The Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists (JSA) on June 29 announced the results of an investigation finding that at least 172 research papers by Yoshitaka Fujii, a former associate professor of anesthesiology at Toho University, contained fabricated data.
The investigation covered 212 papers listing Fujii as an author in 41 journals between 1991 an 2011. The society judged 172 papers published since 1993 were fabricated as they could not confirm experiments had actually been conducted, due to factors such as missing raw data and an absence of details on the administration of medications.
One hundred and seventy-two papers with confirmed fabricated data. That’s insane.
Three key figures from Argentina’s “Dirty War” got hefty jail terms for the systematic theft of babies from political prisoners during the 1976-1983 dictatorship, an Argentine court ruled on Thursday.
The missing children — stolen from their parents and illegally adopted, often by military families — are one of the most painful legacies of the crackdown on leftist dissent in which rights groups say up to 30,000 people were killed.
Ed Yong on Discover's Not Exactly Rocket Science blog:
Some flies, known as phorids, specialise in decapitating ants in a gruesome way. They lay their eggs inside their victims. When the maggots hatch, they move towards the ant’s head, where they gorge upon the brain and other tissues. The ant stumbles about in a literally mindless stupor until the connection between its head and body is dissolved by a enzyme released from the maggot. The head falls off and the adult flies burst out.
On July 27, 1998, playing for the Arkansas Travelers of the Double-A Texas League, [Tyrone] Horne hit four home runs in a 13-4 victory at San Antonio.
Now, four-homer games by themselves are rare, but certainly not unprecedented. This year, there have been two such performances in the Minors (Ryan Harvey of the Daytona Cubs did it on July 28 and Alexis Gomez of the Toledo Mud Hens hit four on Aug. 7).
But Horne hit a two-run home run in the first inning, a grand slam in the second, a solo shot in the fifth and a three-run homer in the sixth.
In essence, he “homered for the cycle,” something never done before in the Majors or Minors and has not been duplicated since.
And it hasn’t been done in the six years since the article.
The rest of the piece is a nice feel-good story about Horne.
The game gained controversy when a designer inserted sprites of shirtless “himbos” (male bimbos) in Speedo trunks who hugged and kissed each other, who appear in great numbers on certain dates. Their fluorescent nipples were drawn with a special rendering mode usually reserved for fog-piercing runway landing lights, so they could easily be seen from long distances in bad weather. An unintended emergent behavior of the code caused hundreds of himbos to swarm and crowd around the helicopter, where they would be slashed up by the blades, and then need to be air-lifted to the hospital — which earned the player easy money.
Ray Barnholt wrote an great piece for 1UP.com on the use of FM synthesis in video game music. Writing on this kind of thing can be really dodgy, but this is pretty accurate and also pretty comprehensive, going over arcade games and Japanese PCs too. Check it out!
And I can’t recommend enough the Ubiktune albums mentioned at the end, FM FUNK MADDNESS!! and FM FUNK TERRROR!!. Also pretty much every other Ubiktune album released in the last year and a half.
You may have heard that Jerry Sandusky of Penn State was convicted on forty-five child sexual abuse counts last week. I was reading an article on it from the Associated Press in the paper and this passage jumped out at me:
The accuser known in court papers as Victim 6 broke down in tears upon hearing the verdicts. Afterward, a prosecutor embraced him and said, “Did I ever lie to you?”
Jeneen Interlandi, writing in the New York Times Magazine:
We were on something like the 15th round of rummy, and my father was winning decisively. He cracked a wide, toothy grin as he laid his cards on the table. “That’s 321 for BaBa, and 227 for String Bean,” he said, tallying the ledger we were keeping on a piece of scrap paper.
Before he finished writing the numbers, he began a rapid succession of anecdotes about his first car. And his second. And his third. He reached for a magazine to show me the vintage Mustang he said he was planning to buy my mother for their 45th wedding anniversary, which, he reminded me, was just six months away. Then he began speaking Sicilian, instructing me to repeat after him: “Napeladan mangia pane!” (“People from Naples eat bread.”) “Calabrese testa dura!” (“People from Calabria have thick heads.”) My father has the most amazing blue eyes, and right then they were wide and eager, like an overexcited child’s. He was rambling, and the inflections of his voice betrayed sheer manic joy. It was a mood completely incongruous with our setting.
We were playing our card game at the Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services, or PESS, a small locked-down unit in the community hospital near my parents’ apartment in Somerville, N.J. Harsh fluorescent lighting fell on cracked and faded yellow walls. A disheveled, rail-thin woman paced and wept in the room across the way. Down the hall, a police officer guarded locked double doors.
Absolutely gripping article. Weaves together the story of her father’s harrowing battle with bipolar disorder, the story of her and her family trying to navigate the health care and court system for the mentally ill, and the history of health care for the seriously mentally ill in the US. Really can’t stop gushing about this piece, you guys.
I used to think there were movies that were so bad they were good—I’m coming around to the idea that those movies are just good and that these movies are just bad.
I agree. So-bad-it’s-good is totally bullshit.
We do need to mince words a bit here — but trust me when I say it’s not my fault. A film (or anything really) can be poorly crafted and still be enjoyable. Too often we wonder if a work of art is “good” — i.e. holding it up to some sort of platonic ideal. Or maybe we’re trying to gauge the reaction of our peers — some sorta tribal monkey thing.
Whatever the reason, my feeling is this: if you enjoyed the movie, it was good. To be frank, if you were having a good time, the movie was probably doing more right than you realized. Take Shotgun (1989). This movie has some ponderous, no, truly awful dialogue. And yet I still had an absolute blast watching it. The action sequences were actually pretty good; the plot, while bizarre, held my interest; I even laughed with the movie in one or two places, rather than at it.
But more than that, I was picking up what Shotgun was putting down. I felt like it was saying something I wanted to hear at least. There’s a lot of complicated shit going on in Shotgun about sex and kink and power. I have no idea whether or not the creators of Shotgun intended any of that, but that’s really beside the point — the point being that I had a good time watching the movie and had a good time talking about it afterwards with my buddy Vincent. What more could one possibly ask from a movie?
Of course, none of what I’m saying is new or novel. Play us off, Duke Ellington:
There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.
As coyotes take over their ranges in North America, red fox populations are plummeting, and researchers have found one surprising result: The drop is fueling the spread of Lyme disease.
Lyme disease cases have increased enormously in recent years: From 1997 to 2007, the number of cases increased by 380 percent in Minnesota, 280 percent in Wisconsin and 1,300 percent in Virginia. Researchers used to think the increases were due to increasing deer populations, since deer are an important host to the disease-causing bacteria. However, the new data show these increases were independent of deer population levels.
Breaking news: the Lana’i buyer is apparently Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle. From the AP:
Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison has reached a deal to buy 98 percent of the island of Lanai from its current owner, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Wednesday.
The land’s owner, Castle & Cooke Inc., has filed a transfer application with the state’s public utilities commission, Abercrombie said.
The sale price for the property — the vast majority of the island’s 141 square miles — was not immediately clear. The Maui News previously reported the asking price was between $500 million and $600 million.
The sale of Hawaii’s smallest publicly accessible inhabited island is imminent, and local leaders are anticipating what new ownership could mean for the island’s some 3,200 residents.
A potential buyer of Lanai, part of Maui County, was revealed to Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the county’s mayor at a meeting last week with representatives from landowner Castle & Cooke Inc. Self-made billionaire David Murdock’s Castle & Cooke owns 98 percent of island’s 141 square miles.
The asking price is reportedly between $500 million and $600 million, the Maui News reported.
Northwestern’s Science in Society talks to Ravi Allada, a neurobiology and physiology professor, about fruit flies:
Do flies really sleep?
Yes, really. They exhibit all of the behaviors that we associate with sleep—they stop moving, become unresponsive to stimuli, and so on. In fact, if you deprive a fly of sleep one day, it will try to make up for it the next. So why do we all need sleep? This is the big question. And a better understanding the mechanisms behind sleep will help answer it.
Last week, in the corners of the Internet devoted to outer space, things started to get a little, well, hot. Voyager 1, the man-made object farthest away from Earth, was encountering a sharp uptick in the number of a certain kind of energetic particles around it. Had the spacecraft become the first human creation to “officially” leave the solar system?
We’re not quite there yet, Voyager’s project scientist and former head of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Edward Stone, told me. The spacecraft is on its way out — “it’s leaving the solar system” — but we don’t know how far it has to go or what that transition to interstellar space will look like.
We launched Voyager I in 1977, and it’s still operational and transmitting data.
I unfortunately had no choice but to click this BBC News piece by Matt McGrath:
Accounts of unusual sexual activities among penguins, observed a century ago by a member of Captain Scott’s polar team, are finally being made public.
Details, including “sexual coercion”, recorded by George Murray Levick were considered so shocking that they were removed from official accounts.
He was shocked by what he described as the “depraved” sexual acts of “hooligan” males who were mating with dead females. So distressed was he that he recorded the “perverted” activities in Greek in his notebook.
Necrophilia is now hooliganism. Also I like the idea of being so upset by something that you start writing in Greek.
Jim Turley, chairman and chief executive officer of Ernst & Young and a board member of the Boy Scouts of America, has joined calls to end the group’s exclusion of gays.
The group, founded 102 years ago, has so far resisted calls to change its policy on homosexuals. “While the BSA does not proactively inquire about sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA,” the Boy Scouts said in an earlier statement…
It’s a start, but it’d be nice if something substantive happens at some point.
Idaho officials may face a sobering lawsuit over their ban on a vodka that makes a cheeky reference to polygamy, a Washington law professor says.
In a letter dated Wednesday and published on his website, George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley informs Idaho officials he will sue on behalf of the producer of Five Wives Vodka if the state doesn’t reverse its decision not to allow the vodka’s sale. He says the ban is unconstitutional and he gives the state 10 days to reverse its position.
I mean, maybe a dick move on Idaho’s part, but why would you name alcohol that in the first place? These guys are totally trolling right.
I am really excited about self-driving cars. I would immediately, directly benefit from them, but aside from the selfish reasons, I’m legitimately excited by what they’ll do for us. People who can’t drive because of age or medical reasons will have easy personal transportation. The millions of hours spent commuting every day can be reclaimed. I can ramble about this for quite a while.
Steven Kopits of Foreign Policy wrote a piece about the economics of electric cars, with a heavy emphasis on what autonomous driving can do for their value. In the piece is an idea I never thought of: self-driving cars don’t need passengers at all:
Many Americans only drive their cars to work, park, and leave them until they drive home at night, making them essentially unavailable for use by others for most of the day. But if the car could drive itself, it could return home to take the children to school, members of the family shopping, and seniors to visit friends or keep appointments. …
If transportation could be purchased as a service, however, this constraint would be lifted. Localities could have a fleet of electric vehicles on call for local trips, allowing EVs to operate within short distances only — just as the typical taxi does.
Can you imagine a fleet of self-driving, municipal taxis? A car sharing system like Zipcar, except that the cars come to you.