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Like Sleeping Beauty, some research lies dormant for decades

Why do some discoveries fade into obscurity while others blaze a new trail the moment they are published? More mysteriously, why do some research papers remain dormant for years and then suddenly explode with great impact upon the scientific community? The last group, dubbed “sleeping beauties,” is the subject of a new study from the Indiana University Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing’s Center for Complex Networks and Systems. It…

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Making science reporting more fair & balanced

The following guidelines, drawn up in consultation with scientists, science reporters, editors and subeditors, are intended for use by newsrooms to ensure that the reporting of science and health stories is balanced and accurate. They are not intended as a prescriptive checklist and of course shorter articles or NIBs [“news in brief” items] will not be able to cover every point. Above and beyond specific guidelines, familiarity with the technicalities…

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The Colossal Pile of Jibberish Behind Discovery, and Its Implications for Science Funding

There are few things more romantic than being a discoverer, whether it be Captain James Cook’s Sandwich Isles or Alvin Roth’s and Lloyd Shapley’s recent-Nobel-winning work on stable allocations. And the excitement exists even among us regular-folk scientists—our discoveries may not be of the magnitude of Sir Alexander Fleming’s penicillin or Einstein’s special relativity, but we bask away unheeded. “Dear world, here is my beautiful solution to the puzzle.” Not…

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Mayhem in the lab is productive

If there is one thing I hate, it is the traditional view of science. No one proposes a hypothesis, does a set of experiments that proves or disproves said hypothesis, and communicates the results to an approving and appreciative audience. That cliché is boring and wrong. Science proceeds by inspiration, ruthless pursuit, and not a small amount of vindictiveness. For anyone who doesn’t believe this, Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy…

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Parterning for Cures 2011

  On November 6-8 in New York, Partnering for Cures will bring together leaders from all sectors in medical research with, as the conference website describes, “the express purpose of making collaboration happen – collaborations that must happen if we are to speed up the time it takes to turn discoveries in to treatments and cures.” This year’s participants include: Philanthropists and investors seeking to invest their funds in a…

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