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Oct 19, 2013 Scientific research has changed the world. Now it needs to change itself

QUOTE: Too many of the findings that fill the academic ether are the result of shoddy experiments or poor analysis (see article). A rule of thumb among biotechnology venture-capitalists is that half of published research cannot be replicated. Even that may be optimistic.

Sep 28, 2013 In cancer drug battle, both sides appeal to ethics

QUOTE: Andrea Sloan is dying of ovarian cancer. Having exhausted all standard treatment options, her doctors say her best hope now is a new class of cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors....But she's not getting the treatment because the company is refusing to give it to her. That's because this drug she wants is still in clinical trials, and the company says hasn't been proven effective.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 20, 2013 Fukushima Forever

QUOTE: Fukushima is just the latest episode in a dangerous dance with radiation that has been going on for 68 years. Since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 we have repeatedly let loose plutonium and other radioactive substances on our planet, and authorities have repeatedly denied or trivialized their dangers. The authorities include national governments (the U.S., Japan, the Soviet Union/ Russia, England, France and Germany); the worldwide nuclear power industry; and some scientists both in and outside of these governments and the nuclear power industry. Denials and trivialization have continued with Fukushima.

Huffington Post
Jan 04, 2013 On Google, F.T.C. Set Rules of War Over Patents

QUOTE: The [FTC's Google-Ed.] action by no means spells the end of the smartphone patent wars, a global conflict in which major corporations including Apple, Samsung and Google have spent billions amassing patent portfolios and then suing and countersuing one another in courts around the world. But legal experts say Google’s settlement with the F.T.C. signals progress in clarifying the rules of engagement in high-tech patent battles, and thus could ease them.

New York Times
Sep 17, 2012 Patent Trolls Causing Serious Problems For Startups

QUOTE: although large companies tend to dominate patent headlines, most unique defendants to troll suits are small....To the extent patent demands tax innovation, then, they appear to do so regressively, with small companies targeted more as unique defendants , and paying more in time, money and operational impact, relative to their size, than large firms.

Feb 08, 2012 Business Owners Adjusting to Overhaul of Patent System

QUOTE: The most sweeping patent system changes in more than 50 years became law in September with enactment of the America Invents Act, which the White House has said will help turn inventions into businesses faster. Entrepreneurs and small-business owners who rely on the patent system to protect their intellectual property are just starting to understand the changes, which phase in over an 18-month period that ends in March 2013.

New York Times
Nov 13, 2011 Disruptions: The 3-D Printing Free-for-All

QUOTE: People can download plans for an object, hit print, and a few minutes later have it in their hands. Call it the Industrial Revolution 2.0. Not only will it change the nature of manufacturing, but it will further challenge our concept of ownership and copyright.

New York Times
Aug 02, 2011 Car hacks loom as autos go wireless: Tomorrow's vehicles will communicate wirelessly to reduce accidents, and experts are working to ensure hackers can't abuse the technology

QUOTE: The experts involved believe that 83 percent of unimpaired vehicle-related fatalities (those not connected to drugs, alcohol, and so on) might be avoided by boosting vehicular intelligence. Still, any technology capable of transmitting personal data -- in this case, auto-related information -- and controlling our cars could be abused by hackers.

Jul 15, 2011 App developers withdraw from US as patent fears reach 'tipping point'

QUOTE: App developers are withdrawing their products for sale from the US versions of Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market for fear of being sued by companies which own software patents - just as a Mumbai-based company has made a wide-ranging claim against Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and a number of other companies over Twitter-style feeds, for which it claims it has applied for a patent.

Guardian Unlimited
Jul 07, 2011 How Bright Promise in Cancer Testing Fell Apart

QUOTE: as patients and their doctors try to make critical decisions about serious illnesses, they may be getting worthless information that is based on bad science. The scientific world is concerned enough that two prominent groups, the National Cancer Institute and the Institute of Medicine, have begun examining the Duke case; they hope to find new ways to evaluate claims based on emerging and complex analyses of patterns of genes and other molecules.

New York Times
Jun 25, 2011 It’s Science, but Not Necessarily Right

QUOTE: science fixes its mistakes more slowly, more fitfully and with more difficulty than Sagan’s words would suggest...Why? One simple answer is that it takes a lot of time to look back over other scientists’ work and replicate their experiments. Scientists are busy people, scrambling to get grants and tenure. As a result, papers that attract harsh criticism may nonetheless escape the careful scrutiny required if they are to be refuted.

New York Times
Jun 25, 2011 In Medicine, New Isn’t Always Improved

QUOTE: the promise of innovation can also prove a trap, a situation now playing out with dire consequences for possibly tens of thousands of people who received artificial hips intended to let them remain active. The implants, known as metal-on-metal hips, were regarded by device makers and surgeons as a major advance over previous designs that used both metal and plastic. Now federal regulators and medical researchers are scrambling to determine how many implant recipients have been injured by the devices, which can shed dangerous metallic debris through wear.

New York Times
Jun 11, 2011 You Bring an Idea, and They’ll Do the Rest

QUOTE: risk-averse people have eureka moments, too, he says. And that’s Edison Nation’s sweet splits all revenue with its inventors. “There’s no hold-back. If a dollar comes in, 50 cents goes to the inventor, 50 cents to us. It’s a transparent process.”

New York Times
Jan 15, 2011 Renault Fires 2 Men Accused of Selling Corporate Secrets About Electric Vehicles

QUOTE: Renault has formally fired two of the men it has accused of espionage....While French officials have confirmed on background that investigators are following a lead related to China...

New York Times
Jul 05, 2010 To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery (Cheat Sheet)

QUOTE: As the eternal temptation of students to cheat has gone high-tech — not just on exams, but also by cutting and pasting from the Internet and sharing of homework online like music files — educators have responded with their own efforts to crack down.

New York Times
Jun 18, 2010 Supreme Court rules on employer monitoring of cellphone, computer conversations

QUOTE: A hesitant Supreme Court waded cautiously into a question that arises daily in workplaces and offices across the country: whether employers have the right to look over the shoulders of workers who use company computers and cellphones for personal communication. In the first ruling of its kind, the justices said they do, as long as there is a "legitimate work-related purpose" to monitor them.

Washington Post
Jun 01, 2010 Antiradiation Products With Some Science in Them

QUOTE: There is still no definitive evidence that electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices like cellphones and Wi-Fi networks is hazardous. But many companies are profiting from public concern about the issue, most by selling unscientific placebos, usually pendants or decals that do nothing to stop the radiation.

New York Times
May 27, 2010 Safety Rules Can’t Keep Up With Biotech Industry

QUOTE: the estimated 232,000 employees in the nation’s most sophisticated biotechnology labs work amid imponderable hazards. And some critics say the modern biolab often has fewer federal safety regulations than a typical blue-collar factory.

New York Times
May 20, 2010 Groups spar over car black boxes as Congress mulls auto safety bill

QUOTE: A proposal to equip all new cars with "black boxes" to record crash data...But automakers and safety advocates disagree over the extent of the data the devices should collect and over the extent they should be able to survive the worst of crashes.

Washington Post
May 20, 2010 The Identity Theft Threat From Copiers

QUOTE: Why in the world would Congress provide some consumers with free access to credit scores, but not others? This could happen under a measure being considered by lawmakers that would grant free access to people whose credit scores were used to deny them credit or a job.

New York Times
May 14, 2010 Genetically Engineered Distortions

QUOTE: genetic engineering can be used not just to modify major commodity crops in the West, but also to improve a much wider range of crops that can be grown in difficult conditions throughout the world. Doing that also requires opponents to realize that by demonizing the technology, they’ve hindered applications of genetic engineering that could save lives and protect the environment.

New York Times
Apr 30, 2010 Chinese Rules Said to Threaten Proprietary Information

QUOTE: China is expected to issue regulations on Saturday requiring technology companies to disclose proprietary information like data-encryption keys and underlying software code to sell a range of security-related digital technology products to government agencies...

New York Times
Apr 30, 2010 BP Is Criticized Over Oil Spill, but U.S. Missed Chances to Act

QUOTE: BP officials said they did everything possible, and a review of the response suggests it may be too simplistic to place all the blame on the oil company. The federal government also had opportunities to move more quickly, but did not do so while it waited for a resolution to the spreading spill from BP...

New York Times
Mar 02, 2010 Apple-HTC Suit Cites Multitouch, Gesture Patent

QUOTE: ...Apple announced that it had filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Delaware against HTC, alleging twenty instances of patent infringement....HTC has developed numerous touchscreen and other phones to rival the Apple iPhone. Of late, most have used the Android operating system...

PC Magazine
Sep 15, 2009 Where Cancer Progress Is Rare, One Man Says No (Forty Years' War)

QUOTE: cancer has proven difficult to crack, leading to frustration among executives and advocates who wonder why the Food and Drug Administration is not approving more drugs.

New York Times
Sep 10, 2009 Ghostwriting Is Called Rife in Medical Journals

QUOTE: In the scientific literature, ghostwriting usually refers to medical writers, often sponsored by a drug or medical device company, who make major research or writing contributions to articles published under the names of academic authors. The concern... is that the work of industry-sponsored writers has the potential to introduce bias...

New York Times
Sep 02, 2009 Pain-free animals could take suffering out of farming

QUOTE: might "pain-free" be the next sticker slapped onto a rump roast? As unlikely as that may seem, progress in neuroscience and genetics in recent years makes it a very real possibility. In fact, according to one philosopher, we have an ethical duty to consider the option.

New Scientist
Sep 02, 2009 GM crops: Battlefield: Papers suggesting that biotech crops might harm the environment attract a hail of abuse from other scientists. Emily Waltz asks if the critics fight fair.

QUOTE: some scientists say that this activity [attacking papers that criticize genetically modified crops] may be going beyond what is acceptable in scientific discussions, trampling important research questions and stifling debate.

Aug 31, 2009 Keeping genes out of terrorists' hands: Gene-synthesis industry at odds over how to screen DNA orders.

QUOTE: A standards war is brewing in the gene-synthesis industry. At stake is the way that the industry screens orders for hazardous toxins and genes

Aug 25, 2009 Old American Dams Quietly Become a Multibillion-Dollar Threat

QUOTE: More than 2,000 dams near population centers are in need of repair, according to statistics released this month by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials.

Aug 18, 2009 CSI Fraud: researchers craft fake DNA evidence

QUOTE: some researchers have now looked into whether it's possible to fake a valid DNA sample, and they have come up with a disturbing answer: just about any molecular biology lab has the tools to do so.

Ars Technica
Aug 18, 2009 Nanoparticle safety in doubt: Lung damage in Chinese factory workers sparks health fears.

QUOTE: Claims that seven Chinese factory workers developed severe lung damage from inhaling nanoparticles are stoking the debate over the environmental-health effects of nanotechnology.

Aug 18, 2009 You Say “Solution,” I Say “Pollution:” Ocean Fertilization is a Fishy Solution to a Whale of a Problem

QUOTE: There are many compelling scientific arguments both for and against geoengineering via ocean fertilization... But even if our best science indicates that ocean fertilization will succeed, there are clear ethical reasons to rule it out...

Science Progress
Aug 13, 2009 Researchers "hack the vote" in real-world e-voting attack

QUOTE: A group of security researchers has published a fascinating study that demonstrates how to hack a Sequoia AVC Advantage voting machine.

Ars Technica
Aug 10, 2009 Scientist Tackles Ethical Questions of Space Travel: A Conversation With Paul Root Wolpe

QUOTE: NASA does hundreds of research studies. Every astronaut who goes into space is, essentially, a human research subject... One of the things I [bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe] do is look over the research protocols and make sure they are in compliance with earth-bound regulations about informed consent and health and safety.

New York Times
Aug 06, 2009 Struggling to hold up a bank: The trouble with nuclear fuel

QUOTE: all [efforts to get rid of nuclear missiles] will be in vain unless better ways can be found to deal with a practical problem as old as the nuclear age: how to stop nuclear technologies that can be used legitimately for making electricity from being abused for bomb-making. Efforts to tackle it are in a muddle.

Aug 03, 2009 Did China's Nuclear Tests Kill Thousands and Doom Future Generations?

QUOTE: Three decades on, [Enver] Tohti, now a medical doctor, is launching an investigation into the toll still being taken—and one that the Chinese government steadfastly refuses to acknowledge. A few hundred thousand people may have died as a result of radiation from at least 40 nuclear explosions carried out between 1964 and 1996 at the Lop Nur site in Xinjiang...

Scientific American
Aug 02, 2009 Computer-trading worries grow as NYSE builds new datacenter

QUOTE: Not everyone is happy that the NYSE is poised to massively boost the already overwhelming amount of computer trading. At issue is not the simple fact of computers trading against one another over electronic networks—it's the speed with which they appear to be squeezing the humans out of the loop, and the potential instability and fragility that may result from increased automation of global markets.

Ars Technica
Aug 01, 2009 Space Junk: Earth is being engulfed in a dense cloud of hazardous debris that won't stop growing.

QUOTE: Experts calculate that debris will now strike one of the 900 active satellites in LEO every two or three years. For the first time, junk is the single biggest risk factor to equipment in some orbits.

Jul 27, 2009 Infectious Diseases Study Site Questioned: Tornado Alley May Not Be Safe, GAO Says

QUOTE: The Department of Homeland Security relied on a rushed, flawed study to justify its decision to locate a $700 million research facility for highly infectious pathogens in a tornado-prone section of Kansas, according to a government report.

Washington Post
Jul 23, 2009 Scientists Breed Mice From Skin Cells in China: Development May Offer an Alternative to Controversial Embryonic Stem Cells

QUOTE: Chinese scientists have bred mice from cells that might offer an alternative to embryonic stem cells, producing the most definitive evidence yet that the technique could help sidestep many of the explosive ethical issues engulfing the controversial field but raising alarm that the advance could lead to human cloning and designer babies.

Washington Post
Jul 23, 2009 Researcher Condemns Conformity Among His Peers

QUOTE: Conformity and group-think are attitudes of particular danger in science

New York Times
Jul 09, 2009 How to stop blogging: Organizers have only two options for their meetings: open or closed.

QUOTE: Researchers have long anguished about the hyper-competitive culture that leads attendees to suppress their most interesting unpublished results. Such protectiveness can only be worsened by the increasing dissemination of results beyond the conference hall by bloggers.

Jun 23, 2009 Deep in Bedrock, Clean Energy and Quake Fears

QUOTE: an American start-up company, AltaRock Energy, will begin using nearly the same method [to extrate geothermal energy that caused an earthquake in Switzerland] to drill deep into ground laced with fault lines...

New York Times
May 27, 2009 The Future of Reproduction: Male Pregnancy (Duel Perspectives)

QUOTE: the technology to create a child with DNA from two dads is just around the corner:...

Nov 09, 2008 For Amateur Swimmers, the Cost Of Success Doesn't Suit Everyone

QUOTE: The futuristic swimsuits worn last summer by nearly every competitor at the Beijing Olympics, most notably Michael Phelps, are generating an aquatic version of class warfare as college and high school swim seasons get underway...Many collegiate coaches and parents of promising young swimmers don't have the budgets for the suits. But they fear their kids will be hindered without them.

Washington Post
Nov 05, 2008 Google Wins the Presidential Election (So Does Obama)

QUOTE: if Lessig has Obama's ear, you might see more policies leaning towards "fair use" of other people's copyrighted works. That also dovetails with Google's agenda, which needs net neutrality and could use less content protection so it can take over the world by providing other people's content and its own advertising over other people's pipes.

PC Magazine
Sep 02, 2008 Injections of Hope: Doctors Promote Offshore Stemcell Shots, but Some Patients Cry Foul

QUOTE: Patients dart across the border to Mexico or jet to the Caribbean, India, China and elsewhere for injections of stem cells from embryos, fetuses, umbilical cords and the patients' own fat, blood and bone marrow. These shots would be illegal in the United States, where the Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve any such treatments.

Washington Post
Aug 14, 2008 How (Not) to Fix a Flaw Experts say disclosing bugs prevents security flaws from festering.

QUOTE: argues that researchers need to be protected as they investigate these types of flaws. "It's extremely rare for a court to bar anyone from speaking before that person has even had a chance to speak," she says. "We think this sets a terrible precedent that's very dangerous for security research."

Technology Review
May 16, 2008 Competitor Files a Lawsuit Claiming Speedo Is Attempting a Monopoly

QUOTE: In documents filed in United States District Court for the Central District of California, TYR describes a climate in which elite athletes have been led to believe they cannot excel on the world stage unless they wear Speedo’s newest high-tech suit, which was designed with the help of NASA and was unveiled in February.

New York Times

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