Elsevier Library Connect Anita de Waard, Daniel Rotman, Mike Lauruhn
Research data has always been at the core of much scientific research, though the primary conduit of scientific communication has been the peer-reviewed journal article. The article summarizes, synthesizes and interprets the raw data; places the data in the context of theory and hypotheses and mechanisms; and provides an interpretation of the data. However, in its current form, the article alone does not provide sufficient details of the data to facilitate integration within larger data contexts, or to allow for reconstruction of the experiment or alternative analyses, syntheses or interpretations.
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ABC News Michael Rowland, Virginia Trioli 11 February 2014
Nature magazine editor Philip Campbell discusses the integrity of scientists and scepticism in the non-scientific community.
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Radio National Health Report Norman Swan, John Glover 3 February 2014
Some would argue that the whole issue of privacy has been taken too far – denying health researchers and planners the kind of information they need to deliver the right care at the right time and at the right price to the community.
And while that information does not need to breach privacy – according to a leading public health researcher – it is being kept away from those who need it most.
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Forbes Henry I Miller, S Stanley Young 8 January 2014
Many non-scientists are confused and dismayed by the constantly changing advice that comes from medical and other researchers on various issues. Some of that confusion is due to the quality of the evidence, which is dependent on a number of factors, while some is due to the nature of science itself.
But it may also be due to current state of science. Scientists themselves are becoming increasingly concerned about the unreliability – that is, the lack of reproducibility — of many experimental or observational results.
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ABC News Alina Eacott 30 January 2014
Adelaide medical researchers are taking part in a global trial they say could lead to the first vaccine for a hospital-acquired infection.
The antibiotic-resistant bacteria Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is becoming more common in Australian hospitals and nursing homes.
The Australian John Ross January 30, 2014
MEDICAL researchers may have unveiled the “next pillar of human medicine” after discovering an astonishingly simple way of generating embryonic stem cells from adult tissue.
The Japanese-led team reprogrammed mice’s blood cells into pluripotent cells – capable of generating any type of tissue – simply by exposing them to a mild acid for less than half an hour. Until now, this sort of cell reprogramming has only been possible through genetic manipulation and cloning.
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Brisbane Times Kim Stephens January 29, 2014
A major breakthrough by Queensland researchers could dramatically improve survival rates in one of the deadliest forms of cancer.
Ovarian cancer, the disease that often gives no indication it is slowly killing a woman until it’s too late, has long perplexed scientists with its resistance to chemotherapy.
The Australian Sarah Elks 21 January 2014
AN investigation into two University of Queensland researchers accused of faking a landmark Parkinson’s disease study has uncovered more concerns about alleged academic shortcomings associated with the pair.
Neuroscientist Bruce Murdoch and speech pathologist Caroline Barwood resigned from the state’s top university last year, after a whistleblower complained there was no evidence their Parkinson’s research was ever carried out.
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