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August 08, 2014

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1:30 PM | Paper on liver failure in babies withdrawn for lab mix-up
A paper on liver failure in infants has been retracted due to a lab error, though the author contends that the paper still holds a valuable message for pediatricians — one that could save lives. To get to that, though, we had to make it through what turns out to be an unnecessarily vague retraction […]
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12:30 PM | “Dear press officer who won’t promote unembargoed research papers:” “[Y]ou’re disappointing me”
Some press officers are making Angela Hopp — and please forgive me for this one, Angela — hopping mad. In “An open letter to press officers who won’t promote unembargoed research papers,” Hopp, who serves as the press contact for three journals published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), explains that […]
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4:00 AM | The Wavewatcher’s Companion
By Gavin Pretor-Pinney Synopsis: One bright February afternoon on a beach in Cornwall, Gavin Pretor-Pinney took a break from cloudspotting and started watching the waves rolling into shore. Mesmerised, he wondered where they had come […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews M E Thomas
Special thanks to M E Thomas for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight Author’s Homepage: http://www.sociopathworld.com Author’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sociopathworld #1 – What was the […]
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12:15 AM | New collaborations seek to solve infectious disease challenges
Many of Australia’s leading animal and human infectious disease experts are joining forces this week to identify challenges that might benefit from greater collaboration across Australia’s research institutions. The Forum will be held at the Geelong high-containment facility and is […]test The post New collaborations seek to solve infectious disease challenges appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | #flashbackfriday: Proust Was a Neuroscientist
#flashbackfriday this week is from November 24, 2013. Proust Was a Neuroscientist was written by Jonah Lehrer. He writes about how the arts have provided us with insights into the human mind that we are only […]

August 07, 2014

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3:50 PM | On vigorous scientific debates, witch hunts, and the tragedy of suicide
The suicide earlier this week of Yoshiki Sasai, one of the scientists who worked on the now-discredited STAP stem cell work, was a startling and sobering reminder to the research community and the public that misconduct can take a heavy human toll – even on people like Sasai, whom by all accounts only had the […]
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1:30 PM | Immunology paper retracted for inappropriate presentation but “no evidence of intentional misconduct”
A paper in Immnunity has been retracted after two separate panels determined some of the figures “inappropriately presented” the data but cleared the team of wrongdoing. However, the original data are now unavailable, according to the notice, so there’s no way to know if the paper’s conclusions are sound. Here’s the notice for “Suppressors of Cytokine […]
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4:00 AM | The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day
By David Hand Synopsis: In The Improbability Principle, the renowned statistician David J. Hand argues that extraordinarily rare events are anything but. In fact, they’re commonplace. Not only that, we should all expect to experience […]
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12:15 AM | The journey of integrating social media and apps in your classroom
We developed our 6 steps pedagogy of blended learning as a way to support the integration of social media and apps in lessons. The integration of social media and apps often happens nowadays though the use of tablets. The last […]test The post The journey of integrating social media and apps in your classroom appeared first on Australian Science.

August 06, 2014

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3:00 PM | Researcher with 25 retractions covered up other fraud, says university
The Japanese endocrinology researcher Shigeaki Kato, with at least 25 retractions to his name, is alleged to have been the ringleader of a scheme to cover up other research misconduct at the University of Tokyo, his former employer, which investigated the activity. According to the Japan Times, Kato and three other colleagues took steps to […]
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1:56 PM | So you want to develop sustainable polymers, do you?
Here's a short description of the polymer production industry and what the challenges of bringing a new polymer into the world.6 plastics dominate: high- and low-density polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate and polyvinyl chloride. They make up 76% of the market. These polymers are produced in factories that cost endless billions of dollars of capital and more are constantly being built around the world.Nobody is going to idle all that capacity without a fight. […]
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1:30 PM | A year after ORI report, hematology journal retracts faked paper
A year after an ORI report discredited the work of former University of Washington in Seattle researcher Andrew Aprikyan, one of the papers named in the report has finally been retracted. Here’s the notice for “Impaired survival of bone marrow hematopoietic progenitor cells in cyclic neutropenia”:  The Editors of Blood retract the above-cited publication. An Office of […]
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4:00 AM | Great Minds: Reflections of 111 Top Scientists
By Balazs Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai, Istvan Hargittai  Synopsis: Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Istvan, Balazs, and Magdolna Hargittai conducted hundreds of interviews with leading scientists in physics, chemistry, materials, and biomedical research. These interviews appeared in a variety […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Adam Rogers
Special thanks to Adam Rogers for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – Proof: The Science of Booze Adam Rogers is the Articles Editor at Wired magazine in San Francisco, where he runs the […]
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12:15 AM | Playing an Instrument Is a Great Workout For Your Brain
Get me a piano teacher, stat! When I was a child, my father, enchanted by the notion that I might someday provide live piano accompaniment to his evening cocktails, signed me up for lessons with a mild-mannered widow who—if memory […]test The post Playing an Instrument Is a Great Workout For Your Brain appeared first on Australian Science.

August 05, 2014

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2:00 PM | Serial figure fakers have expression of concern upgraded to a retraction
Another retraction has appeared up for frequent fliers Jun Li, Kailun Zhang and Jiahong Xia at Huazhong Science and Technology University in Wuhan, China. We’ve covered them twice before, for a variety of retractions, corrections, and expressions of concern. The retraction, in Clinical and Experimental Immunology, upgrades an expression of concern published earlier this year, and is […]
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4:00 AM | Polar Obsession
By Paul Nicklen Synopsis: The Arctic is in Paul Nicklen’s blood. Born and raised on Baffin Island, Nunavut, he grew up in one of the only non-Inuit families in a tiny native settlement amid the […]
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3:10 AM | STAP stem cell co-author commits suicide: Reports
In a stunning and tragic development, a co-author of the now-retracted Nature papers claiming to have found an easy way to create stem cells has committed suicide, according to news reports in Japan. According to the Japan Times, RIKEN deputy director Yoshiki Sasai has died: Hyogo Prefectural Police received a phone call around 9 a.m. […]
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12:15 AM | Case for a rate hike is building – Shadow RBA
The case for the Reserve Bank of Australia to increase interest rates is building, although the central bank should leave rates unchanged after its August board meeting, The Australian National University RBA Shadow Board has found. “New inflation and growth […]test The post Case for a rate hike is building – Shadow RBA appeared first on Australian Science.

August 04, 2014

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8:00 PM | Unearthed: The world’s first retraction
  A lovely birthday gift from reader Leonid Schneider, who also contributes cartoons to Lab Times, where we have a column. Bonus: The world’s first art critic.  
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4:16 PM | The Safety Label
We have monthly safety inspections around here and I am always getting dinged on my labeling. It's quite problematic because in many cases, the chemicals that went into the jars (and their associated hazards) are not the same as what is currently in the jar - they have polymerized and now have a new name and new hazards (or lack thereof). Since it is different people each month making these inspections, each one has their own expectations of what I should have on the safety labels. These […]
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3:00 PM | PLOS ONE retraction notice blames deceased author for image manipulation
A 2011 paper in PLOS ONE has been retracted due to “inappropriately assembled” images. The issues, which were highlighted in a correction in TK, are attributed to the corresponding author, Paola Palozza, who has since passed away. Here’s the notice for “Lycopene Inhibits NF-kB-Mediated IL-8 Expression and Changes Redox and PPARγ Signalling in Cigarette Smoke–Stimulated […]
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12:30 PM | Happy fourth anniversary, Retraction Watch
Yesterday was our fourth birthday. We published our first post, “Why write a blog about retractions?” on August 3, 2010, and the anniversary seems as good a time as any to review where we’ve been. Here were some highlights of the past twelve months: We hired our first intern, Cat Ferguson, thanks to the generosity […]
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4:00 AM | Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
By David Hendy Synopsis: In prehistoric caves, drummers used natural acoustics to recreate natural sound. In classical Europe, orators turned the human voice into a lyrical instrument. In Buddhist temples, the icons’ ears were exaggerated […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Video Interview with Tony De Saulles
I interviewed Tony De Saulles about his work as an illustrator on the The Terrible Truth About Time which is part of the very successful Horrible Science series earlier this year. He was very generous in […]
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12:15 AM | Take a Road Trip with Cyberspace Visionary William Gibson
“I probably worry less about the real future than the average person,” says William Gibson, the man who coined the term “cyberspace” and wrote books like Neuromancer, Idoru, and Pattern Recognition. These have become classics of a science-fiction subgenre branded […]test The post Take a Road Trip with Cyberspace Visionary William Gibson appeared first on Australian Science.

August 03, 2014

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1:30 PM | Anesthesiologist “con man” apologizes for faking cover-up charges against Australian university
It’s not uncommon for scientists accused of wrongdoing — especially if they’re fired for it — to attempt to muddy the waters by claiming that they are being framed because they had threatened to blow the whistle on others.  Some of those stories have more than a grain of truth to them. Here’s one that […]
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4:00 AM | The Art & Science of Shepherding: Tapping the Wisdom of French Herders
Edited by Michel Meuret and Fred Provenza Synopsis: This in-depth, multi-authored work originally published in France takes readers deep into traditional world of shepherds. Far from a nostalgic glimpse into a romanticized lifestyle, this book teaches how […]
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12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
We are around the first Sunday in this exciting month of August. For this occasion, we have selected very interesting stories, but the main focus should be on the frightening fact that our world could suffer a new Ebola epidemic. […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.
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