“All these papers were deliberately bad”

“All these papers were deliberately bad. They were created with the purpose of exposing exploitative publishing practices. That is, the works collected here were sting operations on predatory journals.” So says the introduction to the book Stinging the Predators: A collection of papers that should never have been published, assembled by Zen Faulkes. Falkes is a […]

Happy words from painful insect stings [podcast 64]

Justin Schmidt, an emotional fellow, took notes when he was notably stung by a different species of ant, bee, or wasp. Schmidt then turned those notes and emotions into little almost-poems, each just 15 or 20 words long. Those sting-pain notes and emotions, read aloud by QI elves, overflow this week’s Improbable Research podcast. SUBSCRIBE on Play.it, iTunes, or Spotify to get a new episode every week, free. […]

Roland Houben’s p53 song, w the Sting replaced

Roland Houben, whose laboratory members performed a scientifical version of the Jethro Tull song “Locomotive Breath”, now sings a song of the p53 tumor suppressor protein. Behold, if you dare, his take on the Sting song “The Russians”: BONUS: Sting’s version, lamentably devoid of information about the p53 tumor suppressor protein: