July 24, 2014

12:15 AM | “The Black Man in the Cosmos”
A pioneer of “Afrofuturism,” bandleader Sun Ra emerged from a traditional swing scene in Alabama, touring the country in his teens as a member of his high school biology teacher’s big band. While attending Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, he […]test The post “The Black Man in the Cosmos” appeared first on Australian Science.

July 23, 2014

10:38 PM | U.S. senator appears to have plagiarized his master’s thesis
A Democratic senator from Montana, John Walsh, is the latest high-profile politician to face plagiarism charges. The New York Times reports: …one of the highest-profile credentials of Mr. Walsh’s 33-year military career appears to have been improperly attained. An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army […]
5:33 PM | Cardiology researcher who admitted to fraud earns four-year funding ban
A researcher who admitted in 2012 to “intentional and systematic manipulation” of data and had two papers retracted has been banned from funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Dennis Rottländer, who will also be returning prize money he was awarded for the research, worked in Uta C. Hoppe’s lab at the University of Cologne. […]
3:41 PM | Patient mix-up sinks prenatal supplement paper
This one seems like an honest mistake: a paper on dietary supplements during pregnancy has been retracted based on an error in data recording. In the BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth paper, “Folic acid supplementation, dietary folate intake during pregnancy and risk for spontaneous preterm delivery: a prospective observational cohort study,” women for whom the researchers had […]
1:30 PM | Duplication earns retraction for nanomaterials paper that had already been corrected
After earning an erratum shortly after publication in 2009, a paper in Applied Physics Letters has now been retracted for the “regrettable mistake” of duplicating an earlier paper by the researchers. Here’s the notice for “Broadband and omnidirectional antireflection from conductive indium-tin-oxide nanocolumns prepared by glancing-angle deposition with nitrogen:” The authors wish to retract this paper 1 due to […]
4:00 AM | 100 Ideas that Changed Photography
By Mary Warner Marien Synopsis: This compelling book chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped photography from the invention of the daguerreotype in the early 19th century up to the digital revolution and beyond. Entertaining and […]
1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Nathalia Holt
Special thanks to Nathalia Holt for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Cured: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science Nathalia Holt is an award-winning research scientist specializing in HIV […]
12:15 AM | Stephen Fry Explains the Rules of Cricket in 10 Animated Videos
Founded in London in 1787, The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) began publishing The Laws of Cricket in 1788, and later became the governing body of the game. More than two centuries later, the MCC has passed governing responsibilities to The […]test The post Stephen Fry Explains the Rules of Cricket in 10 Animated Videos appeared first on Australian Science.

July 22, 2014

3:30 PM | Yogurt to be kidding me: Five articles plagiarized in one retracted paper
After typing up 96 citations, researchers from the National Institute for Digestive Diseases, I.R.C.C.S. “S. de Bellis,” in Bari, Italy, apparently ran out of steam for the last five, earning themselves a retraction for plagiarism in a literature review of the effects of probiotics on intestinal cancer. Here’s the notice for “Intestinal Microbiota, Probiotics and […]
12:39 PM | When was the last time you used a print dictionary?
I used to keep a small dictionary in my bedside table, another in the end table near the couch, one on my home office desk and another on my desk at work. I’m rather particular about looking up... -- Read more on
11:00 AM | Accounting professor faked data for two studies, destroyed evidence: University report
The Bentley University accounting professor whose retraction we first reported on in November 2012 fabricated the data behind two papers, a university investigation has concluded. James E. Hunton, who resigned in December 2012: engaged in research misconduct by fabricating the data underlying Fraud Brainstorming and Tone at the Top… according to a statement from Bentley […]
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