• How Much Global Cooling Will We See On Transition To La Niña?

    • Date: 21/03/16
    • Karen Braun, Reuters

    The potential for the massive El Niño to transition into La Niña later in the year is one of the hottest topics in commodities markets right now. These fluctuations of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean can have drastically different impacts on global weather depending on which phase is present – El Niño, […]

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  • Keep ‘Unmuzzled’ Scientists On Tight Leash, Senior Civil Servants Warn Liberals

    • Date: 20/03/16
    • Alex Boutilier, The Toronto Star

    OTTAWA—Senior civil servants warned Canada’s new Liberal government that “unmuzzled” scientists still need a tight leash, internal documents show. The new Liberal government has pledged to end an effective gag order on government scientists, who for years have faced major restrictions on speaking publicly about their research. But documents prepared for Treasury Board President Scott […]

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  • Replicability Crisis, Peer Review And The Future Of Science

    • Date: 15/03/16
    • Brian Resnick, Vox

    How could hundreds of peer-reviewed studies possibly be so wrong? There may be a way to explain it, and it’s shaking researchers to their cores. Illustration by David Parkins/Nature In 1998, psychologists found evidence of a tantalizing theory: We all have a finite mental store of energy for self-control and decision-making. Resisting temptations, or making […]

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  • Many Scientific “Truths” Are, In Fact, False

    • Date: 14/03/16
    • Olivia Goldhill, Quartz

    In 2005, John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, published a paper, “Why most published research findings are false,” mathematically showing that a huge number of published papers must be incorrect. He also looked at a number of well-regarded medical research findings, and found that, of 34 that had been retested, 41% had […]

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  • UK Scientists To Investigate Global Warming Hiatus

    • Date: 13/03/16
    • Eric Worrall, Watts Up With That

    A fascinating rift is growing in the climate community. While US scientists appear to be doing everything in their power to bury the pause in global warming, with questionable adjustments to their data, UK Ocean Scientists are refusing to give up without a fight. On the basis of a 2014 paper, UK Ocean scientists have […]

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  • Post-Modern Science: Academics ‘Regularly Lie To Get Research Grants’

    • Date: 09/03/16
    • David Matthews, Times Higher Education

    Academics routinely lie and exaggerate when telling funding agencies what impact their research will have, a series of candid interviews with scholars in the UK and Australia has suggested. Their dismissive comments about the “charade” of impact statements brings to light what appears to be an open secret in academia – that academics simply do […]

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  • Australia Fires Climate Scientists & Outsources Their Work To Britain

    • Date: 09/03/16
    • Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller

    It looks like no job is immune to outsourcing, not even climate scientist jobs in Australia. The country’s science bureaucracy is considering having all climate modeling work done in Britain after announcing the firing of some 350 employees, including 100 climate scientists. Alex Wonhas, executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) told Australian […]

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  • U.S. Court Rules Climate Scientists’ Emails Are Public Records

    • Date: 05/03/16
    • Howard Fischer, Arizona Daily Sun

    PHOENIX — An organization that is questioning the research behind climate change will get another chance to demand to see the emails of two University of Arizona scientists. The state Court of Appeals has overturned the ruling of a trial judge who said the university need not disclose 1,700 emails and other records from Jonathan […]

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