Here’s Alex (and others) on the ABC podcast Science vs talking to Wendy Zukerman about reproducibility in science.
Some people have called our current situation a reproducibility crisis. It’s hard to know how to define, exactly, the word crisis. But what we do know is that, of the efforts to try to systematically reproduce findings, whether they be in cancer biology, whether they be in psychology, the success rate has not been impressive.
More on this subject from me, soon.
Here’s a TEDx talk from our collaborator at UC Riverside, Sara Mednick. We’ve been working with Sara and her lab to investigate the effects of daytime napping on attention.
In a Smithsonian article currently doing the rounds (Teller reveals his secrets), magician Teller gives his ideas on how magicians manipulate the mind. This led me to another great article that appeared a couple of years ago in Wired on the same theme. And that led me to Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde‘s paper in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, which counts among its authors Teller, James Randi, Mac King, Apollo Robbins and Johnny Thompson. Attention and awareness in stage magic: turning tricks into research can be found here.
Moran Cerf is a computational neuroscientist at Caltech. Some of his work is really interesting. Here, though, he describes his life before science—as a hacker and security tester. It’s easily one of the best stories I’ve heard in a while.
Via Boing Boing.