Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Male scientists in biology more likely to commit fraud


A review of the United States Office of Research Integrity annual reports identified 228 individuals who have committed misconduct, of which 94% involved fraud. Analysis of the data by career stage and gender revealed that misconduct occurred across the entire career spectrum from trainee to senior scientist and that two-thirds of the individuals found to have committed misconduct were male. This exceeds the overall proportion of males among life science trainees and faculty. These observations underscore the need for additional efforts to understand scientific misconduct and to ensure the responsible conduct of research.

Monday, November 26, 2012

dualism makes you fat

“The Mind Is Willing, but the Flesh Is Weak”

Interesting study - people believing in the soul makes less healthy decisions.
(And also when people are primed with the theory of dualism)

Repost from lifehacker : mild ambient noise promotes creativity

Mild Ambient Noise Can Spur Creativity and Keep You Motivated:

A new study explains why so many of us find it easier to work and learn when sitting with our laptops in coffee shops or other bustling places, and the answer is simple: modest ambient noise (around 70 decibels) triggers the part of our brains responsible for abstract and creative thinking. More »

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gender bias in science

(Even after taking into account the percentage of female scientists)

Men are more likely to be invited to write in top science journals:

A committee with a male chairperson will give a scientific award to a male 95% of the time: