erinnacland, to academicchatter avatar

Former Stanford president retracts Nature paper as another gets expression of concern

"The two Nature papers – which have together been cited more than 1,000 times, according to Clarivate’s Web of Science – were among five the university investigation examined on which Tessier-Lavigne was the principal author. The other three have been retracted – two from Science and one from Cell."


bibliolater, to science avatar

"Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it is stressed that artificial algorithms attempt to mimic only the conscious function of parts of the cerebral cortex, ignoring the fact that, not only every conscious experience is preceded by an unconscious process but also that the passage from the unconscious to consciousness is accompanied by loss of information."

Athanassios S Fokas, Can artificial intelligence reach human thought?, PNAS Nexus, Volume 2, Issue 12, December 2023, pgad409, @science @engineering

renordquist, to academicchatter avatar

Now in the midst of the fun part of grant writing: blue sky discussions with a small core team and a deadline far, far away still.

We could do anything! Not yet locked into ideas and budgets, just dreaming away...

#academia #AcademicLife #science #writing @academicchatter #AcademicChatter #grants #GrantWriting

kevinmgill, to random avatar

Expanded spectrum infrared+blue+ultraviolet view of Saturn with boosted saturation. Processed using Cassini data take in April 2004.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/CICLOPS/Kevin M. Gill

prachisrivas, to academicchatter avatar

I learned something wonderful today.

The @zotero citation manager automatically alerts you if you cite or have a paper in your database that has been retracted.

Thanks @kdund for following this up!

Very important tool as the numbers of research papers retracted are increasing over time (it seems).


bibliolater, to science avatar

"I argue that inclusion of Occam's razor is an essential factor that distinguishes science from superstition and pseudoscience. I also describe how the razor is embedded in Bayesian inference and argue that science is primarily the means to discover the simplest descriptions of our world."

McFadden, J. (2023). Razor sharp: The role of Occam's razor in science. Ann NY Acad Sci, 1530, 8–17. @science

bibliolater, to biology avatar

"The study has revealed that the Balkans was a frontier region of ancient Rome as cosmopolitan as the imperial centre, and that Slavic migration arriving in the Balkans from the 6th century onwards represents between 30% and 60% of the ancestry of the Balkan peoples today." @biology @science

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bibliolater, to philosophyofscience avatar

"The authors introduce the two main theoretical approaches in SM, Boltzmannian SM and Gibbsian SM, and discuss how they conceptualise equilibrium and explain the approach to it. In doing so, the authors examine how probabilities are introduced into the theories, how they deal with irreversibility, how they understand the relation between the micro and the macro level, and how the two approaches relate to each other."

Frigg R, Werndl C. Foundations of Statistical Mechanics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2024. doi: @philosophy @philosophyofscience @physics

bibliolater, to science avatar

"The findings gave a unique understanding of life and death in this early Christian Viking community and indicated that it was common to suffer from dental caries, tooth loss, infections of dental origin and tooth pain. These Vikings also manipulated their teeth through filing, tooth picking and other occupational behaviors."

Bertilsson C, Vretemark M, Lund H, Lingström P (2023) Caries prevalence and other dental pathological conditions in Vikings from Varnhem, Sweden. PLOS ONE 18(12): e0295282. @archaeodons @science

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erinnacland, to academicchatter avatar

New study warns "that protracted PhDs and lengthy postdoctoral stints are holding back even the best scientists from 'achieving independence and tenure'."

Author argues that "universities should have more flexible rules that allow them to promote people quicker if they prove to be 'really outstanding in their early steps' [...and that] funding should shift to younger scientists,"

h/t @ingorohlfing

Sheril, to random avatar

One of the world’s longest-running experiments has been going for 144 years!

In 1879, botanist William Beal wanted to study how long buried seeds would remain viable. He buried bottles w different seeds in a secret spot on Michigan State's campus.

Every 20 yrs, a small group scientists dig up the bottles & seeds continue to germinate 🌱 (My husband @DavidLowry is the one on the right).

The paper from their last dig is now out so this story is back in the news.

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JustCodeCulture, to histodons avatar

Congratulations to CBI Sr. Research Fellow William Aspray who just published Understanding Information History: The Case of America in 1920 (Springer).


JustCodeCulture, to anthropology avatar

CBI Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) History Award Call for 2024

Applications/nominations (self-nominations are WELCOME) due Feb. 15, '24, for book, article, other media from trailing 3 yrs '23, '22, '21. PLS Share! Cmt: @teaselmuir, G. Con Diaz, Dag Spicer, Liz Petrick & me.


Sheril, to random avatar

‘Tis the season to remember that all of Santa’s reindeer are female.

You see, males drop their antlers after the Autumn mating season, so since the world’s most celebrated reindeer are always depicted with spectacular antlers, we must assume that Ol’ Saint Nick’s entire intrepid team - including Rudolph - are female.

bud_t, to academicchatter avatar

US agency launches experiments to find innovative ways to fund research


bibliolater, to science avatar

"To address questions about the real appearance of St Anthony, we applied body mass estimation equations to the osteometric measurements taken in 1981, during the public recognition of the Saint’s skeletal remains. Both the biomechanical and the morphometric approach were employed to solve some intrinsic limitations in the equations for body mass estimation from skeletal remains. The estimated body mass was used to assess the physique of the Saint with the body mass index."

Mongillo J, Vescovo G, Bramanti B (2021) Belly fat or bloating? New insights into the physical appearance of St Anthony of Padua. PLOS ONE 16(12): e0260505. @science

bibliolater, to science avatar

"Medieval hospitals were founded to provide charity, but poverty and infirmity were broad and socially determined categories and little is known about the residents of these institutions and the pathways that led them there. Combining skeletal, isotopic and genetic data, the authors weave a collective biography of individuals buried at the Hospital of St John the Evangelist, Cambridge."

Inskip S, Cessford C, Dittmar J, et al. Pathways to the medieval hospital: collective osteobiographies of poverty and charity. Antiquity. 2023;97(396):1581-1597. doi: @archaeodons @science

bibliolater, to science avatar

The secrets of Einstein's unknown equation – with Sean Carroll.

"The real Einstein's Equation is part of general relativity, which relates the curvature of spacetime to the mass and energy distributed within it.

Sean explains why the geometry of spacetime has anything to do with gravity, and how this famous equation expresses the way that spacetime curves." @science @physics

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JustCodeCulture, to histodons avatar

Explorer 8 satellite mockup, Parade Of Progress Show at the Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio (Aug. 14, 1964).


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