Is Most Published Research Wrong?


“The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone” (Sheikh Yamani).


Here’s a mystery: How did a nonexistent paper rack up hundreds of citations?

Pieter Kroonenberg, an emeritus professor of statistics at Leiden University in The Netherlands, was puzzled when he tried to locate a paper about academic writing and discovered the article didn’t exist. In fact, the journal—Journal of Science Communications—also didn’t exist.


Let There Be Rock!

(via See Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses’ Live Tributes to AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, Rolling Stone 2017-11-19.)


Stuck in traffic.


Vad är det som smäller?

Ă„ntligen lite magi och/eller science fiction i vardagen.


Historically, how did a country get a name in another language? For example, Germans, call their country “Deutschland”, while Britons call it “Germany”.


”So, here is the irony: Toilets that are cleaned too often are more likely to be covered in fecal bacteria” (Yong, 2016, I contain multitudes).

Now that’s a dilemma!


The Absurdity of the Nobel Prizes in Science

Every year, when Nobel Prizes are awarded in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine, critics note that they are an absurd and anachronistic way of recognizing scientists for their work. Instead of honoring science, they distort its nature, rewrite its history, and overlook many of its important contributors.


What types of researchers are most likely to recycle text? The answers might surprise you – Retraction Watch

Among Dutch historians we found virtually no text recycling. However, among Dutch psychologists text recycling is more elevated and among economists it is as much as one in seven publications. Text recycling also occurs more often among productive authors, in papers with fewer co-authors, and in journals that do not specify clear rules.