Monthly Archives: July 2014

No, the Russians didn’t launch any ‘Gecko sex satellites’

Contrary to popular reporting, the Russian Foton M4 (popularly incorrectly spelt “photon m4”) was not carrying a bunch of geckos in order to study the effects space travel might have on their sexual proclivities, activities, or productivity. The “Foton-M” spacecraft … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence or Mechanically Mindless?

Part I: What you see is what you get, but isn’t what you think There is an interesting exception to an already interesting exception about one of the largest domains of scientific research (what I’ll call “applied sciences”, made up … Continue reading

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“Barriers to retraction may impede correction of the literature:” New study

Originally posted on Retraction Watch:
One of the complaints we often hear about the self-correcting nature of science is that authors and editors seem very reluctant to retract papers with obvious fatal flaws. Indeed, it seems fairly clear that the…

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