Tag: scientific literature

  • Whose fault is a retraction?

    Whose fault is a retraction?

    A journal called Advances in Materials Science and Engineering retracted a paper it published and issued the following notice, excerpted from Retraction Watch, December 22, 2022: Advances in Materials Science and Engineering has retracted the article titled “Monitoring of Sports Health Indicators Based on Wearable Nanobiosensors” [1]. Since publication, readers have raised concerns that the […]

  • The paradoxical virtues of primacy in science

    Primacy is a false virtue imposed by the structures of modern science – yet it is also necessary to right some wrongs.

  • The forgotten first lives of India’s fauna

    Prof. Biju said the Rohanixalus is the 20th recognised genus of the family Rhacophoridae that comprises 422 known Old World tree frog species found in Asia and Africa. He said there are eight frog species in this genus Rohanixalus, which are known to inhabit forested as well as human-dominated landscapes right from the northeast, the […]

  • The passive is political

    If Saruman is the stupid shit people say, I have often found Grima Wormtongue is the use of the passive voice. To the uninitiated: Wormtongue was a slimy fellow on Saruman’s side in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. He was much, much less powerful compared to Saruman, but fed the wizard’s ego, lubricated […]

  • The costs of correction

    I was slightly disappointed to read a report in the New York Times this morning. Entitled ‘Two Huge COVID-19 Studies Are Retracted After Scientists Sound Alarms’, it discussed the implications of two large studies of COVID-19 recently being retracted by two leading medical journals they were published in, the New England Journal of Medicine and […]

  • Poor journalism is making it harder for preprints

    There have been quite a few statements by various scientists on Twitter who, in pointing to some preprint paper’s untenable claims, point to the manuscript’s identity as a preprint paper as well. This is not fair, as I’ve argued many times before. A big part of the problem here is bad journalism. Bad preprint papers are a […]

  • The chrysalis that isn’t there

    I wrote the following post while listening to this track. Perhaps you will enjoy reading it to the same sounds. Otherwise, please consider it a whimsical recommendation. 🙂 I should really start keeping a log of different stories in the news all of which point to the little-acknowledged but only-evident fact that science – like […]

  • GM: confronting contradictions

    GM: confronting contradictions

    Neither the persuasion to nitpick scientific studies nor our persistent hypocrisy is going to end the GM crops debate.

  • Podile, plagiarism, politics

    If Appa Rao is the first politically appointed VC at the University of Hyderabad, how can anything he does not be examined through a political lens?

  • Two of Alan Turing’s WW-II papers are now in the public domain

    The Wire May 21, 2015 A scientific paper written by Alan Turing, the brilliant computer scientist who cracked the Enigma code during the Second World War and bolstered Britain’s war efforts, was recently declassified by the British government and uploaded to the arXiv pre-print server. The paper’s entitled ‘The Applications of Probability to Cryptography’. It has Turing […]