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The journal Nature is going to begin requiring reproducibility in submitted papers

From the Journal of Irreproducible Science – over 2/3s of researchers say they are unable to replicate study results WUWT Reader “QQBoss” writes: The BBC reports (shockingly), that the journal Nature is going to begin requiring a reproducibility checklist of authors, based on a survey performed last year where at least 70% of respondents (self-selected,…

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Facts, beliefs, and identity: The seeds of science skepticism

From the SOCIETY FOR PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY San Antonio, Texas – Psychological researchers are working to understand the cognitive processes, ideologies, cultural demands, and conspiracy beliefs that cause smart people to resist scientific messages. Using surveys, experiments, observational studies and meta-analyses, the researchers capture an emerging theoretical frontier with an eye to making science…

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Lago Enriquillo Redux

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen In previous episodes:  In January of 2014, the NY Times published an article “Rising Tide Is a Mystery That Sinks Island Hopes” by  Randal C. Archibold, in which the waters of Lago Enriquillo, in the southwest corner of the Dominican Republic, were claimed to be rising and flooding farms and…

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Modern Scientific Controversies Part 5: Common Elements

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Prologue:  This is the fifth, and last, in a series of essays discussing ongoing scientific controversies—each one a so-called “science war”.  This essay attempts to illuminate the similarities that exist between the four previous topics and, of course,  the Climate Wars. Warning:  This is not a short essay.  Dig in…

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How to communicate science

From the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON What makes influential science? Telling a good story It turns out that even in the world of scientific writing, your eighth-grade teacher was right: how you write can matter as much as what you write. In a study published Dec. 15 in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers from the University of…

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Science Is In Deep Trouble, New Paper Shows

‘Fraudulent research makes it past gatekeepers at even the most prestigious journals’ London 31 October:  A new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation reveals the extent to which current policy-making is reliant on untrustworthy peer-reviewed research, much of which cannot be replicated and “may be simply untrue”. click on the image above to…