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    Monument to peer review unveiled in Moscow

    Story Source Dari Drozhzhina The ‘Monument to an Anonymous Peer Reviewer’ was unveiled at a ceremony at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics on 26 May. A 1.5-tonne stone tribute to peer review is the latest addition to Moscow’s rich cultural heritage. On 26 May, a good-humoured crowd of more than 100 people — including students, […]

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    Would-be Johns Hopkins whistleblower loses appeal in case involving Nature retraction

    Story Source A former researcher at Johns Hopkins who voiced concerns about a now-retracted paper in Nature has lost another bid for whistleblower protection. Daniel Yuan, a longtime statistician for former Hopkins yeast geneticist Jef Boeke, was dismissed in 2011, after he’d spent years raising concerns about research coming out of the lab. Yuan’s criticisms, […]

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    Jupiter’s secrets revealed by NASA probe

    Story Source NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/ Roman Tkachenko The Juno spacecraft is equipped with instruments that can pierce the swirling clouds that surround Jupiter. The sharpest look yet at Jupiter has revealed a number of surprises — including a surge of ammonia welling up from its gassy depths, a startlingly powerful magnetic field and what could be a […]

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    Authors retract much-debated blockchain paper from F1000

    Story Source The authors of a popular — and heavily debated — F1000Research paper proposing a method to prevent scientific misconduct have decided to retract it. The paper was initially criticized for allegedly plagiarizing from a graduate student’s blog — and revised to try to “rectify the overlap.” But according to F1000, it is now being retracted after […]

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    The best-kept secrets to winning grants

    Story Source Illustration by Sébastien Thibault Anaesthesiologist and clinical researcher Peter Nagele started his first independent position in good shape. It was 2007 and he had already earned two early career grants for his laboratory at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. But when he applied for his first major research grants from the US […]

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    China expands DNA data grab in troubled western region

    Story Source Thomas Peter/Reuters China has boosted its security presence in the Xinjiang region, home to a large Uighur population. Police in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China, have been collecting DNA samples from citizens and are now ramping up their capacity to analyse that genetic cache, according to evidence compiled by activists and details […]

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    Drop in cases of Zika threatens large-scale trials

    Story Source Mauricio Lima/NYT/eyevine Zika infection in pregnancy can cause birth defects, but a fall in cases means risks may not be understood. Studies of thousands of pregnant women that were set up to probe the link between Zika and birth defects may not provide definitive answers because of a sharp drop in the number […]

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    Fleeting phase of planet formation discovered

    Story Source Gemini Observatory/AURA/Lynette Cook/SPL The cloud of dust and debris around a star can give rise to a new type of celestial object during planet formation. Rocky planets, including Earth, endure violent beginnings. Giant impacts vaporize enormous chunks of protoplanets, surrounding them in a flattened halo of debris. Scientists believe that these disks eventually […]

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    Colombian biologist cleared of criminal charges for posting another scientist's thesis online

    Story Source Courtesy of Fundación Karisma Colombian biologist Diego Gómez. A Colombian biologist who faced a criminal trial for posting another scientist’s thesis online has been cleared of copyright violation — an offence that, under Colombian law, might have brought him a jail sentence. Diego Gómez Hoyos was handed down his ‘not guilty’ verdict on […]

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    Fund to curb outbreaks and chronic disease on the chopping block

    Story Source Joe Raedle/Getty Images The programme currently funds vaccinations for uninsured children. As Republican politicians in Congress push to repeal the health-insurance reforms enacted by former President Barack Obama, public-health advocates are worried about the fate of a US$900-million fund that supports preventive medicine and research programmes. The health-care overhaul legislation approved by the […]