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This time, Greg Woods, Lisa Wehr, Aline Sandouk, and Cole Cheney react to the latest news from Duke University on former HHMI cancer researcher Anil Potti‘s disgrace: that, contrary to what Duke said when the data-and-CV-falsification scandal broke in 2010, there was a whistleblower…and it was a medical student, who’d warned them in 2008. Bravery, money, Barbara Streisand, prestige, ego, fear…all these things come into play when researchers falsify, and when institutions cover it up.
Also, we hear from a student who wasn’t pleased with Dave’s use of a caricature of Speaker Boehner for the last show; Senator Ted Cruz is surprising everyone by appearing interested in increasing NASA’s mission (though Aline is particularly skeptical); how to boost your memory by closing your eyes or beaming electricity into it; researchers probe the role sleep plays in helping us recover from the flu; and a very necessary discussion on the relative attractiveness of practitioners of various health professions (hint: if you’re looking to max out your datability, psych might not be your best bet).
- Duke Officials Silenced Med Student Who Reported Trouble in Anil Potti’s Lab
- Ted Cruz’s Plan For NASA Is Epic
- How a Mild Zap Can Boost Attention
- Closing your eyes boosts memory recall, new study finds
- Proteins found in the Brain May Help Speed Up Flu Recovery While You Sleep
- Survey: Surgeons Are The Most Attractive Doctors
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