March 25, 2014

11:04 AM | Chemistry cover up
Occasionally our cover art ends up in nice frames and adorns office or corridor walls at various universities. The Leigh group at the University of Manchester took a different approach, however. Take a look at the curtains for their safety showers!  Read more
12:58 AM | The Problem with Greece
Greece’s economic crisis that started at the end of 2009 – which has increased unemployment from 10% (2009) to 27.5% (last quarter of 2013), and decreased GDP in millions of euros from 231.081 (2009) to 182.054 (2013) – has had a moderate negative impact on the country’s R&D and its ability to innovate, compared to other sectors. Spending on research and innovation is stuck at around 0.5%. Given that most research money in Greece comes from the public purse, the […]
12:09 AM | International Conference on Digital Discrimination and Social Networks Online
Recently, I had a chance to attend and participate at the ICUD International Conference: Digital Discrimination and Social Networks that took place takes on March 13 and 14, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The ICUD Project aims to Creatively Unveil hidden [...]testThe post International Conference on Digital Discrimination and Social Networks Online appeared first on Australian Science.

March 24, 2014

7:46 PM | WMO: “No standstill in global warming”
The past year was the six-warmest year on record since temperature records began in 1850. Global average surface temperature in 2013 was 14.5 °C – 0.50 °C above the 1961–1990 average and 0.03 °C above the 2001–2010 average – the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports in its latest statement of the status of the global climate, released today.  Read more
7:39 PM | UK funders get tough on privacy breaches
Leading UK organizations that fund research have threatened to revoke the funding of scientists who determine the identities of participants in medical and genomic studies who had expressed a wish to remain anonymous.  Read more
5:00 PM | Endorsing the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles
We are very pleased to share that NPG has endorsed the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles.  These principles are a synthesis of previous guidelines and have been released by the Data Citation Synthesis Group a collaboration involving CODATA, the Research Data Alliance, members of the Force11 community, publishers and others.  Read more
4:30 PM | How to break out of a scientific career rut part 1: Recognise your reasons
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3:00 PM | Entomologist surprised to find name on now-retracted paper alleging fossils oppose Darwin’s theory of evolution
The Journal of Biology and Life Science, published by the Macrothink Institute, has retracted a paper that claimed “fossil does not provides [sic] the convincing and direct evidences for evolution,” for reasons that they left to us to figure out. The entire notice for “Fossils Evidences (Paleontology) Opposite to Darwin’s Theory,” allegedly written by Md. […]
1:30 PM | Oh, the irony: Paper on “Ethics and Integrity of the Publishing Process” retracted for duplication
In a case whose irony is not lost on those involved, an article about publishing ethics has been retracted because one of the authors re-used material he’d written for an earlier piece. But the authors and the journal’s editors have turned the episode into a learning opportunity. Here’s the notice for “Ethics and Integrity of […]
11:27 AM | Scientific Data’s first publications
Earlier this month, Scientific Data published its first two Data Descriptors. These pre-launch articles recently cleared peer-review and we have decided to publish them before our formal launch in May 2014. They were published using a simplified article template, but they will be transferred to our more feature-rich publication platform in May, and will retain the same citation information and DOIs.  Read more
9:36 AM | Under the covers (Nature revealed) – 20 March 2014
In this week’s Under the covers (Nature revealed) blog, which features weekly interviews with the art team at Nature, Art Director Kelly Krause explains the thinking behind this week’s creative front cover choice on Direction-Selective Ganglion Cells (DSGCs).  Read more
12:15 AM | Reviving Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance”
Physicists from the Australian National University and the University of Queensland have demonstrated a software-based quantum amplifier, which has the potential to expand the use of ultra-secure quantum cryptographic communications. The development could lead to new ways to guarantee security [...]testThe post Reviving Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance” appeared first on Australian Science.

March 23, 2014

1:56 PM | Sir Magdi talks about the glory and threats of science
There is a glorious side to science, to the ability to explain things and make people’s lives better. But there are also pitfalls that many researchers may fall in.  Read more
12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
We have come to the end of one more week and it’s time to summarise what has happened during this week. As usual, the task was quite challenging, but we made it. Here is the review of the most exiting [...]testThe post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

March 22, 2014

1:00 PM | Weekend reads: Impact factor mania, male scientists citing themselves, insecure careers in academia
Another busy week at Retraction Watch, which we kicked off by asking for your support. Have you contributed yet? Here’s what was happening elsewhere on the web: Why does “impact factor mania” persist? Women cite their own work far less often than men do, according to a new study “Universities trade on our hopes, and […]
12:15 AM | Insect’s mating secrets key to protecting Aussie farms
CSIRO scientists are combining micro sensing, sterile insect technology and new insect trapping systems to protect our farms from one of Australia’s most economically damaging pest – the Queensland fruit fly. Although only 8mm in length the Queensland fruit fly, [...]testThe post Insect’s mating secrets key to protecting Aussie farms appeared first on Australian Science.

March 21, 2014

7:03 PM | Sexism charge hits proteomic journal — and you’ll see why
We guess that if you are the fox in charge of the chicken coop, you might be tempted to try to get away with the kind of thing we describe in this post. But here’s an example of why such a  cozy relationship can lead to, well, nutty developments. Coconuts, that is. The Journal of […]
4:49 PM | “I am deeply saddened and disturbed:” Co-author of retracted Nature paper reveals how problems came to light
On Wednesday, we reported on a Nature retraction of a paper whose corresponding author had also had a Cell paper retracted, and had been found to have committed a “violation of academic integrity” by Utrecht University. Today, we present the back story of how those retractions came to be, from another co-author of both papers, […]
2:27 PM | Blogroll: The human element
Editor’s note: As we continue to invite bloggers out there in the wild to compose our monthly Blogroll column, Vittorio Saggiomo penned the April 2014 column.  Read more
2:10 PM | A Friday Morning Fight
While Sir Elton John may think that Saturday Night is Alright for Fighting, I think Friday morning is fine too. And what better topic than the always controversial glass transition? ACS Macro Letters just published "When Doe a Glass Transition Temperature Not Signify a Glass Transition", so you can see that this battle is ready to go from the bell.Over in one corner we have the defending champion of the world, dilatometric techniques. Pull out your old PChem book (or just take my word on it) […]
12:15 PM | In Memory of Dr Nicole Muller-Bérat Killman 1932-2014
It was with great sadness and shock that I learnt of the death of Dr Nicole Muller-Bérat Killman, Editor-in-Chief for our journal Leukemia. Nicole died on February 23rd 2014 at the age of 82.  Read more
11:54 AM | Controversial paper linking conspiracy ideation to climate change skepticism formally retracted
A year after being clumsily removed from the web following complaints, a controversial paper about “the possible role of conspiracist ideation in the rejection of science” is being retracted. The paper, “Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation,” was authored by Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, Klaus Oberauer, and […]
10:20 AM | Naked Neuroscience: Dr Hannah Critchlow reflects on educating the public about Neuroscience
Dr Hannah Critchlow is a neuroscientist with a background in neuropsychiatry. She currently strips down the brain with the BBC broadcast Naked Scientists. Using radio, on-line channels and live events she designs, produces and presents a neuroscience-focused, interactive multimedia experience for the public.  Read more
9:00 AM | Selling for scientists
Many scientists cringe when they hear the word “selling.”  In our academic culture, we are taught that our technical work should speak for itself. “Selling” implies persuasion and potentially intentional distortion with (heaven forbid!) a monetary (and not an intellectual) goal. As “proper” scientists, we feel that “selling” is not only debasing but also a bit dirty.  Read more
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