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December 14, 2014

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12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
It’s Sunday! It’s a perfect day for your holiday, relaxation and joy. The good thing about every Sunday is nothing will force you to get up that early in the morning as you do during the working week. Well, that’s […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

December 13, 2014

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2:30 PM | Weekend reads: Maggie Simpson publishes a paper, why correcting the scientific record is hard
On Sunday, tune in to WUSA at 8:30 a.m. Eastern in Washington, DC, or online starting at 9 to see Ivan on BioCenturyTV. (He might just have an exciting announcement to make.) Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Another publisher sting: A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two scientific journals. Here’s […]The post Weekend reads: Maggie Simpson publishes a paper, why correcting the scientific record is hard appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:00 AM | Kids Guide to Exploring Nature (BBG Guides for a Greener Planet)
By Brooklyn Botanic Garden Educators and Illustrated by László Veres Synopsis: This gorgeously illustrated guide will inspire kids to look closely at the world around them! Created by the experts at the renowned Brooklyn Botanic Garden, it teaches […]
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12:15 AM | Scale-up in effective malaria control dramatically reduces deaths
The number of people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, according to the World malaria report 2014. Between 2000 and 2013, the malaria mortality rate decreased by 47% worldwide and by […]test The post Scale-up in effective malaria control dramatically reduces deaths appeared first on Australian Science.

December 12, 2014

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5:48 PM | Bette Midler: "She doesn't let plastic in her house"
Bette Midler was making some outlandish statements recently (it's not as if that is news), and as you might expect, plastics got in the crossfire:"She doesn’t let plastic in her house."That's pretty amazing. I wonder what strange materials she has in her bathroom. Start with the toilet seat. While most are plastic, wood ones are available. Having sat on bare wood toilets on more than one camping trip, I think we can safely assume that she would not subject her derriere (or the derriere of […]
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4:30 PM | PubPeer Selections: Spinal injury, theoretical physics, and inherited fear
This week, PubPeer filed a motion to quash a subpoena demanding that they reveal the names of some of their commenters. Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: “Papers like this one need to be judged against high standards because of the large audience of vulnerable spinal-injury patients desperately seeking hope for their paralysis.” Commenters critique […]The post PubPeer Selections: Spinal injury, theoretical physics, and inherited fear appeared first on […]
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2:30 PM | Revealed: Complaint lodged against Macchiarini, “super-surgeon” under investigation
Retraction Watch has obtained copies of a misconduct complaint filed against surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, who is currently under investigation by the Karolinksa Institute in Stockholm for allegedly downplaying dangers of an experimental surgery, along with other misconduct accusations. We’re posting them here to allow researchers and clinicians to review and perhaps comment on them. The complaint was from four […]The post Revealed: Complaint lodged against […]
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7:47 AM | Second former University of Queensland researcher to appear in court to face fraud charges
Bruce Murdoch, a neuroscientist formerly of the University of Queensland, will appear in court next week to face fraud charges stemming from an investigation that has already led to three retractions and similar charges for one of his colleagues. Here’s the notice from the Crime and Corruption Commission: The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has issued a […]The post Second former University of Queensland researcher to appear in court to face fraud charges appeared […]
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3:00 AM | London’s Sewers
By Paul Dobraszcyk Synopsis: Victorian London was filthy. The city was growing at an exponential rate, and the existing systems of waste disposal could not cope, resulting in a sanitary crisis. The solution was a new […]
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12:17 AM | A Flock of Bird Data Comes to Roost
In the long history of humankind (and animal kind too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. —Attributed to Charles Darwin In 1839 Charles Darwin published his famous account of the 5-year second voyage of the HMS Beagle, describing the flora and fauna he encountered surveying South America and circumnavigating the globe, including the famous Galápagos finches that helped develop much his theory of evolution. Providing his descriptions of […]
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12:15 AM | Unlocking the secrets of stem cell generation
International scientists have carried out the most detailed study of how specialised body cells can be reprogrammed to be like cells from the early embryo. The findings are a major advance in stem cell science and could help usher in […]test The post Unlocking the secrets of stem cell generation appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Sam Kean
Special thanks to Sam Kean for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery Sam […]

December 11, 2014

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11:00 PM | #flashbackfriday: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
#flashbackfriday this week was featured on February 18, 2014. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell is a book that examines how we look at the world. Are obstacles […]
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4:30 PM | Dentistry student loses travel grant for duplicating his own work
The International Association for Dental Research has retracted a student travel award after discovering that the recipient had previously published the work he used to secure the grant, including in an abstract he presented at the same conference last year. The self-plagiarism was uncovered by an anonymous group of students at the Hong Kong University […]The post Dentistry student loses travel grant for duplicating his own work appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Non-renewable resource: Fuel yanks paper for duplication
Fuel, an Elsevier title, has pulled an article on coal pollution because the authors took much of the work from an earlier paper of theirs in another journal. The article, “Co-firing of coal and biomass: Development of a conceptual model for ash formation prediction,” was published in September by a group from Australia and The […]The post Non-renewable resource: Fuel yanks paper for duplication appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:00 AM | The Science of Interstellar
By Kip Thorne Synopsis: A journey through the otherworldly science behind Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film, Interstellar, from executive producer and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage […]
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12:15 AM | Programming, Software Development, Computational Thinking or Coding
No matter the terminology used, right now educators worldwide are attempting to integrate new ways of thinking into the curriculum. This is no easy task, as timetable pressures, teacher training concerns and equipment funding shortages all make introducing a complex […]test The post Programming, Software Development, Computational Thinking or Coding appeared first on Australian Science.

December 10, 2014

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5:56 PM | PubPeer files motion to dismiss Sarkar defamation case
Attorneys representing PubPeer in its defense against a subpoena by cancer researcher Fazlul Sarkar, of Wayne State University in Michigan, have submitted a motion to the Wayne County Circuit Court to quash the matter. Sarkar’s work has appeared on the anonymized post-publication peer review site, and he isn’t happy about it. In October, he sued […]The post PubPeer files motion to dismiss Sarkar defamation case appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:30 PM | Rash decision? Duplicate submission of dermatitis paper leads to publishing ban
A trio of skin specialists in Egypt has lost a 2009 paper in the Indian Journal of Dermatology for duplication. And the journal wasn’t happy about it. The article, “Serum mucosa-associated epithelial chemokine in atopic dermatitis : A specific marker for severity,” came from a group at Ain Shams University in Cairo. According to the […]The post Rash decision? Duplicate submission of dermatitis paper leads to publishing ban appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Paper on controversial stem cell “stamina therapy” retracted
A Korean stem cell journal has retracted a paper on a controversial Italian treatment that involves harvesting stem cells from bone marrow and injecting them back into the patient. “Stamina therapy” has been pitched as a treatment for everything from Parkinson’s disease to coma, based on a U.S. patent application filed in 2010. The Italian […]The post Paper on controversial stem cell “stamina therapy” retracted appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:00 AM | Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking
By Simon Quellen Field Synopsis: When you’re cooking, you’re a chemist! Every time you follow or modify a recipe, you are experimenting with acids and bases, emulsions and suspensions, gels and foams. In your kitchen you […]
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12:15 AM | ANU-CSIRO form new food, agriculture science precinct
The ANU and CSIRO have joined forces in a new collaborative precinct to help build a sustainable future for the environment, agriculture and global food supplies. The National Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Precinct (NAESP) was launched by the Minister for […]test The post ANU-CSIRO form new food, agriculture science precinct appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Christine Kenneally
Special thanks to Christine Kenneally for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures Christine Kenneally is an award-winning journalist […]

December 09, 2014

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5:24 PM | Faking data earns stem cell researcher a ban on federal funding
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has sanctioned Kaushik Deb, a former post-doc at the University of Missouri-Columbia, who “engaged in misconduct in science by intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly” fabricating data in papers in both Science and Nature (which ultimately rejected his manuscript). Deb was big news in 2007, when Science retracted his paper. Articles […]The post Faking data earns stem cell researcher a ban on federal funding appeared first on Retraction […]
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2:30 PM | Italian researcher facing criminal charges notches seventh retraction
Alfredo Fusco, a researcher in Italy under criminal investigation, now has a seventh retraction for manipulated images. Here’s the notice for “Retraction: Identification of new high mobility group A1 associated proteins,” to which not all of the authors agreed: The above article from Proteomics, published online on 19 September 2007 in Wiley Online Library (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pmic.200700148/pdf) and […]The post Italian researcher facing […]
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3:15 AM | George Aranda Reviews 1,411 QI Facts To knock you sideways
Review by George Aranda 1,411 QI Facts To knock you sideways Compiled by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson & James Harkin I’m someone who loves facts. Any chance I have to play a trivia night, I’m […]
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3:00 AM | 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways
by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin  Synopsis: 1,227 QI Facts blew your socks off. 1,339 QI Facts made your jaw drop. Now the QI team return with this year’s groaning sack of astonishment. […]
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12:15 AM | Science Journal Nature Will Make Its Archives Free to View Online (Kind of), Dating Back to 1869
Nature announced that it will make all of its articles free to view, read, and annotate online. That applies to the historic science journal (launched in 1869) and to 48 other scientific journals in Macmillan’s Nature Publishing Group (NPG). Other […]test The post Science Journal Nature Will Make Its Archives Free to View Online (Kind of), Dating Back to 1869 appeared first on Australian Science.

December 08, 2014

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6:15 PM | JCI lymphoma paper retracted after authors can’t find underlying data to explain duplicated bands
A paper in the Journal of Clinical Investigation has been retracted for manipulated images, including duplicated bands in a Western blot. Take a look at figure one to the right and see if you can spot all the doubles. Click here for a more zoomable image. Here’s the notice: The article “Loss of nuclear pro–IL-16 facilitates […]The post JCI lymphoma paper retracted after authors can’t find underlying data to explain duplicated bands appeared first on […]
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3:30 PM | Plagiarism scandal tarnishes student newspaper at Trinity College, Dublin
Irish eyes definitely are not smiling at Trinity College in Dublin, where the campus paper, The University Times, has acknowledged that one of its editors seems to have been a serial plagiarist. According to an editorial in the paper published on Friday: senior management at The University Times became aware that a member of our […]The post Plagiarism scandal tarnishes student newspaper at Trinity College, Dublin appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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