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August 14, 2014

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4:00 AM | Wormholes: A Novel
By Dennis Meredith Synopsis: Something is devouring Earth. . . A suburban house in Oklahoma vanishes into a roaring abyss. A supertanker at sea suffers a fiery destruction. A blast in China drills a gigantic cavern […]
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12:15 AM | Hear Michel Foucault’s Lecture “The Culture of the Self”
Michel Foucault’s time in the United States in the last years of his life, particularly his time as a lecturer at UC Berkeley, proved to be extraordinarily productive in the development of his theoretical understanding of what he saw as […]test The post Hear Michel Foucault’s Lecture “The Culture of the Self” appeared first on Australian Science.

August 13, 2014

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3:00 PM | The tell-tale heart: Cardiovascular surgeons notch two retractions for plagiarism
Sometimes plagiarism can be tricky to catch when an article has to be translated before publication. That seems to be the case for two papers out of a hospital in Canakkale, Turkey, that discussed results of two different kinds of heart surgery. Here’s the retraction notice for “The effects of 21 and 23 milimeter aortic valve […]
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2:46 PM | A No-Brainer Approach to Turning Biowaste in Thermoplastics
Given all the incredible technology we have available in our labs, there is often the temptation to make our work more complicated and involved than it needs to be. Why measure molecular weight with an Ubbelholde tube (and the Mark-Houwink equation) when you can use the GPC with multi-angle and dynamic light scattering detectors? Why measure viscosity with a falling ball when you can use a stress-controlled rheometer? Why model something on a PC when you can use a parallel processing machine […]
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2:28 PM | Break an embargo? Lose access, says Hopkins
One of the issues that comes up fairly often on Embargo Watch is why embargo breakers aren’t sanctioned more frequently. Press officers seem to bend over backward to give news outlets — particularly big ones — the benefit of the doubt. Well, apparently Johns Hopkins plans to give its policies some teeth. An email sent […]
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12:30 PM | Cell retraction of Alzheimer’s study is second for Tufts neuroscientist
A researcher at Tufts University has retracted a paper in Cell, a year after retracting a study on a similar subject from the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Here’s the notice for “SIRT1 Suppresses β-Amyloid Production by Activating the α-Secretase Gene ADAM10,” a 2010 paper by Tufts’ Gizem Donmez, MIT’s Leonard Guarante — of longevity research […]
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4:15 AM | Dave Hawkes Reviews Poisoned Planet: How constant exposure to man-made chemicals is putting your life at risk
Review by Dave Hawkes Poisoned Planet: How constant exposure to man-made chemicals is putting your life at risk By Julian Cribb Poisoned Planet examines, in great detail, different sources and types of chemical pollution, from […]
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4:00 AM | Poisoned Planet: How constant exposure to man-made chemicals is putting your life at risk
By Julian Cribb Synopsis: From morning to night, we are surrounded by man-made chemicals, most of them untested, many of them toxic. It’s the price we pay for convenient, cheap products. The effects on our health […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Paul Raeburn
Special thanks to Paul Raeburn for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked Paul is the author of the About Fathers blog at Psychology […]
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12:15 AM | How to Learn: Lewis Carroll’s Four Rules for Digesting Information and Mastering the Art of Reading
“Mental recreation is a thing that we all of us need for our mental health.” Long before he met the real-life little girl who inspired him to write Alice in Wonderland under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was […]test The post How to Learn: Lewis Carroll’s Four Rules for Digesting Information and Mastering the Art of Reading appeared first on Australian Science.

August 12, 2014

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8:44 PM | Harvard stem cell scientist Vacanti taking leave in wake of STAP retractions
Charles Vacanti, a Harvard anesthesiologist and stem cell pioneer whose name appeared on both retracted STAP stem cell papers, is giving up his post as chair of anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and taking a year-long sabbatical. According to the Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog, which as become a must-read for anyone interested in […]
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3:00 PM | “Is Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery? Not Without Proper Attribution.”
We’re going to get a little meta here, so be warned. Take a look at the headline of this post. For those of you unfamiliar with the symbols to the left and right of the words, those are quotation marks. What that means is that we’ve taken those two sentences from another source. And here […]
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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 […]
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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
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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 […]
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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

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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 […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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

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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 […]
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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

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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 […]
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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 […]
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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

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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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