• ‘Consensus’ Science & Risk Aversion Threatens Scientific Stagnation

    • Date: 26/02/20
    • National Review

    A new paper sheds light on how the U.S. science community discourages innovation. During the Cold War, when rivalry between the capitalist West and communist East shaped international affairs, nonaligned countries were labeled as Third World. A rather vague designation, it came to denote low-income countries with weak states and institutions. When the Soviet Union fell, […]

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  • No Raw Data, No Science: Another Possible Source Of The Reproducibility Crisis

    • Date: 21/02/20
    • Miyakawa, T. No raw data, no science: another possible source of the reproducibility crisis. Molecular Brain 13, 24 (2020)

    I propose that a lack of raw data or data fabrication is another possible cause of irreproducibility. Abstract: A reproducibility crisis is a situation where many scientific studies cannot be reproduced. Inappropriate practices of science, such as HARKing, p-hacking, and selective reporting of positive results, have been suggested as causes of irreproducibility. In this editorial, […]

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  • Beware The Eco-Stalinist Witch-Hunters: ‘We Should Make Her Unhirable In Academia’

    • Date: 09/02/20
    • Roger Pielke Jr., Forbes

    Several Skeptical Science team members have contacted me by email in the past hours with vaguely sinister but eminently deniable threats. I expect they will come after this column next. And if you hear that I have left academia, like Judith Curry, you’ll know why. A climate advocacy group called Skeptical Science hosts a list of academics that it […]

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  • Scientists Divided Over Impact Of Solar Minimum On Global Temperatures

    • Date: 02/02/20
    • The Sun

    Earth could face frosty weather and biting snow storms over the next 30 years as an ominous “solar minimum” grips the planet, a scientist has warned. Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom – other experts believe that a Grand Solar Minimum will have little effect on our climate. The cold snaps – caused by […]

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  • 1901: Scientists Think Break-Off Of Antarctic Icebergs Due To Volcanic Activity

    • Date: 01/02/20
    • Evening News (Sydney, NSW: 1869 - 1931), Saturday 14 December 1901, page 9

    In 1901, the Sydney’s Evening News reported that scientists believe the break-off of Antarctic icebergs from glaciers is linked to volcanic activity underneath the Antarctic Continent Icebergs in The Southern Ocean — Evening News (Sydney, NSW: 1869 – 1931), Saturday 14 December 1901, page 9 OFFICERS of the New Zealand Shipping Company’s steamer Rimutaka lately […]

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  • The Radical Greens’ Role In Africa’s Locusts Crisis

    • Date: 28/01/20
    • Richard Tren and Jasson Urbach, CapX

    The tragic consequences of UN, European and environmentalist campaigns to deny insect-resistant GMOs and modern pesticides to developing nations. Two weeks ago a Boeing 737 on final approach to Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, flew into a massive cloud of locusts swarming above the airport. The insects were sucked into the plane’s engines and splattered across the windshield, blinding the pilots […]

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  • Roger Pielke Jr: Why You Can’t Trust The Insurance Industry’s Secret Science On Climate Catastrophes

    • Date: 27/01/20
    • Roger Pielke Jr., Forbes

    Whatever is going on here, it is clear that the Aon catastrophe dataset is not suitable for analysis of trends in losses, much less for academic research.  “The last decade was the most expensive for natural disasters,” proclaimed Fox News, “over $1 trillion increase.” The Weather Channel announced, “Planet Had 40 Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters in […]

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  • Mysterious Particles Spewing From Antarctica Defy Physics ‘Standard Model’

    • Date: 25/01/20
    • Live Science

    Our best model of particle physics is bursting at the seams as it struggles to contain all the weirdness in the universe. Now, it seems more likely than ever that it might pop, thanks to a series of strange events in Antarctica. The death of this reigning physics paradigm, the Standard Model, has been predicted […]

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