August 12, 2014

12:33 PM | Authors retract highly cited XMRV-prostate cancer link paper from PNAS
Retraction Watch readers may recall that nearly two years ago, an editor at PLOS declared the scientific story of a link between XMRV, aka xenotropic murine leukemia-related virus, and prostate cancer over, saying that a retraction from PLOS Pathogens was the “final chapter.” (That retraction led to an apology from the journal about how it […]
11:06 AM | A change of leadership at Nature Methods
The former Chief Editor of Nature Methods bids farewell to his cherished scientific journal and welcomes its new Chief.  Read more
4:00 AM | World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet
By Michael Chorost Synopsis: What if digital communication felt as real as being touched? This question led Michael Chorost to explore profound new ideas triggered by lab research around the world, and the result is the […]
12:15 AM | Physicists create water tractor beam
Physicists at The Australian National University have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach. The group, led by Professor Michael Shats, discovered […]test The post Physicists create water tractor beam appeared first on Australian Science.

August 11, 2014

3:00 PM | Intellectual property lawyer loses papers for … plagiarism
Although most of what Alanis Morissette sang about in her hit song “Ironic” wasn’t irony at all, had she included a line or two about Angela Adrian she would have nailed it. Adrian is an expert in intellectual property law, a former editor of the International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, a legal scholar whose […]
1:30 PM | Hydrogen journal pulls palladium paper for data misuse
The International Journal of Hydrogen Energy is retracting a 2013 article for what appears to be the misappropriation of data. The paper,  titled “Hydrogen production by an anaerobic photocatalytic reforming using palladium nanoparticle on boron and nitrogen doped TiO2 catalysts,” was written by researchers from the Veltech Dr RR & Dr SR Technical University, in Chennai, […]
4:00 AM | The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
By Dan Barber Synopsis: At the heart of today’s optimistic farm-to-table food culture is a dark secret: the local food movement has failed to change how we eat. It has also offered a false promise for […]
1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Lawrence Goldstone
Special thanks to Lawrence Goldstone for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies I’ve written fourteen books of both fiction and […]
12:15 AM | Allergy to Originality: Mark Twain and the Remix Nature of All Creative Work
Why why all creative culture is built on “plagiarism, literary debt, appropriation, incorporation, retelling, rewriting, recapitulation, revision, reprise…” When Helen Keller was accused of plagiarism, her dear friend Mark Twain wrote her a heartfelt and lively letter of support, in […]test The post Allergy to Originality: Mark Twain and the Remix Nature of All Creative Work appeared first on Australian Science.

August 10, 2014

4:00 AM | Kiss the Cow!
by Phyllis Root  (Author), Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator) Synopsis: When a very curious little girl meets a cow named Luella who is even more stubborn than she is, who will be the first to back down? Phyllis Root’s spirited tall tale […]
12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
One more amazing week has finished and here we are to share with you the best stories by our selection. This week offers quite good news, but not that spectacular as we have from time to time. Through the following […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

August 09, 2014

2:02 PM | Weekend reads: Women in science, creative peer review, is civil discourse about science still possible?
Another busy week at Retraction Watch. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “In science, it matters that women come last,” writes Emma Pierson about an analysis of authorship order on arXiv. Are journals asking you to recommend reviewers? Get creative, says Andrew Farke! Well, not too creative, of course. “Is civil discourse about science controversies still […]
4:00 AM | Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe
By Brian Clegg Synopsis: As troubling as we pattern-seeking humans may find it, modern science has repeatedly shown us that randomness is the underlying heartbeat of nature. In Dice World, acclaimed science writer Brian Clegg […]
12:15 AM | 5-Minute Animation Maps 2,600 Years of Western Cultural History
Working with his colleagues, Maximilian Schich, an art historian at the University of Texas at Dallas, took Freebase (Google’s “community-curated database of well-known people, places, and things”) and gathered data on 150,000 important artists and cultural figures who lived during […]test The post 5-Minute Animation Maps 2,600 Years of Western Cultural History appeared first on Australian Science.

August 08, 2014

3:30 PM | Holocaust paper yanked for plagiarizing
Pro tip: If you’re going to write a paper on giving voice to hidden words, PLEASE try not to plagiarize! Esther Sánchez-Pardo, of Complutense University in Madrid, was the author of a 2010 article in the European Journal of English Studies titled “Who will carry the word? The threshold between unspeakability and silence in the Holocaust […]
1:30 PM | Paper on liver failure in babies withdrawn for lab mix-up
A paper on liver failure in infants has been retracted due to a lab error, though the author contends that the paper still holds a valuable message for pediatricians — one that could save lives. To get to that, though, we had to make it through what turns out to be an unnecessarily vague retraction […]
12:30 PM | “Dear press officer who won’t promote unembargoed research papers:” “[Y]ou’re disappointing me”
Some press officers are making Angela Hopp — and please forgive me for this one, Angela — hopping mad. In “An open letter to press officers who won’t promote unembargoed research papers,” Hopp, who serves as the press contact for three journals published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), explains that […]
4:00 AM | The Wavewatcher’s Companion
By Gavin Pretor-Pinney Synopsis: One bright February afternoon on a beach in Cornwall, Gavin Pretor-Pinney took a break from cloudspotting and started watching the waves rolling into shore. Mesmerised, he wondered where they had come […]
1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews M E Thomas
Special thanks to M E Thomas for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight Author’s Homepage: Author’s Twitter: #1 – What was the […]
12:15 AM | New collaborations seek to solve infectious disease challenges
Many of Australia’s leading animal and human infectious disease experts are joining forces this week to identify challenges that might benefit from greater collaboration across Australia’s research institutions. The Forum will be held at the Geelong high-containment facility and is […]test The post New collaborations seek to solve infectious disease challenges appeared first on Australian Science.
12:00 AM | #flashbackfriday: Proust Was a Neuroscientist
#flashbackfriday this week is from November 24, 2013. Proust Was a Neuroscientist was written by Jonah Lehrer. He writes about how the arts have provided us with insights into the human mind that we are only […]

August 07, 2014

3:50 PM | On vigorous scientific debates, witch hunts, and the tragedy of suicide
The suicide earlier this week of Yoshiki Sasai, one of the scientists who worked on the now-discredited STAP stem cell work, was a startling and sobering reminder to the research community and the public that misconduct can take a heavy human toll – even on people like Sasai, whom by all accounts only had the […]
1:30 PM | Immunology paper retracted for inappropriate presentation but “no evidence of intentional misconduct”
A paper in Immnunity has been retracted after two separate panels determined some of the figures “inappropriately presented” the data but cleared the team of wrongdoing. However, the original data are now unavailable, according to the notice, so there’s no way to know if the paper’s conclusions are sound. Here’s the notice for “Suppressors of Cytokine […]
4:00 AM | The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day
By David Hand Synopsis: In The Improbability Principle, the renowned statistician David J. Hand argues that extraordinarily rare events are anything but. In fact, they’re commonplace. Not only that, we should all expect to experience […]
12:15 AM | The journey of integrating social media and apps in your classroom
We developed our 6 steps pedagogy of blended learning as a way to support the integration of social media and apps in lessons. The integration of social media and apps often happens nowadays though the use of tablets. The last […]test The post The journey of integrating social media and apps in your classroom appeared first on Australian Science.

August 06, 2014

3:00 PM | Researcher with 25 retractions covered up other fraud, says university
The Japanese endocrinology researcher Shigeaki Kato, with at least 25 retractions to his name, is alleged to have been the ringleader of a scheme to cover up other research misconduct at the University of Tokyo, his former employer, which investigated the activity. According to the Japan Times, Kato and three other colleagues took steps to […]
1:56 PM | So you want to develop sustainable polymers, do you?
Here's a short description of the polymer production industry and what the challenges of bringing a new polymer into the world.6 plastics dominate: high- and low-density polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate and polyvinyl chloride. They make up 76% of the market. These polymers are produced in factories that cost endless billions of dollars of capital and more are constantly being built around the world.Nobody is going to idle all that capacity without a fight. […]
1:30 PM | A year after ORI report, hematology journal retracts faked paper
A year after an ORI report discredited the work of former University of Washington in Seattle researcher Andrew Aprikyan, one of the papers named in the report has finally been retracted. Here’s the notice for “Impaired survival of bone marrow hematopoietic progenitor cells in cyclic neutropenia”:  The Editors of Blood retract the above-cited publication. An Office of […]
4:00 AM | Great Minds: Reflections of 111 Top Scientists
By Balazs Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai, Istvan Hargittai  Synopsis: Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Istvan, Balazs, and Magdolna Hargittai conducted hundreds of interviews with leading scientists in physics, chemistry, materials, and biomedical research. These interviews appeared in a variety […]
1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Adam Rogers
Special thanks to Adam Rogers for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – Proof: The Science of Booze Adam Rogers is the Articles Editor at Wired magazine in San Francisco, where he runs the […]
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