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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

voislav98 Fear mongering (493 comments)

This is a sensible public health policy and a perfectly appropriate response to recent outbreaks, for example of measles in Calgary. But let's not let that get in the way of invoking poorly contrived analogies and imply that the government will harvest unvaccinated people for their superpowers. I wonder what Michele Bachmann's superpower is?

about 5 months ago
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How To Better Verify Scientific Research

voislav98 It's all about incentives (197 comments)

What is not discussed is that in science as in life it's all about incentives. All you have to is look at who is paying for these studies, directly (through research grants) or indirectly (speaking or consulting fees), and things will become much clearer. The biomedical and life sciences are most vulnerable to corruption because the incentives are very high, successful drug/treatments are worth a lot of money. Even unsuccessful ones, given the proper appearance of effectiveness are worth money.

Other sciences are less susceptible because there is no incentive to hype the results, not because those scientists are more ethical. There is two solutions for the problem. One is to remove incentives, which would mean overhauling the whole system of scientific funding. The other is to mandate raw data sharing. This would make it easier for people to reanalyze the data without actually redoing the experimental parts.

A good example of this is Reinhart-Rogoff controversy in economics, where they claimed one thing in their widely publicized 2010 paper (high debt levels impede growth), but their statistical analysis was shown to be riddled with errors, skewing the data to the desired conclusion. This was discovered the when they shared their raw data with a University of Massachusetts grad student. While data sharing would not eliminate these issues it would make is harder to perform "statistical" analysis that introduces biases.

about a year ago
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To replace Google Reader, I favor ...

voislav98 Ye olde police jokes (166 comments)

Q: Why do cops always come in pairs
A: One knows how to read and the other how to write

Q: Why do you sometimes see them in threes
A: One know how to read and write and the other two are protecting the genius

about a year ago
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Long-Lost Continent Found Under the Indian Ocean

voislav98 Microcontinent or a dwarf continent? (168 comments)

This is why I like geologists, they are logical people. Astronomers never thought to call Pluto a microplanet.

about a year and a half ago
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US Joins Google, Microsoft In "Brain Race"

voislav98 Re:Disease (94 comments)

It's because it's the only way to get funding to do anything these days. NSF funding has been cut to the bone, but NIH is doing much better. This is why you always try to work a few magic words into your research proposal, like whichever disease is topical at the moment. If you can't, cancer is the old reliably, NIH always funds cancer.

about a year and a half ago
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Black Hole Found That Takes Up 14% of Its Galaxy's Mass

voislav98 It might be easier to study since it's so big (65 comments)

I wonder if, with a black hole as large and relatively less shielded, you can look for some evidence of relativistic effects around it.

about 2 years ago
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NASA Confirms Discovery of Organism With Phosphorus-Free DNA

voislav98 Why all the fuss? (380 comments)

I just don't see the need for a special press conference, since the general public will be goings "Arse-whaat"

more than 3 years ago
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Your Opinion Counts At CNN — But Should It?

voislav98 It's the economy stupid (383 comments)

It's a way to cover airtime without any extra cost. Anyone watching BBC and CNN can really see the difference in reporting style, CNN will beat a single story to death, spending a better part of the hour discussing it, while BBC will spend at most 10 minutes on any one story, provide the information and move one. CNN is really infotainment, where it doesn't matter what the news is.

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Unveils Its First Netbook

voislav98 No ARM (219 comments)

I would love to see an ARM netbook from Nokia, none of this Atom crap

more than 5 years ago
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I prefer to sleep in / on ...

voislav98 Missing Option? (518 comments)

does "on CowboyNeal's soft belly" option insult the male or the female population of /. more?

more than 6 years ago

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Teen pregnancies in Canada plummet 40%

voislav98 voislav98 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

voislav98 (1004117) writes "In not so "news for nerds" the Toronto Star reports that teen pregnancy rates in Canada dropped 36.9 per cent between 1996 and 2006, according to research released Wednesday by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada. Although socio-economic inequality has been identified as the key factor influencing teen pregnancy rates, high-quality sex education in schools and easy access to health services were also found to be important. The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada receives funding from the makers of Trojan condoms. Incidentally, US pregnancy rates only dropped 25% over the same period, widening the teen-pregnancy gap between the two countries to 32.4 per 1000 women (27.9 vs 60.3). Both countries are yet to catch up to the 0.03 per 1000 women of the Slashdot nation."
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Bulgarian scientists in contact with aliens

voislav98 voislav98 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

voislav98 (1004117) writes "Daily Telegraph reports that Bulgarian government scientists are in contact with aliens. Lachezar Filipov, deputy director of the Space Research Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, confirmed the research. Mr Filipov said that even the seat of the Catholic church, the Vatican, had agreed that aliens existed. He said humans were not going to be able to establish contact with the extraterrestrials through radio waves but through the power of thought. The publication of the BAS researchers report concerning communicating with aliens comes in the midst of a controversy over the role, feasibility, and reform of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. This begs the question is the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences trying to commit scientific suicide or it is some sort of a clever ploy to appeal to the lowest common denominator (which in Eastern Europe is very low and paranoid)?"
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