You Might Be a Scientist…

Guest [fill in the blank] by David Middleton Am I really a scientist?BY NESSA CARSON 15 AUGUST 2019 Whether in a lab, an office or on a stage, we are no strangers to wrestling with self-identity Citizen science projects are a high-impact way to engage people with real, scientific research. Anecdotally, untrained participants are not only…

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Patient Scientists Elucidate Origin of Eukaryotes

Guest post by John Tillman In 1962 paper, Roger Stanier and C. B. van Niel established the division of cellular organization into prokaryotes and eukaryotes, defining prokaryotes as those organisms, such as bacteria, which lack a cell nucleus. Ernst Mayr (1904-2005) called the evolution of eukaryotes–cells with nuclei–“perhaps the most important and dramatic event in…

‘Spin’ found in over half of clinical trial abstracts published in top psychiatry journals

Findings raise concerns about potential impact on doctors’ treatment decisions BMJ ‘Spin’–exaggerating the clinical significance of a particular treatment without the statistics to back it up–is apparent in more than half of clinical trial abstracts published in top psychology and psychiatry journals, finds a review of relevant research in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine. The findings…

It pays to explore in times of uncertainty

A study the antifragile crowd, aka Taleb would probably love~ctm To explore or exploit? Fishing vessel records show trade-offs University of California – Davis When making choices, people tend either to go with what they know or try something new. We experience this trade-off every day, whether choosing a route to work or buying breakfast…

Don’t make me turn this research around!

Coaching scientists to play well together News Release 18-Jul-2019 Free tool shows how to avoid fights over data and authorship conflicts Northwestern University ‘You stole my idea’ or ‘I’m not getting credit for my work’ are common disputes Only tool validated by research to help scientists collaborate smoothly Many NSF and NIH grants now require…

Researchers retract a paper because it turns out not to be about bulls&$#

From Retraction Watch Sometimes what science really needs is more bulls&$#. Just ask a group of environmental scientists in China, who lost their 2019 article on soil contamination because what they thought was manure was in fact something else. The article, titled “Immobilization of heavy metals in e-waste contaminated soils by combined application of biochar…

The reproducibility crisis in science

Dorothy Bishop describes how threats to reproducibility, recognized but unaddressed for decades, might finally be brought under control. From Nature: More than four decades into my scientific career, I find myself an outlier among academics of similar age and seniority: I strongly identify with the movement to make the practice of science more robust. It’s…