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September 26, 2014

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12:15 AM | A Brief Talk with Andrea Morello, a Leading Australian Quantum Physicist
Let us introduce you a leading Australian quantum physicist and probably one of the most promising scientists in the world. His name is Andrea Morello. He is an electrical engineer and a quantum physicist. At the moment he is Associate […]test The post A Brief Talk with Andrea Morello, a Leading Australian Quantum Physicist appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | #flashbackfriday Science Book a Day Interviews Daniella Martin
This week’s #flashbackfriday is from January 23, 2014. It is an interview that we did with Daniella Martin, who answered 5 questions about her featured book – Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last […]

September 25, 2014

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3:30 PM | Downstream effects: Comment on retracted narcolepsy paper retracted
The recent retraction of a paper in Science Translational Medicine reporting “one of the biggest things to happen” in narcolepsy research has claimed a bystander: A letter that commented on the no-longer-landmark article. The authors of the letter are with GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine division. Here’s the new notice: Our Letter “Comment on ‘CD4+ T cell autoimmunity […]
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1:30 PM | Data questions prompt retraction of PLOS ONE cardiovascular paper
PLoS One has retracted a 2013 article on atherosclerosis in mice over concerns about the integrity of the data. The paper, “The Effect of Soluble RAGE on Inhibition of Angiotensin II-Mediated Atherosclerosis in Apolipoprotein E Deficient Mice,” came from a group of researchers in South Korea. It purported to show that: partical (sic) blockade of […]
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4:00 AM | The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature
By Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain Synopsis: Discover fun facts about the natural world in the company of the Berenstain Bears and their friend, Professor Actual Factual, the foremost bear scientist of his time! This treasury […]
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12:15 AM | Let’s Learn Japanese: Two Classic Video Series to Get You Started in the Language
Say the name “Yan-san” to anyone who’s studied Japanese in the last thirty years, and you’ll probably get a reaction of delighted recognition. It means that, inside or outside the classroom, they studied with Let’s Learn Japanese, a series of […]test The post Let’s Learn Japanese: Two Classic Video Series to Get You Started in the Language appeared first on Australian Science.

September 24, 2014

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3:33 PM | Tools for evaluating scholarly journals
In an information-rich age, one of my main functions as a librarian isn’t helping people find material, but helping them evaluate the material they find. In the past, I’ve discussed how publishers... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:30 PM | “Wide differences in the memories” prompt expression of concern for Poldermans paper
The European Heart Journal has issued an expression of concern for a 2014 2001 paper by Don Poldermans, the Dutch heart researcher who stepped down from his post at Erasmus University after being accused of misconduct. The article, “Bisoprolol reduces cardiac death and myocardial infarction in high-risk patients as long as 2 years after successful […]
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1:30 PM | Retraction, tell-all style, for breast cancer radiology paper
Here at Retraction Watch, we don’t believe in the expression “TMI.” But this case features a level of detail we’re not sure we’ve seen before. Acta Radiologica has pulled a 2012 article on breast cancer imaging for being a duplicate publication — a sin the retraction notice takes great pains to point out. The notice, […]
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4:00 AM | Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions
By New Scientist and Mick O’Hare Synopsis: Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? is the latest compilation of readers’ answers to the questions in the ‘Last Word’ column of New Scientist, the world’s best-selling science weekly. Following the phenomenal […]
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3:00 AM | All systems go at ICSB 2014 and the Great GigaScience and Galaxy (G3) workshop
The 2014 International Conference on Systems Biology (ICSB) was hosted in Australia’s most livable city and event, sport, culture and food capital – that is Melbourne, with GigaScience being proud to be one of the media partners. Stem cell biology was a major theme on the first day, and kicked off to a strong start with Huck Hui Ng (Executive Director  of the Genome Institute of Singapore) giving a great overview of stem cell systems biology. Ng explained how his lab has set […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Fred Provenza and Michel Meuret
Special thanks to Fred Provenza and Michel Meuret for answering 5 questions about the book they edited together which was recently featured – The Art & Science of Shepherding: Tapping the Wisdom of French Herders Fred […]
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12:15 AM | Building trust is key to mining’s ‘social licence’
Australians have endorsed the important role mining plays in the prosperity of the nation but there is still much to be done to bolster the industry’s acceptance, trust and support, according to a CSIRO report released today. Released at the […]test The post Building trust is key to mining’s ‘social licence’ appeared first on Australian Science.

September 23, 2014

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3:04 PM | PubPeer Selections: Was a Nature correction adequate?; Use of samples from patients with COPD questioned
Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: Was a Nature correction to a 2008 paper enough? “This might be a bit disappointing for the patients whose macrophages don’t seem to have been used for anything that is going to advance COPD patient care,” says a commenter about a 2011 Journal of Clinical Investigation paper. A commenter […]
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1:39 PM | Hepatology issues corrections in two papers from Pitt liver group
 A group of liver researchers from the University of Pittsburgh has earned a pair of corrections in Hepatology for image problems. The team was led by George K. Michalopoulos, chair of the department of pathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. One article, “Excessive hepatomegaly of mice with hepatocyte-targeted elimination of integrin linked kinase […]
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1:00 AM | ADHD Does Not Exist
By Richard Saul Synopsis: In this groundbreaking and controversial book, behavioral neurologist Dr. Richard Saul draws on five decades of experience treating thousands of patients labeled with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder—one of the fastest growing […]
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12:15 AM | Global carbon dioxide emissions reached 36 billion tonnes in 2013
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from the combustion of fossil fuels reached a new record of 36 billion tonnes last year. At the same time, the pace of emissions from burning fossil fuels continues to grow at a high rate. […]test The post Global carbon dioxide emissions reached 36 billion tonnes in 2013 appeared first on Australian Science.
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