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Grain on the brain: why is our attitude to bread so complicated?

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Can it really be true that the humble loaf of bread has become the EnemyWithin, detrimental to the way our bodies – and even our brains – work?

The Explosive Brain - Neuroskeptic

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A few months ago, I blogged about The Hydraulic Brain - an unorthodox theory which proposed that brain function is not electrical, but mechanical. On this

The Ugly Ducklings of Science - Neuroskeptic

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A group of management researchers provide new evidence of a worrying bias in the scientific process - The Chrysalis Effect: How Ugly Initial Results Metamo

How To Fool A Plagiarism Detector - Neuroskeptic

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Should you trust plagiarism detection software? In my view, no - we should never treat an automated plagiarism report as definitive evidence, whether posit

Late resveratrol researcher Dipak Das up to 20 retractions

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Dipak Das, the former University of Connecticut researcher found to have committed more than 100 counts of misconduct, and who passed away last year, has had another retraction appear. Here's the n...

Can you train your brain to make you a better person?

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Sportsmen are increasingly using brain training techniques to improve focusand screen out distractions. What can you learn from it?

Weekend reads: Impact factor mania, male scientists citing themselves, insecure careers in academia

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Another busy week at Retraction Watch, which we kicked off by asking for your support. Have you contributed yet? Here's what was happening elsewhere on the web: Why does "impact factor mania" persi...


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Simine Vazire sets off a discussion on the nature and value of counterintuitive research findings and how they should be evaluated.

Eyeless Fish Navigates with Mouth Suction - Inkfish

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Mexican blind cavefish, or Astyanax fasciatus, are a kind of small tetra sometimes found in home aquariums. At some point in their evolutionary past, these fish moved into caves and lost their eyeballs entirely. They have a close relative that lives outside of caves and still has its ...

Chief specialty editor resigns from Frontiers in wake of controversial retraction

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An editor at a Frontiers journal has resigned to protest the publisher's decision to retract the controversial "Recursive Fury" paper that linked climate skepticism to conspiratorial ideation. Ugo ...

Scientists, do you feel bullied by critics? These chemists do

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A new site, Stand Up 2 Science Bullies, launched last week: is a forum for scientists to share their experience and provide advice pertaining to scientific bullying. ...

Toronto amnesiac whose case helped rewrite chapters of the book on memory dies

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Kent Cochrane, a Toronto man whose brain was among the most studied in the world, has died.

Zygmunt Bauman rebuffs plagiarism accusation

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Sociologist claims high-quality scholarship does not depend on obedience to technical rules on referencing

What Is the Sexiest Part of the Brain?

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Some brain areas show up more commonly in swanky journals. Others on Twitter. Wired Science blogger Christian Jarrett asks, which brain area wins?

Close-Up Shots of Flames That Look Just Like Brains

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Who knew lighting alcohol on fire looked this cool?

Floating Away: The Science of Sensory Deprivation Therapy - The Crux

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Across North America “float houses” are increasing in popularity, offering eager psychonauts a chance to explore sensory deprivation.

The mythconception of the mad genius

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Take troubled Vincent van Gogh, famed 19th century painter who suffered from bipolar disorder, cut off part of his left ear, and eventually committed suicide. Or Isaac Newton, eccentric 17th centur...

Psychiatric Times reinstates retracted essay on “satanic ritual abuse”

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Last month, we brought readers the story of a retraction in December from Psychiatric Times, of an essay by Richard Noll that included this passage: Despite the discomfort it brings, we owe it to t...

Who benefits from media coverage of climate change? Not the audience

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They key phrase spoken in BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on the findings of the latest IPCC climate change report was “it’s about people now”. It’s a statement likely to carry great weight with a body of…

Time Rolls On, Even Without Memory - Neuroskeptic

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A fascinating paper asks what one man with no memory - and no regrets - can really teach us about time: Individuals With Episodic Amnesia Are Not Stuck In

“[W]e did not succeed:” Frontiers editor on handling of controversial retraction

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Controversy continues to swirl around the retraction of a Frontiers paper linking climate skepticism to conspiratorial ideation, with three editors resigning from various Frontiers journals, and co...

Brain Scans: Don't Throw Out The Baby With The Dead Salmon - Neuroskeptic

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Is neuro-skepticism in danger of going too far? Is it time to take a critical look at critiques of neuroscience? Martha Farah of the University of Pennsylv

Walking Dead Tribute Beer Is Made With Real Brains, Of Course

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The folks at Dock Street Brewing Co. really love beer. They also apparently really love AMC's The Walking Dead. Putting these two loves together was a no-brainer. Or wait. The exact opposite of that.

Are The Mafia Psychopaths? - Neuroskeptic

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The view that the Mafia is an organization of especially ruthless psychopaths is wrong - in fact, members of 'Cosa Nostra' have lower psychopathic traits t