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Comment Re:Damned if they do Damned if they don't (Score 1) 1011

Also, I think you have a very glorified idea of peer review.[...]

Not all journals have the same high standards. That's why a paper published in a lesser journal is usually given lesser weight. If a paper makes big claims and is submitted to a prestigious journal, it's expected to be scrutinized very carefully. In fact, some journals from national academies go so far as to require sponsorship from a scientist with high stature before the paper is accepted. It is assumed that the scientist has read the paper, and will be extremely embarrassed to have his name associated with the paper if it turns out to be wrong.

Comment Re:Any good audio engineer will tell you- (Score 1) 849

A friend of mine could tell the difference if the speakers were moved by more than an inch in his listening room. His wife moved one by accident and he heard the difference. Face it, some people have very keen hearing and they practice to keep it keen. Today very few care, so I expect total crap from the music biz. With mass merchandising king, quality recordings will go the way of the dodo. While I can't tell the difference usually in the car between mp3/cd, the stereo is a different story. Hopefully I'll be dead or deaf before CD dies completely. Call me crazy, but I want the 1000 dollar bottle of wine.

Feed Science Daily: Pinning Down A Cause Of Disease In A Model Of Psoriasis (

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects approximately 2--3% of individuals in the Western world. New data have indicated that a subset of immune cells known as Tregs (which act to prevent other immune cells from responding inappropriately) are dysfunctional in a mouse model of psoriasis and that this dysfunction contributes substantially to the development of disease.

Journal Journal: Can we measure knowledge?

Is it possible to measure the amount of knowledge a person has? I work in geriatric psychiatry, and was idly discussing with some colleagues the possibility that having more knowledge might be good for you. We know that high levels of education and intellectual activity are protective against Alzheimer's disease, but we don't know whether simply knowing more things helps. To find this out we'd have to find a way to compare the amounts of knowledge that different people have. Is this possible
The Courts

Submission + - Hans Reiser Offers To Lead Cops to Nina's Body

An anonymous reader writes: According to anonymous reports from the prosecution, Hans Reiser is considering whether to reveal the location of his wife Nina's corpse, in the hopes that it will lighten his sentence. However, the likelihood of the deal still depends on whether an autopsy of Nina's body might reveal evidence of first degree murder, which would have the opposite effect as what he wants. The story is at Wired Blogs.
The Media

Getting The Public To Listen To Good Science 419

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "We all know that false or misleading science headlines are all too common these days and that misleading media combined with an apathetic and undereducated public lead to widespread ignorance. But the real question is, how can this trend be reversed? At a session at the recent AAAS meeting, a study was discussed indicating that what matters most is how the information is portrayed. While people are willing to defer to experts on matters of low concern, for things that affect them directly, such as breast cancer or childhood diseases, expertise only counts for as much as giving off a 'sense of honesty and openness,' and that it matters far less than creating a sense of empathy in deciding who people will listen to. In other words, it's not enough to merely report on it as an expert. You need to make sure your report exudes a sense of honesty, openness, empathy, and maybe even a hint of humor."

Garbage Men Get Garbage Gear 1

Employees of the Muncie Sanitary District will get jackets made from recycled soda bottles thanks to $5,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The district will purchase 100-percent recycled jackets, T-shirts and polo shirts for its 140 employees with the grant money. In addition, they have hired Madam Trash Heap to handle all Fraggle/Gorg relation problems.

Quarter of Brits Think Churchill Was Myth 3

Just so you don't think Americans are the only people who have no clue when it comes to their history, a recent survey found a fair number of British people believe that Churchill, Charles Dickens, and Mahatma Gandhi were fictional characters. Who made the "real people" list? Over half the people asked thought Sherlock Holmes was real. Many people were surprised to find out that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was not a documentary.

You're Too Fat to Eat Here 7

Mississippi legislators have introduced a bill that would make it illegal for state licensed restaurants to serve obese patrons. The work of Republicans W. T. Mayhall Jr., John Read, and Democrat Bobby Shows, the bill proposes that the state's Department of Health establish weight criteria after consultation with Mississippi's Council on Obesity. Some in the Mississippi legislature worry that the new law would be too draconian in nature, not making allowances for the chunky, thick, husky or big boned.

Phishing Group Caught Stealing From Other Phishers 129

An anonymous reader writes "Netcraft has written about a website offering free phishing kits with one ironic twist — they all contain backdoors to steal stolen credentials from the fraudsters that deploy them. Deliberately deceptive code inside the kits means that script kiddies are unlikely to realize that any captured credit card numbers also end up getting sent to the people who made the phishing kits. The same group was also responsible for another backdoored phishing kit used against Bank of America earlier this month."

Mozilla Celebrates Its 10th Birthday 116

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Mozilla has turned 10 today. It's been a long, strange trip from being the once-dominant browser, going down to almost nothing, and returning to something like 25% of the browser market. 'With a sliding market share, Netscape decided to focus on its enterprise oriented products and gave away the browser but most importantly allow volunteers to work on the product. Mozilla was nothing but Netscape's user agent (the name a browser uses to contact the web server), a reminder of the first Netscape code name. Over time, Mozilla would become the name of the open source project, AOL would buy Netscape and Internet Explorer would get up to 90%+ of market share leading to the worst period in web browsers' history where innovation was a niche for Opera and IE remixes users.'"

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