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Episode 6: Publish, Plagiarise, Pay, or Perish
Seek and Blastn http://scigendetection.imag.fr/TPD52/ SciGen: An Automatic CS Paper Generator https://pdos.csail.mit.edu/archive/scigen/ “Striking similarities between publications from China describing single gene knockdown experiments in human cancer cell lines” Byrne, J.A. & Labbé, C. Scientometrics (2017) 110: 1471. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-016-2209-6 “How Sydney cancer scientist Jennifer Byrne became a research fraud super sleuth” Kate Aubusson ...
Episode 5: Is Cold Fusion a Cold Case?
It was on March 23rd in 1989 that saw two chemists at the University of Utah, Prof. Martin Fleischmann and Prof. Stanley Pons announce they had achieved something which they termed cold fusion. In recent years increasingly loud and qualified voices can be heard talking about the possibility of cold fusion, and similar technologies making a resurgence. References What is Cold Fusion?...
Episode 4: Jeffrey Beall and Predatory Publishing
In this episode, I’ll be presenting the story of Jeffrey Beall; an academic librarian who pitted himself against the might of so-called 'predatory' scientific publishers by publicly naming them online. However, the list he published, and Beall himself have largely disappeared from the internet since January 2017. We’re going to find out why. Audio Credits “Making A Change” by Lee Rosevere, from the album “Music for Podcasts 3”. Making A Change by Lee Rosevere is licensed under a...
Episode 3: A Scandal in Stem Cells
In this episode, I will be presenting the story of Haruko Obakata; a now infamous Japanese scientist who notoriously claimed to have developed a new technique for generating stem cells. This is a story which sadly ends in scandal, suicide, and resounding shockwaves throughout the world of biomedical research. References Amid stem cell research scandal, co-author commits suicide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tMMdJRfZHU Review- “Adult stem cells: hopes and hypes of regenerative...
Episode 2: Search and Rescue, or Seek and Destroy
In this episode, I’ll be talking about automation, AI, killer robots, the boycott of a Korean institute, the 4 D’s of robotics, and all things autonomous weaponry. Show Links: Archytas’ Pigeon http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-technology/steam-powered-pigeon-archytas-flying-machine-antiquity-002179 The Jaquet-Droz Automata at the Neuchatel Museum http://en.neuchatelville.ch/profils/residents.asp/1-11-160-21345-10001-1001-1-1-2-1/2-0-1345-10001-1000-2-0/ Furby (you’ve been...
Episode 1: Biohacking a path to better Science
In this episode, I'll be talking about the global phenomenon of biohacking; which has recently been highlighted following the death of Aaron Traywick, the 28-year-old CEO of the now infamous company Ascendance Biomedical. Show...