September 10, 2014

3:00 PM | Chemical engineering journal retracts paper with unknowing author
AIChemE’s website promises, “Subscribing to the AIChE Journal is like having access to nine topical journals in the field.” Without a subscription, though, you might miss out on some valuable topical information – like why a paper you want to cite has been retracted, something the Committee on Publication Ethics recommends be freely available. Here’s […]
1:32 PM | Poster Sessions - Hey, My Eyes Are Over Here
Today and tomorrow are my companies annual internal poster session, so lab work will be down to zero as I will be presenting for both days. It is quite an exhausting experience, especially for a natural introvert like myself. But if you see me at the show, you would never guess I'm like that.My attitude towards poster sessions has changed over the decades. At first I was trying to put as much information and words and data and graphs as possible on the paper, although I did know enough to […]
12:30 PM | “Truly extraordinary,” “simply not credible,” “suspiciously sharp:” A STAP stem cell peer review report revealed
Retraction Watch readers are of course familiar with the STAP stem cell saga, which was punctuated by tragedy last month when one of the authors of the two now-retracted papers in Nature committed suicide. In June, Science‘s news section reported: Sources in the scientific community confirm that early versions of the STAP work were rejected […]
4:00 AM | Anthill: A Novel
By Edward O Wilson Synopsis: Winner of the 2010 Heartland Prize, Anthill follows the thrilling adventures of a modern-day Huck Finn, enthralled with the “strange, beautiful, and elegant” world of his native Nokobee County. But as developers begin […]
1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Brian Clegg
Special thanks to Brian Clegg for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe Born in Rochdale, Lancashire, UK, Brian attended the Manchester Grammar School, then […]
12:15 AM | Weakness in malaria parasite fats could see new treatments
A new study has revealed a weak spot in the complex life cycle of malaria, which could be exploited to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. It found female malaria parasites put on fat differently to male ones. “The […]test The post Weakness in malaria parasite fats could see new treatments appeared first on Australian Science.

September 09, 2014

3:30 PM | PubPeer Selections: Retracted papers, published elsewhere
Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: A paper by Rui Curi, who has two retractions and three corrections and threatened to sue, looks a lot like one that was retracted, says one commenter. And Gizem Donmez, who has retracted two papers, has essentially republished one of them in a Frontiers journal, notes Paul Brookes. […]
1:30 PM | Two-timing sinks papers on ships in journal shaken by major scandal
When we heard about this retraction, we were forced to ask: Are there any articles left in Journal of Vibration & Control? The publication was forced to retract 60 papers by the same author in July, after he was caught exploiting a technological loophole to review his own papers. Now, papers on loading cargo ships […]
12:57 PM | Plastics to Oil - Hype or Hope?
The Wall Street Journal had a video Q & A with Steve Russell, vice president of the American Chemistry Council regarding efforts to convert plastic waste and other elements of municipal wastestreams to oil. This process, know as Plastics-To-Oil (PTO), is done by anaerobic pyrolysis - heating the plastic up in an oxygen-free atmosphere to temperatures that degrade it to low molecular weight liquids. The technology is not all that new - I discussed it here over 2 years ago. If obviously works […]
4:00 AM | Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You
By Christine McKinley Synopsis: From the host of the History channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded: the laws of the universe like you’ve never experienced them before.  This approachable book explains the world of physics with clarity, humor, and a dash […]
12:15 AM | Guide to the Most Important Green Building Certification Systems in the World
Here in Australia, the GBCA are working towards a greener and more sustainable future. The past decade has seen tremendous growth within the building industry, as companies such as the GBCA and others have been working towards designing and creating a greater […]test The post Guide to the Most Important Green Building Certification Systems in the World appeared first on Australian Science.

September 08, 2014

3:30 PM | Fudged figures sink breast cancer paper
A prestigious cancer journal has pulled an article over “concerns” regarding some of the figures, which PubPeer commenters had tagged as suspect. A few weeks after the paper was published on June 9, comments on PubPeer began accumulating. Commenters called out both potentially manipulated and repeated images. The exact timeline is not clear, because Oncogene does not list […]
1:30 PM | 87% of bugs resistant to antibiotics? Not so fast, as staph paper yanked after staff mistake
What could have been a truly scary study about drug resistant staph infections in hospitals has been retracted due to a lab error. Researchers at a community hospital in Pittsburgh claimed that the commonly quoted 3% rate of staph that is resistant to ceftriaxone and sensitive to methicillin was drastically understated. However, an “honest error […]
4:00 AM | Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything
By Amanda Gefter Synopsis: At a Chinese restaurant outside of Philadelphia, a father asks his fifteen-year-old daughter a deceptively simple question: “How would you define nothing?” With that, the girl who once tried to fail geometry […]
1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Michael Chorost
Special thanks to Michael Chorost for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet Michael Chorost (pronounced like “chorus” with a T at […]
12:15 AM | Three Essential Qualities For All Serious Novelists (And Runners)
We’ve brought you a wealth of Haruki Murakami lately, and for good reason. Not only does the wildly popular Japanese novelist have a new novel out, he also has an upcoming novella, The Strange Library, a 96-page story about, well, […]test The post Three Essential Qualities For All Serious Novelists (And Runners) appeared first on Australian Science.

September 07, 2014

4:00 AM | The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger
By Leon Hesser Synopsis: The Man Who Fed the World provides a loving and respectful portrait of one of America’s greatest heroes. Nobel Peace Prize recipient for averting hunger and famine, Dr. Norman Borlang is credited […]
12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
It seems this first week in September brings us very interesting stories. The Northern Hemisphere is going to autumn and the Southern Hemisphere is going to spring, so let us see what we can offer for this editor’s choice. Quite […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

September 06, 2014

2:04 PM | Weekend reads: Nature’s torrent of retractions, peer review’s Golden Rule
Another busy week at Retraction Watch. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Could Nature‘s 2-year torrent of paper retractions be a good thing? asks Paul Knoepfler. “An Ecclesiastical Approach To Peer Review” in The Scientist: “do not abuse the single-blind peer review system in order to exact revenge or waylay a competitor.” “Replication and reputation: Whose […]
4:00 AM | Elements of Chemistry, in a New Systematic Order, Containing All the Modern Discoveries
By Antoine Lavoisier Synopsis: Monumental classic by the founder of modern chemistry is essential for undergraduate students. First explicit statement of law of conservation of matter in chemical change; first modern list of chemical elements. First […]
12:15 AM | First WHO report on suicide prevention
More than 800 000 people die by suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds, according to WHO’s first global report on suicide prevention, published today. Some 75% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. Pesticide poisoning, […]test The post First WHO report on suicide prevention appeared first on Australian Science.

September 05, 2014

3:39 PM | Authors retract PNAS brain genetics paper for statistical issues
The authors of a paper on brain genetics published online in June in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) are retracting it for “a potential confound relating to statistical inference.” Here’s the notice for “Identification of gene ontologies linked to prefrontal–hippocampal functional coupling in the human brain:” The authors wish to note […]
1:30 PM | White House takes notice of reproducibility in science, and wants your opinion
The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is taking a look at innovation and scientific research, and issues of reproducibility have made it onto its radar. Here’s the description of the project from the Federal Register: The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council request public comments to […]
4:00 AM | The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
By Stephen Grosz Synopsis: We are all storytellers—we create stories to make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen. In his work as a practicing […]
1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Julian Cribb + Review by Ian Lowe
Special thanks to Julian Cribb for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Poisoned Planet: How constant exposure to man-made chemicals is putting your life at risk Julian Cribb is an author, journalist, editor […]
12:15 AM | Somebody, the New App That Connects Strangers in the Real World
Having owned an iPhone for all of one month, I’m still a bit leery of all it can purportedly do for me. Convenience is great, but I’m not sure I’m ready to cede control of all the little tasks, challenges, […]test The post Somebody, the New App That Connects Strangers in the Real World appeared first on Australian Science.
12:00 AM | #flashbackfriday My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
#flashbackfriday this week is from February 4, 2014. My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind was written by Scott Stossel. He writes about about anxiety, it’s history, treatment and his […]

September 04, 2014

3:30 PM | Tonic-clonic stats error sinks epilepsy paper
A brain imaging study in children with epilepsy has been retracted by the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging due to a statistics error. Here’s the notice for “Microstructural Brain Abnormalities of Children of Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy With Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizure: A Voxel-Based Diffusional Kurtosis Imaging Study”: The above article, published online on 3 May 2014 in Wiley […]
2:05 PM | Polymer Single Crystals - "Spaghetti in a Box" or something else?
Chemical and Engineering News is celebrating the International Year of Crystallography in part by taking submissions from readers of their favorite crystal structures. They have quite a list going and somewhere buried in their is mine:This simple picture completely changed our understanding of polymer crystallization. These are single crystals of polyethylene, carefully crystallized from dilute solutions in xylene. It had long been assumed that polymers crystallize as fully-extended chains - […]
1:30 PM | Retraction appears for psychiatrist sought for arrest in alleged fraud scheme
Want bogus data, million-dollar fraud allegations and a scientist on the lam? We give you Alain Malafosse. The British Journal of Psychiatry has retracted a June 2013 paper by Malafosse and his colleagues on the genetics of bipolar disorder in children because Malafosse allegedly fabricated key data in the study. The article, “Childhood maltreatment and […]
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