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June 30, 2014

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4:00 AM | The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought
By David Adam Synopsis: This book offers an intimate look at the power of intrusive thoughts, how our brains can turn against us and what it means to live with obsessive compulsive disorder. Have you ever […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Christiane Dorion
Special thanks to Christiane Dorion for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – How Animals Live I was born in a beautiful part of the world, Quebec City, Canada. From a very young age, […]
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12:15 AM | The Best of Australian Science: June 2014
It’s the end of June, 2014. It’s our time to summarise what we have done during this month. In fact, we are going to recount the best highlights for June. Here are the most exciting and interesting articles of this […]test The post The Best of Australian Science: June 2014 appeared first on Australian Science.

June 29, 2014

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9:40 AM | Interview: Henry Story, a Social Web architect and Polymath
Henry Story studied Analytic Philosophy at Kings College London, Computing at Imperial College, worked for AltaVista where he developed the BabelFish machine translation service, worked at Sun Microsystems on Blogging platforms and the development of the Social Web where he […]test The post Interview: Henry Story, a Social Web architect and Polymath appeared first on Australian Science.
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4:00 AM | The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think
By Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods Synopsis: Brian Hare, dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offer revolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and the interior lives of […]
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12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
Here we are at the end of one more impressive scientific week. The things appear as quite dramatic in this weekly review. Have you ever tried to imagine how that would work if you could experience a time freeze effect? […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

June 28, 2014

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1:30 PM | Weekend reads: Academics go to court, hijacked journals
Another busy week at Retraction Watch, with Ivan in Seoul speaking on research integrity at the Korean Medical Association conference. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: A UCLA chemistry professor struck a plea bargain to avoid jail time following the death of a research assistant in a lab fire. “It’s an important case because it is […]
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12:42 PM | Introduction to open peer review
Last post we talked about traditional peer review, which is at least single-blinded. This time we will focus on Open Peer Review (OPR). The narrowest way to describe OPR is as a process in which the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Editorial (2006). Peer review on trial, Nature, 441 (7094) 668-668. DOI: 10.1038/441668a

Faulkes, Z. (2014). The Vacuum Shouts Back: Postpublication Peer Review on Social Media, Neuron, 82 (2) 258-260. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.03.032

Ford, E. (2013). Defining and Characterizing Open Peer Review: A Review of the Literature, Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 44 (4) 311-326. DOI: 10.3138/jsp.44-4-001

Pöschl U (2012). Multi-stage open peer review: scientific evaluation integrating the strengths of traditional peer review with the virtues of transparency and self-regulation., Frontiers in computational neuroscience, 6 33. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22783183

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4:13 AM | Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing “Hoax”
By Philip Plait Synopsis: Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing “Hoax” is a non-fiction book by the American astronomer Phil Plait, also known as “the Bad Astronomer”. The book was published in […]
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12:15 AM | Leo Tolstoy’s Family Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese
In 1874, Stepan Andreevich Bers published The Cookbook and gave it as a gift to his sister, countess Sophia Andreevna Tolstaya, the wife of the great Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy. The book contained a collection of Tolstoy family recipes, the […]test The post Leo Tolstoy’s Family Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese appeared first on Australian Science.

June 27, 2014

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10:41 PM | Strengthening communities through competition
Community bioinformatics challenges help drive methods development.  Read more
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10:36 PM | The Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation (CAMI) competition
Alice McHardy, Alex Sczyrba and Thomas Rattei announce a new initiative for assessing metagenomics methods in this guest post.  Read more
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3:00 PM | Wayward “contractor” prompts expression of concern for PLoS ONE paper on cancer cells
The editors of PLoS ONE have issued an Expression of Concern (which seems likely to become a retraction) for a 2014 paper by a group of researchers in China who claim to have been led astray by a contractor hired to “edit the language” of the report. The article, “Arsenic Sulfide Promotes Apoptosis in Retinoid […]
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12:30 PM | Chemistry paper in Science earns expression of concern for unreliable data
A 2011 paper in Science has been subjected to an expression of concern come and has led to an investigation by the Texas university where the work was done. Here’s the expression of concern, signed by Science editor in chief Marcia McNutt (and paywalled): In the 16 September 2011 issue, Science published the Report “Unclicking […]
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10:37 AM | The Vaccination Debate: Answers to Common Questions about Vaccination Safety
Vaccinations are not mandatory in Australia, yet it is relatively standard for most children to be vaccinated against diseases such as polio, hepatitis and meningitis. However, in recent years questions have been raised about whether the problems outweigh the advantages […]test The post The Vaccination Debate: Answers to Common Questions about Vaccination Safety appeared first on Australian Science.
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4:00 AM | The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
By James D Watson Synopsis: The classic personal account of Watson and Crick’s groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA. By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Gina Perry
Special thanks to Gina Perry for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Behind the Shock Machine: the untold story of the notorious Milgram psychology experiments Gina Perry is an Australian psychologist and writer. […]
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12:15 AM | A Brief Overview of Strategic Intelligence
We live in a world driven by hyper-competition where the supply of businesses exceeds the demand. In order for an organisation to survive in such an aggressively competitive environment, a better understanding of its competition and competitive forces that affect […]test The post A Brief Overview of Strategic Intelligence appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | #flashbackfriday: Letters to a Young Scientist
This is a new posting category that I’m putting in. Now we’ve got over 1 year of posts, I think it would be good to remind ourselves of some of the books we’ve had in that […]

June 26, 2014

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4:15 PM | Republished Seralini GMO-rat study was not peer-reviewed, says editor
In our coverage Tuesday of the republication of the controversial retracted study of GMOs and rats by Gilles Seralini and colleagues, we wrote this about a strange passage in an editor’s note on the paper: The republished study was peer-reviewed, according to the press materials, and Seralini confirmed that it was in an email to […]
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12:13 PM | Alleged Medicare cheat loses paper for data mix-up
A Boston doctor indicted on charges of Medicare fraud in 2007 has had a paper relating to the case retracted this month. Abdul Razzaque Ahmed was considered something of a miracle worker by his patients, treating two rare and disfiguring skin conditions called pemphigoid and pemphigus vulgaris. He used more powerful medicines than the typical course […]
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4:00 AM | Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
By M E Thomas Synopsis: As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, we are your neighbors, co-workers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are […]
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12:15 AM | New Dean for ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
Quantum optics specialist and ANU alumna Professor Elanor Huntington has been appointed Dean of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS). Professor Huntington is the current Head of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW Canberra, […]test The post New Dean for ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science appeared first on Australian Science.

June 25, 2014

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3:00 PM | Don’t walk this way: Stalking paper halted for plagiarism
Pro tip: If you’re going to write about stalking, it’s probably best if you don’t get too close to your material. That’s a lesson a group of researchers in Italy was forced to learn the hard way. They lost their 2013 article in Medicine, Science and the Law for being too similar to a 2008 […]
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1:45 PM | Upcycling PET Bottles - Roof Applications
While the ubiquitous PET bottles used for water or pop often get a bad rap, the used bottles are being upcycled in poorer parts of the world as part of roofs. I have two recent examples which are very different. The first uses the bottles as an internal light source. The bottles are filled with water (a touch of bleach to prevent microbial growth) and then placed in a hole cut into the metal roofing material. After being sealed into place, sunlight is collected by the upper part of the bottle […]
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1:30 PM | Cancer researcher facing criminal inquiry up to six retractions
Alfredo Fusco, who is under criminal investigation in Italy for scientific fraud, has had two more papers retracted. Both are in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC). Here are the two studies: “Homeodomain-interacting protein kinase-2 stabilizes p27kip1 by its phosphorylation at serine 10 and contributes to cell motility,” a 2011 paper cited three times, according […]
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4:00 AM | Diary of a Wombat
By Jackie French (Author) and Bruce Whatley (Illustrator) Synopsis: Wombats are cuddly-looking, slow-moving Australian animals. Their favorite activities are eating, sleeping, and digging holes. Here, in the words of one unusually articulate wombat, is the tongue-in-cheek […]
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12:47 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Beverley Young
Special thanks to Beverley Young for answering 5 questions about her illustrations of the recently featured book – How Animals Live I am a freelance illustrator living and working in Cornwall. I studied at Falmouth […]
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12:15 AM | Bush Capital could lose its old trees
The bush capital is losing its large old native trees so fast it may have none left within 120 years, an ANU study has found. Researchers have surveyed trees in green spaces across Canberra and projected their future numbers. “We […]test The post Bush Capital could lose its old trees appeared first on Australian Science.

June 24, 2014

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3:30 PM | Physicists with retraction for a “pattern that was unphysical” lose another for manipulation
In September, we wrote about the retraction of a physics paper for “a pattern that was unphysical.” The team, whose first author, R.K. Singhal refused to sign the notice, has had another paper retracted, this one in the Journal of Applied Physics. Here’s the notice for “Study of electronic structure and magnetization correlations in hydrogenated […]
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