Archive by date | June 2013

Dutch psychology fraudster avoids trial

Disgraced Dutch social psychologist Diederik Stapel, who in 2011 was found to have fabricated data in at least 30 published papers, will not face trial for misuse of public research funds. Instead, in a pre-trial settlement, Stapel has agreed to 120 hours community service, according to a statement (in Dutch) from the Netherlands’ public prosecutor’s office.  Read more

‘Liberated’ mice from Italian lab now housed in poor conditions

Mice removed by protestors from a Milan lab arw

Two months after animal-rights activists broke into an animal facility at the University of Milan and removed hundreds of animals, photographs of many of the mice have appeared on the facebook page of one of the protestors’ supporters who uses the pen-name, Jooleea Carleenee.  Read more

NIH retires most research chimpanzees

NIH retires most research chimpanzees

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that it will retire to sanctuary nearly all of its research chimpanzees – about 310 animals —  leaving a rump colony of up to fifty animals available to researchers who can meet high ethical and regulatory hurdles for using them.  Read more

Fermilab names Nigel Lockyer as new director

Nigel Lockyer

Physicist Nigel Lockyer has been appointed the new director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. In September he will move from his post as director of TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics in Vancouver. Lockyer spent many years working on Fermilab’s Tevatron, and earned renown for measuring the lifetime of the bottom quark. Under his lead, TRIUMF built new experiments and international agreements, worked to produce better medical isotope supplies, and developed a commercialization arm, Advanced Applied Physics Solutions. Nature spoke with him about Fermilab’s future focus on a large neutrino experiment.  Read more

NIH funds effort to resurrect abandoned drugs for new uses

The most visible project of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) new translational medicine centre came a little closer to reality today, with the announcement of nine awards that pair academic scientists with cast-off compounds from the pharmaceutical industry.  The aim of the plainly-named Discovering New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules programme is to reemploy abandoned drugs for new uses — and in the process, show Congress that NIH’s youngest centre is delivering for the US taxpayer.  Read more

Sprawling Khmer cities unearthed in Cambodian jungle

The complex that includes Angkor Wat, a temple built by the long-gone Khmer empire in Cambodia, may be larger than scientists suspected.

The famous temple complex of Angkor Wat, which draws so many tourists to Cambodia, is but one small structure in a new view of the region. Archaeologists have unearthed more sprawling remains of the once-mighty Khmer empire, which ruled Southeast Asia between the ninth and the 15th centuries.  Read more