How to Help Researchers' Discoveries Go Viral  

Using the social-media site Tumblr, the University of California system has brought attention to everyday breakthroughs in its labs.


Subscription Scare Fuels Worries Over Who Controls Data That Scholars Need

When a group of Renaissance scholars said that ProQuest had canceled its members’ access to a key database, academics raised questions about whether private companies have too much power over scholarly research.



Journal Publishers Rethink a Research Mainstay: Peer Review  

Making the process open and giving academics more credit for doing reviews are two of the methods meant to fix what some call a broken system.



‘I Got Nobody’: Scholars of Gun Violence Describe Their Lonely Battles

Two university researchers say they’re optimistic that their work will have long-term benefits. But the sometimes-vitriolic response they receive can be deeply frustrating.


After Battle to Get Boston College's 'Belfast' Records, Prosecutors Now Largely Dismiss Their Value

At one time the authorities considered an oral-history project to be key evidence in solving a murder. On Tuesday they described the records as mere "hearsay."



Meet Retraction Watch, the Blog That Points Out the Human Stains on the Scientific Record  

The founders of Retraction Watch have made themselves impossible to ignore.


Consistent Research Regulations Could Ease the Burden on Scientists, Panel Says

In a report delivered to Congress on Tuesday, the National Academy of Sciences also argued for an independent oversight board that would be financed by universities but granted government authority.



Landmark Analysis of an Infamous Medical Study Points Out the Challenges of Research Oversight

How could a 2001 study of the drug Paxil get the facts so wrong? A team of volunteer researchers spent two years trying to find out.


Another Research Gender Gap: Men Get More Start-Up Money

On average, male biomedical researchers received start-up packages nearly two-and-a-half times larger than those awarded to female scholars.



Embrace of Deception in Experiments Puts Social Scientists in an Ethical Bind  

When research projects broadcast candidates’ party affiliation in nonpartisan campaigns or ask drivers to break traffic laws, are they stepping over the line?


Federal Plan to Modernize Medical Trials’ Rules Would Be Boon to Universities

A 519-page set of regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would relax the approvals process for research that involves human subjects but puts them at little or no risk.



Is Nuance Overrated?

A scholar took an irreverent stand against a common academic criticism and watched his paper go viral. But there’s a serious point in the paper’s vulgar title.


The Results of the Reproducibility Project Are In. They’re Not Good.  

The project tried to replicate the results of 100 psychology studies. Only 39 percent withstood scrutiny.


Quest to Put a Value on Medical Research Illustrates the Difficulties of Trying  

A study attempts to draw links between life expectancy, approvals of new drugs, and research supported by the NIH. Some experts say those aren’t dots that can be connected.



Can Universities Fix the Police?  

Officers and scholars have not always gotten along. But some researchers say working directly with law-enforcement agencies is the only real way to change them.



A Clinician, a Blogger, and Now a Thorn in Coca-Cola’s Side

Yoni Freedhoff has long been a fierce advocate on health and nutrition. Now he has helped to expose what many scientists see as a serious conflict of interest.



A Rancorous Feud Over a Research Grant Leaves a Professor With No Regrets  

Paul S. Aisen’s decision to move his Alzheimer’s-research program from one California university to another led to a nasty dispute.


American Psychological Association Bans Members From Military Interrogations

Supporters of the new policy say it's needed to restore trust in the group, which a recent report criticized as colluding with the Pentagon to soften its ethics guidelines.



Drone Researchers See the Technology Grounded by Federal Safety Rules  

Researchers have big plans to make unmanned aerial vehicles more useful, but regulations are limiting their work.


When Researchers State Goals for Clinical Trials in Advance, Success Rates Plunge

The government now requires many scientists to announce what they intend to test. A new study says that has made it harder for some of them to claim positive findings.