Sue the journal if it publishes an article critical of your research

Stanford University professor Mark Z. Jacobson has filed a lawsuit, demanding $10 million in damages, against the peer-reviewed scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and a group of eminent scientists (Clack et al.) for their study showing that Jacobson made improper assumptions in order to claim that he had demonstrated U.S.…

Using big data to determine who betrayed Anne Frank

First published on Monday 2 October 2017 11.29 EDT A retired FBI agent has launched a cold case review into identifying those who may have betrayed the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family to the Gestapo in 1944. Investigative techniques developed in the past decade, including the crunching of big data to uncover leads,…

It shouldn’t be so easy to go to grad school

There is a limit, of course, to how sorry we should feel for people who borrowed lots of money for a graduate degree, and found that it wasn’t a surefire ticket to easy prosperity. I am sympathetic to those people; indeed, I am one of those people. But people with graduate degrees, even not-very-useful-ones, are…

The quants are ruining baseball

The owners of America’s baseball teams, gathered at a Houston hotel last year, were discussing once again how their games had become so plodding. This time, however, the explanation was different. Two Major League Baseball officials and a statistician told the group that the sport was being brought to a standstill by the very phenomenon…

Kahneman: “I placed too much faith in underpowered studies”

http://retractionwatch.com/2017/02/20/placed-much-faith-underpowered-studies-nobel-prize-winner-admits-mistakes/ Kahneman responded: The argument is inescapable: Studies that are underpowered for the detection of plausible effects must occasionally return non-significant results even when the research hypothesis is true – the absence of these results is evidence that something is amiss in the published record. Furthermore, the existence of a substantial file-drawer effect undermines the…

Family monitored 24-7 by people and cameras to help kids

https://www.thecut.com/2017/08/cognition-builders-family-intervention-parenting-help-adhd.html At first I thought the article was a joke. I like this kid: The kids had mixed reactions. Shep told his Mom the family architects made him nervous but his 12-year-old brother was probably the least accepting of the project. One afternoon, not long after the family architects arrived, he grabbed a footstool and…

Japan 2017: Furano, Sapporo and Yokohama

Farm Tomita Sapporo   Yet another advancement for the human race: kaiten sushi at the New Chitose airport. Yokohama View of the bay area from our hotel room. As we walked around the red brick warehouse area, we came across a massive J-pop outdoor festival, with performances and autograph signing. We left quickly.