Naming a NASA Mars Rover Can Change Your Life

side by side images of Clara Ma in 2009 and 2019

Want to name the robotic scientist NASA is sending to Mars in 2020? The student who named Curiosity - the rover currently exploring Mars - will tell you this is an opportunity worth taking.



Mapping When and Where People Start their Commute

For commuters, the farther away you live from the workplace, the earlier you have to leave your house to get to work on time. How much does that start time change the farther out you get? Read More

How data changes the design process at every stage

On Multiple Views, the Interactions Lab talks about their experience as a design studio and how quickly implementations can change when you introduce real data into the system:

It’s easy to assume that the tools and approaches used for general software design apply equally to data visualization design. But data visualization design and interface design are often deeply and fundamentally distinct from one another. We learned this the hard way when we turned our research lab into a collaborative data visualization design studio for a few years. Data permeates visualization interfaces in ways that pose challenges at every stage of the design process. These challenges are even greater within large visualization teams. By reflecting on and articulating these challenges, we hope to inspire new, powerful data visualization design tools and communication processes.

Always start with real data. You’re wasting your time otherwise.

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‘Misunderstanding of the academic rules’ leads to retraction of arthritis paper

A group of arthritis researchers in China have lost a 2019 paper which was effectively an English-language reprint of an earlier article in a Chinese journal. Two of the authors blamed a “misunderstanding of the academic rules” on the part of their colleagues for the duplication.  The article, “The clinical significance of serum sCD25 as … Continue reading ‘Misunderstanding of the academic rules’ leads to retraction of arthritis paper

Correction published and R package on GitHub

The correction to "The harmonic mean p-value for combining dependent tests" has been published www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/10/02/1914128116 and the main article has been corrected online www.pnas.org/content/116/4/1195.

I have posted the source code for the harmonicmeanp R package on GitHub. This means there is now a development version with the latest updates, and instructions for installing it: github.com/danny-wilson/harmonicmeanp/tree/dev.

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QIAGEN Quashes GeneReader

Two weeks ago QIAGEN announced they will discontinue development of their GeneReader short read instrument and move their portfolio of gene panel tests over to the Illumina MiSeq and NextSeq. Existing instrument owners will continue to be supported for an indefinite period.  Thus ends QIAGEN's effort to build a fully vertically integrated sample-to-answer diagnostic sequencing system, just short of 4 years from the system's launch. What can be learned from this and how does this reshape the sequencing market?
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‘Saving Galileo’ Documentary Screens This Weekend

An artist's rendering of the Galileo spacecraft

The latest JPL-produced film, screening at Caltech on Oct. 26, follows the challenges and successes of the historic mission to Jupiter.



New PubMed Updates: User Guide, MyNCBI, and more

As you may have heard, we are working on a new version of PubMed, and we’ve recently released some new features that you can check out. A new user guide answers many common questions about how best to use the new … Continue reading

Genome in a Bottle Structural Variants released in dbVar

The latest dbVar data release includes the Genome in a Bottle benchmark structural variant (SV) callset (pre-print Zook et al. 2019) – a highly scrutinized, carefully curated set of 12,745 sequence-resolved deletions, insertions, and delins variants from Personal Genome Project … Continue reading

Reminder: We’re phasing out one of our email alerts. Here’s how to keep up with Retraction Watch.

As some Retraction Watch readers have known, we’ve had off-and-on technological issues with the site. At least in some cases, those problems seem to have been due to DDOS attacks. We’ve been taking steps to ensure the site’s reliability, and we’re taking another one. Since our inception in 2010, we’ve offered a way to receive … Continue reading Reminder: We’re phasing out one of our email alerts. Here’s how to keep up with Retraction Watch.