The 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global Neurodiscovery Challenge
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, in association with the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative, announce preliminary winner, finalist for the awards, and open voting to the public. +Alzheimer's Reading Room Online Voting begins on November 1  and ends of November 5 From November 1 – 5, 2013 the public will have the opportunity to vote for the grand prize winning entry. Click the image above for details. The grand prize winner will receive an additional $50,000 award to continue research specifically in the area of male/female differences in Alzheimer’s disease. Subscrib...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 29, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

Unscientific spoof paper accepted by 157 "black sheep" open access journals - but the Bohannon study has severe flaws itself
This week, the journal Science has published a news article about the apparent lack of proper peer-review at many open access journals. The author, contributing Science reporter John Bohannon, concocted a spoof paper with scientific problems, which ended up to be accepted in 157 out of 304 open access journals. As the editor and publisher of a leading open access journal, which is ranked #1 by impact factor in its Thomson Reuters category (ahead of journals published by Elsevier, BMJ, etc.), I too was a victim of this spoof, having received several emails from this fictitious author trying to bribe me to accept his ar...
Source: Gunther Eysenbach's random research rants - October 5, 2013 Category: Medical Publishers Authors: Gunther Eysenbach MD MPH Source Type: blogs

European Union Sacrifices Serb Self-Determination—Again!
Doug Bandow The Balkans Wars ended years ago, but ethnic divisions remain strong, promoted, unfortunately, by the European Union. The latest example of geopolitical malpractice is the EU-brokered agreement for Serbia’s de facto recognition of Kosovo’s independence. Two decades of America’s and Europe’s toxic mix of diplomacy and war-making followed one consistent policy: the Serbs always lose. Everyone else in the disintegrating Yugoslavia got their own country. Minority ethnic Serbs were expected to live under the sometimes heavy boot of others. Independence for Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, a...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 22, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs

The El-Masri Case
Tim Lynch Robyn Blumner’s 2012 award for civil liberties: Typically at year’s end I give out the “Freeby” award to the person or institution that did the most to advance civil liberties. This year I look beyond our borders to a courageous stand against the CIA’s mistreatment of prisoners. The European Court of Human Rights gets the “Freeby” for finally giving Khaled El-Masri a measure of justice. Earlier this month the court handed El-Masri, a German national, a victory against Macedonia for its complicity in his torture within the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program nine years ago. America w...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 4, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Tim Lynch Source Type: blogs