Speaking of Science

September 2012's selection of notable quotes

By The Scientist | September 1, 2012

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No other sense can arouse you like touch. . . . If touch didn’t feel good, there’d  be no species, parenthood, or survival. . . .touch is not only most basic to our species, but the key to it.

—The late Duke neuroscientist Saul Schanberg, quoted by science writer Diane Ackerman in her book A Natural History of the Senses (1990)


Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.

—Author Margaret Atwood, in her Booker Prize–winning novel The Blind Assassin (2000)



I strongly recommend that you continue this voluntary moratorium until you can have this open and transparent process addressing the fundamental principles.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in an address to influenza investigators about the cessation of research on a highly pathogenic bird flu strain (Nature, July 13, 2012)



To see the world for a moment as something rich and strange is the private reward of many a discovery.

—Nobel-Prize–winning physicist Edward Purcell, who discovered the phenomenon of nuclear magnetic resonance in liquids and solids and was born 100 years ago, on August 30, 1912



I’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!

—NASA Mars rover Curiosity, in its first tweet after touching down safely on the Red Planet (Aug. 5, 2012)



Within weeks [Curiosity’s] three chemistry labs could possibly beam back the first evidence of extraterrestrial life—either as it may have existed in the past or as it currently survives under the Mars surface.

—The editorial board of The Christian Science Monitor, on the potential for NASA’s new Mars rover to discover molecular traces of life on the planet (Aug. 6, 2012)



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Posts: 20

February 11, 2013


To Dave20640, 65% is the proportion of the 2,000 retracted articles, not of all articles published. If 200,000 articles were published, that would be only 2/3 of one percent of all articles published; not a stunning number. I didn't see anything in the article (or the linked material) that indicated whether 2,000 was large or not, by comparison. What perplexes me is that these people think they are not going to get caught. That makes me wonder if there's a lot more going on than we know about, that they do know about. I then wonder why we don't see, in these reports, information that they were asked if, in their experience, this kind of behavior is widespread. Not that we would necessarily be confident about the veracity of their observations. kredi hesaplama-evim şahane - fragman izle - mobilya modelleri


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