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February 13, 2015

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2:30 PM | Cry me a retraction: Scientists pull Cry protein paper for irreproducibility
A paper on the biological insecticide Cry protein — most famously produced by genetically modified “Bt” corn — has been retracted because the authors couldn’t reproduce the findings. The initial paper concluded that their modified gene produced a Cry protein that was significantly more toxic than the one currently spliced into food crops to make them resistant […]The post Cry me a retraction: Scientists pull Cry protein paper for irreproducibility […]
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3:00 AM | Syntactic Structures
By Noam Chomsky Synopsis: Noam Chomsky’s first book on syntactic structures is one of the first serious attempts on the part of a linguist to construct within the tradition of scientific theory-construction a comprehensive theory of […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Tony Horwitz
Special thanks to Tony Horwitz for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – BOOM: Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush That Could Change America Forever Tony is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate […]
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12:00 AM | Prepreg Market by Type of Fiber Reinforcement (Glass fiber, Carbon fiber, Aramid fiber), by Types of Resin (Thermoset, Thermoplastics), by Manufacturing Process (Hot melt, Solvent Dip), by Applications (Wind, Aerospace, Automotive, Sporting goods, Electronics (PCB) etc.) and by Region - Global Trends and Forecasts to 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
Prepreg is impregnation of reinforcement fabric with resin system before fabricating into parts. Most common reinforcements used for prepreg are glass, carbon and aramid fibers, whereas, either thermoset or thermoplastic resin system is used in prepreg manufacturing. Solution coating and hot melt coating are two processes by which prepregs are produced. Prepreg composites materials are now days widely used in end user markets such as aerospace, wind, sporting goods, automotive, Electronics […]
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12:00 AM | Human Augmentation Market by Product (In-Built Augmentation and Wearable Augmentation), Application (Medical, Defense, Industrial), & Geography - Global Forecast to 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The “human augmentation”, also known as “human enhancement”, basically focuses on creating cognitive and physical improvements in the human body. A basic example that can be cited is the usage of the active control systems to create limb prosthetics in order to exceed the human performance. This market works on techniques that are not only limited to treating illnesses and disability, but also for enhancing human characteristics and capacities. Human Augmentation Market […]
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12:00 AM | Basalt Fiber Market by Type (Continuous and Discrete), By Application (Building & Construction, Automotive, Wind Energy, Electronics, Marine, and others), and By Region - Global Trends and Forecasts to 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
Basalt fiber is made up of fine fibers of basalt, which is composed of the minerals plagioclase, pyroxene and olivine. It is used as a fireproof textile in the aerospace and automotive industries. This report includes applications of basalt fiber that are construction, transportation, and electronics. It has higher oxidation resistance, higher radiation resistance, higher compression strength, and higher shears strength....
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12:00 AM | Automotive Axle & Propeller Shaft Market by Position (Front & Rear), Axle Type (Live, Dead, & Tandem), Propeller Shaft Type (Front, Rear, & Inter-axle), Material (Alloy & Carbon Fiber), & by Region– Forecast and Analysis to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
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12:00 AM | Automotive Interior Components Market by Product (Cockpit Module, Seat, Door Panels, Infotainment System, Lighting & Headliner), Application (PC, LCV & HCV) And by Region (Asia-Oceania, North America, Europe & ROW ) - Global Forecasts & Analysis to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
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12:00 AM | Digital PCR (dPCR) and qPCR Market by Technology, Product (Instruments, Reagents, Software), End User (Research Lab, Academia, Hospitals, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Cos, CROs), Application (Research, Diagnostic, Forensic) Global Forecast to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
Growing geriatric population, technological advancements, rising incidence of infectious diseases and genetic disorders, and increased public-private investments, funds, and grants are some of the key factors that are fuelling the growth of the global digital PCR (dPCR) and qPCR market. However, high cost of dPCR instruments, and limitations of qPCR and dPCR techniques are some of the key factors hampering the growth of this market. Furthermore, growing market penetration in emerging countries […]
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12:00 AM | Sludge Treatment Chemicals Market, by Type (Flocculants, Coagulants, Disinfectants, Others), Application (Oil & Gas, Metal Processing, Food & Beverage, Pulp & Paper, Chemicals, Electronics), and Region - Trends & Forecasts to 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
Industrial sludge is a bi-product from treatment of wastewater at any traditional wastewater treatment plant. The industrial sludge contains pathogens, chemical constituents and other microorganisms. Sludge must be handled with care to avoid contact with pathogens. Sludge might be contaminated with heavy metals and other pollutants, particularly when industrial wastes are disposed into the sewer. Pre-treatment of industrial wastes is hence essential before discharge to the sewer. Treatment of […]
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12:00 AM | Compressor Control System Market by Controlling Component (PLC and SCADA), Application (Oil & Gas, Refining, Petrochemical, Power Generation, Metal & Mining, and Fertilizer), & Geography - Analysis & Forecast to 2014 - 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The compressor control system has become a central component in many industrial processes. Compressors are rotating machineries which can be found in huge manufacturing plants as well as small mechanical shops. Broadly, they can be classified into four types; rotary, reciprocating, centrifugal, and axial. The compressor control system market is expected to reach $5.05 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 6.37% between 2014 and 2020....
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12:00 AM | FRP/GRP/GRE Pipe Market by Type of Resin (Polyster, Polyurethane, Epoxy, Others), by Fiber Type (Glass Fiber, Carbon Fiber), by Application (Oil And Gas, Sewage Pipe, Irrigation and Others) & by Region - Global Trend and Forecasts to 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
Global FRP Pipe market showed huge opportunities as momentous demands from end application industries such as oil & gas, water & wastewater, chemical, and others. Oil and Gas is the major industry for FRP pipes market for use in transmission network, flow lines, well-interventions, etc. These rapidly increasing demands from various application industries are generating many exciting new markets opportunities for FRP pipes. Major types of FRP pipes include Polyester, Polyurethane, Epoxy […]

February 12, 2015

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11:00 PM | #flashbackfriday: The Global Garden
#flashbackfriday this week was featured on September 23, 2013. The Global Garden by By Kate Petty, Jennie Maizels and Corina Fletcher, which won the 2006 Junior Aventis Prize for Science Books, which is now the Royal Society Young […]
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4:30 PM | First cut is the deepest: paper on incisional hernia sliced for duplication
The authors of a 2014 paper in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons about incisional hernia have lost their article for being a duplicate submission. The paper, “Impact on Quality of Life of Using an Onlay Mesh to Prevent Incisional Hernia in Midline Laparotomy: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” came from a group at […]The post First cut is the deepest: paper on incisional hernia sliced for duplication appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Publisher and uni go head to head over disputed images in diabetes papers
The State University of Campinas and the American Diabetes Association disagree strongly over how to handle disputed images from faculty member Mario Saad, who is suing the ADA to prevent retraction of his papers. While the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) acknowledges that 2 of Saad’s papers contain “mistakes”, it concluded there was “not an intention […]The post Publisher and uni go head to head over disputed images in diabetes papers appeared first […]
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3:00 AM | Headhunters: The Search for a Science of the Mind
By Ben Shephard Synopsis: How did the human brain evolve? Why did it evolve as it did? What is man’s place in evolution? In the final decades of the nineteenth century, these questions began to occupy […]
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12:00 AM | Sarah Keenihan Reviews Severed: A history of heads lost and heads found
Review by Sarah Keenihan Severed – A history of heads lost and heads found By Frances Larson Author’s Homepage: http://franceslarson.com Author’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrancesRLarson At the risk of appearing macabre, I’ll admit that heads have been on my […]
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12:00 AM | Cloud Applications Market by Type (Analytics, CRM, Finance and Accounting, Content management, Collaboration, eCommerce, HCM, ERP, PPM, Procurement and Distribution, Legal and Risk Management, Other Applications) – Global Forecast to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
Cloud applications are of significant importance as these services offer crucial benefits to enterprises such as standardized business process and optimized capital expenditures and maintenance costs. It also makes an enterprise more dynamic which is need of the hour at times of changing business requirements. Along with these benefits, there are certain issues which need to be discussed in detail such as data security, and migration....
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12:00 AM | Core Materials Market for Composites by Type (Foam, Balsa, Honeycomb), By End-User Industries (Wind, Marine, Aerospace and Defense, Construction, Automotive, and Others) & Region - Trends & Forecast till 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
This study estimates the global core materials market by the end of 2020. This market research study provides detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis of the global core materials market. The report provides a comprehensive review of major market drivers, restraints, opportunities, winning imperatives, challenges, and key issues in the market. The market is further segmented and forecasted for major regions, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. Major countries with […]
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12:00 AM | Subsea Control Systems Market by Types (Underwater and Topside), Application (Production, Processing & Others), Components (SCM, Umbilical Termination Assembly, Umbilical, MCS, Sensors, & Others) & by Region- Global Trends and Forecasts to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
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February 11, 2015

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5:02 PM | RW cited in scientist’s $8 million suit against university
Maybe the polar vortex is to blame (chilling effect, and all), but it must be lawsuit season! First it was Mario Saad, who sued the American Diabetes Association to prevent them from retracting his papers in flagship journal Diabetes. Now Rakesh Kumar is getting in on the action. According to George Washington University student paper the GW Hatchet, […]The post RW cited in scientist’s $8 million suit against university appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:34 PM | The Plastic Number
Yesterday I stumbled upon something new - The Plastic Number. This does not refer to the recycling numbers (1-7) on plastics items, but instead is a mathematical constant. Given the symbol P, it is an irrational number, P = 1.324717957244746025960908854... It's closely related to its more famous cousin, the Golden Ratio, φ = 1.6180339887498948482...For instance, the Golden Ratio squared is equal to the Golden Ratio itself plus 1. For the Plastic Number, the Plastic Number cubed is equal to […]
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2:30 PM | Math paper subtracted for plagiarism
ISPACS’ Journal of Nonlinear Analysis and Application, whose website promises “very fast publication,” has pulled a paper for ripping off an article posted on arXiv.org. Their plagiarism wasn’t exactly subtle. Here’s the abstract from the paper on arXiv.org: We introduce and study the class of weak almost limited operators. We establish a characterization of pairs of Banach […]The post Math paper subtracted for plagiarism appeared first on […]
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3:00 AM | Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found
By Frances Larson Synopsis: A serious and seriously entertaining exploration of the dark and varied obsessions that the “civilized West” has had with decapitated heads and skulls. The human head is exceptional. It accommodates four of […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Christine McKinley
Special thanks to Christine McKinley for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer, musician, and author. Her […]
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12:00 AM | Biocatalysis & Biocatalysts Market By Type (Hydrolases, Oxidoreductases, Transferases, And Others), Application (Food & Beverages, Cleaning Agents, Agriculture & Feed, Biofuel Production, Biopharmaceuticals, And Others), And Geography - Forecast Till 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
Biocatalysts are widely used in the food and beverage industry since several years as food enzymes for instance in dairy products, bakery, and beverages. Biocatalysts may be of different types and are used in various applications. Protease and amylases are widely used to remove food related stains. These enzymes have applications in both food & beverage and laundry detergent industry. Enzymes such as lipases and peroxidase are used in the personal care industry as they have anti-microbial […]
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12:00 AM | Plastic Films & Sheets Market, by Type (LLDPE, LDPE, HDPE, BOPP, CPP, PVC, PES, PA), Applications (Packaging & Non-Packaging) And Geography (North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and RoW)- Global Trends & Forecast to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
The plastic films and sheets market is expected to grow at a decent pace during the coming decade driven by its increasing application in food and pharmaceutical packaging. Plastic films and sheets are primarily made of polyethylene and polypropylene. The increasing disposable of the consumers together with the growing demand for packaged food is driving the market for plastic films & sheets. The plastic films & sheets market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.0% between 2014 and 2019 […]
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12:00 AM | Polymer Nanocomposites Market by Type (Carbon nanotube, Metal Oxide, Nanofiber, Nanoclay, Graphene and others), by Application (Packaging, Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Electronics & Semiconductor, Energy, Coatings and others), and by Region - Trends and Forecasts to 2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
Asia-Pacific is the largest consumer of polymer nanocomposites. Among all the countries in this region, China, Japan and India are important consumers of polymer nanocomposites. China held the largest share in the regional consumption in terms of volume in 2014. The market size in terms of volume is comparatively low in the RoW, but is estimated to have a developing CAGR between 2015 and 2020. ...
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12:00 AM | Alginates & Derivatives Market by Type (Sodium Alginate, Calcium Alginate, Potassium Alginate, PGA, Others), Application (Food & Beverage, Industrial, Pharmaceuticals, Others), & by Region - Global Trends & Forecast to 2019 ..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
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12:00 AM | Photovoltaics Market By Type (Organic PV, Inorganic PV), Component (Crystalline Silicon PV Cells, Thin Film PV Cells, Modules, Optics, Trackers), Application (Residential, Non-Residential And Utility) & Geography Analysis and Forecasts to 2013-2020..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
Photovoltaic (PV) systems are used to convert sunlight into electricity. They are safe, reliable, incur less operating costs, and are easy to install. The growing concerns about climate change and alternative sources of energy have led to the significant growth of the photovoltaic market. Incentives and funding provided by the government towards the adoption of solar energy to generate electricity have further added to this growth....
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