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  • November 15, 2010
  • 02:36 AM
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Narcissism and academic dishonesty

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD


Academic dishonesty is any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise. Examples are:

Plagiarism: The adoption or reproduction of original creations of another author (person, collective, organization, community or other type of author, including anonymous authors) without due acknowledgment.
Fabrication: The falsification of data, information, or citations in any formal academic exercise.
Deception: [...]


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  • November 10, 2010
  • 07:37 PM
  • 1,735 views

Learning Science from the Movies – the Effects of Gender

by Colin Schultz in CMBR

When it comes to bad science in movies, there are two main camps; those who hate it, and those who hate it but will put up with it. Some say even horrid films can make the audience enthusiastic about science and make them want to learn. Then there are those who think bad science is [...]... Read more »

  • November 10, 2010
  • 10:39 AM
  • 998 views

Transparency in peer review

by Joerg Heber in All That Matters

As an editor of a scientific journal, one of my key duties is to organise the peer review of submitted scientific papers. There, I ask other experts to take a look at a paper and let me know their opinion on technical correctness of their findings, and perhaps also what the importance and impact of [...]... Read more »

  • November 10, 2010
  • 05:36 AM
  • 1,428 views

Does my brain look big in this?

by Alice Bell in Through the Looking Glass

According to an oft-cited paper by Marcel LaFollette, a 1926 magazine once introduced an eminent medical researcher as a woman whose mahogany furniture “gleams”. From the same study, but a 1950 magazine, a senior figure in the Atomic Energy Commission was praised for sewing her own clothes. Later, via Dorothy Nelkin, Maria Mayer (Nobel physics [...]... Read more »

  • November 8, 2010
  • 11:37 AM
  • 1,265 views

Humor in Scientific Publications

by Samuel Arbesman in arbesman.net


A couple of years ago, two researchers at the Technion tested whether or not funnier scientific article titles yielded higher citations. Their article, Amusing titles in scientific journals and article citation, takes the titles of over 1000 articles and has them rated on two scales, pleasantness and how amusing they are. They then checked to [...]... Read more »

Armstrong, J. (1989) Readability and prestige in scientific journals. Journal of Information Science, 15(2), 123-124. DOI: 10.1177/016555158901500209  

  • October 31, 2010
  • 08:03 PM
  • 1,141 views

How JAMA managed to avoid becoming an advertising platform for the pharmaceutical companies

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

(Note: this is a follow up to my previous post).In July 2005, JAMA began to require industry-supported studies to undergo independent statistical analysis. To see if this requirement affected the number of industry sponsored studies publicized in JAMA, Wager et al. (October 2010) looked for all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in JAMA from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2008. They classified the trials according to their funding sources: Industry funded (IF), joint industry plus nonindustry........ Read more »

Wager, E., Mhaskar, R., & Warburton, S. (2010) JAMA Published Fewer Industry-Funded Studies after Introducing a Requirement for Independent Statistical Analysis. PLoS ONE, 5(10). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0013591

  • October 30, 2010
  • 10:16 PM
  • 2,078 views

How the NEJM became an advertising platform for the pharmaceutical industry

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

These days it's common practice for authors, peer-reviewers and even editors of medical journals to declare conflicts of interest, if those exist. However, the medical journal normally don't issue them same declarations. Journals publish regularly industry-supported papers reporting large clinical trials. Reprints of those trials are regularly bought by pharmaceutics companies and distributed to clinicians. The result is an increase of the journals' income as well as an increase in their presti........ Read more »

  • October 28, 2010
  • 06:48 PM
  • 1,412 views

Mentoring Science Teachers

by Jack Hassard in The Art of Teaching Science

Perhaps one of the most important roles that science teachers play, apart from helping their students become excited about and learn science, is being a mentor to an apprentice or beginning teacher.   My own experience in the mentoring process was as a beginning teacher at Weston High School where I was mentored by Irv [...]


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Koballa, T., Kittleson, J., Bradbury, L., & Dias, M. (2010) Teacher thinking associated with science-specific mentor preparation. Science Education, 94(6), 1072-1091. DOI: 10.1002/sce.20400  

  • October 28, 2010
  • 05:48 PM
  • 1,125 views

Publishing Open Access is Good for Your Academic Reputation

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

In the academic world, reputation is the currency of choice. "Reputation," of course, is a very loose term and can include anything from publishing in high-impact journals to being a good advisor to your students. How does OA contribute to your academic reputation?The first significant scholarly repository, arXiv.org, was started by high-energy physicists, but quickly expanded to include other scientific disciplines. Today, archiving in arXiv.org is practically a necessity for physicists. Archiv........ Read more »

  • July 25, 2010
  • 02:31 PM
  • 2,008 views

Hey maybe scientists should do more than just wait for their journal to issue a press release on their new fabu article

by Christina Pikas in Christina's LIS Rant

The authors thesis is that the only mandatory communication of results is in peer reviewed journal articles. Scientists aren't required to do other communicating and often leave communication to the public to the media. They ask if is this is adequate given the very low percentage of scientific articles that ever make it into the press, particularly in areas outside of health and medicine, and also given the fact that for everyone out of formal education, the media is their primary source of sci........ Read more »

  • March 24, 2010
  • 07:29 PM
  • 1,071 views

Seducing Scientists into Science Communication

by Darcy Cowan in Skepticon

When it comes to science communication I (and I assume many of the bloggers I am aware of though I’d rather not put words in their mouths) do so because of a perceived lack in the mainstream media (MSM). Along with this is a frustration with the amount of unscientific thinking among the general public, [...]... Read more »

Van Eperen, L., Marincola, F., & Strohm, J. (2010) Bridging the divide between science and journalism. Journal of Translational Medicine, 8(1), 25. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5876-8-25  

  • March 15, 2010
  • 07:29 PM
  • 1,139 views

Seducing Scientists into Science Communication

by Darcy Cowan in Skepticon

When it comes to science communication I (and I assume many of the bloggers I am aware of though I’d rather not put words in their mouths) do so because of a perceived lack in the mainstream media (MSM). Along with this is a frustration with the amount of unscientific thinking among the general public, [...]... Read more »

Van Eperen, L., Marincola, F., & Strohm, J. (2010) Bridging the divide between science and journalism. Journal of Translational Medicine, 8(1), 25. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5876-8-25  

  • April 13, 2009
  • 04:50 PM
  • 858 views

Dull

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Are modern scientists dull? If so, why?... Read more »

  • January 28, 2009
  • 02:20 PM
  • 906 views

sex, lies, and watergate

by Lee Turnpenny in The Mawk Moth Profligacies

Sex, theoretical biology, Frost/Nixon... Read more »

Seymour RM, & Sozou PD. (2009) Duration of courtship effort as a costly signal. Journal of theoretical biology, 256(1), 1-13. PMID: 18955065  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,439 views

2014: The Year in Science

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

The year in review: innovative discoveries and progress in all different fields of science. [Infographic]... Read more »

Qiu, X., Wong, G., Audet, J., Bello, A., Fernando, L., Alimonti, J., Fausther-Bovendo, H., Wei, H., Aviles, J., Hiatt, E.... (2014) Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disease in nonhuman primates with ZMapp. Nature, 514(7520), 47-53. DOI: 10.1038/nature13777  

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

Quintana, E., Barclay, T., Raymond, S., Rowe, J., Bolmont, E., Caldwell, D., Howell, S., Kane, S., Huber, D., Crepp, J.... (2014) An Earth-Sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star. Science, 344(6181), 277-280. DOI: 10.1126/science.1249403  

A.K. Geim, & K. S. Novoselov. (2010) The rise and rise of graphene. Nature Nanotechnology, 5(11), 755-755. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2010.224  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,499 views

...How to Fix Science

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

(Part 2/2) However, we can fix science. [Infographic]... Read more »

Alberts, B., Kirschner, M., Tilghman, S., & Varmus, H. (2014) Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(16), 5773-5777. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1404402111  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,307 views

2014: The Year in Science

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

The year in review: innovative discoveries and progress in all different fields of science. [Infographic]... Read more »

Qiu, X., Wong, G., Audet, J., Bello, A., Fernando, L., Alimonti, J., Fausther-Bovendo, H., Wei, H., Aviles, J., Hiatt, E.... (2014) Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disease in nonhuman primates with ZMapp. Nature, 514(7520), 47-53. DOI: 10.1038/nature13777  

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

Quintana, E., Barclay, T., Raymond, S., Rowe, J., Bolmont, E., Caldwell, D., Howell, S., Kane, S., Huber, D., Crepp, J.... (2014) An Earth-Sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star. Science, 344(6181), 277-280. DOI: 10.1126/science.1249403  

A.K. Geim, & K. S. Novoselov. (2010) The rise and rise of graphene. Nature Nanotechnology, 5(11), 755-755. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2010.224  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM
  • 803 views

The Fatal Flaw in Trial of Continuous or Interrupted Chest Compressions during CPR

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

This is not a study that has a valid control group to determine if there is any benefit from ventilation. There is no group that does not receive ventilations, so it is like a study of one type of blood-letting vs. another type of blood-letting with the researchers taking for granted that blood-letting does improve outcomes. That is not a problem if blood-letting actually improves outcomes.

Should we take it for granted that blood-letting improves outcomes and that the only hypothesis worth s........ Read more »

Nichol, G., Leroux, B., Wang, H., Callaway, C., Sopko, G., Weisfeldt, M., Stiell, I., Morrison, L., Aufderheide, T., Cheskes, S.... (2015) Trial of Continuous or Interrupted Chest Compressions during CPR. New England Journal of Medicine, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1509139  

Alldredge BK,, Gelb AM,, Isaacs SM,, Corry MD,, Allen F,, Ulrich S,, Gottwald MD,, O’Neil N,, Neuhaus JM,, Segal MR,.... (2001) A Comparison of Lorazepam, Diazepam, and Placebo for the Treatment of Out-of-Hospital Status Epilepticus. New England Journal of Medicine, 345(25), 1860-1860. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200112203452521  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,492 views

The Fatal Flaw in Trial of Continuous or Interrupted Chest Compressions during CPR

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

This is not a study that has a valid control group to determine if there is any benefit from ventilation. There is no group that does not receive ventilations, so it is like a study of one type of blood-letting vs. another type of blood-letting with the researchers taking for granted that blood-letting does improve outcomes. That is not a problem if blood-letting actually improves outcomes.

Should we take it for granted that blood-letting improves outcomes and that the only hypothesis worth s........ Read more »

Nichol, G., Leroux, B., Wang, H., Callaway, C., Sopko, G., Weisfeldt, M., Stiell, I., Morrison, L., Aufderheide, T., Cheskes, S.... (2015) Trial of Continuous or Interrupted Chest Compressions during CPR. New England Journal of Medicine, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1509139  

Alldredge BK,, Gelb AM,, Isaacs SM,, Corry MD,, Allen F,, Ulrich S,, Gottwald MD,, O’Neil N,, Neuhaus JM,, Segal MR,.... (2001) A Comparison of Lorazepam, Diazepam, and Placebo for the Treatment of Out-of-Hospital Status Epilepticus. New England Journal of Medicine, 345(25), 1860-1860. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200112203452521  

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