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Medical research: Cell division

26 June 2013 Meredith Wadman Nature The woman was four months pregnant, but she didn’t want another child. In 1962, at a hospital in Sweden, she had a legal abortion. The fetus — female, 20 centimetres long and wrapped in a sterile green cloth — was delivered to the Karolinska Institute in northwest Stockholm. There, […]

Crowdfunding Academic Research

June 10, 2013 Inside Higher Ed By Lauren Ingeno When a professor from a small liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania decided to take on a massive research project two summers ago, he went through the usual, often futile, process of applying for federal and private grants. But when funds were short a year later, […]

Can Science Be Trusted?

by KAS THOMAS MAY 20, 2013, 9:57 AM BigThink Can the scientific literature be trusted? In “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False,” Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, basically says no, it cannot. Far from a kook or […]

Closed Thinking

By Bruce Bower Science News Web edition: May 16, 2013 Without scientific competition and open debate, much psychology research goes nowhere In its idealized form, science resembles a championship boxing match. Theories square off, each vying for the gold belt engraved with “Truth.” Under the stern eyes of a host of referees, one theory triumphs […]

Crowdfunding Research

Posted by Derek May 14, 2013 Corante Crowdfunding academic research might be changing, from a near-stunt to an widely used method of filling gaps in a research group’s money supply. At least, that’s the impression this article at Nature Jobs gives: The practice has exploded in recent years, especially as success rates for research-grant applications […]

Learning From the Illusion of Understanding

by SAM MCNERNEY MAY 3, 2013, 11:11 AM BigThink The feeling of certainty might be our default setting. We spend most of our mental life confirming our opinions, even when those opinions involve complex issues. We believe we understand the world with detail and coherence, even though our folk theories are usually incomplete. The sad […]

Brain, Interrupted

By BOB SULLIVAN and HUGH THOMPSON Published: May 3, 2013 NYTimes TECHNOLOGY has given us many gifts, among them dozens of new ways to grab our attention. It’s hard to talk to a friend without your phone buzzing at least once. Odds are high you will check your Twitter feed or Facebook wall while reading […]

The Mind of a Con Man

By YUDHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE Published: April 26, 2013 NYTimes Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist, perpetrated an audacious academic fraud by making up studies that told the world what it wanted to hear about human nature. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/magazine/diederik-stapels-audacious-academic-fraud.html?pagewanted=1&nl=el  

Disruptions: Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream

By NICK BILTON APRIL 28, 2013, 11:00 AM NYTimes Last week, engineers sniffing around the programming code for Google Glass found hidden examples of ways that people might interact with the wearable computers without having to say a word. Among them, a user could nod to turn the glasses on or off. A single wink […]

Masculinity Crisis: The End of Male

By Zak Stone, from Tomorrow May/June 2013 -Utne Reader Traditional manhood aside, today’s real masculinity crisis is biological—environmental endocrine disruptors common in plastics and fertilizers may be contributing to rapidly declining fertility.