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Errors noted in stem cell ‘breakthrough’ research – Nature News

John Kerr posted in on May 24th, 2013.

Nature News reports on new developments regarding the stem cell breakthrough published last week: several errors have been noted in the article and critics are unimpressed with incredibly short peer review process. An excerpt (read in full here): Stem-cell cloner acknowledges errors in groundbreaking paper Critics raise questions about rush to publication. A blockbuster paper […]

Sir Peter Gluckman on science funding and peer review

Peter Griffin posted in on December 14th, 2012.

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman has today released a discussion paper Which science to fund: time to review peer review? The paper arrives as both New Zealand and Australia consider their priorities for public science funding and while it doesn’t focus on the subject, it deals with the “more complex […]

Why scientists won’t debate Lord Monckton

Dacia Herbulock posted in on August 5th, 2011.

The New Zealand Herald Online has published a strongly-worded editorial from Australian cognitive scientist Stephan Lewandowsky on the nature of scientific debate and those who refuse to partake. This follows closely on the heels of an article from Herald reporter Isaac Davison highlighting the less than enthusiastic response from scientists and other public figures who […]

UK scientists on “climategate” emails

Peter Griffin posted in on November 24th, 2009.

New Zealand climate scientist Dr Jim Salinger is among an international group of climate scientists quoted in emails obtained from the University of East Anglia’s climate research unit and leaked onto the internet. The so-called “climategate” emails have been seized on by climate change sceptics who claim they show leading climate scientists have manipulated data […]

The threat to science publishing

Peter Griffin posted in on August 24th, 2009.

The Open Access (OA) movement has been around since the 1990s – not surprising, as one of its principal tenets is that information should be freely available online. More specifically, it generally refers to scientific information, and in particular the information generally found in scientific journals.  As we all know, this information is generally not […]

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