You might think of it as a website winning a genius grant: Retraction Watch, after more than four years and 2,000 posts, has been awarded a two-year, $400,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to expand its work with the creation of a comprehensive database of retractions. Such a database does not now exist, and its […]
Scientific American reshapes blog network, cuts number of blogs and bloggers in half.
Scientific American has rebuilt its blog network to “create an improved balance of topic areas and bring in some new voices,” the editors announced Dec. 15th. The move will cut the number of blogs and bloggers roughly in half, said Curtis Brainard, Scientific American’s blogs editor. That means that some familiar names will no longer […]
The 13 boldest ideas in science: If you wear lipstick and pearls…
(Update 12/13: A Tracker reader notes that Alexandra Witze is a correspondent for Nature and a contributing writer for Science News, two publications that might, in part, be seen as competing with New Scientist. I don’t think her employment detracts from the point she’s making.) “Get your head around the 13 boldest ideas in science,” […]
In the Aftermath of the Holsey Execution: What Courts Say About Drunken Lawyers and Hypothetical Justice.
We just simply put a mirror under the lawyer’s nose, and if it clouds up, that’s effective assistance of counsel. That’s what a lawyer told Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project after the execution of Robert Wayne Holsey Tuesday night. Armstrong reports that Holsey’s court-appointed attorney, who was later disbarred, “admitted to trying the case while […]
Science Times Editor David Corcoran Takes a Buyout
After what he calls “a cool 50 years in the newspaper business,” David Corcoran, the editor of Science Times, has decided to “explore Life After.” “My last day here is Dec. 19,” he told me in an email, adding that he would “miss the job and the people, including the great freelance writers I’ve had […]
Grist: Politico doesn’t get any facts wrong in its ‘normal, awful’ story on the EPA.
The EPA issued a draft rule on Nov. 26 to limit ozone pollution. This is the headline on a story in Politico: The Obama administration proposed a draft air pollution rule on Wednesday that business groups charge could be the costliest regulation of all time — setting up a test of how hard the president […]