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Archive: Code for life August 2012

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. 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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Wilyman anti-vaccine thesis not in Wollongong thesis review

Grant Jacobs Jan 19, 2016

In further news on the Wilyman anti-vaccine PhD thesis saga, University of Wollongong says it will conduct a review of the processes in PhD theses. But! — apparently their review will exclude past and current theses, and thus exclude Wilyman’s theses that raised the need for the review. Let’s have a look at the announcement, some possible review questions and … Read More

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Unsound vaccine thesis or how to review a PhD

Grant Jacobs Jan 14, 2016

How should PhD theses be reviewed to avoid a nonsense thesis? Especially if the work is between two disciplines. Today a PhD thesis that might be considered an extended anti-vaccine essay was brought to my attention. The red flags start popping up from the very first sentences of the abstract. I got as far as the second sentence and honestly … Read More

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Green Party GM policy and discussion about GE or GMOs

Grant Jacobs Jan 10, 2016

In NZ, media such as the TV3 News website are reporting Federated Farmers as encouraging the New Zealand Green Party to also review their policy on genetic modification (GM), following the lead of the Australian Greens leader, Richard Di Natale. This is likely to cause public comment, as there already is on-line. I’m sure I’m … Read More

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I reject this

Grant Jacobs Dec 16, 2015

Every year the British Medical Journal produces a special Christmas edition of, ah, ‘less formal’ science. This year one article tackles that curse of academia: rejections. Every year scientists throughout the world face descriptions of their research for scientific journals or their grant applications being thrown back at them – rejected. An article by Cath Chapman and Tim Slade … Read More

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