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The Data Science Research Center


Data Science Central launched this week the Data Science Research Center, a public online resource for practitioners to read, download or publish high quality papers. If your article is accepted, you are entitled to a signed, free copy of Dr Granville's book, may have your profile featured on DSC on the featured members page, and be featured in the members of the week section in our weekly digest. The Research Center is the place to post research papers, preprints and non commercial white papers discussing data science / big data new techniques, principles and methodology. Currently, the 11 articles listed are internal to our Research Lab. Also, all articles published in the Research Center are part of our RSS Feed System and may be distributed on partner websites, thus increasing your reach.

Scientific Research Suffers As Funding Falls, Faulty Results Could Rise

International Business Times

Dwindling funds for scientific research could encourage scientists to cheat, a report released Friday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine finds. Additionally, research misconduct is eating up precious funds even as they grow scarcer. The report, "Fostering Integrity in Research," said the funding crunch could hamper progress as scientists skip protocols and arrive at faulty conclusions. Research misconduct, some of which was not detected for years, has led to an increase in the "number and percentage of research articles that are retracted and growing concern about low rates of reproducibility … [raising] questions about how the research enterprise can better ensure that investments in research produce reliable knowledge," Chairman Robert M. Nerem wrote in the report's preface. The U.S. devoted 2.81 percent of gross domestic product to research and development in 2012, with the private sector contributing two-thirds of that.

Big 'Pokémon Go' update adds a storyline, daily quests, and Mew


Pokémon Go is giving players new incentives to keep coming back to the already addictive app: a storyline, daily quests, and an elusive legendary Pokémon. The latest Pokémon Go update adds Field Research and Special Research features which give players more activities to do. The latter adds a bit of a story element to the game for the first time since its launch. Completing research tasks nets players rewards and can lead to an encounter with a legendary Pokémon, including the new Mew. SEE ALSO: 'Ghostbusters World' will be like Pokémon Go, but with ghosts!

[In Depth] Human embryo research confronts ethical 'rule'


Researchers studying human embryos in the lab have always hit a roadblock at about 7 days--the point where the embryo would usually attach to the uterus. Now, two teams report growing human embryos about a week past that point, revealing key differences between the development of human and mice embryos. The limit now isn't technological, but ethical: a widely held rule that dictates all embryo research should be stopped at 14 days. Now that culturing methods have finally made it possible to reach this point, some scientists and bioethicists are saying the rule should be revisited. But that won't be welcomed by those who consider the rule to have a firm moral grounding--nor by those who oppose all research on human embryos.