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Articles to 2015-07-30

July 30th, 2015

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In the past century and probably already 3.5 millennia ago in Mesopotamia (Altaweel 2012) there are dozens of cases where scientists and advisers went out and told farmers what to do, just as Schiermeier wants them to do today. In most cases that advice turned out to be counterproductive or even catastrophic in the long run. Farmers tend to be cautious and conservative and over centuries and millennia they managed to improve, not degrade continuously famed lands. Read the rest of this entry »

Articles to 2015-07-23

July 23rd, 2015

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In their comparison Beltrán-Sánchez et al. stress the higher male mortality rate in late middle and early old age and try to find reasons for it. The relative rates for individual causes of death that they look at are meaningless and rise just because people stop dying from other causes. They totally fail to look at absolute age-specific rates. Read the rest of this entry »

Articles to 2015-07-16

July 16th, 2015

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It seems that beneath Kehdy et al.’s results lies the fact, that as a group Africans carry far more harmful mutations than Europeans do. This apparent fact is neither clearly stated, nor explained nor discussed.

Articles to 2015-07-09

July 9th, 2015

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In this week’s list we find two new takes on the Bronze Age side by side. First there is the deconstruction by Kienlin and then the article plus comments by Ling & Stos-Gale that strengthens the old World System view with interconnections as represented by Kristiansen, Kienlin’s nemesis.

Articles to 2015-07-02

July 2nd, 2015

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I read Ahmed et al.’s numbers as probably one serious side effect per 1000 treatments. For a purely preventative, non-essential treatment of limited efficacy against a mostly harmless, transient illness, that seems a lot to me and I can’t quite agree with Wekerle calling it minute.

Correction: It is one per 10 000. So perhaps I can agree with Wekerle after all. For myself I’m only inoculated against life-threatening and permanently disabling diseases, not flue.

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Articles to 2015-06-25

June 25th, 2015

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I am very happy to see my thoughts on the responsibilities of co-authorship echoed by someone with hopefully far more clout in the relevant circles. See C. K. Gunsalus and Drummond Rennie in retractionwatch .

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Articles to 2015-06-18

June 18th, 2015

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Reading Hockings et al. in the original we find the press reports about it as overblown as they so often are. There is no proof at all that Chimpanzees actively seek out alcohol. What we do find is, that in the tropics highly nutritional fruit and liquids with high sugar content tend to ferment very quickly, so every fructivore had better develop a tolerance for alcohol contamination. Another well known example are fruit flies.

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Articles to 2015-06-11

June 11th, 2015

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Reading about it elsewhere I first took Haggerty to be an obvious scam. But it seems Economic Geology is a genuine, reputable journal and there really is something in it. And no, it’s not the April 1st issue either.

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Articles to 2015-06-04

June 4th, 2015

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If there is one point I have been keeping banging on and on and on about here all over the last months and years, it is the responsibility of co-authors. Just now an especially blatant example has come to light.

Last December science published a prominent article by LaCour & Green. I didn’t pick it up at the time and didn’t comment on it, but apparently it raised waves among the political science community. The slow and tortuous route to its debunking Read the rest of this entry »

Articles to 2015-05-28

May 28th, 2015

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It has long been suspected that an additional organ transplant may not necessarily be the best treatment in the aftermath of an already critical operation. Pattakos et al. supply the proof for the short term and confirm that in the long term it makes no difference anyway. Read the rest of this entry »