July 25, 2014

12:00 AM | #flashbackfriday Science Book a Day Interviews Martin Kemp
This week’s #flashbackfriday is from October 25, 2013. It is an interview that we did with Martin Kemp, who answered 5 questions about his featured book – The Human Animal in Western Art and Science. Make sure you check […]

July 24, 2014

5:33 PM | Meet the Science in Action Finalists, Part 1: Preventing damage from earthquakes, modular house plan for water conservation, and a frictionless electricity generator
On August 6, the winner of the third annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award powered by the Google Science Fair, will be announced. In this blog series we ask the students behind... -- Read more on
3:00 PM | “Lack of experience and understanding” forces duplication retractions of liver cancer paper
A group of researchers in China has lost their paper on liver cancer after the first author admitted to duplication, also known, inelegantly, as self-plagiarism. The paper, “Glycyrrhetinic acid-modified chitosan nanoparticles enhanced the effect of 5-fluorouracil in murine liver cancer model via regulatory T-cells,” appeared in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of Drug […]
2:00 PM | 12 delightful resources for word nerds everywhere
My recent post about specialized dictionaries got me thinking about the fun books and sites I have encountered about words and language. I thought I would share a slightly off-topic post about my... -- Read more on
12:30 PM | Incorrect analysis leads to Nature’s sixth retraction in 2014
In what seems to be an example of researchers swiftly and transparently correcting the literature, and acknowledging errors, a pair of scientists have retracted a 2013 paper from Nature. Here’s the retraction notice for “Genomic organization of human transcription initiation complexes,” by Bryan Venters and Frank Pugh: We reported the presence of degenerate versions of […]
4:00 AM | Galactic Energies: Science fiction and fantasy short stories
By Luca Rossi Synopsis: The artificial intelligences of DataCom are trying to save the planet… by exterminating the human race. Aurelia finds her perfect man: a robot. The space explorer Captain Arcot sacrifices his life for an impossible conquest, […]
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 […]
4:00 AM | First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
By James R Hansen Synopsis: Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, First Man by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse into the life of America’s most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong—the man whose “one small […]
12:15 AM | New material puts a twist in light
A team from the Research School of Physics and Engineering have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics. A […]test The post New material puts a twist in light appeared first on Australian Science.

July 21, 2014

11:03 PM | Guest posting: Optical Mapping allows comprehensiveness and scalability that modern sequencing cannot provide
Shedding light on what the Optical Mapping System can provide for genome analysis, here we present a guest posting from optical mapping pioneer and developer (and GigaScience Editorial Board Member), David C. Schwartz, who is a Professor of Chemistry and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Taking the Google Maps approach: providing comprehensive, scalable worldviews We use maps in our daily lives to get around town and to explore new places, and Google mapping software has almost […]
7:55 PM | Publishing gadfly demands journal editor’s resignation, then has “fairly incomprehensible” paper rejected
A scientific publishing gadfly who was banned earlier this year from an Elsevier journal for “personal attacks and threats” has had a paper rejected by a Springer journal after he called for the editor’s resignation because of alleged incompetence. As detailed in a comment left at Retraction Watch, Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva submitted a […]
3:30 PM | Editorial mix-up leads to duplication, retraction of physics paper
A missed withdrawal request has ed to doubled up publication and a later retraction for Brazilian physicists, through no fault of their own. “Atmospheric Plasma Treatment of Carbon Fibers for Enhancement of Their Adhesion Properties” was presented at an Institute of Physics (IOP) conference in 2010. The proceedings weren’t published until May 2014. In the […]
1:30 PM | Boeing engineer has two papers retracted for duplication
The editor of the Journal of Sound and Vibration has retracted two papers by a Boeing engineer because the author reused his previous work. Here’s the notice for “A component-based model for aircraft landing gear noise prediction,” by Yueping Guo: This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier policy on article withdrawal ( This article […]
4:00 AM | Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel
By Jason Padgett and Maureen Seaberg Synopsis: The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary gift. No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. […]
2:58 AM | Why Tattoos Are Permanent?
For the last three decades my right ankle has been the site of a deeply botched tattoo. It was supposed to be a yin yang, but with every passing year, it looks more and more like a cancerous mole. The […]test The post Why Tattoos Are Permanent? appeared first on Australian Science.
1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Darian Leader
Special thanks to Darian Leader for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Strictly Bipolar Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and author. His books include Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us […]

July 20, 2014

4:00 AM | Darwin’s Radio
By Greg Bear Synopsis: Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again–or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory […]
12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
Here we have a new great opportunity to present you the breaking stories of this week. We would proudly like to mention the things as follows. Firstly, did you know that mind reading technologies are becoming our reality? Sure you […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

July 19, 2014

2:06 PM | Weekend reads: How to fix “slow,” “unhelpful,” and “generally awful” peer review, where all the PhDs go
Another busy week at Retraction Watch, but there was lots happening elsewhere, too: “Peer review is slow. It’s unhelpful. It’s generally awful. Here’s how to fix it,” from Rebecca Schuman in Slate. “Most science, technology, engineering, and math degree-holders seek jobs unrelated to their academic disciplines,” The Scientist reports. Related: Lenny Teytelman bemoans the terrible […]
4:00 AM | Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler
By Philip Ball Synopsis: Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any ‘Jewish ideas’, many others made compromises and concessions as they continued […]
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