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Fish On: Bonneville Bites On Bogus Balm Of Barmecidal Ocean.

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Featured, Science

  Parsed in the last Larry: The saga of Dr. David Welch, a Canadian science consultant whose curious claims caused fellow scientists to back away from a paper he published. This week: Insight into Dr. Welch’s relationship with BPA executives and influential Power Council members. By the time Dr. David Welch had published initial findings from his acoustic listening devices in the ocean, other scientists he’d listed as co-authors of the study were backing away from his claims. Welch was slow to furnish data backing some of his more incredible contentions, particularly numbers showing the alarming mortality rate of Yakima basin salmon that had perished after his over-sized tracking device was stapled into their skulls. Documents leaked to Larry show that Welch took little time to reflect on the potential error of his ways. He immediately sought, and incredibly, was granted further funding for his ocean tracking salmon study, despite widespread criticism that his methods and conclusion lacked some basic scientific rigor. That Welch was able to procure funding in spite of a lack of scientific bona fides is, in part,  a credit to the company he has cultivated. Welch submitted both of his published salmon science paper to journals edited by Peter Kareiva, lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy, and a self-proclaimed salmon...

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Weird Science: A Biology Experiment That’s Killing Salmon

Posted by on Nov 16, 2013 in Politics, Science

In last week’s edition of Larry, the subject was not gills but lungs–coal miner’s lungs, and the trouble some doctors are having at one of the world’s more reputable research hospitals, Johns Hopkins, in diagnosing black lung disease. Doctors in the employ of Johns Hopkins, but keenly aware of the hospital’s cozy relationship to king coal, were bringing in exorbitant sums for black lung screenings–ten times the rate of other hospitals. The elegance of this arrangement, from the viewpoint of industry, harkens back to the old adage that money talks. It possesses the ability to do so without ever uttering a word. In the coal case, the windfall to the hospital was apparently enough to make a few of the world’s better physicians loathe to see what the rest of the medical community easily saw–clear symptoms of the coal mine-work induced disease. This news is just the latest in a string of scandals that raise questions about the market-based approach to scientific inquiry. It’s quite a chore these days to fund research in many scientific frontiers–new medicine, for example– that isn’t funded by pharmaceutical companies–a major factor in the roll-out of pain pills that cause heart attacks, or anti-depression pills that incite rage. Censorship is another problem. University scientists like Dr. Tyrone Hayes, who...

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