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March 06, 2015

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3:00 PM | Key to quantum gravity may lurk in cosmic haze
Any blurry observations of distant objects could suggest the universe itself is blurry at a minute scale, and hint at how to build a theory of quantum gravity
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2:30 PM | Sun sets on Sun Yat-sen University cell bio paper
Researchers at Sun Yat-sen University in China have lost a paper in the Journal of Cell Science for “inappropriate figure manipulations,” which they blame entirely on the first author. According to the notice, three figures were “inappropriately modified” — cells or nuclei were moved, and the edges of cell images were trimmed. The researchers place the […]The post Sun sets on Sun Yat-sen University cell bio paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:00 PM | The Golden Age of PR
I usually check out Jonathan Chait's blog once or twice a week and I usually ignore the "Most Viewed Stories" column to the right of the page. Recently, though, one of the items caught my eye."Who Was That at the End of the New Avengers Trailer, and Why Should You Be So Excited?"The link led to a Vulture.com post about the comic book character the Vision, followed by some speculation about what part he might play in the upcoming Avengers movie. Looking over the article, it struck me that this […]
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11:45 AM | Puzzlebomb – March 2015
Puzzlebomb is a monthly puzzle compendium. Issue 39 of Puzzlebomb, for March 2015, can be found here: Puzzlebomb – Issue 39 – March 2015 The solutions to Issue 39 will be posted at the same time as Issue 40. Previous issues of Puzzlebomb, and their solutions, can be found here.
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3:00 AM | Mars 2015, 1er défi
Pour la deuxième année, chaque semaine, un défi du calendrier mathématique... - Défis du Calendrier Mathématique / Carrousel

March 05, 2015

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9:44 PM | Judge rules most of PubPeer’s commenters can remain anonymous
PubPeer won a near-complete victory in a Michigan court today. A judge has agreed to allow the site to protect the identities of all but one of its anonymous commenters, after a cancer researcher demanded the site release the names of those who have critiqued his papers. For one of the comments on the site, […]The post Judge rules most of PubPeer’s commenters can remain anonymous appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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9:00 PM | Origami doughnut squashes up to protect what's inside
The folds on this paper ring are precision-made by a laser so that when it's compressed, the hole at its centre stays the same size and protects its contents
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8:10 PM | Cartoon Metalogic
Bud Grace, creator of the comic strip the Piranha Club, is a former nuclear physicist -- No, really, look it up -- and every now and then a bit of STEM humor pops up.
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4:30 PM | Psychology retractions have quadrupled since 1989: study
Marc Hauser. Dirk Smeesters. Diederik Stapel. Psychology has been home to some of the most infamous cases of fraud in recent years, and while it’s just a few bad apples who are spoiling the bunch, the field itself has seen an overall increase in retractions, according to a new paper by Jürgen Margraf appearing in Psychologische Rundschau and titled “Zur […]The post Psychology retractions have quadrupled since 1989: study appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | Diabetes researcher won’t give up court fight to quash expressions of concern
Apparently, you can’t keep Mario Saad down. The researcher, who had 12 figures in a paper corrected this week, was dealt a setback last week when a judge denied his motion to remove expressions of concern on four of his papers in the journal Diabetes, saying that would have amounted to prior restraint — essentially, censorship […]The post Diabetes researcher won’t give up court fight to quash expressions of concern appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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10:58 AM | il Giorno Sequenziale [Pillole]
è stato ieri, ma abbiamo la possibilità di una replica...The post il Giorno Sequenziale [Pillole] appeared first on Il Post.
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9:26 AM | For investors, all money isn't created equal
In our most recent discussion of driverless cars, I made the following assertion about Google:Google has a lot of reasons to want to be seen as a diversified, broadly innovative technology company, rather than as a very good one-trick pony cashing in on a monopoly (possibly two monopolies depending on how you want to count YouTube). A shiny reputation helps to keep stock prices high and regulators at bay.I didn't really think of it at the time, but this concern is a point we have hit […]
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6:00 AM | L'enigma del Contadino
Anno nuovo, classico nuovo. Partiamo (e ci restiamo, almeno per qualche puntata) da Canterbury: per quanto riguarda la matematica, ci fermiamo ai Canterbury Puzzles, di Dudeney; ma siccome sono molto brevi, inseriremo qualche nostra considerazione. A Chance-gathered company of pilgrims, on their way to the shrine of Saint Thomas à Becket at Canterbury, met at the old [...]
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6:00 AM | Planètes mathématiques
De l'Anti-Terre aux exoplanètes en passant par Neptune, découvrez la façon dont les mathématiques ont permis à d'audacieux astronomes d'imaginer l'existence de planètes invisibles... et même parfois de les découvrir ! - Café des maths / Piste verte, featured
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5:25 AM | Healthcare, Statutory Interpretation, and Court Legitimacy
By Gordon Hull The Affordable Care Act was in the Supreme Court again today, this time for oral argument in King v. Burwell. For those who don’t follow the ACA’s legal woes, the challenge in Burwell is this: under the ACA, states are supposed to establish exchanges where citizens can...

March 04, 2015

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8:00 PM | It's the faster, stronger, better Large Hadron Collider
Still basking in the glory of the Higgs discovery, CERN's celebrity particle smasher is aiming for even wilder particles – and the truth about supersymmetry
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4:30 PM | Second exercise study retracted in four-paper pileup
We recently wrote about three papers on heart health and exercise that came under fire for reporting the same trial in three different ways. Actually, make that four ways (so far). The Wiley journal Nursing and Health Sciences has retracted a fourth paper from the group, saying the “main study” was “previously published.” The notice […]The post Second exercise study retracted in four-paper pileup appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:30 PM | PLoS ONE mega-correction, but no retraction, for researcher who sued diabetes journal
PLoS ONE has just issued a 12-figure correction on a paper by Mario A. Saad, who sued the American Diabetes Association unsuccessfully in an attempt to prevent it from retracting four papers in its flagship journal Diabetes. The corrections include taking out Western blots copied from another Saad paper, as well as several figures where the bands […]The post PLoS ONE mega-correction, but no retraction, for researcher who sued diabetes journal appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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2:00 PM | Elegant theories and headless clowns -- more bad tech reporting from the New York Times
The previously mentioned Paul Krugman piece on opera singer Jenny Lind  included a link to this NYT article "adapted from The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do, by Eduardo Porter, an editorial writer for The New York Times." Krugman was criticizing the reliance on simple economic stories that don't fit the facts. Porter was telling one.Baseball aficionados might conclude that all of this points to some pernicious new trend in the market for top players. But […]
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7:00 AM | L'adversaire de Galois (I)
Le duel aussi célèbre que mystérieux à la suite duquel périt Évariste Galois se pose au fond en équation à deux inconnues : qui était l'adversaire, quelle en était la cause ? - Billets des habitués
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6:04 AM | Chi non si vaccina fa ammalare anche te
In teoria si potrebbe pensare che se qualcuno non si vaccina è solo un suo problema: beh, non è proprio così.The post Chi non si vaccina fa ammalare anche te appeared first on Il Post.

March 03, 2015

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9:37 PM | Relativisim, Revolutionary Fictionalism, Moral Facts and #TheDress
By: Leigh M. Johnson If you haven't already, you should read yesterday's Stone article in the NYT by Justin McBrayer entitled "Why Our Children Don't Believe There Are Moral Facts." There, McBrayer bemoans the ubiquity of a certain configuration of the difference between "fact" and "opinion" assumed in most pre-college...
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8:00 PM | Birth of a Theorem: Mathematics, Boltzmann and brio
Birth of a Theorem: A mathematical adventure by Fields medallist Cedric Villani is an exhilarating but exhausting journey with a fascinating mind
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7:02 PM | Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain Awards Postdoctoral Fellowships
SCGB Fellows are outstanding researchers whose work blends theory and experimentation on the nature, role and mechanisms of the neural activity that produces cognition.
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4:30 PM | Catalyst for change: grad student catches error in chem experiments, prompts retraction
ACS Catalysis has retracted a 2015 research letter from a chemistry lab that discovered an error in their experiments. According to last author Rory Waterman at the University of Vermont, an undetected reaction caused his lab to mistakenly mischaracterize the products of an iridium catalyst. The diligence of a graduate student brought it all to […]The post Catalyst for change: grad student catches error in chem experiments, prompts retraction appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:16 PM | Number of the Day: 5000
For the second consecutive day, The Numbers is going back to the Nasdaq 5000 well for its Number of the Day honoree. Congratulations to our first repeat winner.
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2:30 PM | Heart journal issues expression of concern after fraud report
The American Heart Association’s journal Circulation has issued an expression of concern for a paper about the molecular underpinnings of arrhythmias that was co-authored by a biomedical engineer who committed fraud on a massive scale. According to an investigation by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), former Vanderbilt engineer Igor Dzhura faked nearly 70 images and drastically over-estimated […]The post Heart journal issues expression of concern after fraud report appeared […]
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2:30 PM | Epidemiology Research
I am a big fan of Aaron Carroll, who often blogs at the incidental economist.  However, in his latest New York Times column he says:Most of the evidence for that recommendation has come from epidemiologic studies, which can be flawed.Use of these types of studies happens far more often than we would like, leading to dietary guidelines that may not be based on the best available evidence. But last week, the government started to address that problem, proposing new guidelines that in some […]
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9:15 AM | Vibrators as scaffolding
By Catarina Dutilh Novaes A few days ago the link to an interesting piece popped up in my Facebook newsfeed: ‘Three reasons why every woman should use a vibrator’. I wholeheartedly agree with the main claim, but what makes the piece particularly interesting for philosophers at large is a reference...

March 02, 2015

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10:15 PM | Five MIT researchers win Sloan Research Fellowships
Faculty specializing in mathematics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, and economics among 126 selected.
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