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Between July 29 and Aug. 19, the association received $22.9 million in donations, according to a press release. Over the same period last year, it raised $1.9 million. That’s an increase of more than 1100%.
The money has come from 453,210 new donors along with existing ones, the association reported.
Huffington Post reports that Yoshiki Sasai has apparently committed suicide. Sasai was a mentor and co-author on the 2 retracted Nature papers that describe STAP (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency) stem cells.
Sasai’s team retracted the research papers from British science journal Nature over co-author Haruko Obokata’s alleged malpractice, which she has contested. Retractions of papers in major scientific journals are extremely rare, and the scandal was a major embarrassment to Japanese scientific research.
While fraud and misconduct are extremely bad for the scientific community, and this was a very public example of scientific misconduct, it is very sad to see this result. CauseScience sends its condolences to Sasai’s family, friends, colleagues, and peer researchers.
The next 8 days will be a little quieter on CauseScience because one contributor is still on vacation in Turkey (lucky!), and the other is heading up to Vermont to volunteer at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Have no fear, we will return to make sure you get all the interesting science, science advocacy updates, and scientific explanation you are used to!
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An aggregation of anchovy amassed near Scripps Pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. on July 8, 2014. Footage from Scripps Pier by Scripps staff and underwater by Scripps graduate students Julia Fiedler, Sean Crosby and Bonnie Ludka.
When the federal government invests in scientific research there is a tremendous return. Knowledge is gained; discoveries are made with profound implications for our health, safety and quality of life; future scientists, doctors, teachers and leaders are educated; innovations give birth to new technologies, companies and industries; and jobs are created. All of this activity advances the U.S. economy and our global competitiveness. When federal funding for research is flat-funded, reduced or subjected to the mandatory cuts of sequestration, we create an innovation deficit2 that threatens our economic advancement.