Some science journals that claim to peer review papers do not do so

WHETHER to get a promotion or merely a foot in the door, academics have long known that they must publish papers, typically the more the better. Tallying scholarly publications to evaluate their authors has been common since the invention of scientific journals in the 17th century. So, too, has the practice of journal editors asking independent, usually More...

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By SLPundit On Friday, June 22nd, 2018
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A practical guide to the most nail-biting part of the World Cup

WHEN the World Cup, now under way in Russia, progresses to the knockout phases of the competition on June 30th attention will focus on the dreaded penalty shoot-out. Forty years ago, if a game was level after 120 More...

By SLPundit On Friday, June 22nd, 2018
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The first clear evidence of a sense of magnetism in insects

BOGONG moths are not as glamorous as monarch butterflies. Their name means “brown” in Dhudhuroa, a now-extinct language once spoken in eastern Australia, where they live. And that is what they are—in More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
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When faced with a killer whale should you fight or flee?

THAT the best form of defence is attack is an old maxim. In reality, it is frequently untrue; running away is a far better option. But it seems to be the approach taken by pilot whales when faced with a pod of More...

By SLPundit On Monday, June 18th, 2018
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Google's 'Medical Brain' Thinks It Can Predict When You'll Die

Google is training machines to predict when a patient will die by using electronic health record data, and has created a model that is 95 percent accurate in predicting whether hospital patients will pass away More...

By SLPundit On Monday, June 18th, 2018
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Submarine cables could be repurposed as earthquake detectors

EARTH is observed as never before. Satellites track typhoons, monitor volcanic-ash plumes and catalogue the changing ways in which human beings use the land. The sort of high-quality imagery that, a couple of More...

By SLPundit On Friday, June 15th, 2018
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NASA's Record-Breaking Spacewoman Retires as Astronaut

NASA's record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, retired Friday less than a year after returning from her last and longest spaceflight. She's spent more time off the planet than any other American: 665 More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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Making buildings, cars and planes from materials based on plant fibres

USING carrots to create concrete, turning wood into plastic, or even compressing it into a “super wood” that is as light and strong as titanium might sound like a series of almost Frankensteinish experiments. More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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A new type of battlefield network is in development

MOBILE armies need mobile communications. Those communications, though, must be secure—and not just from eavesdropping. They also need to be uninterruptible. And that is a problem. Many mobile networks (think More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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Computer algorithms can test the dodginess of published results

IN AN ideal world the data on which a scientific study is based should be, if not publicly available, then at least available to other researchers with a legitimate interest in asking. Sadly, this is not always More...