1999 PhD thesis. According to the notice, the 2014 paper — about the best ways to set up manufacturing cells in the automobile industry — “is almost entirely taken” from a Durham University, UK student’s PhD thesis. The thesis, […]The post Manufacturing paper assembled “almost entirely” from someone […]
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1:30 PM | “Irreconcilable difference of opinion” divides math preprint
A fight over a paper posted on preprint server arXiv.org has divided two mathematicians. The authors initially posted the paper, which looks at the mathematical properties of spheres, in 2013. And that’s when the trouble started. Apparently, after submitting the paper to a journal and receiving reviewer feedback, co-authors Fabio Tal at the University of […]The post “Irreconcilable difference of opinion” divides math preprint appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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5:56 AM | Guest Posting: Help Crowdfund the “Community Cactus”
Peng Jiang and Hui Guo from the University of Georgia provide a guest post covering their crowdfunding efforts to sequence the first cactus genome. The post Guest Posting: Help Crowdfund the “Community Cactus” appeared first on GigaBlog.
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3:00 AM | The Windup Girl
By Paolo Bacigalupi Synopsis: Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen’s Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap […]
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12:00 AM | High Performance Insulation Materials Market by Type (Aerogel, Ceramic Fiber, Glass Bubble, and Others) and by Application (Oil & Gas, Construction, Automotive, Paints & Coatings, Industrial, and Others) - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The global high performance insulation materials market is projected to reach $6,000 million by 2020 and register a CAGR of 10.2% between 2015 and 2020 in terms of value. The growth in high performance insulation materials market is estimated to be driven by the increasing demand for aerogel materials from oil & gas and construction applications. The North American region remains the largest market for high performance insulation materials, followed by Asia-Pacific. The Europe market is […]

March 12, 2015

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11:00 PM | #flashbackfriday: Data Visualization: A Successful Design Process
#flashbackfriday this week was featured on December 13, 2013. Data Visualization: A Successful Design Process by Andy Kirk. This book is a great introduction to the topic by Kirk, who is a great educator on the topic (I […]
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7:13 PM | So-kalled research: French sociology journal retracts hoax article
The world, it seems, cannot get enough of Sokal-type hoaxes. A French journal, Sociétés, has retracted an article allegedly penned by one Jean-Marc Tremblay but actually written by two sociologists, Manuel Quinon and Arnaud Saint-Martin, who spoofed the work of the journal’s editor, Michel Maffesoli. As the Crooked Timber blog explains, the article, “Automobilités postmodernes: […]The post So-kalled research: French sociology journal retracts hoax article […]
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3:30 PM | Second cell bio retraction from UPitt investigation of tweaked images
Two researchers, Tong Wu and Chang Han, have lost a second paper as the result of a University of Pittsburgh investigation into image manipulations. The first retraction, in Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, went live in February. The researchers, currently based at Tulane University, were originally tapped by pseudonymous tipster Juuichi Jigen, who created a website in 2012 to chronicle the […]The post Second cell bio retraction from UPitt investigation of […]
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2:41 PM | A Difference of Opinion over Chemical Composition?
Plastics News is reporting that the Chinese plastics industry is complaining about remarks made on a popular Chinese TV show. Specifically,"The health-themed show, which aired on government-owned Beijing Television, claimed that bottles marked with a No. 1 at the bottom — PET bottles — contain toxic plasticizers that can leach out in a low-temperature environment such as in a refrigerator and may cause cancer. A guest on the show also claimed that high density polyethylene food […]
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1:30 PM | Yes, we are seeing more attacks on academic freedom: guest post by historian of science and medicine
We’re pleased to introduce readers to Alice Dreger, a historian of science and medicine at the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program in Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her new book is “Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science,” out this week from Penguin Press. Read to the end for […]The post Yes, we are seeing more attacks on academic freedom: guest post by historian of science and […]
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3:00 AM | The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us
By Diane Ackerman Synopsis: As Diane Ackerman writes in her brilliant new book, The Human Age, “our relationship with nature has changed…radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with […]
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1:35 AM | The Science of Learning and Trying
To really change the future of education for the better, we need a combination of creative vision powered by the social entrepreneurship of education leaders and teachers. This is why the annual... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:00 AM | Drug Screening Market by Products and Services (Immunoassay Analyzers, Chromatography, Breath Analyzers, Rapid Testing Devices, Assay Kits and Reagents), Sample Type (Urine, Breath, Saliva, Hair, Blood, Skin, Sweat) - Global Forecast To 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The drug screening market size, in terms of value, is expected to reach $6.3 billion by 2019 from $4 billion in 2014, at a CAGR of 9.5%. Major factors driving the growth of this market include high usage of alcohol, prescribed drugs and illicit drugs, growing aging population that leads to increased use of alcohol and prescription drug use, funding by the U.S. federal governments for drug testing, enactment of stringent laws in developed countries, and growing awareness for drug testing in […]
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12:00 AM | Microserver Market by Solution (Hardware, Software and Service), by Processor (Intel, ARM and Others), by Application (Media storage, Data center, Data analytics, Cloud computing and others), by End User and by Region - Global Forecast to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The global microserver market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 53.4% during the forecast period. The trend toward achieving high density in server architecture over the past 15 years has helped to improve efficiency, density, and manageability. Microservers are now taking their place among other server form factors as a new density optimized system. Microservers are an emerging category of system design that has been created to address lightweight applications and simultaneously improve data […]
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12:00 AM | Digital Marketing Software Market by Software (CRM, E-mail, Ecommerce, Marketing Automation, Web Analytics, Web Content Management & Social CRM), by Deployment (On-Premise, Cloud), by Verticals (BFSI, Retail, Manufacturing, & others) - Global Forecast to 2019 ..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
In today’s economy, the marketing landscape for businesses has changed dramatically. Organizations are always striving to incorporate software’s that streamline their business process by quickly analyzing, optimizing, and managing the business requirements. Digital marketing is a strategy of promoting products or brands via one or more mean of electronic media. Digital marketing involves the use of channels and mediums that help companies to analyze the marketing campaigns and […]
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12:00 AM | Subsea Thermal Insulation Material Market by Type (Polyurethane, Polypropylene, Silicone Rubber, Epoxy, Aerogel, and Others), by Application (Pipe-in-Pipe, Pipe Cover, Equipment, Field Joints, and Others) - Regional Trends & Forecast to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
Subsea thermal insulation materials are used mainly in oil extractions from deep wells. Various types of Subsea thermal insulation materials include polyurethane, polypropylene, silicone rubber, epoxy, and others. These materials are used in subsea applications to achieve the optimum thermal insulation and enhance the effectiveness of the oil recovery. The subsea thermal insulation material market is projected to register $142.30 million by 2019...
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12:00 AM | Veterinary Software Market by Product (Practice Management Software, & Imaging Software), Delivery Model (On-Premise, & Cloud/ Web-based), Practice Type (Small Animal, Mixed, & Large Animal), & End User (Veterinary Clinics, & Laboratory) - Forecast to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The veterinary software market size, in terms of value, is expected to reach $368.7 million by 2019 from $280.1 million in 2014, at a CAGR of 5.6%. Major factors driving the growth of this market include rising companion pet ownership and care, increasing number of veterinary practitioners, and the increasing product innovation & integration of additional functions/tools for better practice outcomes. On the other hand, the lack of government incentives and the lack of awareness are expected […]

March 11, 2015

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6:15 PM | Bielawski and Wiggins up retraction count to five with three in JACS
The Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) has retracted three articles that had earned expressions of concern by chemistry researchers who were under investigation at the University of Texas, Austin. Kelly Wiggins and Christopher Bielawski have already received two other retractions and several EoCs. The newly retracted articles have each been cited more than 50 […]The post Bielawski and Wiggins up retraction count to five with three in JACS appeared first on Retraction […]
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3:38 PM | Waste Plastic in the Oceans - A Comparison of the Inputs from Two Countries
The journal Science published last month a new report ($) that attempted to quantitate the various global inputs that going into making up ocean plastic, perhaps better known as the "Great Garbage Patches". The major media outlets focussed on the fact that the amount of plastic in the patches is quite a bit less than expected. But the American media overlooked (by and large) this chart:SourceThis chart alone goes a long ways towards suggesting that the US isn't contributing as much garbage to […]
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3:30 PM | Opaque retraction notice for imaging paper
Sometimes we run across retraction notices that are vague, and others that are contorted, but we’ve just found one that gets highest marks for being completely inscrutable. The article, “Bayes Clustering and Structural Support Vector Machines for Segmentation of Carotid Artery Plaques in Multicontrast MRI,” was written by a group from China and Cambridge University […]The post Opaque retraction notice for imaging paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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1:30 PM | PubPeer Selections: Feedback within a day; “worst examples of data;” endocrinology papers questioned
PubPeer won a near-complete victory in a court case last week. Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: “Thanks for your comment, it’s great to get feedback so quickly on this,” writes the first author of an ecology paper published the day before. A thread is gathering “The worst examples of data in life science journals.” […]The post PubPeer Selections: Feedback within a day; “worst examples of data;” endocrinology papers […]
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1:00 PM | PNAS lifts narcissism embargo early after wire service story breaks it
Is breaking an embargo a symptom of narcissism? From the top of an email sent at 2:14 p.m Eastern Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) to its media list Monday, 46 minutes before the embargo on the study in question was scheduled to lift: PNAS is lifting the embargo early […]
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