Schneider Shorts of 30 December 2022 – A lazy end-of-the year holidays Shorts with 11 most read articles on For Better Science of 2022, plus some tweets, and musings on war and climate change. See you next year! Слава Україні! Героям слава!
Most-Read of 2022
- Academia in upheaval: what’s the point of being a professor if you can’t exploit your female subordinates for sex? Case of David Sabatini:
The Sex Privileges of mTORman David Sabatini
“The Plaintiff is Professor Sabatini […] the self-described powerful senior scientist, who had demanded sex of her when she was a graduate student ending her studies and about to start a fellowship at the Whitehead, in a program Sabatini would direct. […] And it is the man who had made it clear – throughout her…
2. The Lizard People behind the Great Replacement conspiracy who released COVID-19 in order to neuter and microchip you with vaccines, have been denying you the REAL pandemic cures all this time. Only prophets like Dr Robert Malone know what really is going on.
How Dr Robert Malone invented Antivaxxery
“People who feel deprived of the credit that they think they deserve will gravitate to new friends who do at least pretend to respect them sufficiently.” -Smut Clyde
3. There doesn’t seem to be many countries where people care about research fraud. Chile was one of them in 2021, with the Claudio Hetz affair. This article by Aneurus Inconstans became a surprise hit with readers in Argentina:
Prof Elizalde’s Magic Cancer Research at CONICET
“No matter if the data behind medical protocols and oncological treatments are imaginary! Since science is long dead, we can always rely on the haruspices.” – Aneurus Inconstans
4. The first ever article which started For Better Science in 2015. An evergreen about world’s bestest Open Access publisher, Frontiers:
Is Frontiers a potential predatory publisher?
The Lausanne-based publishing house Frontiers, founded by the neuroscientists Henry and Kamila Markram, has been added to the Beall’s List of potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers. Was this decision justified? I wish to share here some of my recent investigations.
5. It seems, greedy academics with their biotech spin-offs agreed to use research fraud to keep the debunked amyloid plaque origin theory of Alzheimer’s alive. Case of Sylvain Lesne:
Sylvain Lesné is a failed scientist
From Lesné’s public shame to successful role models of neuroscience like Aguzzi and Tessier-Lavigne.
6. When mTORman David Sabatini was sacked for sexual harassment, academics and journalists cried out that the greatest science genius of our times has been cancelled and we won’t ever find a cure for cancer now. Yeah right.
David Sabatini TORmented by steaming turds
David Sabatini is an absolute star scientist, and now he is being harassed. On PubPeer and Twitter. It is all very unfair.
7. And suddenly the world was shocked to discover that even Nobel Prize winners are not above such pedestrian things as research fraud. When Gregg Semenza‘s papers in PNAS got retracted in September 2022, this older article suddenly was-re-discovered.
Gregg Semenza: real Nobel Prize and unreal research data
“Even after people have been telling you for, you know, 20 years or more that it’s going to happen, no one expects it.” -Gregg Semenza, Nobel Prize winner 2019
8. Alzheimer’s fraud again, but this time at the cartoonishly bad level of a clown-slapstick variety. Maybe this is why people refuse to believe that the billion dollar heavy biotech scam Cassava Sciences is nothing but totally criminal.
9. Elsevier is a very successful scholarly publisher not because they publish good quality science, but because they publish every fraud, quackery and pseudoscience trash and don’t retract it unless they really have to. Behold, some COVID-19 antivaxxery:
Elsevier pandemic profiteering, again
“a scientific journal is not a social network, not even a newspaper. People reading papers in FCT are expected to be scientists with a good basis to distinguish between trash and science.” EiC Jose Luis Domingo on new paper by Peter McCullough
10. The research community of plant scientists is much less tolerant towards research fraud than biomedicine. It seems this article about the alleged good guy in the plant field, Rick Vierstra, made many upset:
Rick Vierstra probably meant well
“I feel that these continuous comments(s) may be pushing the boundaries, which should also be a concern for PubPeer.” – Dr Richard Vierstra
11. This one became quite popular with psychologists. A story about the convicted research cheater Lorenza Colzato and her husband, PhD mentor, and then institute director and co-author on fake papers, Bernhard Hommel.
Bad Choices in Dresden III
Lorenza Colzato was a rising star of psychology and a role model for Women in STEM. All Dutch media and even some local German newspapers talk about her now. But I want to talk about her husband Bernhard Hommel instead.
Russia’s War on Ukraine
Outside of the academic ivory tower, there is a genocidal war of aggression going on. I blogged about russia’s war on Ukraine several times. Much changed since: Ukraine is winning, and russia sends its zombies to die in masses as cannon fodder. The discussion moved from being ready to sacrifice 40 million Ukrainians to russia’s imperial plans of slavery and genocide onto a new understanding that russia is nothing but a fascist shithole which entire cultural heritage consists these days of racism, thievery, rape and drunk violence. Many dear-held beliefs about russia and Ukraine have been abandoned, even putler’s threats of a nuclear war seem no more credible than his other drivel.
And yet one understanding still has not fully come through. This is a war entirely financed and made possible by fossil fuels. And the climate change did not take a leave of absence just because there is a war on. But how did the states react? We build liquefied gas terminals to become independent from russia, we place embargoes on russia oil (but even then we keep buying russian oil and gas via grey market). We now revive nuclear energy because the impending disaster of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant doesn’t scare us. After all, we just assume our enemies won’t go for OUR nuclear power plants.
Why aren’t we building masses of windmills and solar modules? Why don’t we switch from cars to public transport, at least to conserve fossil fuels? And speaking of climate change and global food security: How did this happen that the bulk of Ukrainian grain exports are being shipped straight for meat industry as livestock fodder?
We are very slow learners it seems. But climate disaster isn’t waiting.
Death by Fossil Fuels – Thoughts on Russia’s War on Ukraine
Come climate disaster and nuclear World War 3, we will meet the end sitting in our SUV in a drive-through clutching a burger.
Boycott Russian Science (and Everything Else) – Thoughts on War in Ukraine
The state it’s in, we don’t need Russian science anyway.
PS: Russia’s science is mostly papermill trash anyway. It is best to be boycotted.
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News in Tweets
- Stanford Daily : “Prominent Stanford geneticist Stan Cohen has paid $29.2 million in damages after losing a lengthy court battle. Cohen was found to have committed “a species of actual fraud and…deceit” in misleading investors into a biotechnology company he founded in 2016. […] The award-winning scientist claimed to have found a cure for the neurodegenerative and ultimately fatal Huntington’s disease. He also claimed the treatment he’d discovered had already been approved by the FDA for use in unrelated treatments. […] the drug had been withdrawn by the FDA in 1976 for its “potentially deadly side effects” and placed on the “DO NOT COMPOUND” list after causing the loss of limbs and death.” All aside, anyone else wondering why it is normal that an academic can repay $30 million debt out of his private pocket?
- The sacked sexual harasser David Sabatini (see above) trolls on Twitter using various sockpuppet accounts (including female). Now he shared the full investigative report by his former employer, the Whitehead Institute. Enjoy his inane and dumb comments. To think that people used to consider Sabatini a genius…
- Now David Sabatini’s equally intelligent professorial brother Bernardo decided, hey, our names sounds vaguely Italian, let’s threaten women mafia-style! What a family.
- Herbert Gleiter, German octogenarian emeritus professor of nanotechnology, academician and best friend of scamference fraudster Ashutosh Tiwari, started anew in China, with an institute named after himself: “The Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience” at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology. It seems the institute’s “research” consists of publishing data stolen elsewhere, and not answering emails when caught. Hence, retraction for Gleiter et al 2022: “The Editor in Chief has retracted this article because the authors did not have the ownership of the data reported. Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute confirmed that the authors of this article were not on the team that collected the data on Spring8 equipment.”
Leopoldina and Tiwari’s scamferences, or what’s the point of Academies
The German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, advertises for Ashutosh Tiwari’s predatory conferences. Occasion: Academician Herbert Gleiter won an IAAM Award.
- The new Alzheimer’s drug by Eisai and Biogen is working like a charm. Already third death in the clinical trial: “Science has obtained medical records showing a 79-year-old Florida woman participating in an ongoing trial of the antibody died in mid-September after experiencing extensive brain swelling and bleeding, as well as seizures. Multiple neuroscientists who reviewed the records at Science’s request believe her death was likely caused by the antibody, lecanemab.” On the other head, dead people don’t suffer from Alzheimer’s!
- Mark Lowdell‘s and Linda Powers’ biotech
- Smut Clyde on how publishers deal with papermill fraud: “TBF the original References list was garbage: a string of irrelevant citations, boosting the metrics of a cabal of Highly Cited Researchers (G. Manogaran and his mates). How TF was this paper ever accepted, with none of the claims in the text supported by relevant citations? And how TF could the editors of ‘Multimedia Tools and Applications’ accept the total excision of this garbage, and its replacement with a sparkling new References List? This is a rhetorical question; the equally rhetorical answer is “MTAP”.“
- Tiger BB8 a funny paper, titled: “Faith in Marxism is our inner power winning the war over covid pandemic Guess that’s the neat justification why we Chinese do not need Westerners’ mRNA vaccines nor Paxlovid“
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I received a short response from the Ombudsman of Basel University on a complaint about a paper of this university, “Fast Up-regulation of The LINE-1 ORF2 Proteins in Pulmonary Cells after Exposure to Cigarette Smoke”, which was published in 2018 in a predatory journal owned by Hilaris, the ‘Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine’, see https://web.archive.org/web/20221227083415/https://www.hilarispublisher.com/archive/jprm-volume-8-issue-2-year-2018.html
All 3 authors (N. Miglino, M. Tamm and P. Borger) list “Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland” as their single affiliation. Pieter / Peter Borger aka ‘Peer Terborg’, a young-earth creationist (currently also a covid contrarian), is listed as corresponding author. It is therefore towards my opinion not excluded that this article contains creationist views.
Publishing this article in a journal of Hilaris is towards my opinion a clear violation of the Swiss Code of conduct for scientific integrity. It is stated on page 25 of this code: “5.2.11 Other forms of scientific misconduct. Other forms of scientific misconduct include: (…) establishing or supporting journals or platforms lacking proper quality standards”.
The article, a short note, also states: “Funding. Supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (Grant: 310030_133109).” I am therefore curious if SNF was also involved in paying the APC of this article.
See also https://libguides.rug.nl/umcg/openaccess/fraudulent-practices
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