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January 08, 2015

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2:30 PM | A ewe-turn: Researchers lose sleep, and paper, over miscounted sheep
A group of Chinese cardiologists at Capital Medical University have done a quick ewe-turn, pulling a paper after mixing up both the author order and wrongly reporting how many sheep were killed in the making of this experiment. We covered another retraction from the CMU cardiology department in September. The sheep paper was published in October. Here’s the notice […]The post A ewe-turn: Researchers lose sleep, and paper, over miscounted sheep appeared first on […]
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3:00 AM | The Best American Infographics 2014
By Gareth Cook (Editor) Synopsis: Year two of this fresh, timely, beautiful addition to the Best American series, introduced by Nate Silver The rise of infographics across virtually all print and electronic media reveals patterns in our […]
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12:00 AM | Renee Webster Reviews A Taste of Molecules: In Search of the Secrets of Flavor
Review by Renee Webster A Taste of Molecules: In Search of the Secrets of Flavor by Diane Fresquez Book’s Homepage: http://tasteofmolecules.com Book’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/tastemolecules Author’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeFresquez Food is an essential requirement for life. Not just to feed metabolic […]

January 07, 2015

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4:54 PM | “[A]nonymous accusation…is procedurally immoral and irresponsible,” says researcher fighting allegations
An economist at Takming University of Science and Technology in Taiwan recently posted a preprint attempting to refute anonymous accusations that he repeated himself in critical reviews of textbooks. From what we understand running the paper (originally in Chinese) through Google Translate, the reviews were published in Takming University’s in-house journal, Deming Journal. The editorial board received an anonymous […]The post “[A]nonymous […]
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2:30 PM | Takeda group retracts paper after realizing “novel” compound had already been synthesized…by a colleague
A group of scientists at Takeda Pharmaceutical, including vice president Yoshinori Ikeura, has lost a paper after realizing that their “novel” compound had been previously synthesized by another Takeda researcher. The 2011 paper, published in Elsevier journal Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, was the subject of a 2012 corrigendum adding two authors to the paper. The retraction appeared online […]The post Takeda group retracts paper after realizing […]
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3:00 AM | A Taste of Molecules: In Search of the Secrets of Flavor
By Diane Fresquez Synopsis: Food meets science, via Proust. We’re introduced to flavour even before we’re born, and throughout our lives we attach memories, and a sense of home and identity to meals eaten with family […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Alfie Kohn
Special thanks to Alfie Kohn for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on […]

January 06, 2015

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5:12 PM | Weeding-out Engineering Students
Over the recent holiday break, a discussion about "weed-out" courses was hashed out by fellow bloggers Chemjobber, "Just Like Cooking" and Thoreau. So while I may be late to the party, as long as there are incoming freshmen, there will always be "weed-out" classes and so these comments should be just as timeless.The biggest difference in my discussion however, is that rather than focussing on education future chemists, I'm going to speak to educating future chemical engineers, and there are […]
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4:30 PM | Water under the bridge? Hydrology journals won’t retract plagiarized papers despite university request
In April 2014, we wrote about the case of a former hydrologist at the University of Kansas (KU), Marios Sophocleous, who had plagiarized in at least seven studies, two of which were retracted by the journal Ground Water. At the time, we mentioned two other articles, in the Hydrogeology Journal, that appeared destined for retraction […]The post Water under the bridge? Hydrology journals won’t retract plagiarized papers despite university request appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Paper on cranberries’ health benefits retracted after researcher forges authors’ names
A paper in Food Chemistry suggesting cranberry extract has healing properties was retracted after some of the authors complained they had no idea the paper was being published. Here’s the notice for “Phenolic composition, antioxidant properties, and endothelial cell function of red and white cranberry fruits:” This article has been retracted at the request of […]The post Paper on cranberries’ health benefits retracted after researcher forges authors’ names […]
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3:00 AM | Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything
By Theodore Gray and Nick Mann (photographer) Synopsis: In his highly anticipated sequel to The Elements, Theodore Gray demonstrates how the elements of the periodic table combine to form the molecules that make up our world. Everything […]

January 05, 2015

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7:03 PM | Thalidomide paper retracted for lab error
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have retracted a paper on using thalidomide, which led to an estimated 10,000 birth defects by the time the drug was pulled from the market in 1961, to prevent chemo-induced sterility. Alkylating agents, which prevent DNA replication in cells, are a commonly-used cancer treatment. Unfortunately they also damage the ovaries and testes, […]The post Thalidomide paper retracted for lab error appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:30 PM | Anyone want to hire an economist who retracted 16 papers for fake peer reviews?
In December, we reported that economist Khalid Zaman was losing 16 papers over faked peer reviews. Now, Retraction Watch has learned that he left his job at COMSATS Information Technology Center in Abbottabad, Pakistan on December 26, seven days after our post. He’s now looking for a new job, including at Beaconhouse National University in […]The post Anyone want to hire an economist who retracted 16 papers for fake peer reviews? appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Can’t spell Novartis without VART: Drug study retracted for conflict of interest, data issues
A major scandal in Japan over the Novartis hypertension drug valsartan has resulted in a retraction from the Journal of Human Hypertension.  Frequent Retraction Watch subject Hiroaki Matsubara resigned his post at Kyoto Prefectural University in 2013, after his work on valsartan was shown to be riddled with data errors and undisclosed conflicts of interest. Also that year, […]The post Can’t spell Novartis without VART: Drug study retracted for conflict of […]
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1:48 PM | Time's "Person of the Year" - and Plastics
Over the past couple of holiday weeks, Time Magazine came out with their "Person of the Year" issue. The cover, seen on the right, was all over the newsstands when I was shopping. What hit me the most was that the photo barely showed the person underneath - only their eyes and little bit of skin around the eyes were visible. The rest of the person - covered in plastic.I've made the point before (1, 2) of how much worse this outbreak would have been without plastics, single-use plastics at that, […]
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3:00 AM | Finding Zero: A Mathematician’s Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers
By Amir D Aczel Synopsis: The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews John Farndon
Special thanks to John Farndon for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – The Complete Illustrated Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils of the World John Farndon is an internationally known author, as well as […]

January 04, 2015

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11:00 PM | Top 10 Bestselling Science Books in the US
The following list is based on sales of science books in the US, as of December 2014. 1. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic […]
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3:00 AM | Everyday Machines: Amazing Devices We Take for Granted
By John Kelly Synopsis: This book takes the lid off over 20 household machines to reveal how they work. Double-page illustrations show the inside of each machine and the text explains every mechanical and electronic part. […]

January 03, 2015

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2:35 PM | Weekend reads: Sensationalism in science journalism and PR; Beall’s predatory publisher list grows
Happy New Year! This week, we took a look back at 2014. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “What is reprehensible is the needless sensationalism and fear-mongering in journalistic communication of scientific results, achieved by sacrificing scientific accuracy and over-hyping incomplete parts of results – thereby misleading the general public and guiding their understanding of the […]The post Weekend reads: Sensationalism in science journalism and PR; Beall’s […]
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3:00 AM | BOOM: Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush That Could Change America Forever
By Tony Horwitz Synopsis: In BOOM, prize–winning reporter Tony Horwitz takes a spirited road trip through the wild new frontier of energy in North America. His journey begins in subarctic Alberta, where thousands of miners labor […]

January 02, 2015

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4:30 PM | AIDS denialism paper retracted after Jeffrey Beall draws attention to it
A paper arguing that HIV does not cause AIDS has been retracted a few weeks after Jeffrey Beall, who tracks predatory publishers, called attention to it on his blog. Here’s what Beall wrote about the paper on December 16: The article is entitled “Basic Principles Underlying Human Physiology” [1], and you don’t have to be […]The post AIDS denialism paper retracted after Jeffrey Beall draws attention to it appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Fake peer review fells two more papers
The number of papers retracted for fake peer reviews — well in excess of 100, by our count — continues to grow. The latest to join the list are “Rebamipide plus proton pump inhibitor versus proton pump inhibitor alone in treatment of endoscopic submucosal dissection-induced gastric ulcer: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials” and “Association […]The post Fake peer review fells two more papers appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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6:52 AM | #flashbackfriday: How Animals Live (How it Works)
#flashbackfriday this week was featured on May 25, 2014. How Animals Live (How it Works) by author Christiane Dorion and illustrator, Beverley Young, is a great pop-up children’s book designed to teach children how animals adapt to their environments and that […]
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3:00 AM | Galaxy: Mapping The Cosmos
By James Geach Synopsis: Each night, we are able to gaze up at the night sky and look at the thousands of stars that stretch to the end of our individual horizons. But the stars we […]

January 01, 2015

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3:00 AM | The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, from the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era
By Ron Miller Synopsis: The Art of Space is the most comprehensive celebration of space art ever to be published, profiling the development of space-based art in a variety of media. In The Art of Space, award-winning artist […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day 20 Most Popular Books of 2014
Alright, it’s 2015 and I thought it would be a good time to highlight the most viewed books of 2014. I started this blog on June 1, 2013, so it’s been great to get a […]

December 31, 2014

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11:00 PM | Happy New Year from Science Book a Day
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015, I hope you saw off 2014 with great style! At SBAD I was thankful for the continued success of this little blog, featuring more and more books, meeting great […]
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2:33 PM | Retraction Watch: A year in review, an accounting, and thanks
2014 was quite a year for Retraction Watch. We reported on hundreds of retractions — here are our top 10 — but we also took some big steps in our development. Some highlights: January: We surpassed 10 million page views since our August 2010 launch June: We hired our first intern, Cat Ferguson July: We […]The post Retraction Watch: A year in review, an accounting, and thanks appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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3:00 AM | Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be
By Charlotte Jones (Author) and John O’Brien (illustrator) Synopsis: Popsicles, potato chips, Silly Putty, Velcro, and many other familiar things have fascinating stories behind them. In fact, dozens of products and everyday items had surprisingly haphazard beginnings. Mistakes […]
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