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The Reasons Behind Retractions

By | June 26, 2013

An analysis of 244 retraction notices shows how journals handle mistakes and fraudulent behavior.

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Darwin Cleared of Plagiarism

By | June 26, 2013

A new book by an evolution historian asserts that Darwin and Wallace developed their theories of evolution independently.

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Proposed “Japanese NIH” Draws Fire

By | June 25, 2013

Scientific societies in Japan contend that a plan for an NIH-like agency to oversee the country’s science ministries will squash basic research.

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Blocking Memories to Treat Alcoholism

By | June 25, 2013

Targeting a molecular pathway involved with learning and memory helps rats with a taste for booze wean themselves off of the sauce.

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Researchers Harness Brain Game Data

By | June 25, 2013

The activities of cognitive training enthusiasts give insight into the effects of lifestyle choices and age on the brain’s performance.

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Nordic Gene Study Requires Consent

By | June 24, 2013

A company has been ordered to stop estimating Icelanders’ genotypes and linking them to hospital records.

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Jailed Scientist Attempted Suicide

By | June 24, 2013

A leading Turkish academic imprisoned in 2012 on what his supporters say are unjust charges unsuccessfully tried to take his own life.  

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New Viruses Attack Asia and Africa

By | June 24, 2013

A poorly studied family of viruses with circular genomes may be behind cases of brain inflammation in Vietnam and paraplegia in Malawi.

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Journals Guilty of Citation Inflation

By | June 21, 2013

A record 66 journals have been banned from this year’s impact-factor list for citation foulplay.

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Week in Review, June 17–21

By | June 21, 2013

On the gene patent decision; a high-res human brain model; bats’ influence on moths mating calls; toxicants threaten brain health; platelet-driven immunity

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