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PubPeer Appears to Peer Properly

Last October, the science community was all agog by the announcement that Fazlul H Sarkar, PhD, was suing PubPeer, demanding that they release the names of the anonymous commenters who had criticized numerous papers that had come from his laboratory

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The Franzen Case. Nanochemistry In Fantasy Land Or All That Glitters Is Not Palladium

Last month (October), I had the pleasure of attending a lecture at New York University (NYU) given by a fellow whistle blower, Stefan Franzen, who was hosted by another fellow whistle blower, Bart Kahr. Stefan, who hails from the North

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Stapel got ahold of the hammer again (but not for long) and other stories

Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Diedrick Stapel hits the nail on the head: seems that Diedrick Stapel, the kitchen table data creator, cannot lose for winning. It was reported on the Retraction Watch recently (remember he has racked up 54 retractions

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Cheating in Science: Who Cares?

Last week I went to the annual meeting of the Radiation Research Society in Las Vegas.  I had a poster on display during the entire meeting in the poster room and was scheduled to stand by and explain it during

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Week’s Happenings 9/14/14

On the 16th, Nathan S Blow, Editor-in-Chief of BioTechniques wrote a piece about the Materials and Methods section of scientific papers.  He points out that most authors do not provide enough detail for the reader to repeat the experiments.  On

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The cost of retractions, another fascinating charlatan and Mt Holyoke, but not Smith, does the right thing

Tracy Vance reported in the Scientist (Monday, 9/8)) on the cost of retractions.  They can reduce related citations and impact on future funding.  Best to do it right in the first place.  Even unintentional errors can cost. From Morning Break Medpage

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9/7/14

Wonderful Labor Day weekend in WV visiting granddaughter and 3 rambunctious great grand kids.  Only problem was getting out of Parkersburg.  Spent the whole day Sunday in the airport looking at our plane which could not fly in the rain

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8/27/2014

I am having trouble keeping up with all the news that I would like to talk about in this blog!  Stay with me, I am doing my best! Retraction Watch is running about 2 posts a day since last I

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New today

On Ted Talks Clint Smith has a thoughtful message about the danger of silence.  He says that “silence is the residue of fear…who has to have a soap box when all you ever needed was your voice?”  So what does

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What’s new this week

It’s always good to get an email from Ed Yong — good, bad and interesting news on the science home front.  Try Edyong209@gmail.com to subscribe to his blog. Retraction Watch (http://retractionwatch.com) has had some interesting posts this week: “A researcher at Tufts

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