Bad science and bad science comm (and how to get them better)
William Hollingworth and his colleagues must been pleased when they were notified that their manuscript had been accepted for publication in the prestigious (Journal impact factor =18!) Journal of Clinical Oncology. Whomp! Using invited editorial commentary to neutralize negative findings | Mind the Brain
Lessons from the L'Aquila earthquake | Features Earthquake experts must communicate public risk more effectively to avoid a repetition of the Italian media fiasco that a year ago culminated in jail terms for the academics involved
Trendspotter: The brain-scan job interview | The National A few years back, it became fashionable to test yourself against the questions that candidates are asked at interview when they go for a job at Google.
Trendspotter: The brain-scan job interview
Sex Makes You Rich? Why We Keep Saying “Correlation Is Not Causation” Even Though It’s Annoying | Roots of Unity Sex and money: the Bearina IUD, a conceptual intrauterine device design that would incorporate a copper coin.
Biased but Brilliant, Science Embraces Pigheadedness
What is Bad Science? Bad Science
Still Not Significant | Psychologically Flawed What to do if your p-value is just over the arbitrary threshold for ‘significance’ of p=0.05? You don’t need to play the significance testing game – there are better methods, like quoting the effect size with a confidence interval – but if you do, the rules are simple: the result is either significant or it is not. So if your p-value remains stubbornly higher than 0.05, you should call it ‘non-significant’ and write it up as such.
A French love affair... with graphology 28 April 2013 Last updated at 19:07 ET By Hugh Schofield BBC News, Paris The French continue to use handwriting analysis to assess prospective employees, bucking a worldwide trend. Why?
Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation is a technique that involves passing low-level electrical currents through parts of the brain. Brain stimulation hits the mainstream – commercial tDCS device available soon for $249 | NeuroBollocks
17 February 2012 Last updated at 17:16 GMT By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News Government science agencies exist to serve the public good and usually do It is more than a little embarrassing for the Canadian government to be accused of "muzzling" its own scientists when it is hosting one of the world's largest scientific conferences in Vancouver. The allegation made at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting is that there has been unprecedented interference by the Canadian government in the free flow of scientific information. Risks of placing scientists 'on message'
Recently I posted a comment on a PLOS ONE article for the first time. As someone who had a decent chunk of his career before post-publication peer review came along — and has an even larger chunk of his career left with it around — it was an interesting experience. Reflections on a foray into post-publication peer review | The Hardest Science
Still Not Significant (with images, tweets) · anniebruton
“What I find offensive is not that they plagiarized us, it’s that they did it so badly” | Retraction Watch Retraction Watch readers may be familiar with the work of Brian Nosek , a University of Virginia psychologist who has taken a tough stance about many of the problems in his field and coordinates the Reproducibility Project . So it must have seemed quite ironic for Nosek and his co-authors to learn today that one of their papers had been outrageously — and badly — plagiarized. Here’s the abstract of the work by Nosek, Jesse Graham , and others, which hasn’t been published in a journal yet but is posted at Nosek’s website :
Why We May Never Beat Stigma When public figures want to display penitence for their bad choices—see under "Woods, Tiger" and "Gibson, Mel"—they go to rehab.
Cardiff University has confirmed that it is to launch a formal investigation into alleged research misconduct in the laboratory of its dean of medicine. The university set up a screening panel last month to carry out a preliminary investigation of allegations of image manipulation in at least six papers produced in the laboratory of Paul Morgan (referred to in his publications as B. P. Formal investigation launched into work at dean's lab
Susan Savage-Rumbaugh , famed primate researcher and executive director of the Great Ape Trust (GAT) in Des Moines, Iowa, has been suspended in the wake of allegations that she is a danger to the trust's seven bonobos – including Kanzi, a bonobo genius that has developed his own "words" and mastered the art of making stone tools On 9 September, 12 former GAT employees – including 10 former ape caretakers, a former PhD researcher and the former head of public safety – sent a letter to both the GAT board of directors and the local newspaper The Des Moines Register . In it they stated their belief that "Savage-Rumbaugh is not in a state fit to safely oversee the laboratory and bonobo care". In a more lengthy statement dated 14 September , the 12 also allege that Savage-Rumbaugh locked apes outdoors without access to water, and exposed apes to visitors who did not have the necessary vaccinations. Ape researcher suspended amid welfare concerns - life - 18 September 2012
Faking it A renowned immunologist whose life was turned upside down when it emerged that one of his postdoctoral researchers had falsified experimental results tells Paul Jump that the sector needs a culture change if it is to fulfil its duty to expose research misconduct Throughout most of 2007, Tony Segal felt like he was banging his head against a brick wall.
Evgeny Morozov: The Naked And The TED
What Jonah Lehrer reveals about popular science writing » Daniel Bor | Daniel Bor
New Yorker's Jonah Lehrer quits over fake Dylan quotes
Viewpoint: The spectre of plagiarism haunting Europe
A first? Papers retracted for citation manipulation
Citation Cartel Journals Denied 2011 Impact Factor
Math paper retracted because it “contains no scientific content”
Mighty molten powder researchers publish paper in journal twice, months apart
'Chemical nonsense': Leading scientists refute Lord Monckton's attack on climate science | Environment
For shame! Nature shills for traditional Chinese medicine : Respectful Insolence
Interdira-t-on les prévisions climatiques
Is this the worst government statistic ever created?
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Wait, Maybe You Can't Feel the Future - Percolator
Short Sharp Science: Controversial chronic fatigue-virus paper retracted
Threats from The Burzynski Clinic | Rhys's Blog
What eight years of writing the Bad Science column have taught me | Ben Goldacre | Comment is free
Misconduct in science: An array of errors
Research linking autism to internet use is criticised | Society | The Observer
Informed-consent forms should be shortened, simplified, Johns Hopkins bioethicists confirm
Can we trust scientists who give TED talks?
Science publishers don't care about the public : We Beasties
Climate change education can still be part of a slimmed-down curriculum | Environment
Stephen Jay Gould accused of fudging numbers
The complete film - Why is science important?
FT Comment: Political ideas need proper testing
Doctors will be asked to help identify people at risk of becoming terrorists -- Dyer 342 -- bmj.com
4 Things to Keep in Mind When You’re Reading About fMRI | ionpsych.com
Whistle-blower claims his accusations cost him his job : Nature News
nversion therapy: she tried to make me 'pray away the gay' | World news
Guest Blog: The Data Are In Regarding Satoshi Kanazawa
Children don't need Brain Gym to spot nonsense | Ben Goldacre | Comment is free
When Peer Review Falters - Room for Debate
Pop psych nonsense and the Chandlers | Science
Psychology Today apparently retracts Kanazawa piece on why black women are “rated less physically attractive”
The framing of scientists « Dave Hone's Archosaur Musings
How can we corral data to reveal the big picture? | Ben Goldacre | Comment is free
The sinister threat to our language and brains | Science
Why was that paper retracted? Editor to Retraction Watch: “It’s none of your damn business”
The Great Beyond: Duke geneticist resigns as investigation continues
The Great Beyond: New intelligent design centre launches in Britain
Why I spoofed science journalism | Martin Robbins | Science
Pornography in hospitals
Plagiarism pinioned : Nature
Journalism warning labels
Creationists seek to insert their own brand of 'truth' into education | Paul Sims | Science
Claude Allègre: The Climate Imposter
Vaccine-Autism Coffin Has No More Room for Nails | The Intersection
Not fit for television
In which I continue to whine about crappy science journalism blogging | White Coat Underground
This is a news website article about a scientific finding | Martin Robbins | Science
Sabotage: postdoc fiddles with graduate student's cells
The shroud of retraction: Virology Journal withdraws paper about whether Christ cured a woman with flu
When did announcing science become the same as publishing science? | Prof-Like Substance
Nobelist Linda Buck retracts two studies on olfactory networks — and the news is embargoed
Paper retractions do not induce citation mutations | Gobbledygook
Bering in Mind: Homophobia Phobia: Bad Science or Bad Science Comprehension?
Faked data, unsubstantiated claims, and spirituality add up to a math journal retraction