articles tagged: scientific research
you can now build a tractor beam at home
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you can now build a tractor beam at home

Tractor beams aren't just for aliens cruising Earth and looking for people to abduct anymore. In fact, you can build one yourself.

much ado about reproducing social science experiments
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much ado about reproducing social science experiments

A project to replicate studies it found problematic is running into its own replication problems and not following experimental designs.

hell hath no fury like a scientist scorned by bad peer review…
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hell hath no fury like a scientist scorned by bad peer review…

Peer review and editorial input at PLOS ONE are in trouble and scientists are very, very upset.

when scientists have to fight political hacks
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when scientists have to fight political hacks

Congressman Lamar Smith desperately wants another Climategate and he's happy to abuse his power to manufacture one.

why the iq police won’t come after you with a brain scanner
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why the iq police won’t come after you with a brain scanner

A new study showing that your through patterns are unique enough to be seen on a brain scan is being misinterpreted as a test run of an IQ detector.

why do people believe in conspiracy theories?
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why do people believe in conspiracy theories?

A study of conspiracy theorists shows that conspiratorial ideation is actually a political, not a logical matter.

science is broken, long live science
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science is broken, long live science

Over-quantification and commodification of research is encouraging bad behavior and slowing down scientists.

why being scientifically conscise just makes sense
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why being scientifically conscise just makes sense

It's a lot easier to get your paper noticed and read if people can understand what you're trying to say and why. And scientists crunched the numbers to prove it.

how scientists helped create a digital labor union
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how scientists helped create a digital labor union

Stingy academics inspired a new platform for those doing menial digital work, and not in a good way.

an open letter to the standard model
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an open letter to the standard model

Particle physicists managed to confirm virtually everything about the Standard Model. Now they're stuck with very little wiggle room to explain some of the universe's oddest mysteries.

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