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Science buzz and criticism get a powerful boost

Science buzz and criticism get a powerful boost

The scientific literature is full of it. By which I mean, of course, spin, error and less-than-reliable results. All that noise makes it tough to keep up with what’s important to read and buzz about.

October 22, 2013 — Hilda Bastian
Blemish: The truth about blackheads

Blemish: The truth about blackheads

Some old wives’ and doctors’ tales are pretty harmless. Behind the myths about blackheads and acne, though, it gets very ugly. And what the truth shows us about how superficial we can be isn’t pretty either.

September 16, 2013 — Hilda Bastian
Opening a can of data-sharing worms

Opening a can of data-sharing worms

Are researchers’ dogs eating a lot of their homework? Well, yesterday afternoon at the quadrennial medical editors’ scientific meeting in Chicago, we found out they kinda are.

September 10, 2013 — Hilda Bastian
Academic spin: How to dodge & weave past research exaggeration

Academic spin: How to dodge & weave past research exaggeration

Yesterday’s uplifting emphasis at the quadrennial medical editors’ scientific meeting was bad research (“Bad research rising”). This morning’s motivational agenda focused on measuring some of the main techniques for jazzing up research results.

September 9, 2013 — Hilda Bastian
Academic spin: How to dodge & weave past research exaggeration

Academic spin: How to dodge & weave past research exaggeration

Yesterday’s uplifting emphasis at the quadrennial medical editors’ scientific meeting was bad research (“Bad research rising”). This morning’s motivational agenda focused on measuring some of the main techniques for jazzing up research results.

September 9, 2013 — Hilda Bastian
Bad research rising: The 7th Olympiad of research on biomedical publication

Bad research rising: The 7th Olympiad of research on biomedical publication

What do the editors of medical journals talk about when they get together? So far today, it’s been a fascinating but rather grim mixture of research that can’t be replicated, dodgy authorship, plagiarism and duplicate papers, and the general rottenness of citations as a measure of scientific impact.

September 8, 2013 — Hilda Bastian

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