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Publisher Problems at Frontiers (Part 2)

(August 25th, 2015) The failed alliance with the Nature Publishing Group also plays a role in the conflict between the Frontiers publishing company and a group of its editors.


Science, Done better

(August 21st, 2015) Reproducibility of published data is an ongoing problem in the scientific world. A new “Minimum Standards of Reporting Checklist” provides comprehensive guidelines to researchers, funders, and publishers. The checklist was launched by BioMed Central last month.


Bionic Vision Becomes a Reality

(August 17th, 2015) As the population ages blindness will become more prevalent, mostly due to retinal diseases. At present no effective treatments exist, but the Argus II bionic retinal eye implant is able to provide some vision restoration.


Greece’s Debt Crisis Torments Scientists

(August 13th, 2015) Christos Georgiou, biochemist at the University of Patras, gives us a first-hand report on the current situation in his home country.


Publisher Problems at Frontiers (Part 1)

(August 9th, 2015) Frontiers, the publishing house, dismisses 31 of its editors, based on escalated opposition to the publisher’s unique publication model. 


Life in the Extreme

(August 5th, 2015) What's life like in the deep sea? Ronnie Glud of the Southern Danish University and his team are going to investigate. The biogeochemist recently received a multi-million euro grant from the European Research Council to explore some major trenches in the ocean.


Ecology + Music = Sex & Bugs & Rock 'n Roll

(July 31st, 2015) Do you like music festivals? Do you enjoy science as well? Ecologists from Lancaster University present the solution: visit their wildflower-meadow-themed stall “Sex & Bugs & Rock 'n Roll” at various music festivals throughout the UK and enjoy ecology as much as you can bear!


Confessions of a Postdoc (24): Watch What you Say...

(July 28th, 2015) Since 2010, Anjana Nityanandam has shared her inner thoughts, experiences and feelings that come with being a postdoc. Here are her latest insights into the world of a research scientist that many are probably all too familiar with.


The Science of Science Advice - The Art of Science Advice (2)

(July 24th, 2015) Many government decisions have a scientific element. But who decides what kind of scientific advice will be used? How it is presented to the politicians and citizens they represent? Jeremy Garwood looks at the rise of the ‘Science of Science Advice’.


The Science of Science Advice - Models of Science Advice (1)

(July 21st, 2015) Many government decisions have a scientific element. But who decides what kind of scientific advice will be used? How it is presented to the politicians and citizens they represent? Jeremy Garwood looks at the rise of the ‘Science of Science Advice’.


“The Number of Young Scientists has Recently Decreased by a Third”

(July 17th, 2015) Once a flourishing empire in the East, the Ukraine is going through some difficult times at the moment. The political instability also affects science. We talked to Roman Bezus, associate professor at Dnipropretrovsk State University of Agriculture and Economics.


The “Voinnet Case”: Incorrect Measures for Incorrect Figures?

(July 12th, 2015) Formal investigations by the ETH Zürich and the French CNRS identified numerous incorrect figures in about twenty publications by plant biologist Olivier Voinnet. Nevertheless, he is to keep his laboratory and professorship at the ETH. Hard to understand, as many colleagues express their astonishment.


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