Sharp Rise In Fake Science Publications Embarrasses Germany

Over 5,000 research scientists working in German universities and other higher education institutes have published their research findings in journals run by quasi-scientific publishers, according to a media report released on Thursday.

When researchers publish their results in a scientific journal, it is anticipated that their research theory, scope, assumptions, exclusions, method and data have been subjected to rigorous scrutiny by other scientists in the field in a process known as peer review. Though in recent years the per review  process has been discredited because of the operation of an old boy network in academic research, the system if properly executed acts as a form of quality control, ensuring that studies are scientifically sound before being released to the public.

Quasi-scientific publishers, however, carry out little to no review of the articles (a system known as pal review, you get your pal to say nice things about your research, in return you say nice things about the results of his next project) and often publish the articles soon after receiving them, according to research carried out by German public broadcasters NDR and WDR as well as German news magazine Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.

The publishers approach scientists and companies around the world, encouraging them to publish their work in one of their journals. The researchers then pay to have their article or study published in one of these journals where it appears within a few days.

The report found that some 400,000 researchers worldwide have used these scientifically dubious journals — knowingly or inadvertently — to publish their work.

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Fascist Science: Global warming research suppressed due to intolerance of scepticism

Al Gore's Green Police
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A climate change researcher has echoed the claim made by many well informed but not academically qualified commentators, that climate scientists are confusing their role as impartial observers with green activism after his paper challenging predictions about the speed of global warming was rejected because it was seen as “less than helpful.”

Professor Lennart Bengtsson, a former director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, says recent pressure resemblig a medieval witch hunt from fellow academics forced him to resign from his post on a climate sceptic think-tank.

Bengtsson, a research fellow at the University of Reading claims a paper he co-authored was deliberately suppressed from publicatoin in the scientific research journal Environmental Research Letters by scientists who peer-reviewed the work because of an intolerance of conclusions that dissent from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change view that catastrophic climate change can only be aveterted by shovelling shitloads of money into research projects that will confirm more research is needed thus enabling useless fuckers research scientists to keep their piggy suouts in the trough of taxpayers money and never face the horrific prospect that they might have to get proper jobs.

“The problem we have now in the scientific community is that some scientists are mixing up their scientific role with that of climate activist,” Bengtsson told The Times newspaper which is behind a paywall.

Professor Bengtsson claims a scientist advised him that the paper, which challenged findings that global temperature would increase by 4.5C if greenhouse gases were to double, should not be published in a respected journal because it was “less than helpful.”

Helpful to what. If any of that blether about scientific integrity and the scientific method means anything at all, then the only thing that is helpful is people publishing the findings of their research, not ignoring anything that is a tad inconvenient. Such science is similar to the European Union’s neo Nazi approach to democracy.

The Daily Stirrer and our friends Little Nicky Machiavelli and Boggart Blog are sick of saying we told you so and the number of times we have knocked gaping holes in the “expert knowledge” of scientists and academics by simply stating the absoeffinglutely obvious have become too many to count. So here’s veteran television critic and purveyor of common sense spiced with caustic wit, Clive James to say it for us:

Clive James writing in The Daily Telegraph

Because of its many beautiful images of my homeland, I couldn’t help watching the repeat of Australia with Simon Reeve (BBC Two). I thought I was being idle, but suddenly a big idea occurred to me.

It wasn’t my usual idea of ordering my secret squad of ninjas (Agents of CLIVE) to waylay the unacceptably confident Simon and inject him with a suitable narcotic to take the edge off his deplorable enthusiasm. Besides, there must be a lot of viewers, along with his employers, who find his enthusiasm to be the opposite of deplorable: ie they think him an interesting bloke, and even take that terrible little moustache to be a sign of keenness.

No, this was a bigger idea: an idea relevant to countless BBC programmes about the environment over the course of the past decade and a half. Let me try to evoke the moment in which the idea occurred. Simon was talking to a man in charge of a South Australian wine factory which covered thousands of acres with its enormous shining silver vats and bins. The factory produces a zillion bottles of wine per year, and uses, in the process, a gazillion gallons of water.

The water is drawn from the Murray-Darling river system. If it occurred to you to wonder what would happen to the output of wine if the input of water were to be restricted, it occurred to Reeve too. So did he ask the professionally knowledgeable bloke in charge of the wine whether he anticipated any restrictions in the water supply?

No, he asked a climate change expert. In Australia, climate change experts are not hard to find. Indeed it is very hard to keep them out of your car: unless you wind the window all the way up, one of them will climb in. This climate change expert was called Tim. Armed with his ability to read the future, Tim predicted that any dry area of the Murray-Darling system was “an indication of what’s coming”, and that “what Australia is experiencing here now” would eventually be experienced by “hundreds of millions of people around the world”.

Simon nodded his moustache sagely but didn’t once ask whether the flourishing wine industry was not part of what Australia is experiencing here now. Nor did he ask whether, in view of climate change, the wine industry was doomed. It was then that the big idea hit me. Why hadn’t he asked the wine grower? It would have been easy to frame the question, perhaps along the lines of: “In view of what is happening to the planet, have you any plans for selling all this colossal acreage of silver metal for scrap?”

It would have been worth asking the wine grower because his whole way of life depends on what he thinks about the water supply, whereas, with Tim, nothing depends on what he thinks about the water supply except his next research grant and his prospects of getting on screen with the visiting TV presenter so that they can shoot off their mouths together. And at that point I started thinking about all those BBC environment and nature programmes from the immediate past that might just turn out, in retrospect, to have been souping up their science with science fiction.

Read all Clive James at The Daily Telegraph

So there you have it. Genuine environmental research that challenges the official line that climate change is man made and only punitive taxes on everything, leading to the enslavement of entire populations can avert it. Droughts are caused by climate change – they have nothing to do with draining natural aquifers and other water resources for industrial and domestic water supplies, hurricanes are caused by climate change and climate changes is happening faster than even the most dramatic computer models predicted in spite of the fact that we have had less hurricanes in the past few years than before climate change scaremongering became profitable.

Sea ice is melting faster than ever as is proved by the norther sea ice extent increasing more last year than in any previous year. And antarctic ice is melting so fast that a scientific research ship sent to measure how much ice had disappeared in the southern ocean got stuck in ice which would not have been there at the height of an antarctic summer but for global warming.

Anyone who previously though science was about studying things carefully to gain knowledge can be disabused of such a ridiculous notion. science is about corporate profits and political power. QED.

Climate Scientist’s Failed Law Suit Exposes His Fake Science

After so many acrimonious arguments with so many acrimonious people about the fake science that the whole Anthropogenic Global Warming scare was just a scam to justify carbon taxes, it’s greatly amusing to see that the phoney scientist who led the whole fraud has been beaten to death with his own hockey stick – remember the notorious hockey stick graph that omitted and data that did not fit the answer Mann, his cronies and paymasters wanted. Well when people pointed out this very obvious manipulation of data, Mann screamed, “You’re not scientists, you don’t understand how science works.”

Unfortunately many of us do and some people called Mann’s bluff by yelling back, “You’re a cheat, fraud, and data faker, sue us if you dare.”

Mann sued and …

Michael Mann Faces Bankruptcy as his Courtroom Climate Capers Collapse

Mike Mann mugshot - he could be arrested for fraud
Prof Mike Mann mugshot – he could be arrested for fraud

Here are a couple of samples from Principia Scientifica’s reporting of the case (linked in the headline):

Massive counterclaims, in excess of $10 million, have just been filed against climate scientist Michael Mann after lawyers affirmed that the former golden boy of global warming alarmism had sensationally failed in his exasperating three-year bid to sue skeptic Canadian climatologist, Tim Ball. Door now wide open for criminal investigation into Climategate conspiracy.

Buoyed by Dr Ball’s successes, journalist and free-speech defender, Mark Steyn has promptly decided to likewise countersue Michael Mann for $10 million in response to a similar SLAPP suit filed by the litigious professor from Penn. State University against not just Steyn, but also the National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Rand Simberg. Ball’s countersuit against Mann seeks “exemplary and punitive damages. ” Bishop Hill blog is running extracts of Steyn’s counterclaim, plus link.

AND

The fact Mann refused to disclose his ‘hockey stick’ graph metadata in the British Columbia Supreme Court, as he is required to do under Canadian civil rules of procedure, constituted a fatal omission to comply, rendering his lawsuit unwinnable. As such, Dr Ball, by default, has substantiated his now famous assertion that Mann belongs “in the state pen, not Penn. State.” In short, Mann failed to show he did not fake his tree ring proxy data for the past 1,000 years, so Ball’s assessment stands as fair comment. Moreover, many hundreds of papers in the field of paleoclimate temperature reconstructions that cite Mann’s work are likewise tainted, heaping more misery on the discredited UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) which has a knack of relying on such sub prime science (my emphasis – great catchphrase).

I have followed this case and it’s impossible to have any sympathy for Mann, he was advised by several lawyers who refused to represent him that if we has not prepared to reveal his data he could not possibly wing the case. In the end Mann and the law firm that did eventually take him on were running round like headless chickens trying to negotiate an out of courts settlement to save Mann’s arse.

It’s funny really but somehow I think the Warmageddonist cult will find a way to pretend it never happened.

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Not like a bat out of hell. Songs to drive safely by.

In yet another scientific research project aimed at proving science is a career for tossers who like to have lots of time on their hands and do not have enough imagination to fill it intelligently, a bunch of scientists have been researching which songs are the safest to drive to.

Each of the songs in the top ten have an optimum tempo of a song for safe driving, mimicking the human heartbeat at around 60 to 80 beats per minute.

Among the top ten safest songs to drive to are Come Away With Me by Norah Jones, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith and Tiny Dancer by Elton John. Anyone who would listen to that crap would never dare risk going above 30 mph of course so we must assume the science did not extend to looking at the risk of being rear ended by Jeremy Clarkson. Actually I wouldn’t mind read ending Norah Jones myself.

The Scientist by Coldplay and Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me a River also appeared in the top 10. A song called The Scientist? And it’s by Coldplay. What kind of driver would listen to that? They don’t sell Ladas in this country any more do they? Morris Minor drivers maybe? Tofu noshing G Wiz drivers?

The study, conducted at London Metropolitan University, also revealed the type of songs that cause motorists to drive dangerously.

Now this is what really pisses me off about scientists. FFS why do they insist on trying tell us what we already know and then getting it wrong.

The songs most likely to result in a write off, as any fule kno, are:

Bat Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf,
Paranoid – Black Sabbath,
Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen,

none of which were named by the study.

Having said that, I’ve always like to get my wellie down to O Fortuna from Carmina Burania.

If Your Kids Are Crap At School It Probably Means …

… they are smarter than the average chav.

Children whose minds wander might have sharper brains, some new scientific research suggests. Now we at Boggart Blog are not keen on crap science or the science of stating the effing obvious which this study seems to be an example of.

But as I, my sister and co – author fatsally and our respective broods of children have been trying to convince teachers and headmasters of this well know fact for nearly fifty years it is gratifying to know that academics, dull minded, drooling dolts that they are, do sometines get there in the end.

A study at Madison University, Wisconsin, has found that people who appear to be constantly distracted have more “working memory”, giving them the ability to hold a lot of information in their heads and process it mentally.

Children at school need this type of memory on a daily basis for a variety of tasks, such as following teachers’ instructions or remembering dictated sentences.

People who are highhly focused, particularly on topins like maths and science that involve lots of numbers and little in the way of critical analysis or interpretive skills have less working memory and so while they are good at equations it’s bloody hard work trying to explain the philosophy of the surrealist movement to them.

During the study, volunteers were asked to perform one of two simple tasks and while they were at it researchers regularly checked to ask if the participants’ minds were wandering.

At the end, participants measured their working memory capacity by their ability to remember a series of letters interspersed with simple maths questions.

Dr Jonathan Smallwood, of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science in Leipzig, Germany said “What this study seems to suggest is that, when circumstances for the task aren’t very difficult, people who have additional working memory resources deploy them to think about things other than what they’re doing.”

In an exercise to verify the experiment Boggart Blog took two sets of test subjects, group A consisting of people who have butterfly minds and Group B made up of highly focused, mathshead types and set them to work at solving some very complex mathematical problems. Four hours later the people in Group B went off to get some lunch and then deciding they couldn’t be arsed, did not bother going back but wandered off to find something more interesting to do.

Group A were so focused on the task they did not take a break. Eventually the Boggart Blog research team became bored with monitoring them and went of to find something more interesting to do. Then they forgot about the experiment for a month. When somebody eventually went back to check on the group of highly focused people they were all slumped on their keyboards, decomposing.

The experiment to prove people who are easily distracted are brighter is proved.

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Mouse Science Explains Why People’s Ears Get Bigger As They Age

One of the goals we set ourselves on Boggart Blog is to keep readers informed on the latest developments in mouse science, that branch of biology dedicated to proving humans and mice are descended from a common ancestor and that experiments carried out on mice apply equally to humans.

One of the things that remains a mystery to medical science is the way humans age. The onset of wrinkles, greying of hair, muscle wasting and cataracts awaits us all as the years pass. Some say it is psychosomatic, that we are so obsessed with numbers we think ourselves old by counting birthdays, other think it is related to declining fertility. One thing is for sure, animals to do go through that long period of declining vitality, dogs and cats can remain glossy coated, bright eyed and in the case of males up for trying to shag items of furniture, cushions and shoes until close to the end. Then while some go into a rapid decline, others simply keel over while still apparently at the height of their powers.

So why, according to studies, do humans start to wind down before they even reach the halfway point in their anticipated lifespan of about 80 years. If this only occurred in humans whose kids are in their teens as parents approach 40 we could understand it, but apparently it happens to childless people too. And might science discover an elixir of life able to keep us healthy and virile for another twenty years. Well there is hope. The onset of ageing has successfully been delayed and even eliminated by “flushing out” retired cells that had stopped dividing, say researchers in the US.

The study, published in Nature magazine, focused on what are known as “senescent cells”. They stop dividing into new cells and have an important role in preventing tumours from progressing.

Senescent cells are normally cleared out by the immune system, but their numbers build up with time. The researchers estimated that around 10% of cells are senescent in very old people.

These cells accumulate naturally with age. The scientists believe their findings could eventually “really have an impact” in the care of the elderly and in reducing the burden on health services of an ageing population. Experts sound a note of caution however by warning that while results were “fascinating”, they should be taken with a bit of caution. So far the technique has only been tried on mice.

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic, in the US, devised a way to kill all senescent cells in genetically engineered mice. The animals would age far more quickly than normal, and when they were given a drug, the senescent cells would die. The researchers looked at three symptoms of old age: formation of cataracts in the eye; the wasting away of muscle tissue; and the loss of fat deposits under the skin, which keep it smooth. Researchers said the onset of these symptoms was “dramatically delayed” when the animals were treated with the drug.

This is all very well but can we look forward to a population full of healthy looking young people who say things like, “I’m seventy eight you know, complain about the price of everything and smell if piss and wintergreen. And has anyone looked at the possible long term effects of the drug. It may work on mice but will it cause humans to run round and round little wheels, become addicted to cheese or dive into holes in the skirting when anyone enters the room. And will people taking the drug develop superhuman powers like the ability to pick up cast iron frying pans many times their own weight and hit cats in the face.

On reading the report we came to the conclusion that like climate science or the long awaited vaccine against death, this is a scientific scam. Did you notice the experiment worked on mice that had been genetically engineered to age more quickly than normal? The report states: “When it was given after the mice had been allowed to age, there was an improvement in muscle function.” So are these medics proposing to genetically modify our bodies to age more quickly then give is drugs to stop us ageing, demand thousands of pounds for the treatment and when we complain tell us they’ve done us a favour? They are going to give us progeria just so they can cure it? Is this a job creation scheme for scientists?

And the big question is will it actually work on humans or will old people simply grow long tails and large ears and develop behavioural traits of “wee cow’ring, sleekit, tim’rous beasties? One of the researchers, Dr James Kirkland, said: “I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”

Like what? you mght well ask. Old ladies with large ears and long tails giving birth to six litters of mouselets a year?

Does this research really hold out the tantalising prospect of eternal youth? The treatment had no effect on lifespan, but that may be due to the type of genetically engineered mouse used. Doctors not involved in the research grant phishing scam research were sceptical however, arguing that younger, fitter, non mouse-hybrid people are already clearing out their senescent cells when they have a dump.

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It’s The Smell Of Alpha Males That Attracts Women

Women Can’t Resist The Smell Of Alpha Males according to new research reported in today’s Daily Mail science section. (If you think Daily Mail and science should never appear in the same sentence just read on, this is good stuff.)

Alpha males have a smell all of their own, one that triggers certain hormonal reactions in women, the research paper reports.

It is thought the phenomenon helps women sniff out alpha males, in the belief they will provide them with healthy children.
The scented signal may also provide wimps with a subtle warning that there is a superior male nearby who is not to be messed with.
It is often said that horses sweat, men perspire and women glow. now we know that real men put out pussy magnetism smells.

Macho men have a different type of body odour to others, research has found …

So that’s another of life’s great mysteries sorted. Now we know why some blokes have a big, red, hairy arse.

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The Little Robot With A Big Heart

When the creators (and we use that word in the Biblical sense) of Nao, the little robot with emotions, were slated by critical comments they accused their critics thus: You are not scientists so you can’t possibly understand science.

What most of the critics had done was point out that Nao, while being a very novel little gadget in the way it slumped its shoulders and let its head droop when ignored or spoken to unkindly, shank back in alarm when approached in an aggressive way, held out its arms for a hug when ‘friends’ approached and responded affectionately to gentle words, was not experiencing the feelings humans associate with such obvious body language. It was merely miming the emotions in response to instructions generated by its software.

Naturally the people who developed Nao were a bit miffed that people who were ‘not scientists’ had seen through their hyperbole so easily.

To get themselves off the hook they tried the favourite trick of the academic world, blaming somebody else.

“It wasn’t us,” the developers wailed, ‘it was those wicked PR people, they trivialised a piece of serious science just to get a story in the press and on television. We were attempting to show it is possible to build a machine that can respond to stimuli, learn and be trained to perform tasks requiring critical thinking, cognitive skills and an ability to make decision decisions. We never said Nao was an attempt to build a machine with feelings similar to a human.”

Fine.

So why does Nao have arms and legs and a face – like design painted on the head like protruberence on top of its rather humanoid torso. Hmm? Does a robot need to look like a human. I was under the impression that the best robots, in car plants, on assembly lines, recently seen in operation during the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or as used by military bomb disposal teams did not look anything at all like humans.

Nao, according to its creators, currently has the emotional development of a one year old baby which probably make it quite a cute toy The team that built it say further development will lead to it developing feeling and emotions in line with older humans.

Cool. Now you have to remember these people are scientists, they get out so little most of them hardly know what daylight looks like, they’ve never had sex and their idea of a good time is doing some equations. They have not thought ahead to when Nao is a two year old and starts to throw its toys out of the pram or sees a dog turd on the pavement and decides it has found a new best friend.

Nor have they thought of it hitting five and the tantrums kicking in along with the ability to guilt – trip its parents by sticking out its bottom lip and dragging its feet. They have not thought of pester power along the lines of “I want pink sugar coated light machine oil.”

And what about when it reaches adolescence. All teenagers are the same, even teenage robots; it will become monosyllabic, eat from the fridge, be determined nobody understands it, spend all its time texting and paint its room black.

Boggart Blog has always said scientists do not live on planet reality. This latest attempt to play God by creating life or something similar in the lab just proves it. By creating a one year old the development team just do not know what they have let themselves in for.

More humour every day at Boggart Blog

Climategate: Absence Of Evidence…

Carl Sagan is said to have coined the phrase “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Modern education is however fostering an extremely blinkered mindset in which evidence is being accorded much greater importance than it deserves. Show me any piece of evidence that “proves” an argument and I will show you how it could be faked.

This week the House Of Commons Science And Technology Committee has ben investigating claims that at the University Of East Anglia (formerly known as Ipswich Tech.) members of the Climate Research Unit destroyed data to hide their manipulation of the results of their research into Climate Change and make sure they obtained the answer their sponsors wanted.

Unsurprisingly although the Committee of Parliamentarians criticized the team for lack of openness they found there was “no evidence” of results being manipulated.

Well there wouldn’t be would there? The scientists had destroyed the data.

What was the point of this investigation

Secular Stupidity

You Don’t Say!

Yet another science related story from your intrepid Boggartblog reporters.
It may seem we are concentrating on science at the moment, but quite honestly there isn’t much else to have a laugh about and once every Labour MP has let slip that the election is going to be in early May and Gordon has finally announced this on March 28th well we will be up and running politics, politics and bollocks.

So scientists at the university of Illinois in Chicago have discovered that the ability to listen to and recall convesations diminishes whilst driving.

You don’t say!

Researchers at Boggartblog have long held that the ability to drive diminishes whilst listening to and participating in conversation.

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