Archive: Code for life April 2011

Wollongong University—feeble excuses for not naming Wilyman anti-vax thesis examiners

Grant Jacobs Mar 14, 2016

Late last year Australia’s Wollongong University awarded a Ph.D. thesis for what could be described as a barely veiled anti-vaccine conspiracy. Wollongong University’s feeble excuse for not naming the examiners of Wilyman’s anti-vaccine thesis is laughable. Good for entertainment, though.* Ken McLeod alerted readers of Helen Petousis Harris’ blog that The Australian has reported that,** … Read More

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Sweet chromosomes

Grant Jacobs Mar 05, 2016

Sweet chromosomes to sweeten your weekend – Human karyotype in sweets by Rhiannon Morris ‏(twitter @RheeMor), shared with permission. Karyotype of person with Down Syndrome – note the extra chromosome 21 (See Footnote 1 for more). Karyotypes are the collection of chromosomes in our cells, laid out in order. They can … Read More

Data parasites eh?

Grant Jacobs Jan 24, 2016

Apparently researchers who use other’s data without collaborating with them are ‘research parasites’, according to an editorial from the New England Journal of Medicine. This has caused quite a fuss, with some expressing their opinion on the twitter streams #dataparasites and #researchparasites. I think the editorial conflates data sharing with other issues. Data sharing is an important part of science, but … Read More

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NZ Green Party pesticide policy not evidence based but one-sided opinion piece

Grant Jacobs Jan 21, 2016

On January 19th, the NZ Green Party pesticide policy for streets and city parks was announced. They’re touting it as evidence-based policy, pointing at a report commissioned by Steffan Browning. https://www.facebook.com/nzgreenparty/posts/10153220336891372 It’s not. The report is basically a bought opinion piece, that Steffan Browning knows ahead of time will agree with his views … Read More

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