Category Archives: Science Policy

Pathological science in Goodstein’s “On Fact and Fraud”

“Cold Fusion is a pariah scientific field founded by Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann. Cold fusion papers were almost never published in refereed scientific journals, with the result that those articles didn’t receive the normal critical scrutiny that science requires. Although there is … Continue reading

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The Ortega hypothesis in Goodstein’s “On Fact and Fraud”

“Science is a true meritocracy, however, it is important to be in the right place at the right time.” The Ortega hypothesis: “Financial support for doing science and access to scientific facilities should be shared democratically, not concentrated in the hands of a … Continue reading

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I now know why you won the Nobel Prize

They Said It (Science 331: 1246-1249, 11 March 2011). “ I now know why you won the Nobel Prize. When they asked you a question, by God, you answered it.” Representative Ralph Hall (R–TX), chair of the U.S. House of … Continue reading

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Rohn in Nature on “Give postdocs a career, not empty promises”

“The first step is to admit we have a problem, and that the problem is worth tackling. […] The career structure for scientific research in universities is broken, particularly in the life sciences. Fellowships are few, every advertised academic post … Continue reading

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Arnold & Fowler on “Nefarious Numbers” about the impact factor manipulation

“Goodhart’s law warns us that “when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” The impact factor has moved in recent years from an obscure bibliometric indicator to become the chief quantitative measure of the quality of a journal, … Continue reading

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A summary of “Chamonix 2011 LHC Performance Workshop”

Chamonix 2011 LHC Performance Workshop started last Monday, 24 January 2011. Next friday, 28 January, the final decision on the operation and performance of the LHC at CERN will be taking. The slides of the presentations, the majority only of technical interest, can be downloaded here. … Continue reading

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Foland and Shelton, “Why is Europe so efficient at producing scientific papers?”

The total number of Europe scientific papers in 2007 has resulted from an investment of only $1.1 million, but the same amount of papers will cost US about $1.8 million (and China about the same).  Why the EU is so efficient in paper … Continue reading

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