December 11th, 2013
I'm a scientist. Mine is a professional world where great things are achieved for humanity. But it is marred by some perverse incentives. The prevailing systems of personal reputation and career advancement means that the greatest rewards are often more striking for jobs, not for the best. Those of us who respond to these incentives are acting in a perfectly logical way I acted very moved by them, but not always putting the interests of our profession above all, not to mention those of humanity and society .
It is common, and many journals encourage him, that an investigation be judged taking into account the impact factor of the journal that published. But since the publication score is an average, it says little about the quality of any particular investigation. In addition, appointments are related to quality sometimes, but not always. An article may be cited because it is a very good scientific work, or because it is flashy, provocative or wrong. The directors know luxury magazines and online articles that have much impact because they study attractive or make statements that challenge established ideas topics. This affects the work performed by scientists. Create bubbles in trending topics on which researchers can make bold claims that these magazines seek, but not encouraged to perform other important research, such as studies on replication. In extreme cases, the appeal of luxury magazines can lead to shoddy workmanship and help increase the number of items that are removed or contain basic errors being fraudulent. Science has recently retired very shocking articles dealing with the cloning of human embryos, the relationship between violence and littering and genetic profiles of centenarians. And what is perhaps worse, has not withdrawn the claims that a microorganism is able to use arsenic in their DNA instead of phosphorus, despite the avalanche of scientific reviews.
Sponsors and universities also have a role in this. They should tell the committees that make decisions on grants and charges for items not judge where ever released. What matters is the quality of scientific work, not the name of the magazine. And, most important of all, scientists have to take action. Like many researchers of success, I have published in reputable journals, among other things, the items for those who have given me the Nobel Prize for Medicine, which will be honored to pick up tomorrow. But not anymore. Now I've committed to my lab to avoid luxury magazines, and encourage others to do the same.
December 11th, 2013
And six! Olympique de Marseille finished the group stage of the Champions League with 0 points, after another defeat Wednesday night against Dortmund (2-1) at home. This is the sixth Olympians setback in as many matches in the prestigious competition. Dortmund, finalist in the last edition, has earned him a ticket to the 8th finals. Marseille (2-1) reduced to ten men for an hour, abdicated in any end game. European Champion 1997 in the obligation to impose to qualify, dominated the French, already eliminated before the game, with an opening early Lewandowski score in the 4th minute. While OM, reduced to ten from the 1st period after the second yellow card received by Payet, Diawara had equalized at the 14th minute, Borussia grew up without reaching the second goal made it mandatory for the opening goal by Naples against Arsenal, but after many attempts, his team delivered them Grosskreutz and 4. 000 fans, a shot that Mandanda could only touch (2-1, 87). In Marseille, where JosÃ© Anigo took over in haste Elijah Baup thanked Saturday, the situation does not get better, even if the players are shown volunteers. Now you are going to OM react before a tricky trip Sunday in Lyon at the 18th day of L1.
December 11th, 2013
- It's been 15 years since that famous press conference in which Giovanni Trapattoni, then coach of Bayern Monaco, was furious with his players, Thomas Strunz accused of being the "black sheep" of the team. A press conference in a few hours that went around the world and still is taken from time to time by the various sports news. After fifteen years the two will meet face to face during the German program "Markus Lanz" on ZDF to bury the hatchet. In '98 the technical Cusano Milanino called out in a German macaroni with "Was erlaube Struuunz!" ("What makes this Strunz"). The player himself has revealed in an interview that the Trap targeted by mistake because unlike fellow Mario Basler and Mehmet Scholl had never criticized for being left on the bench. "John was under pressure for our bad results, without having done a goal in five games and with the elimination in the Champions League," he recalled to Sueddeusche Zeitung, "I was only told not to have understood, however, that a decision was accepted , but John put us all three in the cauldron and banged hard. " The fact that he was singled out as the black sheep of his coach "at the beginning was unpleasant, even if in fact he then increased my level of popularity. 'For I had become synonymous with the player spoiled and always injured. Later Things have changed and laughing stock of the country have become a popular player of the national team, which makes me proud. "
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December 11th, 2013
- "He took the name of a humble saint, then launched an appeal for a church of reconciliation," writes Time explaining the choice of the "first non-European Pope 1. 200 years you start to turn the Vatican, a place that measures the change in centuries. " According to the director of Time Nancy Gibbs, "in less than a year Bergoglio Pope has done a remarkable thing: not only changed the words, the music has changed." The Pope was a finalist in a quintet that included Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the mole NSA Edward Snowden, Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Edith Windsor, the widow lesbian protagonist of the battle to the Supreme Court on gay marriage.
"It 'a positive sign that one of the most prestigious awards in the field of international press being given to those who announces the world's spiritual values, religious and moral and speak effectively in favor of peace and greater justice." And 'Father Lombardi's comment to the choice of the Pope as "Man of the Year" by Time Magazine. The Pope "does not seek fame has happened," he added, but if this choice "means that many have understood" his message, "certainly welcomes it." "This is not surprising – look at the Vatican spokesman in the declaration on the choice of Time Magazine to designate the Pope Francis as 'Man of the Year' – given the huge resonance and the attention of the election of Pope Francis and the beginning of the new pontificate. " "And '- he continued – a positive sign that one of the most prestigious awards in the field of international press being given to those who announces the world's spiritual values, religious and moral and speaks effectively for peace and greater justice." "As for the Pope – says spokesman – for his part, does not seek fame and success, why does his duty to proclaim the Gospel of God's love for all. If that attracts men and women and gives them hope, Pope is happy. If this choice 'Man of the Year' means that many have understood, at least implicitly, that message, he certainly welcomes it. "
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December 11th, 2013
For years, historians of the Institute of Contemporary History (IfZ) in Munich working on such a critical issue – because at the end of 2015, the copyright will expire, lying in the Bavarian Finance Ministry as the legal successor of the wedding-Verlag. Since 2012, the state government supports the project. "We have to deal with over the book. It needs to be demystified, "SÃ¶der said at the time the magazine" Cicero ". The annotated edition, as were politicians and experts agree, should take wheeler and right-wing extremists the wind out of the sails.
"We are making good progress," said a spokeswoman IfZ still on Tuesday – but then saw a message from the Bavarian State Chancellery for excitement. There namely, Prime Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU): "I can not get a NPD ban request put in Karlsruhe and then we give even our national emblem ago for the dissemination of" Mein Kampf "- that's bad. "For the historian of the IfZ should be a hit in the stomach. Have spoken so far no one with them, a spokeswoman said. A signal to cancel the job, it did not also given. By the will of Seehofer and State Chancellery chief Christine Haderthauer (CSU), but will probably happen just that – because the book is inciting. And if publishers wanted to publish it in the future, the state government will file criminal complaints. "Our view is: job stopped", Haderthauer said.
In fact, the concoction in which Hitler 1924, the sociopathic "race theory" expounded as a prisoner in the fortress of Landsberg to have problems and partly also uncommented in many other countries. Already published almost 20 years ago cutouts in Israel in Hebrew. Rare editions are to be ordered any major problems in Internet portals such as Ebay or providers from abroad.
A publication in Germany was not possible – what had to learn recently the makers of the historical magazine "newspaper witnesses" in his own body. When she commented excerpts wanted to publish "Mein Kampf" from, pushed the Bavarian Finance Ministry a tie. Until the end of 2015, the Free State that still do and throw his copyrights for such legal disputes in the balance, as of 2016, that any other basis for a publication ban be found – such as the charge of sedition.
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December 11th, 2013
All the way that we have not done is the title of a video that delivers the "Oscars of sexism" 2013. Jokes, ridicule, insults to women in the American media. The assembly, with extracts images from print to television to the Internet, was created by the The Representation Project, which wants to deconstruct stereotypes and expose degrading representations of women. It begins with a eulogy to some positive symbols of the year that is about to end, from the heroic story of Malala to the many female directors nominated for Emmys. Then, however, the video continues with a gallery of sequences humiliating girls like dolls used in television and advertising, sexist comments on the air policies, particularly against Hillary Clinton or the new director of the Fed, Janet Yellen. And again, beats the champion Marion Bartoli called "ugly" by a sports channel. It is clear that for every successful female, there is often a counterweight to insults or treachery. It is the legacy of an old culture which many men (and also women) are sometimes carriers without even realizing it. A long journey yet. 'Things that do not change fast enough', is written in the overlay. The video, which is very similar to the work done in Italy by Zanardo in the documentary The body of women, has been linked online by Time magazine. Collect and report the many little incidents of sexism that dot the female image in the media is not only important, but necessary. The Representation Project invites you on his site to report new cases. In 2014, it is certain, there will be other Oscar to deliver. Twitter: @ anaisginori
December 11th, 2013
A Will is the right to take pictures smiling while 80,000 people welcomed the memory of Nelson Mandela recently disappeared? Heads of State amricain, British and Danish posed for a "selfie" in the stands Soweto. The gesture t very how, especially on social networks. "There should be a moratorium on" selfies "during the ceremonies of homage and funraillse, right?" Is Unsubscr Jeffry Halverson on Twitter.
The AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt, author of clich, has given his version of events on the blog Making Off AFP. "When I take this picture, the funerary ceremony began more than two hours," he says, before adding: "Suddenly, the lady arrives, released his t lphone laptop and takes a picture of laughing with Cameron and the president of the United States. I capture the scene without any rear-think. around me in the stadium in Soweto, the South Africans dance, sing and laugh in honor of their leader dcd. fte The atmosphere is not the morbid contemplation. "
"Deaf people in South Africa do not know, and construed so either," he added Delphin Hlungwane, adding that the interpreter had never worked before for any string of tl vision.
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December 11th, 2013
In recent days, the party members were able to discuss regional conferences on the coalition agreement. The head of the Bavarian SPD, Florian Pronold was on some here. He says: "I have taken from the critical discussion that the vast majority said at the end: '. Okay, this has convinced me, though not in every point' But that's always the case with coalition agreements."
Pronold was chief negotiator in the transport, construction and infrastructure. On the criticism of the coalition agreement, which particularly came from the Young Socialists, the youth organization of the SPD, Pronold reacts confident of victory, "What will happen if we do not do this, the could give me the Young Socialists also answer no?." Although said they had not afraid of new elections. Which he did not. But you need a good reason why you go to new elections. "If I plakatiere then, I am all for minimum wage, for better pensions for rent brake, then I will be all – except the Young Socialists – say that you had yet been negotiated."
Whether the outcome of the negotiations convinced the base, will announce on Saturday evening at the latest SPD leader Gabriel. All day Saturday on the post of the members will open in a hall in Berlin-Kreuzberg and tallied the votes. For use alongside 400 volunteers are also two high performance slot machines. These machines can, according to the sales up to 40 Open 000 envelopes per hour.
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December 11th, 2013
15 11 clock: The jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko rejects an offer to discuss the guide to the protesters in the ex-Soviet republic strictly. "No negotiations with the gang, no round table with them," said the former prime minister in a statement. President Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage would have to resign immediately. "Let Yanukovych violence not ruin our lives I appeal to all Ukrainians.! Arise," says the of their party Fatherland (Homeland) popular word. The politician calls on the West to impose sanctions against the government.
10 51 clock: The European commissioner of the U.S. Government, Victoria Nuland, has come to pass between protesters and police. According to Interfax-Ukraine gave them to the protesters bread, the security forces they offered cookies. The Ukrainian newspaper Kyiv Post showed a picture of the action. Nuland had arrived on Tuesday along with the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to mediation talks.
10 00 clock: The Ukrainian leadership draws special units partially back. On-occupied government opponents mayor in Kiev Uniformed got back on their buses. There would be no violence against peaceful demonstrators, said Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov. The police have just cleared paths of barricades. Interior Minister Vitaly Sacharatschenko was spread via message: "I want to reassure everyone – the Maidan will not be taken by storm," he said. The Maidan is the central square in Kiev protest.
9 55 clock: Ukraine wants to obtain a commitment by the European Union for emergency loans in the amount of about 20 billion euros. The government stated that it could still sign the association and free-trade agreements with the EU or if they get in return corresponding loan. The government announced on Tuesday on Wednesday to send a delegation to Brussels, another delegation is to travel for talks in Moscow.
December 11th, 2013
Broken ribs, internal bleeding and liver damage, injuries so severe as to cause the death of a girl of 5 years. There was, however, a fall or an accident to kill her. But the beating of his brother Armstrong Desvallons, child of 13 years, of Terrytown, Louisiana. How to write the American newspapers, the boy would have experienced the wrestling moves seen on TV on the half-sister, Viloude Louis. As reported by the Times Picayune, Armstrong would have been found guilty of "manslaughter" and therefore sentenced to three years in juvenile prison. The facts date back to last June, but only today have been revealed. The World Wrestling Entertainment in a statement stated that the injuries caused to the child – according to the account of the same Desvallons, he used the weight of his body and the pressure of the elbow on the chest of the child at least 20 times – were the result of a decision of the boy, without any connection with the moves transmitted via television: "The death of Louis Viloude is a tragic event for which we express our condolences – He said in a statement a spokesman Wwe – We, as the judge who issued the ruling, we believe that the 13 year old boy has hurt the child knowing full well what he was doing. For this reason, we judge illogical conclusions of those correlates a brutal beating with the moves by the performers on the televised World Wrestling Entertainment. "