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ESP on Trial

By | September 1, 2016

In the 1930s, parapsychologist Joseph Banks Rhine aimed to use scientific methods to confirm the existence of extrasensory perception, but faced criticisms of dubious analyses and irreproducible results.

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Faulty Statistics Muddy fMRI Results

By | July 6, 2016

An analysis of the widely used technique calls into question the validity of 40,000 studies.

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Composite Endpoints in Clinical Trials

By | July 1, 2016

There’s a right way and a wrong way to boost the statistical sensitivity of this type of clinical studies.

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How to Use P-Values Correctly

By | March 9, 2016

The American Statistical Association offers guidance on best practices for the oft-misused tool.

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Methylation’s Role in Eusocial Insect Behavior Questioned

By | January 22, 2016

Researchers re-examine the evidence for DNA methylation as the cause of behavioral differences among social insects.

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Can We Smell A Trillion Odors?

By | July 8, 2015

A reanalysis calls into question a year-old claim that humans can decipher at least 1 trillion different scents.

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WHO: TB’s Toll Worse Than Thought

By | October 22, 2014

A new report from the World Health Organization finds that tuberculosis has infected hundreds of thousands more people around the world than was estimated a year ago.

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Week in Review: October 13–17

By | October 17, 2014

Snail not extinct after all; results too good to be true?; mice need myelin production for motor learning; keeping the brain young; the evolution of archaea

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Epigenetics Paper Raises Questions

By | October 16, 2014

GENETICS publishes a commentary criticizing a Nature Neuroscience paper claiming that mice can inherit smell sensitivities that their parents acquired during life.

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Screen the Healthy?

By | March 12, 2014

In light of a study that showed blood-based biomarkers could predict future cognitive impairment, researchers discuss statistical analyses and the problem of false positives.

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