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Retraction due to scientific fraud at all-time high

Fraud in scientific research: It happens, and cases are on the rise (via The Christian Science Monitor) More published research papers – the currency of a career in science – have been retracted during the past 35 years because of fraud and plagiarism than for any other combination of reasons,…

Scientists: Japanese snail sheds tail to escape faster-moving predators

Snails that can shed their tails to escape much faster-moving predators and then regrow the amputated body section have been discovered living in sub-tropical Japan, a study said Wednesday. The ability to shed body parts, similar to that found in lizards, crabs and earthworms, has never before been seen in…

Robots learn to mimic master painters’ brush strokes

Robots that can mimic the exact brush strokes of master painters or calligraphers could recreate their work, a Japanese researcher said Tuesday. “We have been able to teach this robot to successfully copy the brush strokes of a master of calligraphy,” said Seiichiro Katsura, an associate professor of system design…

Scientists: Allergy-free milk closer than ever

A team of New Zealand scientists claimed to be a step closer to producing allergy-free milk Tuesday, using a genetically-modified cow for their medical breakthrough. The team at the AgResearch Institute said they had bred the first cow in the world to produce high-protein milk with significantly reduced amounts of…

Great Barrier Reef coral halved in 27 years: study

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half its coral cover in the past 27 years due to storms, poisonous starfish and bleaching linked to climate change, a study found on Tuesday. The research by scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) and the University of Wollongong…

Most scientific paper retractions due to misconduct: study

WASHINGTON — When a biomedical study is retracted, most of the time it is because of misconduct rather than error, a report published Monday said. Two-thirds of all retractions around the world stem from acts like fraud, suspected fraud or plagiarism, it added. And as a percentage of all scientific…

Activists push for unprecedented protection of the polar bear

Environmental activists in the United States and Russia have come together to push for unprecedented protection for the polar bear, hoping to stave off the decline of its already dwindling population. With Arctic Sea ice at record low because of climate change, polar bears have been deprived of a key habitat and…

New drug-resistant Salmonella variant behind an epidemic across sub-Saharan Africa

A deadly version of an intestinal germ has spread through sub-Saharan Africa, helped by genetic mutation and diseases such as HIV that weaken the immune system and expose the body to infection, researchers said Sunday. The finding comes in a genetic comparison of variants of Salmonella Typhimurium, one of the…

Scientists: Global warming will make fish smaller

PARIS — A hearty fillet of fish, already a rare treat because of over-trawled oceans, will become even more infrequent in the future when global warming starts to reduce fish size, scientists said on Sunday. Researchers looked at computer models to see how warmer, and thus less oxygenated, seas affected…

Netanyahu’s simple bomb graphic confuses the nuclear experts

Netanyahu's simple bomb graphic confuses the nuclear experts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stole the spotlight at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday when he pulled out a comic book-like diagram of a bomb midway through his podium address, figuratively drawing the red line on the Iranian nuclear program that he…

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