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Frederic Curtiss, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, told Reuters Health that data attached to documents by Word has allowed him to discover undisclosed contributors. In one case, for instance, a revised manuscript arrived at his office with four named authors, but when he examined the metadata, he discovered an additional author was…

Bloggingheads.tv just posted a conversation Greg Laden and I had about the second-biggest scientific controversy of Darwin’s time, and of Darwin’s life: the argument over how coral reefs form. The coral reef argument was fascinating in its own right, both scientifically and dramatically — for here a very capable andn conscientious scientist, Alexander Agassiz, struggled…

Greg Laden, trying to toss a line between the “New Atheists” and ‘Accommodationists” who are currently squabbling about a dust-up featuring PZ Myers v Chris Mooney & Sheril Kirshenbaum (who apparently rough Myers up a bit in their book Unscientific America), writes: Now, I just want to make this point: I learned early on (when…

Ed Yong, echoed by Mike the Mad biologist PhysioProf asks what the heck investigative science journalism would look like. I hope to write more extensively on this soon. In the meantime, a few observations: To ponder this question — and to do investigative reporting — I think it helps to have a sense of the…

What’s been distracting me lately from the big story I really really need to finish writing … A splendid, rich fracas over Chris Anderson’s Free, set off particularly by a pan from Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker. The net fairly exploded — search, and ye shall find — with many noting that a pot…

Among the many treats in Carl Zimmer’s new Times piece on fireflies and sex — go, and be enchanted — I particularly liked this quick peek at how a life and a career can take a sharp turn for the most unplanned of reasons: It was on a night much like this one in 1980…

Most of us recognize the power of the urge to conform , but you don’t often see it evoked and displayed so starkly as in this old Candid Camera segment. The CC crew seeds an elevator with several crew members who do odd things like face the rear of the elevator car. See how long the…

Brandon Keim, who is part of Wired’s ace science writing crew also keeps a blog, Earthlab Notes, where he recently put this nice post on The Language of Horses: In a few slender leg bones and fragments of milk-stained pottery, archaeologists recently found evidence of one of the more important developments in human history: the…

Reading the Mindreading Studies – Science Progress seeks a handle on fMRI hype, hope, and horizons The evolving Swine Flu story [Effect Measure] The skinny on a scary run of deadly swine flu, from people who’ve been doing this a while. Green Issues Fade Is green losing its lustre? Eli Lilly Tops List of Drug-Company…

“You couldn’t make this up: Cameras are being turned on the people paid to watch CCTV streams, to note which bits of surveillance footage they didn’t see.” via BoingBoing The beauty of sand, close up — a photo gallery at Discover. Robots as recruitment to science. “If you stick a robot–I don’t care if you’re…