December 03, 2014

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 […]

December 02, 2014

4:15 PM | Post-Thanksgiving Hangover
It was quite a Thanksgiving weekend for me, so I'm behind on a lot of things. Consequently, today's post is pretty simple and quick to get out. The British website Sciencecraft published a Q & A with me on Friday. Since I'm sure many Americans were out shopping for Black Friday specials and dozing off after eating turkey sandwiches, you might have missed it. I was asked a lot of wide-ranging questions and gave back even more wide-ranging answers, so I'm sure someone will take issue with […]
4:07 PM | “Loving you is the easiest thing in the world”: A retraction of a different sort
Here’s something lovely to cheer you up. Yesterday’s Courier-Mail in Queensland, Australia, published a heart-warming note in the birth announcements – a retraction for a 1995 birth announcement of a baby girl. Click through for the full text. “A RETRACTION – BOGERT – In 1995 we announced the arrival of our sprogget, Elizabeth Anne, as a daughter. He informs […]
3:28 PM | Is Nature’s “free to view” program a step back for open access?
News articles about scientific research often have misleading headlines meant to grab readers. News articles about scientific publishing are rarely subject to the same forces simply because... -- Read more on
2:30 PM | Shigeaki Kato up to 33 retractions, with five papers cited a total of 450 times
Former University of Tokyo researcher Shigeaki Kato continues to put big numbers on the board. Last month, we reported on his 26th, 27th, and 28th retractions, all in Nature Cell Biology and cited close to 700 times. Yesterday, EMBO Journal and EMBO Reports published a total of five more retractions for the endocrinology researcher, who […]
3:00 AM | Explosive Experiments (Horrible Science)
by Nick Arnold (Author) and Tony De Saulles (Illustrator) Synopsis: Which scientist blew up his barbie in an experiment? Who tried – and failed – to get rid of his fingerprints with acid? How did scientists […]
12:16 AM | A New Way to Share Articles—and Help Advance Science
Paging through some old Scientific American scrapbooks recently, I found this gem from Gerard Piel, a past publisher, in a 1958 article: “Science moves forward in little jumps with small accretions... -- Read more on
12:15 AM | Australia’s living skin bared in stunning three dimensions
Australia’s vast and complex land surface has been exposed in new ways thanks to the most comprehensive nation-wide digital maps of our soils and landscapes yet produced. The entire country is now represented as a digital grid with two billion […]test The post Australia’s living skin bared in stunning three dimensions appeared first on Australian Science.
12:00 AM | British Society for the History of Science John Pickstone Prize Shortlist
The British Society for the History of Science have recently announced their shortlist for the John Pickstone Prize. This is the first year that the award has been created and is named after Professor John […]

December 01, 2014

5:00 PM | PubPeer strikes again: Leukemia paper retracted for image duplications
In July, a PubPeer commenter called out a paper in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta for image duplication; by September, the paper was retracted for the exact reason detailed in the anonymous comment. Here’s the notice for “Effect of ST3GAL 4 and FUT 7 on sialyl Lewis X synthesis and multidrug resistance in human acute myeloid leukemia,” a paper initially […]
3:10 PM | Nature issues Expression of Concern for paper by author who threatened to sue Retraction Watch
Nature has issued an Expression of Concern for a paper co-authored by a scientist who threatened to sue us last year for writing about another Expression of Concern for one of his other papers. Here’s the “Editorial Expression of Concern” for “Non-adaptive origins of interactome complexity:” Dr Michael Lynch has indicated that he no longer […]
3:00 AM | Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle
by Douglas J Emlen (Author) and David J Tuss (Illustrator) Synopsis: The story behind the stunning, extreme weapons we see in the animal world–teeth and horns and claws–and what they can tell us about the way […]
12:15 AM | Scientists confirm new bird species in Indonesia
Scientists have confirmed a new bird species found in the tropical rainforests on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa sodhii) lives in the forest canopy of the rugged hills of Sulawesi, and has heavily streaked underparts […]test The post Scientists confirm new bird species in Indonesia appeared first on Australian Science.
12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Rita Gray
Special thanks to Rita Gray for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? I grew up in Southern California with three younger sisters, a collie, and a lemon tree. When […]

November 30, 2014

3:00 AM | Mission: Mars
By Pascal Lee Synopsis: Learn about what it takes to send humans to Mars–from spacesuits and rovers to surviving subzero temperatures and raging dust storms. The United States plans to send astronauts to Mars around 2035, […]
12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
It’s Sunday… Hurray! It’s our time to review what have happened during the last 7 days. This time we bring you the most exciting stories from biology, nature and wildlife. So, let’s start our tour! Grey seals identified as killers […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

November 29, 2014

4:58 PM | Interview with Joanne Manaster – a multipassionate scientist
Joanne Manaster is a cell and molecular biology lecturer at the University of Illinois. She currently works as an online course developer and lecturer of science courses for the School of Integrative Biology. Prior to this current position, Joanne has taught […]test The post Interview with Joanne Manaster – a multipassionate scientist appeared first on Australian Science.
2:30 PM | Weekend reads: Former vice chancellor sent to jail for plagiarism; peer reviewers getting tired
This week, we published a feature in Nature on how some researchers are gaming peer review systems to review their own papers. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Former Delhi University vice-chancellor Deepak Pental was jailed briefly Tuesday following accusations that he plagiarized a paper and stole genetically modified seeds from another lab. “Editorial Manager, trusted by […]
3:00 AM | Handle With Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey
by Loree Griffin Burns (Author) and Ellen Harasimowicz (Photographer) Synopsis: Some farms grow vegetables or grains, and some raise cows, sheep, chickens, or pigs. But have you ever heard of a butterfly farm? How do you […]
12:15 AM | Australia’s biosecurity may be shocked
A human disease pandemic, European honey bee colonies wiped out and an invasion of a devastating wheat disease are just three potential biosecurity threats facing Australia, according to a report released this week. These three events alone could devastate Australia’s […]test The post Australia’s biosecurity may be shocked appeared first on Australian Science.

November 28, 2014

4:30 PM | Plagiarism charge bites authors of oral pain paper
The Journal of International Oral Health has retracted a 2014 paper on dental pain by a group from India. Although the ostensible reason was plagiarism, we wonder if the offending authors might gone a bit further. The article, “Sniffing out pain: An in vivo intranasal study of analgesic efficacy,” purported to be a study of […]
2:30 PM | PubPeer Selections: Male vs. female brains, health care serial killers, corrections on the way
Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: A new paper is casting yet more doubt on a 2013 PNAS study of differences between male and female brains. News to us: There is a Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. A new paper there tries to characterize health care serial killers. A 2005 Nature Genetics paper […]
3:00 AM | Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers: Everything you wanted to know about numbers 1 to 100
By Adam Spencer Synopsis: An hilarious, enlightening romp through the world of numbers with one of Australia’s best-loved broadcasters. Why do people get freaked out by Friday the 13th? Where does a ‘dozen’ come from? Who […]
12:15 AM | The Best of Australian Science: November 2014
It’s the end of November, 2014 and it is our time to summarise our contribution for this month. Please enjoy our this month’s selection. A Cyber Disaster Somehow Occurred… What to Do the Next? by Milica Djekic A modern business […]test The post The Best of Australian Science: November 2014 appeared first on Australian Science.
12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews David Casarett
Special thanks to David Casarett for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead David Casarett, M.D., is a physician, researcher, and tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School […]

November 27, 2014

11:00 PM | #flashbackfriday: Science Book a Day Interviews Nick Arnold
This week’s #flashbackfriday is from May 19, 2014. It is an interview that we did with Nick Arnold, who answered 5 questions about his featured book – The Terrible Truth About Time (Horrible Science). The book is a fascinating (and terrible) examination about […]
1:30 PM | Retraction appears for social psychologist Jens Förster
A retraction has appeared for Jens Förster, the former University of Amsterdam social psychologist whose work has come under serious scrutiny by two official committees. Here’s the notice for 2012’s “Sense Creative! The Impact of Global and Local Vision, Hearing, Touching, Tasting and Smelling on Creative and Analytic Thought,” a paper which first appeared in […]
3:57 AM | Getting Techy With It: GigaScience Technology Update 2014
When it comes to technology, GigaScience has always been open and willing to embrace new ways of integrating technology in its publishing processes, with the ultimate goal of working towards more reproducible, interactive and executable papers. So far, 2014 has been an extremely busy year for Team Giga with regards to various technical developments as the journal continues to push the boundaries of reproducible research and open data. Our team have been busy working on our technical platforms, […]
3:00 AM | Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along
By Stefan Klein Synopsis: This revelatory tour de force by an acclaimed and internationally bestselling science writer upends our understanding of “survival of the fittest”—and invites us all to think and act more altruistically. The phrase […]
12:15 AM | New research centre to investigate how language works
A new national research centre based at ANU will investigate how language works and how it makes us who we are. Based at the University, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language draws together the nation’s top […]test The post New research centre to investigate how language works appeared first on Australian Science.
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