‘Gobbledygook’ Papers Flood Academia to Prove a PointThree MIT students set out to expose how much crud gets accepted to scientific conferences; Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni was swayed by so-called science to sign an anti-gay bill; meanwhile, Bitcoin may have some value beyond that of an online currency. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Three MIT students set out to expose how much crud gets accepted to scientific conferences; Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni was swayed by so-called science to sign an anti-gay bill; meanwhile, Bitcoin may have some value beyond that of an online currency. These discoveries and more below.
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How Computer-Generated Fake Papers Are Flooding Academia More and more academic papers that are essentially gobbledegook are being written by computer programs – and accepted at conferences.
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Science Misused to Justify Ugandan Antigay Law On 24 February, Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, signed a draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, after 2 months of declining to do so.
Navy Knew Fukushima Dangerously Contaminated the USS Reagan A stunning new report indicates the U.S. Navy knew that sailors from the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its meltdowns and explosions nearly three years ago.
Is Journalism Entering a Golden Age? That might seem hard to believe, given all of the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments in recent years over the field’s perilous state as traditional journalism has been turned upside down by the digital onslaught.
Real-Time Automated Essay Writing? When Geoffrey Pullum first tried EssayTyper, for just a moment it chilled his blood.
Marginally Useful Bitcoin itself may fail as a currency, but the underlying technology is beginning to suggest valuable new applications.
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