The Germanwings A320 tragedy, in which 150 people died, is the latest in a series of fatal crashes over the past year. Are more planes crashing, or does it just seem that way? Plus: is the number of penalties Chelsea Football Club have been awarded in the Premier League this season "abnormally low" as they have claimed?
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This week at Retraction Watch featured 43 papers retracted at once for fake peer reviews. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Monsanto wants a WHO report linking their weed killer to cancer retracted. A pilot project by Nature Publishing Group’s Scientific Reports to offer fast-track peer review for a fee has sparked the resignation of one […]The post Weekend reads: Monsanto demands retraction; fast-track peer review for fee scrutinized; fraud in China appeared first on
“Mi sembra che la biblioteca di questo rinomatissimo Istituto non sia poi così fornita di testi come uno si aspetterebbe…”
“Qui i libri non li leggiamo: li scriviamo”
Napalm. Parola strana, per una strana sostanza. Ma è stranezza compensata da un certa onestà implicita nel termine stesso: sembra inizialmente curioso, quasi perverso, trovare nel nome del [...]
La poursuite du lièvre par un chien : quelques 'illustrations du problème des deux courriers au Moyen-Âge et au début du XVème siècle.
Histoire des Mathématiques
I've often joked I'd like to have my remains put into orbit. Not in a "scatter my ashes" sense, but, like, "throw my naked corpse out the airlock" sense. Honestly, my main motivation is to baffle someone in the distant future, but it's an interesting scientific question: what would happen to my body in orbit over the course of years, decades or centuries?
—Tim in Fremont
This isn't really relevant, but I have to ask: Is there a reason you