"...Subsequently I began to enter my own data, row for row, column for column...3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 4, 5, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 5, 4, 3, 3, 2. When I was finished, I would do the first analyses. Often, these would not immediately produce the right results. Back to the matrix and alter data. 4, 6, 7, 5, 4, 7, 8, 2, 4, 4, 6, 5, 6, 7, 8, 5, 4. Just as long until all analyses worked out as planned." -Diederik Stapel
“Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change,” the paper by Mark Carey, a professor at the University of Oregon, explained. “However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers–particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied.”
What has happened in the past 10 years is that the discrepancies between what’s observed and what’s predicted have become much stronger. It’s clear now the models are wrong, but it wasn’t so clear 10 years ago. -Freeman Dyson
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Science, Narrative, Oops, Greed
The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show...
The documents show that a trade group called the Sugar Research Foundation, known today as the Sugar Association, paid three Harvard scientists the equivalent of about $50,000 in today’s dollars to publish a 1967 review of research on sugar, fat and heart disease. The studies used in the review were handpicked by the sugar group, and the article, which was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, minimized the link between sugar and heart health and cast aspersions on the role of saturated fat.
Even though the influence-peddling revealed in the documents dates back nearly 50 years, more recent reports show that the food industry has continued to influence nutrition science.
Liberal, Character, Degeneracy, Funny, Science, Oops
Breathalysers could be used to curb alcohol abuse among scientists at US bases in Antarctica following “unpredictable behaviour” caused by excess drinking, including fights and indecent exposure. ... The agency is reportedly considering shipping several breathalysers to the isolated stations, which together house up to about 1,150 people, including scientists and support staff.
Violence, Funny, Science, Crazy, Fear, War
If you're planning to go to the 2014 Annual Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society in Illinois this Saturday, you might be in for a bit of a surprise with the final talk of the day. Because that's when plasma physicist Dr John Brandenburg will present his theory that an ancient civilisation on Mars was wiped out by a nuclear attack from another alien race. In his bizarre theory, Dr Brandenburg says ancient Martians known as Cydonians and Utopians were massacred in the attack - and evidence of the genocide can still be seen today.
Liberal, Government, Character, Sex, Degeneracy, Science
A woman admits her sexual relationship with a dolphin to the world in a BBC documentary to be released June 17. Margaret Howe Lovatt, a female animal researcher, said she had sex frequently with a male dolphin during a NASA-funded experiment on the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1963.
Environmentalist, Warming, Liberal, Character, Fraud, Science, Narrative, Oops, Lie, Corruption
Had Marcott et al. used the end dates as calculated by the specialists who compiled the original data, there would have been no 20th-century uptick in their graph, as indeed was the case in Marcott’s PhD thesis. But Marcott et al. redated a number of core tops, changing the mix of proxies that contribute to the closing value, and this created the uptick at the end of their graph. Far from being a feature of the proxy data, it was an artifact of arbitrarily redating the underlying cores... Having been caught, Marcott and his colleagues have now recanted. On Easter Sunday, they published online responses to “FAQs” that included this stunner: [The] 20th-century portion of our paleotemperature stack is not statistically robust, cannot be considered representative of global temperature changes, and therefore is not the basis of any of our conclusions.
Liberal, Character, Fraud, Science, Narrative
Last year the journal Nature reported an alarming increase in the number of retractions of scientific papers — a tenfold rise in the previous decade, to more than 300 a year across the scientific literature. In the new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, two scientists and a medical communications consultant analyzed 2,047 retracted papers in the biomedical and life sciences. They found that misconduct was the reason for three-quarters of the retractions for which they could determine the cause. “We found that the problem was a lot worse than we thought,” said an author of the study, Dr. Arturo Casadevall of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.
Environmentalist, Liberal, Government, Degeneracy, Science, Crazy, Fascism, Regulation
But at the end of the day those are crude prescriptions---what we really care about is some kind of fixed allocation of greenhouse gas emissions per family. If that's the case, given certain fixed allocations of greenhouse gas emissions, human engineering could give families the choice between two medium sized children, or three small sized children. From our perspective that would be more liberty enhancing than a policy that says "you can only have one or two children." A family might want a really good basketball player, and so they could use human engineering to have one really large child.
Crime, Science, Brilliance, Academia, Drugs, Convict
A British scientist caught smuggling two kilos of cocaine at a South American airport has been jailed for almost five years. Professor Paul Frampton, 68, claimed he was duped into carrying the drugs in a honeytrap sting involving a glamour model. But the Oxford-educated academic was sentenced to four years and eight months after being convicted of drug trafficking at a court in Argentina.
I believe advocacy by climate scientists has damaged trust in the science. We risk our credibility, our reputation for objectivity, if we are not absolutely neutral. At the very least, it leaves us open to criticism. I find much climate scepticism is driven by a belief that environmental activism has influenced how scientists gather and interpret evidence. -Tamsin Edwards, climate scientist at the University of Bristol
Science, Oops, Healthcare
Twelve years after publishing an article purporting to prove a link between childhood vaccines and autism, the prominent British medical journal Lancet finally retracted the paper in its entirety. But only after Britain's General Medical Council found that the author of that article had been "irresponsible and dishonest" in his research, bringing medical science "into disrepute."
Crime, Government, Character, Racism, Science, Healthcare, Murder
July 25, 2002 --Thirty years ago today, the Washington Evening Star newspaper ran this headline on its front page: "Syphilis Patients Died Untreated." With those words, one of America's most notorious medical studies, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, became public. "For 40 years, the U.S. Public Health Service has conducted a study in which human guinea pigs, not given proper treatment, have died of syphilis and its side effects," Associated Press reporter Jean Heller wrote on July 25, 1972. "The study was conducted to determine from autopsies what the disease does to the human body."
Dr. Enstrom, a research professor in UCLA's Department of Environmental Health Sciences, published important peer-reviewed research demonstrating that fine particulate matter does not kill Californians. Also, Dr. Enstrom assembled detailed evidence that contends powerful UC professors and others have systematically exaggerated the adverse health effects of diesel particulate matter in California, knowing full well that these exaggerations would be used by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to justify draconian diesel vehicle regulations in California.
Crime, Character, Sex, Degeneracy, Academia
A researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was busted by undercover cops, after he tried to set up a sexual tryst with a woman and her two daughters – one of whom was 12. Yaron Segal, 30, set up the sordid meeting with a woman he met in an internet chat room. What he didn’t realise was that the woman was in fact an undercover agent and that he was being set up in a Department of Homeland Security sting.
Crime, Sex, Funny, Science, Brilliance, Academia, Drugs
A British scientist held in an Argentine jail on suspicion of drug smuggling claims he is the victim of a honey trap after being duped into believing he was starting a new life with a Czech glamour model. Professor Paul Frampton was arrested in Buenos Aires after two kilos of cocaine were found in a suitcase he was carrying. The academic insists he thought the case belonged to Denise Milani – an underwear model who won the Miss Bikini World title in 2007.
Fraud, Science, Narrative
A former program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) pleaded guilty today in the Eastern District of Virginia to engaging in a scheme to conceal gifts and fraudulent payments he received, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia announced. Dr. Shih Chi Liu, 73, of Silver Spring, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris. Liu was charged in a criminal information filed today.
Environmentalist, Warming, Liberal, Character, Fraud, Science, Narrative, Lie
A noted "warmist" on Monday said scientists that believe the theory of global warming will "endorse Al Gore even though they know what he’s saying is exaggerated and misleading." Richard Muller of the University of California at Berkeley also told Capitol Report New Mexico, "He’ll talk about polar bears dying even though we know they’re not dying".
Environmentalist, Warming, Scandal, Fraud, Science
Our hopelessly compromised scientific establishment cannot be allowed to get away with the Climategate whitewash regarding statistics for global warming, says Christopher Booker.
Last year, research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the percentage of scientific articles retracted because of fraud had increased tenfold since 1975. The same analysis reviewed more than 2,000 retracted biomedical papers and found that 67 percent of the retractions were attributable to misconduct, mainly fraud or suspected fraud.
Liberal, Science, Narrative
A recent study by the University of Minnesota of 4,000 researchers in more than 100 faculties found that one in three scientists plagiarised, 22% handled data "carelessly" and 15% occasionally withheld unfavourable data.
Government, Incompetence, Sex, Degeneracy, Funny, Science
Despite a pledge last year to crack down on porn snooping among its federal employees and contractors - including one former executive who accessed illicit websites on at least 331 days - the National Science Foundation is facing renewed questions about whether workers are still surfing for smut on the government’s time.
Government, Incompetence, Sex, Degeneracy, Science
Employee misconduct investigations, often involving workers accessing pornography from their government computers, grew sixfold last year inside the taxpayer-funded foundation that doles out billions of dollars of scientific research grants, according to budget documents and other records obtained by The Washington Times.
Environmentalist, Warming, Liberal, Fraud, Science, Narrative, Oops, Lie, Corruption
The scientist behind the bogus claim that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.
Democrat, Liberal, Science, Abortion, Bigbrother
How would you describe someone who has called for forced abortions? For mass sterilizations? For mandatory population controls? Would you call him a coercive eugenicist? Or would you go further, and call him some sort of nasty totalitarian?
Call him what you want, but the one thing you have to call John Holdren-- is that you have to call him Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) within the White House, where at least 62 people call him "boss."
Democrat, Liberal, Character, Science, Abortion, Bigbrother
President Obama's "science czar," John Holdren, once floated the idea of forced abortions, "compulsory sterilization," and the creation of a "Planetary Regime" that would oversee human population levels and control all natural resources as a means of protecting the planet -- controversial ideas his critics say should have been brought up in his Senate confirmation hearings.