Google Scholar Risks and Alternatives
Scientific literature is getting buried by people lazily citing whatever comes up at the top of Google Scholar. Hilda Bastian considers.
The Dangerous Allure of Breech Birth at Home – and a Problematic New Paper
Of midwifery, home births, and hubris. Hilda Bastian considers the problems with breech birth at home.
Scientific Advocacy and Biases of the Ideological and Industry Kinds
Hilda Bastian weighs in on the option of the radical middle between equally misguided, competing interest groups in science research
Yoga, Depression, and Clinical Trial Critique 101
Thinking about claims that yoga reduces depression leads Hilda Bastian to this piece on how to read scientifically.
Signing Critical Reviews & the Fear of Retaliation: What Should We Do?
How can young scientists be critical when they fear retaliation for their ideas? Hilda Bastian has some thoughts.
Principles, Open Access, & Everyday Choices
When it comes to doing right, it’s not enough to be idealistic. Hilda Bastian considers the dilemmas of choosing between principles and values in open access.
The Case of the Missing Neuro Drug Trials
48,000 people took part in trials for new drugs for multiple sclerosis, stroke, Alzheimer disease, migraine, epilepsy, insomnia, and Parkinson’s. No one knows what happened to them. Hilda Bastian takes the case.
“The Same Folly, the Same Fury”: A.V. Hill in 1933
Of nationalism and freedom, without which there can be no science. Hilda Bastian appreciates the life and work of Archibald V. Hill, and finds in it a warning for science today.
Unpicking Cherry Picking
Part 2 of Hilda Bastian’s analysis of gender-bias bias continues here.
This is How Research Gender-Bias Bias Works
Hilda Bastian goes meta in this exploration of gender-bias bias in published scientific papers.
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