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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A paper in the Journal of Clinical Investigation has been retracted for manipulated images, including duplicated bands in a Western blot.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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2:30 PM | Phantom authorship forces retraction of electron paper
Ultramicroscopy has retracted a paper it published earlier this year after the corresponding author admitted to submitting the paper without the consent of his colleagues. The article, “The post-peak spectra in electron energy loss near edge structure,” came from a group led by one Feng Tian, a materials scientist at Shanghai University for Science and […]The post Phantom authorship forces retraction of electron paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:00 AM | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
By Yuval Noah Harari Synopsis: 100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our […]
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12:15 AM | Ancient engravings rewrite human history
An international team of scientists has discovered the earliest known engravings from human ancestors on a 400,000 year-old fossilised shell from Java. The discovery is the earliest known example of ancient humans deliberately creating pattern. “It rewrites human history,” said […]test The post Ancient engravings rewrite human history appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Mark Winston
Special thanks to Mark Winston for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive Mark L. Winston is that rare individual, a scientist who can speak eloquently to the public.  Recognized as […]

December 07, 2014

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3:00 AM | Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments that Don’t Cost a Thing
By Bobby Mercer Synopsis: A children’s instructional book on how to use readily available materials to turn the house into a science lab. Physics teacher Bobby Mercer provides readers with more than 50 great hands-on experiments […]
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12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
It’s the end of one more amazing week, so it’s our time to recapitulate what have happened during the last 7 days. This Sunday, we bring you the best stories from space industry, psychology, medicine and physics, environmental science and […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

December 06, 2014

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12:54 PM | Weekend reads: Death of a scientist; Science, the Lake Wobegon of experiments
News elsewhere about scientific integrity, publishing, and related issues abounded this week: Imperial College London is reviewing its procedures following the death of one of its faculty. David Colquhoun has more details, including the last email the professor sent. An analysis of 18 papers “suggests a systematic pattern of excess success among psychology articles in […]The post Weekend reads: Death of a scientist; Science, the Lake Wobegon of experiments appeared first on […]
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3:00 AM | Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage
By Patricia Newman (Author) and Annie Crawley (Author, Photographer) Synopsis: Plastic: it’s used to make everything from drink bottles and bags to toys and toothbrushes. But what happens when it ends up where it doesn’t belong—like […]
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12:15 AM | Wanderers: A Short Sci-Fi Film About Humanity’s Future in Space, Narrated by Carl Sagan
Swedish animator Erik Wernquist calls his short science fiction film, Wanderers, a speculative look at “humanity’s future expansion into the Solar System,” a “glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds,” and “how it […]test The post Wanderers: A Short Sci-Fi Film About Humanity’s Future in Space, Narrated by Carl Sagan appeared first on Australian Science.

December 05, 2014

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9:28 PM | Is Rolling Stone retracting its story on UVA sexual assault?
Rolling Stone has published an editor’s note that calls into question their November 19 story, “A Rape on Campus,” which details a UVA student’s alleged gang rape at a fraternity party and her subsequent struggle to get justice from the school. Shortly after publication, the magazine was criticized for not seeking a statement from the […]The post Is Rolling Stone retracting its story on UVA sexual assault? appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:30 PM | COPD paper in JCI retracted following PubPeer critiques
A 2011 paper in the Journal of Clinical Investigation whose PubPeer entry we highlighted in September has been retracted. Here’s the notice for “Denitrosylation of HDAC2 by targeting Nrf2 restores glucocorticosteroid sensitivity in macrophages from COPD patients,” a 2011 paper by researchers at Johns Hopkins and Imperial College: The JCI, with the agreement of the […]The post COPD paper in JCI retracted following PubPeer critiques appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Hospital in India wracked by allegations of scientific misconduct, poor sanitation
Three doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh are losing a paper based on phone calls to the Drug Information Unit, a phone line that patients could call to learn more about the drugs they were considering taking. The catch: It was all made up. According to an investigation […]The post Hospital in India wracked by allegations of scientific misconduct, poor sanitation appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:00 AM | Flying Dinosaurs: How fearsome reptiles became birds
By John Pickrell Synopsis: Dinosaurs didn’t die out when an asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. Get ready to unthink what you thought you knew and journey into the deep, dark depths of the Jurassic. The discovery […]
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12:15 AM | Why Should We Trust to Cyber?
These days many people are speculating about ongoing mass e-surveillance systems, which got applied by a lot of countries, but the best known is still an NSA project. As the most usual reason against those projects, some people see privacy […]test The post Why Should We Trust to Cyber? appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Kersten Hall
Special thanks to Kersten Hall for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – The Man in the Monkeynut Coat: William Astbury and the Forgotten Road to the Double-Helix Kersten Hall graduated from St. Anne’s College, Oxford, […]

December 04, 2014

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11:00 PM | #flashbackfriday: Ancillary Justice
#flashbackfriday this week was featured on February 16, 2014. Ancillary Justice is a great science fiction book by Ann Leckie which scooped the science fiction awards this year, winning the British Science Fiction Association Award, the Arthur C Clarke Award, […]
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7:30 PM | UNLV English professor fired for plagiarizing Updike, Said, Zizek, and more
An English professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been fired after the discovery that a huge portion of his work from the last two decades contains material lifted wholesale from some of the world’s best writers and thinkers. Mustapha Marrouchi was first accused of plagiarism in 1992, when he ripped off an essay […]The post UNLV English professor fired for plagiarizing Updike, Said, Zizek, and more appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:30 PM | Psych paper falls afoul of journal’s plagiarism policy (hint: don’t plagiarize)
The Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology has retracted a 2011 paper on depersonalization disorder by a pair of authors in Azerbaijan who got a bit too familiar with their source material without proper attribution. And the journal has offered its readers a handy — if depressingly obvious — admonition about publication ethics. The article, “Lamotrigine in […]The post Psych paper falls afoul of journal’s plagiarism policy (hint: don’t plagiarize) appeared […]
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2:41 PM | PubPeer Selections: More questions about stem cells, price-shopping access charges
Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: A number of papers on ways to derive stem cells by Jacob Hanna, of the Weizmann Institute of Science, have come under scrutiny. “By the way, it’s cheaper to buy it on the Springer site – $39.95 versus $41.95 on the Elsevier site.” Price-shopping on PubPeer. “The authors are […]The post PubPeer Selections: More questions about stem cells, price-shopping access charges appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:00 AM | Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science
by Ian Sample Synopsis: The biggest science story of our time, Massive spans four decades, weaving together the personal narratives and international rivalries behind the search for the “God” particle, or Higgs boson. A story of grand ambition, […]
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12:15 AM | New report shows universities crucial to ACT economy
A new report by Deloitte Access Economics, commissioned by The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Canberra (UC), found the two leading institutions contributed more than $1.7 billion of activity to the ACT economy. The report underlines Canberra’s […]test The post New report shows universities crucial to ACT economy appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Top 10 most popular books on Science Book a Day September – November 2014
How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain Meet Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, Serotonin Systema Naturae Fahrenheit 451 What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases […]

December 03, 2014

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5:02 PM | Glove choice - it does matter
I missed this over the Thanksgiving week, so I'm assuming others did too. I've been adamant over the years (1, 2 and 3) about not just grabbing the nitrile gloves because they are readily available and because of their resistance to a broad range of chemicals. That range is broad, but not broad enough. Since different polymers and rubbers are soluble (or swellable) in different solvents, you need to be prepared to use different gloves in different situations.Jyllian Kemsley in the C & ENew […]
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4:30 PM | Three more retractions appear for Florida ob-gyn under investigation
Two Oxford journals have now put out three more retractions for ob-gyn and former University of Florida professor Nasser Chegini, who has been under ORI investigation since at least 2012. That makes a total of five retractions, by our count. Here is the notice for “The expression profile of micro-RNA in endometrium and endometriosis and the influence of […]The post Three more retractions appear for Florida ob-gyn under investigation appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Second expression of concern appears for chemistry group under institutional review
The journal Chemical Science has issued an expression of concern over a 2012 article by a pair of Texas researchers whose “unclick reaction” work has been under scrutiny by their institution. The article, “Homonuclear bond activation using a stable N,N-diamidocarbene,” was written by Kelly M. Wiggins and Christopher W. Bielawski, of UT Austin. It’s the […]The post Second expression of concern appears for chemistry group under institutional review appeared […]
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3:00 AM | Principles of Chemistry
By Dmitri Mendeleev Synopsis: In his book – The Principles Of Chemistry, Mendeleev arranged all elements known to man on the basis of their atomic mass and also their chemical properties. What was also astounding was the […]
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12:15 AM | Orion Test Flight a Critical Step on NASA’s Journey to Mars
America embarks on a long-lasting trip to Mars this Thursday. Orion’s maiden flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), slated to test spacecraft’s crucial systems is a critical first step on our journey to destinations beyond Earth never before visited by humans, […]test The post Orion Test Flight a Critical Step on NASA’s Journey to Mars appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Penny Chisholm and Molly Bang
Special thanks to Penny Chisholm and Molly Bang for answering 5 questions about their recently featured book – Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth Sallie “Penny” Chisholm has been fascinated with the sciences for a […]
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