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August 01, 2014

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12:00 PM | MD Anderson postdoc faked results of Novartis anti-cancer compound study
A former postdoc at MD Anderson Cancer Center faked the results of a mouse study of a Novartis compound designed to fight brain tumors, according to the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Jun Fu “admitted to knowingly and intentionally falsifying Figure 8a” in “Novel HSP90 Inhibitor NVP-HSP990 Targets Cell-Cycle Regulators to Ablate Olig2-Positive Glioma Tumor–Initiating […]
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4:00 AM | Red Nile: The Biography of the World’s Greatest River
By Robert Twigger Synopsis: So much begins on the banks of the Nile: all religion, all life, all stories, the script we write in, the language we speak, the gods, the legends and the names of […]
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2:00 AM | NEW – Science Book a Day MONTHLY – July 2014
Science Book a Day has been going for over 14 months, featuring hundreds of books in that time. So we’re going to put together video summaries of the books that are featured every month. You […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Alex Pentland
Special thanks to Alex Pentland for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons from a New Science Alex `Sandy’ Pentland has helped create and direct MIT’s Media Lab, […]
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12:15 AM | Watch World War I Unfold in a 6 Minute Time-Lapse Film: Every Day From 1914 to 1918
World War I began 100 years ago, on 28 July 1914. The initial trigger, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, produced something of a “domino effect,” where European powers, bound by pre-existing international alliances, chose sides and fell […]test The post Watch World War I Unfold in a 6 Minute Time-Lapse Film: Every Day From 1914 to 1918 appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | #flashbackfriday: Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us About Our Health And Our World
#flashbackfriday this week is from October 2, 2013. Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us About Our Health And Our World was written by Australian Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty. His great book deals with how different birds from all over […]

July 31, 2014

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7:42 PM | Article about alcohol withdrawal withdrawn
A stumble in data preparation earned a retraction for a paper on delirium tremens, a life-threatening side effect of alcohol withdrawal that spans a wide range of symptoms, including “the shakes,” hallucinations, and seizures. Though the initial retraction notice was extremely unhelpful, the author stepped in to give us a better picture of the errors that […]
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5:56 PM | Polyprefixicide
For reasons that are beyond me, trademarks in the plastics industry tend to become genericized rather easily. Don Loepp of Plastics News has commented on this on more than one occasion. The public uses nylon to describe any polyamide, plexiglas(s) to describe any polymethyl methacrylate, and fiberglas(s) to describe any glass-fiber reinforced plastic, ignoring that these are trademarks of Dupont, Rohm and Haas and Owens Corning respectively.Fiberglas is in fact the trademark for just the glass […]
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3:15 PM | Ed Yong vs. a PIO, the sequel
Long-time Embargo Watch readers — and you reprobates know who you are — may recall a February 2011 post involving science writer Ed Yong and a public information officer (PIO) at the University of Manchester. That episode kicked off with “I think you have all you need for a blog,” and went on from there. […]
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1:30 PM | UT-Southwestern cancer research group notches ninth retraction
A research team at the University of Texas-Southwestern that has retracted eight papers for image manipulation has retracted another, this one in Lung Cancer. Here’s the notice for “Aberrant methylation of Reprimo in lung cancer,” published by Adi Gazdar’s group: This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy). This article […]
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8:48 AM | Continuing the push beyond static documents. ISMB, and more on our “What Bioinformaticians need to know about digital publishing beyond the PDF2” workshop
Boston 2014: More than a (Bioinformatics) FeelingFollowing from our previous posting on BOSC, our birthday and the BMC Open Data award party in Boston, on top of having to dash between the many great talks and sessions at ISMB, we were kept even busier than usual helping to organize and present in a special Beyond-the-PDF inspired “What Bioinformaticians need to know about digital publishing beyond the PDF” workshop at the end of the conference. Coming in the year that Illumina are […]
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4:00 AM | Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived
By Chip Walter Synopsis: Over the past 180 years scientists have sifted through evidence that at least twenty-seven human species have evolved on planet Earth. And as you may have noticed, twenty-six of them are no […]
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12:15 AM | The Best of Australian Science: July 2014
Here we are at the end of one more exciting July and we would like to present you a brief review for this month. A lot of that have happened during the last 31 days and we would like to […]test The post The Best of Australian Science: July 2014 appeared first on Australian Science.

July 30, 2014

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6:00 PM | Authors retract paper “confirming” that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease
A group of researchers at Stanford and elsewhere is retracting a 2013 paper that another scientist told Nature was “one of the biggest things to happen in the narcolepsy field for some time.” The Science Translational Medicine paper caused a buzz because it claimed to show that narcolepsy was an autoimmune disease. Here’s the notice: A.K. […]
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3:00 PM | Mega-correction appears for Florida leadership scholar Walumbwa following six retractions
Fred Walumbwa, the leadership researcher at Florida International University who has retracted six papers for what appear to be problematic data, now has an impressive mega-correction in the form of an “addendum.” The paper, “Relationships between Authentic Leadership, Moral Courage, and Ethical and Pro-Social Behaviors,” was published in Business Ethics Quarterly in October 2011, by […]
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1:30 PM | Bitter rheumatology authorship dispute ends in retraction
A 2012 expression of concern prompted by an authorship dispute has been upgraded to a retraction. As we reported in 2012, Revista Brasiliera de Reumatologia (aka the Brazilian Journal of Rheumatology) issued an expression of concern about “Anticitrullinated peptide antibodies and rheumatoid factor in Sudanese patients with Leishmania donovani infection” after a claim from one […]
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4:00 AM | The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn
By Louisa Gilder Synopsis: In The Age of Entanglement, Louisa Gilder brings to life one of the pivotal debates in twentieth century physics. In 1935, Albert Einstein famously showed that, according to the quantum theory, separated particles […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews John Tresch
Special thanks to John Tresch for answering 7 questions about his recently featured book – The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon John Tresch is an historian of science and technology. Trained in anthropology […]
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12:15 AM | CSIRO releases Spanish version of free pesticide risk tool
Spanish-speaking farmers and regulators will be better equipped to manage the impacts of pesticides on water resources thanks to a new version of CSIRO’s popular Pesticide Impact Rating Index (PIRI) tool. The Australian national science agency, the CSIRO, this month, […]test The post CSIRO releases Spanish version of free pesticide risk tool appeared first on Australian Science.

July 29, 2014

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4:45 PM | “Authors, please call us. Pretty please? OK, we’re going to retract your paper!”
The title of this post isn’t exactly how the one-sided conversation between the editors of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment and a group of researchers went. But it seems likely it was pretty close. Here’s an expression of concern for “A cross-sectional study on perception of stigma by Chinese schizophrenia patients:” Concerns were raised about the […]
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3:00 PM | Who moved my ants? Species confusion sinks paper on invasive species
“How many and which ant species are being accidentally moved around the world?,” published in 2013, has been retracted because the authors “used a wrong list of species and omitted to include a reference.” The authors claim that this affected the magnitude of the issue, but not the overall conclusion. The paper was written up by […]
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12:30 PM | “Positivity ratio” research now subject to an expression of concern
An expression of concern has been issued for the second of three papers on the idea that, if you have three positive emotions for every negative one, you will be more successful in life. Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has spent the last decade building a brand around this ratio, […]
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4:00 AM | The Body Snatchers
By Jack Finney Alternate Title: Invasion of the Body Snatchers Synopsis: On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost […]
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12:15 AM | How Mature is Your Cyber Security Model?
In the previous articles, we’ve been discussing cyber security throughout different angles and perspectives, but we’ve never talked about its maturity model and how it’s important in the modern world. First of all, we should define what the term cyber […]test The post How Mature is Your Cyber Security Model? appeared first on Australian Science.

July 28, 2014

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6:38 PM | Meet the Science in Action Finalists, Part 3: Wearable sensors to aid the aging, a device that helps people with developmental disabilities communicate, and converting wasted heat from a kitchen stove into electricity
On August 6, the winner of the third annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair, will be announced. In this blog series we ask the students behind... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:16 PM | ORI sanctions collaborator of Nobel winner Buck for data fabrication
The Office of Research Integrity has sanctioned a former researcher in the lab of Linda Buck, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for falsifying data in two papers written with the support of grants from the National Institutes of Health. The researcher, Zou Zhihua, worked with Buck as a post-doc at […]
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3:30 PM | Diabetes researcher Cory Toth up to seven retractions
A University of Calgary diabetes researcher, Cory Toth, who told us earlier this year that he would cease publishing in the scientific literature, has two more retractions, making seven. Both appear in Neurobiology of Disease. Here’s the notice for “Differential impact of diabetes and hypertension in the brain: Adverse effects in white matter:” This article […]
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2:06 PM | The Failed Dow Chemical/Kuwaiti JV: Is it finally over?
Dow Chemical has again posted another nice quarter, and if it keeps it up much longer, it might just be able to tell one of its biggest investors that they aren't so special anymore. You make think I am talking about Daniel Loeb, the activist investor who took up a large position back in late January complaining about how poorly the company was managed. Ever since that investment (and by that, I mean the very next week), Dow started posting good results. Daniel Loeb initially was able to meet […]
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1:30 PM | Law review paper yanked for lack of attribution despite offer of co-authorship
Sometimes, retractions seem to have a juicy back story, but the explanation proves tantalizingly out of reach. Such is the case for a law review retraction on a paper about reparations for human rights violations. After someone complained that author Gentian Zyberi “had not done sufficient justice to the substantial contribution” they made, the complainant refused […]
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4:00 AM | Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds and How They Changed the World
By Tim Low Synopsis: Tim Low, award-winning author of Feral Future, in an eye-opening book on the unique nature of Australian birds and their role in ecology and global evolution. Renowned for its unusual mammals, Australia is […]
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