Questions tagged [scientific-papers]

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Can skipping breakfast increase risk of heart disease? [closed]

This article from the clickbait off-shoot of The Independent newspaper, iNews (archive) states that: Skipping breakfast on a regular basis could be linked to an increased risk of dying from heart ...
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Whose account of the response to Michael Mann's original “hockey stick” analysis is correct?

New York has filed a lawsuit against several Big Oil firms on the grounds that they fomented contrarian opinion to undermine some findings in climate science. In one part of the suit they claim the ...
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Does Susan Crockford have any scientific credentials related to polar bears?

A recent paper Internet Blogs, Polar Bears, and Climate-Change Denial by Proxy by a number of very well known climate campaigners/experts addresses some of the media controversy about the effect of ...
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Do medical studies suffer extensive publication bias? [closed]

https://www.google.com/amp/s/articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/13/amp/publication-bias.aspx Half of all clinical trials ever completed on the medical treatments currently in use ...
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Did an apple falling on Newton's head help him build his theory of gravity?

The popular belief goes like this: Isaac Newton was sitting in his garden under a tree when an apple falls on his head, and suddenly he came up with his theory of gravity. Did this event really ...
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Do hot peppers kill cancer?

While browsing Health.SE, I came across an answer that makes the following claim: A 2007 study by Nottingham University2 found that spicy foods can help kill cancer cells. Capsaicin, which is what ...
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Is there no evidence that pre-publication peer review improves papers or detects errors or fraud? [closed]

A former editor of the prestigious scientific journal the BMJ has recently argued that the peer review process for scientific publications is broken and should be abandoned. He argues (my emphasis): ...
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Can learning to be Ambidextrous harm Brain Function? [duplicate]

I've always read benefits of being (or learning to be) ambidextrous until this Scientific American article from Michael Corballis that says it is not that helpful and it can even harm your brain, as ...
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Did a Duke University study find these 8 factors as contributors to “peace of mind”?

Many sources on the internet (example) repeat this list of findings purportedly from a Duke University study on what characteristics contribute to one's "peace of mind": The absence of suspicion ...
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Is biochemical transmutations of elements possible?

According to a recent press conference Russian scientists have made a breakthrough so astounding it could change the universe as we know it in fundamental ways. The essence of this discovery and ...
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Does science advance “one funeral at a time”? [closed]

In an article in the Guardian about how ideas in nutrition science have advanced and have influenced dietary advice to the public, the authors quote Max Planck as having said, famously: “A new ...
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Do researchers receive no income from revenues arising from their published papers?

According to this article Meet the Robin Hood of Science (about the creator of a website to bypass paper access restrictions and paywalls), Elbakyan made a point that will likely come as a shock to ...
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Was Isaac Newton responsible for the loss of Robert Hooke's work?

This Yahoo answer citing this dead source (mirror) claims: It may be a coincidence but the only known portrait of Hooke which had been housed in the President's office, was mysteriously lost as ...
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Does organic food have more antioxidants than nonorganic food?

I know that there are a lot of studies out there that claim that organic food is not significantly different than nonorganic food in nutritional content, but this new study seems to challenge this ...
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Do peer-reviewed scientific journals reject articles that propose intelligent design, regardless of merit?

Members of the intelligent design (ID) movement, when responding to arguments that journal articles don't support ID, claim that peer-reviewed scientific journals typically reject articles critical of ...
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Can up to 70% of scientific studies not be reproduced?

I read and heard a lot about the Reproducibility Initiative recently, claiming that the data of many scientific studies cannot/was not/is not be reproduced. “In the last year, problems in ...
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Do the Sage Journals use a pay-for-publication model (such as Bentham Open)?

I prefer to use peer reviewed journals of the highest integrity as the sources of what I would consider a good answer on this site. While perusing the JREF Forums, I was struck by a question asked ...