Scientific Research Suffers As Funding Falls, Faulty Results Could Rise

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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

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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!


Gigantic review of German science recommends more data and diversity

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Neumayer Station III, on Antarctica, is part of the Helmholtz-run Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. Germany's largest research organization is funding top-notch science, but it needs to employ more foreign and female researchers -- and it is failing to leverage'big data', such as electronic medical records. These are the conclusions emerging from a first-of-its-kind evaluation of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, which employs some 30,000 scientists and technicians at 18 centres and has an annual budget of €4.5 billion (US$5.3 billion). Helmholtz shared with Nature the results of the review, which individual centres will release over the next few weeks. The results will serve as the basis for a strategic evaluation next year, which will be used to allocate research funding from 2021 to 2027.


NSF Graduate Research Fellow engineering solutions to big data challenges

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For the past six years, first as an undergraduate and now as a doctoral student, Logan Mathesen has used industrial engineering to find solutions to big data problems. His hard work and dedication are paying off, as Mathesen was recently selected as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Mathesen arrived at Arizona State University with the intention of earning bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial engineering through ASU's 4 1 program. However, his strong work ethic and genuine interest in the field prompted his professors to encourage him to apply for the doctoral program directly from the undergraduate program. Logan Matheson was selected as a recipient of the 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


'Pokémon Go' Research Tasks Let Players Complete Quests, Catch Mew

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The hype surrounding "Pokémon Go" may have died down significantly since it first arrived back in 2016, but that's not stopping developer Niantic from adding new elements to the AR mobile game. Niantic has announced that it is adding quests called Research, which is also designed to help players catch the mythical Pokémon Mew. "There are two different types of research you can contribute to: Field Research and Special Research," Niantic said in a blog post. "Gather Field Research tasks by spinning nearby PokéStops, which will give you objectives that include discovering and catching certain Pokémon or engaging with battles, among other things. Special Research may be requested by Professor Willow himself, and will take you on a journey to make important discoveries!"