Weekly Roundup

“Professors, We Need You!” Nicholas Kristof argues in the New York Times that professors need to make themselves relevant in real-world debates. Professors argued back that they already do, and that they might be better off staying in the (shrinking) ivory tower: for one thing, there are no FBI background checks.

Food research is notorious for flip-flopping, but studies suggest that consumers of whole milk and butter are less likely to be obese. NPR explores this “full fat paradox.”

“These gender differences that everyone knows exist, and they know they’ll always exist and they’re biological — when I started pressing on them I found that a lot of those assumptions hadn’t really been tested.” New York Magazine interviews psychologist Terri Conley, whose work debunks evolutionary explanations for men and women’s sex preferences.

Jackie Chan has joined the fight to halt the consumption of endangered animal products for food and traditional remedies.

Lonely people are more likely to die sooner, and lonely cancer patients suffer detrimental lifestyle impacts.

Man’s best friend, indeed: dogs’ brains react to voices and emotional cues similar to those of humans.

High school grades predict college success better than SAT scores do.

A new study in JAMA Pediatrics suggests a link between using acetaminophen (paracetamol; found in Tylenol and other medications) during pregnancy and ADHD/hyperkinetic behaviours in children. However, doctors believe that these results do not warrant a change in the drug’s classification as a safe painkiller for pregnant women.

Over 120 research papers residing in Springer and IEEE subscription publications have been removed after Cyril Labbé discovered that they were produced by SCIgen, a program designed by MIT graduate students to generate nonsense computer science papers. If you suspect a given computer science paper is gibberish, you can test it using Labbé’s website.

One Comment

  • Mike Thicke
    Mike Thicke Reply

    120 research papers! If this isn’t the death knell of the academic journal system, I don’t know what is.

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