Info on certain last minute Coalition announcements: the now-rescinded opt-out Internet filter and the very much not-rescinded proposal to investigate “increasingly ridiculous research grants” by the Australian Research Council
In my years on the ‘net, I’ve seen any number of people want to interview others or get them to take surveys for everything from a short high school or undergraduate paper through to graduate research projects and books. And they so seldom manage to meet basic ethical guidelines for making sure they aren’t wasting their participants’ time at best or endangering them at worst.
[Potential Trigger warning] … that a study has just discovered that rapists don’t usually have rapist tattoed on their forehead. THE typical rapist is a charmer, not a misfit, new research shows. He is talkative, engaging and employed in a good job. He is not a loner, nor mentally ill. He can be found at work, at a party, at… Read more →
Part of this month’s Blast from the Past reposting program: originally published January 4, 2006. This post notes the ongoing pattern of research around abortion being distorted and misrepresented.
After two years of heated debate on how to protect animal welfare without scuppering scientific research…
Women remain vastly underrepresented in biomedical research despite significant differences in the way they experience many diseases, medications and therapies compared to men. Despite federal mandates to include women in studies, there is much that still needs to be done, says Teresa Woodruff, a leading women’s health scientist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in a June 9 commentary in the journal Nature.
MSNBC is carrying a Reuters article, Insult to injury: More kids hurt by own crutches, about injuries to young people “related to the use of crutches, wheelchairs and walkers”. Apparently, these injuries are “on the rise”, with significant numbers of USAn emergency room attendances related to injuries sustained while using a mobility aid. Note, firstly, that there is no formal… Read more →
In today’s “It’s Not Sex, It’s Rape” files I present Melanie Christiansen’s article in the Courier Mail, “Unwanted teen sex tied to binge drinking“. AN explosion in binge drinking among high school girls is driving an increase in unwanted teen sex, a nationwide survey, which will be outlined in Brisbane today, says. […] “It is a concern,” said the centre’s… Read more →
Elsewhere, grave doubt was expressed that attitudes of holding women responsible for sexual violence directed towards them was in fact a popular community view, to the extent that a position paper from an academic conference was mercilessly mocked for this sentence:
Women who are raped or who suffer domestic violence are somehow thought of in the popular imagination as a stereotype. According to this, the women are asking for it, dressed inappropriately, provoking it – responsible for it.
Have peer review committees just given up on actually including a statistician these days? or do the statisticians need to do more sociology classes?
THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.
A join Australian/US research expedition has discovered a multitude of new deep-sea species in the Tasman Fracture Zone, southwest of Tasmania. The 30 cm sea spiders I could do without knowing about, but check out some of the other marine life they’ve photographed with their submersible robot.
A sample of the headlines: Abortion increases stress: study Abortion increases mental health risk: study Abortion raises depression risk, say NZ researchers Abortion study backs pro-life debate Don’t you just love the way the MSM so baldly states its beat-up of the day? Of course the study isn’t the slam-dunk they present it as. Here are the key findings of… Read more →