From Ars Technica, most of what you read was wrong: John Timmer on how press releases rewrote scientific history. Scientists are often responsible for “spin” of their results, research finds. Bradly Kneisel on the evolution of scientific knowledge. What would scientists learn if they could run studies that lasted for hundreds or thousands of years or more? Leslie Horn on 9 scientific breakthroughs that happened totally by accident. Neanderthal sex and lesbian albatrosses: Michael Brooks on the perils of populist science. Evolution and the complexity principle: Nicholas Beale and Brian Josephson on how science advances by deeper mathematical and conceptual understanding. From THES, a review of Hawking Incorporated: Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject by Helene Mialet; despite being the father of modern computing, Alan Turing's greatest impact on contemporary science may stem from his insights into altogether more complex hardware, argues Ray Dolan: the human brain; and a review of Is American Science in Decline? by Yu Xie and Alexandra A. Killewald. Is a science Ph.D. a waste of time? Don’t feel too sorry for graduate students — it’s worth it.

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