Watch The String Cheese Incident Jam With Vince Welnick, On This Day In 1998

first_imgEven before the days of destination events and transformational festivals, The String Cheese Incident were always looking for ways to give their fans unique concert experiences. One such opportunity came in 1998, when the band traveled South to the Akumal Performing Arts Center in Akumal, Mexico.Cheese rose to the occasion of the run, playing their hearts out under the tropical skies for the multi-night run. In addition to a great setlist on the first night, the band also had some special guests in the form of Vince Welnick (of the Grateful Dead) and Keller Williams.Fortunately, video captured from this Akumal opening night is in circulation, capturing the band’s first set with the Vince Welnick collaboration. Welnick joins Cheese for a rollicking cover of “That’s What Love Will Make You Do,” a Jerry Garcia Band classic, and the band keeps the fans entertained with great jams on songs like “Lester Had A Coconut,” “Round The Wheel” and so many more.Watch the video below, courtesy of mojowrkn on YouTube.The second set is also chock full of highlights, including a jam with Keller Williams on “All Blues” and lengthy renditions of “Impressions”, “Galactic,” “Shine” and more. Check out full audio of the night below, taped by Rob Phillips and transferred by Steve Tighe.last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Announces First 2019 Dates, 3-Night Run At The Capitol Theatre

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead has announced their first tour dates of 2019, on the heels of a fiery hot run over the weekend, with bassist Oteil Burbridge subbing in for Dave Dreiwitz. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will return to Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2019. JRAD has a longstanding history at the Cap, as the band performed their second show ever there in December of 2013, and has gone on to play explosive runs at the cherished Westchester theater.Tickets For Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming Capitol Theatre run go on sale this Friday, October 26th at 12 p.m. (EST) here.Next, the core members of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will regroup to perform two sets at the Suwannee Hulaween pre-party on October 25th. Then, a few weeks later, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger will swing through California for two nights at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 8th and 9th and two nights at the Fox Theatre in Oakland on November 10th and 11th.For more information and tickets to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s fall tour dates, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Akuo Energy, Iberdrola win big share of 1.1GW Portuguese solar auction

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Portugal has unveiled the final results of the solar auction held over the summer, identifying a handful of major foreign winners of a tender hailed as a worldwide milestone.French firm Akuo Energy and Spanish giant Iberdrola reaped together nearly half of the 1.15GW total awarded through the July auction, which made global headlines as reports emerged of bid prices of €14.76/MWh (around US$16/MWh).Released this week, the final list shows the tender assigned 370MW to Paris-headquartered Akuo under a first modality, which offered winners 15-year fixed-price power purchase agreements (PPA). At 150MW, it was the largest of Akuo’s three awarded projects that scored the €14.76/MWh tariff. Its two other winning schemes of 120MW and 100MW were contracted at prices of €20.73/MWh (around US$23/MWh) and €19.78/MWh (US$22.16/MWh), respectively.Joining Akuo under the first, fixed-tariff modality was Power & Sol – with a 100MW project scoring tariffs of €17.19/MWh (US$19.26/MWh) – Everstream Energy Capital’s 50MW scheme and others. The priciest project was Aura Power’s 18MW venture, at €31.16/MWh (US$34.92/MWh).The tender – which had to process 10GW in solar bids – awarded a significant chunk of the final 1.15GW total to Spain’s Iberdrola under a second modality, where developers were made to pay in return for the right to produce at market prices, also for 15 years.Iberdrola pledged contributions ranging €5.1-26.75/MWh (around US$5.68-30MWh) in return for 149MW worth of contracts for its first-ever Portuguese PV projects, which will be split between the Algarve and the Tajo Valley. Iberdrola – already present in Portugal through its energy distribution business and the 1.158GW Támega hydro project – was the main but not the only winner of the second auction category, with a separate 110MW project committing grid payments of €25.46/MWh (around US$28/MWh).More: Portugal reveals winners of record-breaking solar auction Akuo Energy, Iberdrola win big share of 1.1GW Portuguese solar auctionlast_img read more

Jamaican PM hails as Bolt and partner welcome baby girl

first_imgUsain Bolt has become a father after the birth of his baby daughter with partner Kasi Bennett. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed the arrival after sending a congratulatory tweet to the couple. “Congratulations to our sprint legend Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett on the arrival of their baby girl,” Holness posted on Monday. But it follows Bolt’s extravagant announcement party in March, which went ahead in Kingston, Jamaica. The shindig included fireworks and a celebrity guest list and Bolt said in a video on social media: “I just did the reveal and I’m a girl dad.” He then sent a warning to any future boyfriends, saying: “Any man, any boy, don’t play with me! The 33-year-old has been with his partner for six years, with the 100m world record holder keeping the relationship away from the media. In 2016, he said: “I’m not going to tell you who she is, I want to keep it small for now. “Because I know when it gets out there’s going to be a lot of things to say, and I told her she can’t handle it. Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?center_img “Because I’ve been through the media. I understand how you guys are – especially the British media.” In the same year, the eight-time Olympics gold medallist mentioned that he was keen on having three children. “I definitely want a family, though. For me, over the years, I’ve waited because I want to make sure it’s the right person. Usain Bolt the latest father in town after welcoming baby girl wirh partner Kasi “I’ve always said I want three kids. The other day I hung out with my buddy who has three kids and it was crazy. “I was like, ‘Hmmmm do I really want three kids?’ But yes, yes I do. I’m sure of it.’” Bolt holds the record for completing the 100m in the fastest time ever, recording a time of 9.58 seconds in Berlin in 2009. Read Also Waiting for King or Queen:  Bolt intensifies child Care Practice The Jamaican also attempted his dream of becoming a professional footballer after scoring twice for Australian side Central Coast Mariners but left months after, abandoning his career as a result. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

UNBREAKABLE: Syracuse zone defense frustrates Pace in blowout victory in 1st exhibition

first_imgSpanning what seemed like the entire width of the court, the 2012 Syracuse zone defense was unveiled. The five players, none shorter than 6-feet-4-inches, fortified a hoop, a 3-point line and essentially half of Jim Boeheim Court.Those attempting to intrude — in this case the visitors from Division-II Pace — faced a forest-like collection of arms that formed a wingspan unparalleled in college basketball this season. It is quite possible that Boeheim’s zone has never looked mightier in any of his previous 36 seasons.“I wouldn’t know how to attack it,” junior forward James Southerland said. “But I know they have a hard time getting the ball in the middle because everyone is so long out there. I heard them getting frustrated out there.”Syracuse, the preseason No. 9 team in the country, cruised from start to finish in a 99-63 dismantling of Pace at the Carrier Dome in front of 7,145 Thursday night in its first of two exhibition games before the season opener on Nov. 9. Boeheim tinkered with lineups throughout, working in his two freshmen and giving extended minutes to players whose roles were limited a year ago. But regardless of the combinations he conjured, the Orange was simply too fast, too tall, too strong and too good for the Setters.Despite the departures of four players crucial to last year’s Elite Eight run, Syracuse is equally as deep and arguably more imposing on the defensive end of the floor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe trio of C.J. Fair, Rakeem Christmas and freshman DaJuan Coleman manned the back line of the zone to start the game for the Orange, collectively forming an impenetrable wall that allowed Syracuse to take an early 20-4 lead. Together their six arms — arms that extended far beyond those of Pace’s two 6-foot-6-inch forwards — blocked, battered and bullied any opponent that ventured too close to the hoop.The Setters managed only 10 points in the paint in the first half, while the Orange finished with eight first-half blocks.“All we do is defense,” Christmas said. “And it’s hard to score against us.”As frustrated as Pace was on the offensive end of the floor, it was at a similar disadvantage defensively against Syracuse’s supreme length. Michael Carter-Williams, a 6-foot-6-inch sophomore guard, toyed with much smaller defenders from the opening tip. He scored the first five points of the game for the Orange on drives to the hoop that were equal parts effortless and effective.And when Syracuse did miss, which wasn’t often in a game it shot 58 percent from the field, its interior players played volleyball with one another on the offensive glass. Twenty-two second-chance points were punctuated by a thunderous put-back dunk from sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas off a missed 3-pointer by Brandon Triche that even caused Boeheim to raise his eyebrows in awe on the sideline.“Our size has got to be one of our strengths,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “Rakeem is so athletic.”While Triche and Carter-Williams held down the guard spots, each taking turns at point guard and shooting guard, the front court was a rotation of six players that will all play roles for the Orange during the regular season.Coleman, a native of Jamesville, was aggressive in his Syracuse debut. His size and strength at 6-foot-9, 288 pounds were complimented by impressive agility. He finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks, highlighted by a traditional three-point play in the first half that he punctuated with a primal yell.When asked after the game if that was his welcome-to-Syracuse moment, Coleman grinned sheepishly and said with a laugh, “Yeah, it was.”Joining him up front were Christmas, Fair, Southerland, freshman Jerami Grant and junior Baye Moussa Keita. They rotated in and out frequently in the second half, as Boeheim manipulated lineups, and the result was sloppy play at times that is to be expected early on.“There will be many different combinations all year long,” Boeheim said.But while the half-court offense lacked polish, the Orange appeared in mid-season form in transition. All five players for Syracuse — regardless of who they were — showed the quickness to run the floor and finish impressively at the rim with highlight-reel dunks.So when Carter-Williams blocked a 3-point attempt early in the second half that led to a towering dunk by Southerland on a fast break the other way, a glimpse of the full package was offered.And it is certainly impressive.“I think we’re already good at just getting out and running,” Carter-Williams said. “I think we’ll give a lot of teams trouble.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

Summary of EPL: Arsenal back above Chelsea, QPR & Reading on the brink

first_imgArsenal leapt back above Chelsea into third spot on Saturday but the Champions League challenge of Everton is all but over after they fell prey to Paolo Di Canio’s Black Cats. At the bottom, QPR and Reading look doomed after they lost to fellow strugglers Stoke and Norwich respectively, while Wigan also find themselves falling into deeper trouble.Premier League resultsHaving seen Chelsea leave Fulham with a 3-0 win in midweek, Arsenal knew they too had to come away from Craven Cottage with a positive result, and after an early red card for Steve Sidwell the Gunners limped to a 1-0 triumph. A first-half goal from Per Mertesacker earned Arsene Wenger’s men a fifth win in their last six league outings, lifting them five points clear of Tottenham, although Olivier Giroud was also sent off late on.Wenger made a tough call prior to kick-off, selecting Tomas Rosicky ahead of Jack Wilshere in midfield, but Arsenal had the ball in the net after only two minutes – rightly flagged offside against Theo Walcott.The Gunners’ task then became significantly easier when Sidwell – just back from suspension – lunged in on Mikel Arteta’s standing leg to receive a red card in the 12th minute. Not that the dismissal made an immediate impact, with Dimitar Berbatov wasting a glorious chance for Fulham moments later.Arsenal’s best opportunity of the first 40 minutes came when Giroud drove low across Mark Schwarzer only to see the ball rebound off the far post. However, a breakthrough arrived on the stroke of half-time when Laurent Koscielny nodded across goal for Mertesacker to touch home from close range. Wenger might have been disappointed that his men failed to kick on and make the game comfortable in the second half, with Fulham threatening an equaliser when Stanislav Manolev found the net 14 minutes from time – only to be correctly judged offside.Giroud was then harshly dismissed in the final minute of normal time when he rolled his foot over the top of the ball, but Arsenal’s European ambitions remain on track.Everton had the chance to move above Spurs into fifth – within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea – with victory at Sunderland, but Di Canio’s men have been revived under his guidance and claimed a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light. Stephane Sessegnon helped the Black Cats move six points clear of the bottom three, while Everton will surely have to realign their targets to a Europa League spot.A buoyant atmosphere greeted Di Canio for his first home game in charge, and the noise only rose when Sessegnon sent a shot swerving out of Tim Howard’s reach moments before half-time.David Moyes threw on Nikica Jelavic at half-time in attempt to get back into the game, but Sunderland clung on despite the best efforts of Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar. At the bottom of the table, QPR are almost certainly going to be relegated after Stoke won 2-0 to claim their first win since February 9 at Loftus Road. Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters were on the scoresheet to lift Stoke six points clear of safety, while QPR remain ten adrift with only 12 points to play for.Former QPR man Crouch got the opener when he converted from close range after Cameron Jerome’s cutback. Prior to that moment Harry Redknapp thought Adel Taarabt had won a penalty but referee Chris Foy rightly only awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area.Redknapp took off Taarabt and Andros Townsend in an attempt to breathe life into his team, but they faded as an attacking threat after the introductions of Jamie Mackie and Jay Bothroyd. The game was sealed by Walters’ 77th-minute penalty, awarded for a Clint Hill tug on Crouch.Wigan failed to lift themselves out of trouble as the FA Cup finalists went down 2-0 at West Ham. Matt Jarvis and Kevin Nolan helped the Hammers into the top half of the table.Jarvis initially appeared to have played the role of creator as Nolan wheeled away claiming the opener, but upon review it seemed the former Wolves man’s cross went in without a touch from his colleague. Roberto Martinez will be left frustrated after his team were again the better side – as they were at Manchester City in midweek – but games are running out for the Latics to turn performances into goals after Nolan this time claimed his 100th career goal with ten minutes remaining.Bottom club Reading will surely be planning for life in the Championship next year after they lost 2-1 to Norwich at Carrow Road. Like QPR, the result leaves the Royals open to relegation if Aston Villa win their next fixture.Norwich, who stretch their cushion to seven points, scored twice in two second-half minutes not long after half-time, Ryan Bennett netting the first before Elliott Bennett capitalised on Alex McCarthy’s misjudgement for the second. Reading found a 72nd-minute reply through Garath McClearly, but they finished the game with nothing.Newcastle will hope not to be dragged into trouble after they drew with West Brom 1-1 at the Hawthorns. Yoan Gouffran’s strike was cancelled out by Billy Jones as the Magpies moved six points clear of the bottom three with four games left to play.Gouffran scored with the game’s first chance after eight minutes, heading home Papiss Cisse’s cross to answer Alan Shearer’s criticism of the club’s French imports following the derby loss to Sunderland. However, Jones equalised midway through the second half. Elsewhere, Swansea and Southampton drew 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium in a relatively meaningless game for both teams. Saints should be safe on 39 points, and arguably should have won it in the first half through Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.last_img read more

Clippers prepare for Thunder by focusing on closing out games

first_imgSGA’s CONFIDENT DEBUTHours before his official NBA debut Wednesday, Gilgeous-Alexander stood before reporters at shootaround and shrugged, smiled and downplayed the dream-come-true moment like a knowing veteran taking it all just one game at a time.“I feel like I’ve gotten comfortable over the past couple preseason games; I feel ready to go,” Gilgeous-Alexander insisted. “It doesn’t feel too much like my first NBA game.”Then he stepped on the court in place of starting point guard Patrick Beverley with 5:30 left in the first quarter, and his play did the talking: Gilgeous-Alexander was comfortable, ready to go, and he looked not at all like he was playing in his first NBA game.Seventeen seconds after he checked in, he delivered the ball to Lou Williams for a 3-pointer and his first assist.With 3:06 left in the quarter, he attacked the rim – hanging momentarily in mid-air – to convert a layup for his first points.A minute after that, he connected on a smooth step-back jumper from 20 feet.Related Articles “You have to,” Rivers said. “When you have a team that you’ve been together two, three years they almost go into end-of-game mode when end of game starts. When you have a team like this, they don’t know what to go into, so you have to work on it.”Rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander acknowledged the Clippers’ shared shortcomings in late-game situations, but he kept it in perspective.“We haven’t really been together for the longest time in those pressure situations,” he said. “But that will come the more we play. I’m not worried about it.” Surmised forward Tobias Harris: “Tough stretch right there.”Rivers reasoned that the crunch-time collapse had much to do with the teams’ disparate levels of familiarity.The Nuggets looked like they’d been there together before, while the Clippers – whose longest-tenured player is Sindarius Thornwell, who joined the organization on June 23, 2017 – botched an out-of-bounds play.“The entire team forgot it,” Rivers said. “I was screaming and you could tell right after they were like, ‘My bad.’ But we don’t get that back. Those are the things (when) not being together hurts you.”With another home game against Oklahoma City looming Friday night, the Clippers planned to dedicate practice time Thursday to end-of-game scenarios. Clippers coach Doc Rivers let loose a sigh following Wednesday’s season-opening 107-98 loss at home to the Denver Nuggets.Before training camp began, he’d wondered aloud how this season’s Clippers would close games. One game in, he still didn’t know.“The thing that stood out to me was what I said before the year – can we close games?” Rivers said. “We didn’t do that. We had a lead, and then down the stretch we really just didn’t get good shots.”Despite trailing most of the game, the Clippers conjured a fourth-quarter surge that put them ahead 92-84 with 5:14 left. Denver took control from there, outscoring the Clippers 23-6. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 When his debut was done, Gilgeous-Alexander had played 28 minutes and wound up with 11 points, four assists, two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot – and the appreciation of Rivers, who credited the team’s youngest player for doing the best job of following the plan of attacking and either finishing or making plays.His teammates were impressed, too.“(He’s) a very, very poised player,” Harris said. “He played really well tonight for his first game.”Across the locker room, Gilgeous-Alexander was asked again to describe that first-game feeling.“It didn’t feel like too much emotions tonight,” he said, explaining, “I work hard every single day. When you work hard and you see results, the confidence just comes with it.” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more

Lakers coach Byron Scott on struggling Nick Young: ‘We’ll find out how tough he is’

first_img“We’ll find out because right now, he’s going through it,” said Scott, whose team hosts Denver at 7:30 Tuesday night. “He’s got a battle on his hands with the way teams are playing him and it’s not going good for him right now. So we’ll find out how tough he is.”It was pointed out to Scott that it appears Young has been wearing a look like the whole world is against him.“Nobody’s against him,” Scott said. “It’s just the fact he’s not playing well. We’ll find out mentally if he’s tough enough to handle it.”Scott said Young has to work even harder.“That’s the only way you’re going to get out of it,” Scott said.One win the past monthScott was reminded his team — which is 13-38 — has won just one game the past month, a Jan. 29 upset of the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center. Since Jan. 11, they are 1-13. “It’s tough on you, especially when you’re in the games that we’re in,” he said. “I mean, we’re right there in so many games to have a chance to win it, so when you don’t win it … I mean, if you went in our locker room after the Orlando game and after the Milwaukee game, you would have seen a bunch of guys who were very upset at losing those games because we knew we had a great chance to win.“It’s just like anything else. When you’re losing games like that, it takes its toll.”The Lakers went 0-4 on their just-concluded Grammy road trip, losing 113-105 in overtime Wednesday at Milwaukee and 103-97 in overtime Friday at Orlando.“We’ve just gotta find a way to close out games,” said Scott, who described his team as “a resilient bunch.”This and thatJordan Hill (hip) could not practice Monday, so Scott said Hill won’t play Tuesday against Denver or Wednesday at Portland, which is the final game before an eight-day break for the All-Star game. Scott said he expects Hill, who has missed the past three games, will be back after the break. … Denver is 19-32 and has won just once in its past 13 games and has lost its past five. The Nuggets are led by point guard Ty Lawson, who is averaging 16.5 points, 10.0 assists and 1.3 steals. Young did not speak to reporters at Monday’s practice, but Scott did and, as usual, he did not pull punches.“He is struggling, he really is. He’s just struggling right now,” Scott said of Young, who is averaging 13.6 points off the bench but is now shooting just 36.7 percent from the field on the season, 37.6 from 3-point range. “What we tried to do today is just get more movement, try to get him with the ball on the run as much as possible. But he has to understand that teams are trying to double-team him right now, they’re trying to take away the one weapon we do have in any pick-and-roll situation.“When they’re doing that to him, he has to just learn to just spread the floor, let them double, make the correct pass and he’ll be able to attack them that way.”Scott reiterated he doesn’t want Young automatically thinking about a 3-pointer the second he enters a game. He’d like to see Young be aggressive to the basket.Scott was asked if he believes Young is tough enough to escape this slump that is now more than a month long. It was just Thursday that Lakers coach Byron Scott said he wants Nick Young to be more than a “one-trick pony.”He wants Young to play better defense, expand his repertoire on offense and not just take the long shots.Young and the Lakers have played two games since — at Orlando and at Cleveland. They lost both, and Young was a combined 3 for 16 from the field — 2 of 10 from 3-point range.Young shot 39.5 percent from the field in November and 40.3 percent in December, but just 32.2 percent in January. He’s played in three of the four games the Lakers have played in February and is shooting 28.6 percent.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


first_imgFor almost 30 years he has been one of the reassuring voices of Malin Head Coast Guard.Ian and his well-deserved cake!And last week well-known radio officer Ian Scott turned off his microphone after 29 years of dedicated service.Ian’s voice will be known to every mariner around the coast and his actions as a search mission coordinator have saved many lives in his years of service. All his colleagues at MRSC Malin Head and the Irish Coast Guard wished Ian a very happy retirement.We would like to join them in wishing Ian the best of luck in his happy and long retirement.OVER AND OUT FOR MALIN HEAD RADIO CONTROLLER IAN AFTER ALMOST 30 YEARS was last modified: August 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalIan ScottMalin Head Coast Guardlast_img read more

Scientists Blind to Their Failings

first_img(Visited 95 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientism sounds appealing in theory. In practice, human scientists fall short of its ideals of enlightenment, progress and understanding.The new Ioannidis study. John P. A. Ioannidis has made waves with his studies of scientific bias (see 1/11/17). In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences March 20, his team published results after they “probed for multiple bias-related patterns in a large random sample of meta-analyses taken from all disciplines,” in order to address the widely-reported ‘reproducibility crisis’ in science. Their findings are partly encouraging, but point out factors that contribute to lack of trust:The magnitude of these biases varied widely across fields and was on average relatively small. However, we consistently observed that small, early, highly cited studies published in peer-reviewed journals were likely to overestimate effects. We found little evidence that these biases were related to scientific productivity, and we found no difference between biases in male and female researchers. However, a scientist’s early-career status, isolation, and lack of scientific integrity might be significant risk factors for producing unreliable results. The team found “Systematic differences in the risk of bias between physical, biological, and social sciences,” with the latter being worse. But it’s not clear this “bird’s-eye view” found all the bias that exists; “future research will need to determine whether and to what extent these trends might reflect changes in meta-analytical methods, rather than an actual worsening of research practices.”Reproducibility crisis redux. In plain English, three analysts discuss “The science ‘reproducibility crisis’ – and what can be done about it” at The Conversation. Danny Kingsley thinks that the move toward ‘open research’ will help reduce some of the personality factors that rush scientists to publish, such as the desire to have priority. Jim Grange, a psychologist, says “To me, it is clear that there is a reproducibility crisis in psychological science, and across all sciences.” He thinks his field is getting better at removing bias, but is not ‘out of the woods’ yet. Ottoline Leyser thinks that publication practices should take a lot of the blame for the “current destructive culture” that rushes bad science to print.Cancer care. “Remember why we work on cancer,” Levi Garraway pleades in Nature. He knows from experience how the motivation to publish “high-impact papers” can go awry if a researcher does not consider whether the results are reproducible. Often, when they are not, other factors come to light, to the embarrassment of the researcher, the publisher, and the reputation of science. He wouldn’t be writing about the need to follow the 3 R’s, “Rigor, Reproducibility and Robustness,” if there weren’t a problem.Opening the Gates. Speaking of open research, the Gates Foundation, the global health charity founded by Bill and Melissa Gates (Microsoft), has announced its own open-access publishing venture. Unable to get their thousands of research papers published in conventional channels because of the Gates Foundation’s stringent open-access policy, they are going to publish their own. They’ll be going about peer review in a different way: “Papers are peer-reviewed after publication, and the reviews and the names of their authors are published alongside.” Nature doesn’t seem to have a problem with this, showing that scientific practices are not set in stone. Indeed, fossilized tradition is blameworthy. “We believe that published research resulting from our funding should be promptly and broadly disseminated,” says Callahan. “Our research saves lives.” That says something disturbing about conventional practices up till now.Open science revolution. When institutions are pushing for ‘open science’, is that not presupposing that science has been closed for decades? In Nature‘s comment article, “Five ways consortia can catalyse open science,” 19 academicians make the case for disinfecting scientific practice with the transparency of sunshine. To do this, they will have to break open encrusted habits about ownership, and get into sharing mode. But it won’t be easy. Believers in scientism need to read this: “As philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn documented more than 50 years ago, the scientific community resists challenges to its orthodoxy.” And you thought only religious institutions used that word. It’s time to expand the role of stakeholders in science, they say, and – imagine this – get the public involved. “Conduct outreach so stakeholders explicitly voice goals and identities,” they advise.Political cluelessness. Polls supposedly use ‘scientific’ methods to assess the state of the country, but the 2016 election proved they were way off. Why? One statistician, according to, faults “conventional wisdom, not data,’ for the mistake. The experts in Big Media were simply out of touch with the mood of the country they were measuring. “If you look at public opinion, people weren’t actually all that confident in Clinton’s chances,” Nate Silver said in an interview. “It was the media who were very confident in Clinton’s chances.” Even his polling site,, “gave Donald Trump a less than 1 in 3 chance of winning.” News sites don’t understand the relationship between polls and probability, he said, and so they relaxed into non-rigorous, ad hoc reasoning to reinforce their own biases that Clinton would be a shoe-in for election. The data weren’t dead; the fault was in conventional wisdom that was not so wise.The second part is that there is a certain amount of groupthink. People looking at the polls are mostly in newsrooms in Washington and Boston and New York. These are liberal cities, and so people tend to see evidence (in our view, it was kind of conflicting polling data) as pointing toward a certain thing. People have trouble taking different information about, for example, signs of decline in African-American turnout and reconciling that against supposedly good numbers among Hispanic turnout for Clinton. People weren’t using the more thoughtful sides of their brains; they were using the more emotional sides of their brains.Leftist science. Speaking of liberal locations, academic institutions are known to be hothouses for liberal bias. Gavin Bailey and Chris O’Leary admit it, but then say it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Their headline in The Conversation states, “Yes, academics tend to be left wing – but let’s not exaggerate it.” Nobody is concerned that bankers tend to be right-wing, they argue, but that’s different. Bankers aren’t teaching science. They are not deciding what science is. Aren’t Bailey and O’Leary concerned that the ‘conventional wisdom’ in academia can lead to the same non-rigorous, ad hoc reasoning that shamed the pundits on the election results? Apparently not. They deny that academics tend to fall on deep political divides; “it is unlikely that most academics are extremists, and many won’t be all that politically minded; much like the rest of society,” they conclude. They’re basically rationalizing a very lopsided situation within the ivied walls. Maybe they need to get out of the echo chamber and meet some real folks. The worst bias is not recognizing one’s own bias.Fake news hall of mirrors. A week prior to April Fool’s Day, National Geographic posted some examples of how gullible people can have their brains tricked by fake news. First example: “How many animals of each kind did Moses put on the ark?” Obviously it was Noah, not Moses. People often accept the first answer that comes to mind, Alexandra Petri writes. But does this kind of gullibility affect scientists? Why would Petri jump to a conclusion about what presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway meant in a widely-misinterpreted quote?We live in a world with many “alternative facts,” which means verifying and fact-checking ourselves and those in our community plays an important role in determining what is real and what is fake.Petri relies on the reputations of psychologists and sociologists, whom Ioannidis reported are often the most guilty of scientific bias. She even exonerates them for running a study in which they lied to participants (see 3/15/17). Nowhere in this article does National Geographic look in the mirror and say, “Are we perhaps purveyors of fake news ourselves?”Offended humans in the Petri dish. Evolutionary anthropologists sometimes think they can just move into a tribal community and treat the people like lab rats, writing up their behaviors as evolutionary adaptations. But all people have human rights and deserve respect. Can the tribespeople reverse roles? Nature says that a certain tribe in South Africa, the Sans people who have developed a ‘click language,’ decided they’ve had enough of researchers coming in and running roughshod over their feelings and traditions: taking their genomes, calling them ‘Bushmen’ (an offensive name in their culture), and the like. They are the first tribe to draw up a code of ethics for researchers. One can imagine some researchers being shocked at finding out they have been offenders, despite their beliefs about ‘social justice.’ If they really believed in social justice, they would allow the Sans people to conduct research on scientists, wouldn’t they? One can imagine a possible research paper: “A study on manifestations of the Yoda Complex among western sociologists.”Lies, damned lies, and statistics. Winnifred Lewis and Cassandra Chapman inform the rest of us how to avoid the “seven deadly sins of statistical misinterpretation” in The Conversation. It’s a good piece with good advice. But nowhere do they indicate that scientists commit these sins, too. Confusing correlation with causation, putting a thumb on the outlier, exaggerating small differences, neglecting outside factors — these are not unknown problems in published science papers. Just look at the typical paper on phylogeny (example: 130 years of error).Sorry science. We end with some quotes from Nature‘s review of Richard Harris’s new book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions. Just the title should jolt those who love science and trust its credibility. Reviewer Marcus Munafò begins,As scientists, we are supposed to be objective and disinterested, careful sifters of evidence. The reality is messier. Our training can give us only so much protection from natural tendencies to see patterns in randomness, respond unconsciously to incentives, and argue forcefully in defence of our own positions, even in the face of mounting contrary evidence. In the competitive crucible of modern science, various perverse incentives conspire to undermine the scientific method, leading to a literature littered with unreliable findings.This is the conclusion of Rigor Mortis, a wide-ranging critique of the modern biomedical research ecosystem by science journalist Richard Harris. He describes how a growing number of claims over the past decade that many published research findings are false, or at least not as robust as they should be, has led to calls for change, and the birth of a new discipline of metascience.Metascience is “the scientific study of science itself,” or just philosophy of science. Though Harris focuses on biomedical research, the problems he reports should concern all science. Even if there is a ‘scientific method’, which some philosophers of science doubt, it does no good unless it is followed honestly. So unless and until scientists clean up their act, why should the public listen to the proponents of scientism who exalt science as the most reliable path to enlightenment? Scientists are only human, and humans are biased. Overcoming bias is not a matter of science. It’s a matter of character.Character requires a moral foundation. A moral foundation must be solid; it cannot evolve. Scientists: you need a solid moral foundation. You need an eternal, unchanging, righteous, just, holy God. There’s only one of those.last_img read more