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Can you tell Science FACT from Science FICTION? Take this quiz from the Union of Concerned Scientists! CauseScience got 5/5 and a free sticker! Also check out the UCS website or follow them on twitter for lots of interesting science articles and info.


Take the true or false quiz that pits your knowledge of climate change, energy, and other important issues against real quotes from industry-funded “experts,” corporations, and think tanks. See if you can tell who’s Got Science versus who’s spreading propaganda that’s Not Science. Complete the quiz and we’ll send you a free “Got Science?” sticker.


Update: #ALS #IceBucketChallenge has raised more than $22 million raised #CrazyAwesome

Our post yesterday, Despite Naysayers, #ALS #IceBucketChallenge raises awareness… and a buttload of money #$15Million, now needs an update since the amount of money raised for the Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association continues to skyrocket. Daily News reports that ALSA now reports that it has raised more than 22 million dollars from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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.

See CauseScience posts about the Ice Bucket Challenge, including us doing it!


Sad news: Yoshiki Sasai commits suicide (co-author on 2 Nature STAP stem cell papers)

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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. 

CauseScience on vacation in Turkey and volunteering in Vermont = fewer posts for a week #wellbeback

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!


Camp Ta-Kum-Ta is an amazing camp in Vermont for children who have, or had, pediatric cancer. Check out the camp’s website here. Especially if you know any children that are eligible, want to support this amazing place, or are interested in volunteering!

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta provides challenging, extraordinary experiences in a safe and loving environment for children who have or have had cancer and their families. Camp exists for Vermont and Northern New York children,  (including other out-of-state children who are treated in Vermont), between the ages of 7-17, at no cost to their families.  

Retraction of 3 scientific papers = crazy fraud + sad editor #retractionwatch


Retraction Watch has a terrific summary of a recent triple retraction at PLOS One. Check out the article for lots more info and the blog itself for information on scientific publication retractions. Sad that this is the state of science right now, especially for editors that are blindsided by blatant fraud, but how encouraging that people report these issues and retractions ultimately happen.

This one comes to us from Twitter, where Willem van Schaik went to express his frustration that a PLOS ONE paper he’d edited had been retracted for fake data.

Some of the tweets from the editor (@WVSchaik):



Holy Anchovy! Amazingly beautiful video of a school of anchovies! #scienceisart


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.

Science Quotable: The Science Coalition #testify


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.

-The Science Coalition, Testimony for the Record Submitted to the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations Hearing on “Driving Innovation through Federal Investments”