The Gold Standard: Protector Of Individual Liberty And Economic Prosperity

Authored by Antonius Aquinas, annotated by Acting-Man’s Pater Tenebrarum, A Piece of Paper Alone Cannot Secure Liberty The idea of a constitution and/or written legislation to secure individual rights so beloved by conservatives and among many libertarians has proven to be a myth. The US…

Researchers replicated a classic paper on unsuccessful treatment of writer’s block. Then they tried to write it up.

In 1974, Dennis Upper published a paper — well, to be precise, a blank page — entitled “THE UNSUCCESSFUL SELF-TREATMENT OF A CASE OF “WRITER’S BLOCK.” There have been several attempts to replicate the work, which has become a classic among a certain cohort of…

What should happen to a paper published by Theranos?

Last December, a group of scientists at a biotech firm published a paper on a “miniaturized, robotic clinical laboratory.” The technique, according to the authors, “would benefit patients and physicians alike.” Nothing terribly unusual there. But what was — and what caught the eye of…

What really happened when two mathematicians tried to publish a paper on gender differences? The tale of the emails

Retraction Watch readers may be familiar with the story of a paper about gender differences by two mathematicians. Last month, in Weekend Reads, we highlighted an account of that story, which appeared in Quillette. The piece, by one of the paper’s authors — titled “Academic…

Japanese university revokes PhD following a retraction

Tokyo Women’s Medical University has stripped a researcher of her PhD, following the retraction of a paper — for data duplication — that was based on her thesis. The August 30th announcement notes that a degree was revoked on July 20. The announcement does not…

It’s official: They’ve retracted happiness.

They is MDPI Proceedings, which has pulled a 2017 paper, “Role of Happiness as a Habitual Process.” The reason: The paper was not ready for final publication and was put online in error. The paper will be marked as retracted. We apologize to the author and…

Foreign Buyers Slump, Bid To Cover Jumps In Solid 7-Year Auction

Concluding the week’s issuance of $104 billion in coupon paper, moments ago the US Treasury auctioned off $31 billion in 7 Year notes, which priced at a high yield of 2.844%, stopping through the 2.85% When Issued by 0.6bps, and below last month’s 2.93% yield,…

Reader outcry prompts Brown to retract press release on trans teens

Less than two weeks ago, PLOS ONE published a paper about the parents of teenagers who appeared to immediately start questioning their gender identity around the time of puberty. Then the critiques flooded in. The paper — about a highly contentious issue — surveyed parents…

Treasury Sells $37BN In 5 Year Notes In Mediocre Auction

After a strong 2Y auction yesterday, moments ago the US Treasury sold $37BN in 5Y paper in what was at best a mediocre auction. The high yield of 2.765% was 1 basis point wide of the When Issued, 2.765% and below last month’s 2.825%. The…

Authors retract paper on effects of skipping the flu vaccine

A 2017 paper, when originally published, had a fairly clear message: People who got the flu vaccine every year were no less protected than someone who had skipped last year’s dose. But now that it’s been retracted, the picture is somewhat less clear. The retraction…