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Week in Review: April 15–19
Jef Akst | Apr 19, 2013
Measuring consciousness; unethical data splitting; the deliciousness of beer; autism mutations linked to cannabinoid signaling; arming animals against electron microscopes
Neurologist Faked Stroke Data
Dan Cossins | Jan 28, 2013
A University of Wisconsin neuroscientist is found guilty of falsifying Western blots as part of his stroke research, and has requested the retraction of two papers.
Men Cheat More Often
Dan Cossins | Jan 22, 2013
Male scientists commit research misconduct more often than their female peers, and senior researchers are more likely to engage in fraud than trainees.
Researchers Risk Insider Trading
Dan Cossins | Jan 14, 2013
Academics get paid handsome fees to consult with the financial industry, but run the risk of revealing confidential information that leads to illicit gains.
Reforming Research Cheats
Dan Cossins | Jan 9, 2013
A new ethics course aims to rehabilitate scientists found guilty of misconduct so they can return to the field as productive researchers.
Science’s Reproducibility Problem
Bob Grant | Dec 18, 2012
A recent roundtable discussion identifies challenges facing the scientific community regarding a lack of reproducible results in the literature.
GM Rice Researchers Sacked
Dan Cossins | Dec 13, 2012
An official investigation into a controversial GM rice study carried out with Chinese schoolchildren has resulted in the removal of three China-based researchers.
Military Mind Wars
Jonathan D. Moreno | Nov 1, 2012
How neuroscience research can inform military counterintelligence tactics, and the moral responsibilities that accompany such research
Fraud Breeds Retractions
Sabrina Richards | Oct 1, 2012
An analysis of retractions dating back to 1977 shows that most papers are retracted due to misconduct.
The Retraction Mother Lode?
Sabrina Richards | Apr 13, 2012
Editors at 23 scientific journals demand validation of nearly 200 studies authored by a Japanese anesthesiologist.