Archive for August, 2011

Nuclear scientists find silver lining in economic downturn

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

A cash-strapped state university unexpectedly advances funds for the future Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, aiming to lock in low construction costs. Article at Nature.


Polar bear researcher is back at work

August 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Polar bear researcher Charles Monnett, suspended by BOEMRE over unproven allegations of scientific misconduct, is back at work today. See news blog.

Check out also my earlier story on the debacle.

ARPA-E oversight is criticized in IG audit

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

An audit report this morning from the US Department of Energy’s Inspector-General criticizes high-risk, high pay-off agency ARPA-E for insufficient oversight. Summary here.

US court rebuffs FOIA case relating to alleged scientific misconduct

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Here is an update on my quest for a report on alleged scientific fraud from a DOE national laboratory.

See also last month’s article on oversight failings exposed by court filings.

Acrimony in nanotech: a case study in research that’s hard to replicate

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

My article at Nature online today looks at a dispute that arose when other researchers could not replicate provocative claims in nanoscience.

NAS study of research universities likely to recommend thrift

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

My article for Nature reports on the likely recommendations of an ongoing NAS study of research universities.

Winners and Losers in NASA’s technology mission selection

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

NASA announced the selection today of three new missions to test space propulsion technologies, I give a few impressions from the winners and losers at Nature.