Florida: Secret Police Arrest 1st Amendment Activist

Gray said he regularly makes public records requests. Based in St. Augustine, he passed through Brevard County last week on his way back from Miami. He said he stopped to get video of marked police vehicles for a future video piece about public records in Brevard. He saw a traffic stop on West King Street […]

Understanding Settled Science

Originally posted on Real Science:
Climate geniuses tell us that global warming increases the humidity in the air and makes hurricanes more intense, which is why there have been no major hurricanes this year – due to very dry air. Why Scientists Were Wrong About This Year’s Hurricane Season As a result of their having…

Chemist loses two papers, one each for plagiarism and duplication

Originally posted on Retraction Watch:
A researcher at Shanxi Normal University in China has notched two retractions, once for plagiarism and one for duplication. Here’s the most recent notice, which appeared in Chemical Physics Letters on September 25: This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief. The Authors have plagiarized part of…

Science reporter spoofs hundreds of open access journals with fake papers

Originally posted on Retraction Watch:
Alan Sokal’s influence has certainly been felt strongly recently. Last month, a critique by Sokal — who in 1996 got a fake paper published in Social Text — and two colleagues forced a correction of a much-ballyhooed psychology paper.  A few days after that, we reported on a Serbian Sokal hoax-like paper…

Zero Warming Equals Accelerated Warming

Originally posted on Real Science:
As global warming accelerates… – Editorial – JamaicaObserver.com

Lactation may be linked to aggressive cancer in Mexican women

During the four-year Ella Binational Breast Cancer Study, scientists assessed the association between reproductive factors and tumors subtypes in 1,041 Mexican and Mexican-American female cancer patients. The study looked at the occurrence of three tumor subtypes: luminal A, HER2 and triple negative. The luminal tumor starts in the inner cell lining of the mammary ducts […]

Smoking during pregnancy may increase risk of bipolar disorder in offspring

A study published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests an association between smoking during pregnancy and increased risk for developing bipolar disorder (BD) in adult children. Researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, in collaboration with scientists […]