Rained all day. But – a good walk; the park is empty.

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At the lake

Increasingly Popular Research Yields Increasingly Unreliable Results

Thomas Pfeiffer and Robert Hoffmann (Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have evidence that when a scientific research topic is more popular, or when multiple scientists investigate the same topic, published results from the research are more likely to be erroneous. This news feature was written on June 26, 2009….

Pfeiffer, T., & Hoffmann, R. (2009) Large-Scale Assessment of the Effect of Popularity on the Reliability of Research. PLoS ONE, 4(6). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005996

Increasingly Popular Research Yields Increasingly
Unreliable Results

To Keep Top Guns Breathing, Navy Recruits New Med-Sensors | Danger Room | Wired.com

The drones may get all the press. But the U.S. military is still relying on flesh-and-blood fighter jocks, too. And they need to keep breathing. Which is why the Navy is funding three projects to design full-body medical assessment suits that would minimize heath hazards for pilots flying at high altitude or in unpredictable situations. Specifically, they want a new way to detect and eliminate the fatal risk of hypoxia – oxygen deprivation.

The drones may get all the press. But the U.S. military is still relying on flesh-and-blood fighter jocks, too. And they need to keep breathing. Which is why the Navy is funding three projects to design full-body medical assessment suits that would minimize heath hazards for pilots flying at high altitude or in unpredictable situations. Specifically, they want a new way to detect and eliminate the fatal risk of hypoxia – oxygen deprivation.

To Keep Top Guns Breathing, Navy Recruits New Med-Sensors | Danger Room | Wired.com

DSM-V: A closed diagnostic manual in an open-source age

from Danial Carlat:

The APA, Power, and the Exclusion of Dissent

Dr. Doug Bremner has a fascinating but unsettling post about colleagues disinviting him to co-author an academic paper, because they were upset by this blog post he had written.

I
have no idea how deep this issue goes, and there is always more to
everything than meets the eye, but I do have my own recent personal
experience of being shunned by the academic establishment, and I
thought this would be an opportune time to tell that story.