Scientific Journals Publish Bogus Paper About Midi-chlorians from Star Wars

Some scientific journals will publish literally anything for a price. That includes a meme-filled paper by “Lucas McGeorge” and “Annette Kin” referencing “midi-chlorians.” Yes, George Lucas’ attempt to explain feeling the Force with faux biology is now published “scientific research.” Read More >>

This Browser Extension Will Help You Read Science Papers for Free

Probably the suckiest thing about science is the fact that lots of the time you can’t read the research yourself. If it’s not open access and you’re interested, either you shell out 35 bucks for a pdf, email someone asking for it, or settle with listening to some dummy like me interpret the results peppered with quotes and my biases. Read More >>

Sting Operation Reveals Science’s Insane Fake News Problem 

If someone applied to a top position at a company, you’d hope a hiring manager would at least Google the applicant to ensure they’re qualified. A group of researchers sent phony resumes to 360 scientific journals for an applicant whose Polish name translated to “Dr. Fraud.” And 48 journals happily appointed the fake doctor to their editorial board. Read More >>

Joke Science Papers Get Less Funny Every Year

Imagine reading a study from a prestigious science journal and finding out that the scientists performed and wrote the study as a joke. Sure, all of the data is true, but they littered the abstract and conclusion sections with irony. Other years you might have found it funny. But what if the joke was so arcane that only the scientist got it? And what if just minutes before you’d seen another fake news article denying climate change? Read More >>

Sales of Adult Colouring Books Have Skyrocketed in The Last Year

Walk into a bookshop these days, and you’ll likely see an enormous stack of them: adult colouring books. Sales of the books have skyrocketed in the last couple of years, but their success might hide some depressing news for the publishing industry. Read More >>

Have You Read the UK’s New Daily Newspaper Yet?

We thought the country had had enough of newspapers seeing as we're closing them and would rather spend our commutes rearranging fruit on mobile phones and sniggering at funny cat photos, but apparently not -- there's a new daily newspaper in the UK today, one that promises to be all straightforward, apolitical and honest. Read More >>

Is a Giant Academic Publisher Trying to Paywall Wikipedia?

Last week, academic publisher Elsevier announced that it would be donating 45 free ScienceDirect accounts to “top Wikipedia editors,” granting them access to thousands of paywalled scientific journals. And people are outraged. Read More >>

Amazon Pulls Werewolf Novel Sequel for Surprisingly Non-Werewolf Reasons

Amazon is no stranger to independent publishing drama. But when it pulled books in the past, it at least purported to have some sort of legitimate reason. In the case of High Moor 2: Moonstruck (the story of one werewolf gang's quest to keep its existence hidden and the extreme lengths to which it goes to protect its deadly secret) that reason appears to be... hyphens. Read More >>

Simon & Schuster and Amazon Come to Sales Agreement

Amazon and publishing house Simon & Schuster have reached a multi-year deal, sources told Business Insider. This means the tides could be turning in favour of Amazon in its battle against publishers. And that means you'll likely see cheaper Simon & Schuster books on Amazon soon; whether or not that'll be good for the publishing industry is still up for debate. Read More >>

Gorgeous New Posters From an Abandoned London Printing Press

The folks at Faber & Faber, an independent publishing house in London since 1929, recently found a forgotten hand press in their archives. Read More >>

Peter Higgs Says He Would Never Make it in Science Today

Peter Higgs, who proposed the existence of what would be dubbed the Higgs Boson, says that he wouldn't cut it if he were entering academic science today. Keep in mind that this dude won a Nobel Prize for physics a few months ago. Read More >>

An Algorithmic Newspaper Published For Just One Coffee Shop in London

Perhaps the future of newspapers is all about local distribution—very local distribution, as in a whole newspaper printed for just one coffeeshop in London. The Newspaper Club has teamed up with the The Guardian to launch what they call an "algorithmic newspaper," published only for one location, its content mathematically harvested according to level of interest from the The Guardian's weekly coverage. How does that work, exactly? Read More >>

Google Wins the Right to Keep Scanning Millions of Books for Free

Nearly a decade after it started, the lawsuit between the Authors' Guild and Google over its book-scanning program has been thrown out. This means that Google can keep digitising millions of books for free distribution, and more importantly, that fair use is in the public's best interest. Read More >>