4:07pm

Mon October 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Misdeeds, Not Mistakes, Behind Most Scientific Retractions

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 5:10 pm

A study shows less than a quarter of retractions were the result of honest errors.
The Lancet

When there's something really wrong with a published study, the journal can retract it, much like a carmaker recalling a flawed automobile.

But are the errors that lead to retractions honest mistakes or something more problematic?

A newly published analysis finds that more than two-thirds of biomedical papers retracted over the past four decades were the result of misconduct, not error. That's much higher than previous studies of retractions had found.

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3:52pm

Mon October 1, 2012
Music Reviews

Out Of Industrial Wasteland, The English Beat Was Born

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 5:40 pm

The English Beat.
Adrian Boot Urbanimage.tv

In 1978, it seemed that every kid in Britain wanted to be in a punk band. But in Birmingham, that blighted industrial scar in the middle of the island, there wasn't much punk to be seen. The oasis was a club called Barbarella's, and that's where Dave Wakeling and Andy Cox hung out.

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3:51pm

Mon October 1, 2012
The Salt

Nearing Its 50th Birthday, Arby's Gets A 'Fresh' Makeover, New Logo

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 8:20 pm

The new Arby's logo is a sleeker and more modern version of the old one, but not everyone's a fan.
courtesy Arby's

Quick — when you think of Arby's, do you think of seasoned curly fries or turkey sandwiches?

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2:49pm

Mon October 1, 2012
All Tech Considered

Cloud Computing Saves Health Care Industry Time And Money

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 4:36 pm

Researchers are increasingly using cloud computing to discover new drugs and medical treatments. Cloud computing is often cheaper and quicker than in-house computing.
iStockphoto.com

The cloud's vast computing power is making it easier and less expensive for companies and clinicians to discover new drugs and medical treatments. Analyzing data that used to take years and tens of millions of dollars can now be done for a fraction of that amount.

Most of us know Amazon as the world's largest online retailer. But its cloud computing business is booming too.

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2:13pm

Mon October 1, 2012
The Fresh Air Interview

In Memoir, Neil Young Wages 'Heavy Peace'

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 4:00 pm

Neil Young.
Pegi Young

At age 66, Neil Young has taken the advice of his doctor and stopped smoking marijuana — though he's not "making any promises," he says.

The Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist has a new memoir titled Waging Heavy Peace, in which he talks about his music, family and medical conditions, including polio, epilepsy and a brain aneurysm. In the book, he describes a particularly painful procedure he went through, which has since been banished.

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2:09pm

Mon October 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Japan Introduces Stiff Fines, Jail Time For Illegal Downloads

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 2:32 pm

South Korean pop group 2NE1 performs during the MTV Video Music Awards Japan show in Makuhari, near Tokyo, in June.
Koji Sasahara AP

Beginning, today, illegally downloading a copy of your favorite new song could land you in jail in Japan.

The country has instituted a new law that punishes those downloaders with up to two years in prison or fines of up to $25,700. CNN reports that the move is an effort to curb music piracy in the country.

CNN adds:

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2:04pm

Mon October 1, 2012
It's All Politics

Voters Angry At Washington Gridlock May Want To Look In The Mirror

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 3:00 pm

Voters these days often reward politicians who sit at either end of the ideological spectrum while punishing those seen as compromisers.
iStockphoto.com

Like plenty of other voters, Tony Hocamp is disgusted by Washington. Too often, he says, politicians put their partisan interests ahead of doing what's right for the country.

"The politicians we have in office right now are concerned about nothing but themselves and getting re-elected," says Hocamp, who runs a motel in Marengo, Iowa.

It's easy to get upset during a political era in which the leaders of the two major parties seem incapable of putting aside their differences and working together to solve the nation's problems.

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1:51pm

Mon October 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Remembering To Never Forget: Dominican Republic's 'Parsley Massacre'

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 12:45 pm

1937: Haitians who were hoping to escape the killing in the Dominican Republic.
CulturalDiplomacy.org
  • Julia Alvarez
  • Edwidge Danticat and Julia Alvarez pronounce 'perejil'

Seventy five years ago, thousands of Haitians were murdered in the Dominican Republic by a brutal dictator. It was one of the 20th Century's least-remembered acts of genocide.

As many as 20,000 people are thought to have been killed on orders given by Rafael Trujillo. But the "parsley massacre" went mostly unnoticed outside Hispaniola. Even there, many Dominicans never knew about what happened in early October 1937. They were kept in the dark by Trujillo's henchmen.

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1:41pm

Mon October 1, 2012
Weekend Schedule Changes

WUTC Introduces New Fall Programs

As fall arrives and the leaves begin to change, WUTC-FM 88.1 announces some new additions to its weekend schedule.

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1:14pm

Mon October 1, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Do You Know Where Your Children Are? Is That Always A Good Thing?

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 1:32 pm

iStockphoto

There was a time — and it wasn't that long ago — when kids would leave home on a summer morning and roam free. "I knew kids who were pushed out the door at eight in the morning," writes Bill Bryson of his childhood in the 1950s, "and not allowed back until five unless they were on fire or actively bleeding." That's what kids did. They went out. Parents let them, and everybody did it. "If you stood on any corner with a bike — any corner anywhere — more than a hundred children, many of whom you had never seen before, would appear and ask you where you were going," Bryson writes.

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