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Statistical vigilantes: the war on scientific fraud

From The Guardian's Science Weekly - Hannah Devlin delves into the case of a shamed Japanese scientist to explore how statistical malpractice is damaging science - whether employed knowingly or not


The Guardian's Science Weekly
The award winning Science Weekly is the best place to learn about the big discoveries and debates in biology, chemistry, physics, and sometimes even maths. From the Guardian science desk - Ian Sample, Hannah Devlin & Nicola Davis meet the great thinkers and doers in science and technology.

Statistical vigilantes: the war on scientific fraud
2017-09-14 02:53:55
Hannah Devlin delves into the case of a shamed Japanese scientist to explore how statistical malpractice is damaging science - whether employed knowingly or not
27 minutes, 48 seconds


E-cigarettes and the burning issues around vaping
2018-02-16 08:58:33
Ian Sample asks: how safe is vaping? Can it help people stop smoking? And should it be available via a doctor's prescription?


Culture and the mind: a new theory of human intelligence
2018-02-07 08:41:02
What role might culture play in intelligence? And how does human culture differ from culture found in other animals? Nicola Davis explores our evolutionary history


Why is the flu so bad this year?
2018-02-01 04:19:25
Hannah Devlin explores why 2018 is such a bumper year for seasonal flu and asks how scientists are trying to fight back


Questioning AI: does artificial intelligence need an off switch?
2018-01-24 10:44:20
Our final mini-series episode asks what impact might AI have on society - and who decides when to turn it off?


Questioning AI: what can scientists learn from artificial intelligence?
2018-01-17 06:52:15
In this episode of our new mini-series, Ian Sample explores how AI is providing insights into cancer diagnosis, intelligence, and physics


Questioning AI: what kind of intelligence will we create?
2018-01-10 10:06:02
In the second episode of this mini-series, Ian Sample asks if human-level intelligence is what we should be aiming for. And can we replicate something we can't even define?


Questioning AI: what are the key research challenges?
2018-01-04 05:02:49
In the first episode of our Questioning Artificial Intelligence mini-series, Ian Sample explores some of the key hurdles for machine learning, including reasoning and social intelligence


Frankenpod 200: celebrating Mary Shelley's masterpiece
2017-12-26 23:30:11
Two hundred years after the publication of Frankenstein, how relevant are the themes and concerns of Shelley's gothic tale to today's readers?


DIY Crispr: biohacking your own genome
2017-12-20 02:33:53
With do-it-yourself Crispr kits now available online, Hannah Devlin asks if it's really possible to edit your own DNA, is it safe and how should it be regulated?


Poles apart: how do we save society?
2017-12-13 02:17:53
Divisions between left and right, young and old, metropolitan and rural have never been greater. How can we connect with those we disagree with? And what happens if we fail?


Fighting infection: from Joseph Lister to superbugs
2017-12-06 07:03:16
Nicola Davis explores the origins of antiseptic surgery and asks what we might learn from its founding father about taking on today's biggest healthcare threats


Cross Section: Sophie Scott - Science Weekly Podcast
2017-11-29 03:08:52
Where did human language come from? What role does it serve? And how might emojis and GIFs enhance human interaction?


Healthy body, healthy mind: a new approach for mental disorders
2017-11-21 22:30:12
What role might the immune system play in mental illness? And how might this challenge long-held beliefs about the divide between body and brain?


Tomorrow's technology: from asteroid mining to programmable matter
2017-11-15 04:52:42
Ian Sample looks to the future and asks what might the technologies of tomorrow look like? And how might they change our world?


Running smart: the science of completing a marathon
2017-11-08 04:09:53
Hannah Devlin discusses the limits of human performance with sports scientist Professor John Brewer and amateur marathon runner Vicky Solly


How does socioeconomic position affect our health?
2017-11-01 07:41:26
This week, Ian Sample and Nicola Davis explore the complex relationship between poverty, stress, and life expectancy


Science, comedy, and society: Brian Cox and Robin Ince answer your questions - podcast
2017-10-25 07:10:47
In this week's Science Weekly podcast, Nicola Davis asks two of popular science's best known stars a host of pressing questions. What role should scientists play in society? What might the future hold for humanity? And will we ever build Northampton on Mars?


Decisions, decisions: the neuroscience of how we choose
2017-10-18 06:03:24
Ian Sample speaks with two members of an ambitious project that hopes to crack one of neuroscience's biggest mysteries


The Party: how can gender affect autism spectrum disorders?
2017-10-12 03:53:37
Why are so many women with autism often misdiagnosed? And how does this issue resonate with broader ideas of neurodiversity?


From zero to infinity: a brief history of counting
2017-10-03 23:30:21
Nicola Davis is joined by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy to explore zero, infinity and everything in between


Childhood cancer survivors: a unique perspective
2017-09-26 23:30:26
What does later life look like for the growing population of childhood cancer survivors? And how might their experiences change the way we treat this group of diseases?


The cybercrime arms race: fighting back against the hackers
2017-09-19 23:30:39
Nicola Davis speaks with two experts on the frontline of cybercrime to find out how the changing digital landscape is leaving us all vulnerable to cyber attacks


Statistical vigilantes: the war on scientific fraud
2017-09-14 02:53:55
Hannah Devlin delves into the case of a shamed Japanese scientist to explore how statistical malpractice is damaging science - whether employed knowingly or not


The grey zone: reaching out to patients with disorders of consciousness - podcast
2017-09-06 05:51:30
In this edition of Science Weekly, Ian Sample explores whether it is possible to communicate with those in a 'vegetative' state - and what are the ethical and legal ramifications?


Plastics: a villainous material? Or a victim of its own success?
2017-08-29 23:30:22
Nicola Davis delves into the world of plastics to find out exactly how and why they became so widespread, and what can now be done to curtail the ever-present problems they can cause


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