Archive for September, 2012

Scientific society unfairly targeted competititor

September 26, 2012 Leave a comment

The ruling in favor of a tiny start-up in “Amerian chemical Society versus Leadscope” has raised questions among some of the non-profit society’s members as to whether it has lost sight of its mission to advance chemistry?


One-stop-shopping for research ethics: Ethics CORE is finally launched

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

My report on the launch of this long-awaited NSF-funded ethics resource for Nature also raises the question whether mandates for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) are counterproductive.

Scientific society loses multi-million dollar lawsuit

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment

The American Chemical Society looks likely to face a $11 million settlement in its failed lawsuit against Leadscope.

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First results from NASA’s GRAIL

September 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Report for Nature on an advance sneak preview of results from NASA’s GRAIL; the moon’s crust is thinner than thought, and crater counts need to be revised

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Ruling on Hauser case blurs the line between errors and scientific fraud

September 11, 2012 Leave a comment

My read of the US government’s misconduct finding against former psychologist Marc Hauser for Nature; it’s silent on whether his misstatements were intentional.

Skeptic about device mechanism felt quashed

September 5, 2012 Leave a comment

This story for Nature about electro-optic devices goes back to the heady days of the dot-com boom, just as in my book on scientific fraud, Plastic Fantastic. There too, skeptics about how exactly the devices worked said they felt quashed. In this case, there’s no proof of fraud, but there are some ethical questions raised.