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Perfect. From Quirin Schiermeier at Nature:

Monument to peer review unveiled in Moscow: Cornerstone of modern science immortalized in concrete.

Last year, the director of the HSE’s Institute of Education, Isak Froumin, had asked his faculty for ideas about how to turn a useless block of concrete outside the university into something attractive and meaningful. More.

<em>Teapot</em> Cobalt Blue Unfortunately, the way things are going, peer review is more likely to be the tombstone of science than the cornerstone and one can only hope that the debate about the problem is as vigorous in Moscow as here.

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Hat tip:Pos-Darwinista

Not sure if this has been discussed around here yet, but it seems pertinent. Old news, but pertinent. http://io9.gizmodo.com/i-fooled-millions-into-thinking-chocolate-helps-weight-1707251800 Phinehas
This was posted in another thread (https://uncommondesc.wpengine.com/peer-review/is-peer-review-a-sacred-cow/#comment-593408) over a month ago, but no one answered the questions. Let’s try it again here: This paper: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fcell.2015.00008/full#h1 seems to have a terminology error in the conclusion. On the first eight pages the term “post-translational modifications (PTMs)” (both plural and singular) seems to appear around 10 times. The term “post-transcriptional modifications” doesn’t seem to be mentioned even once. However, on the ninth page the “Conclusion” refers to “post-transcriptional modifications (PTMs)” instead. That seems like an error, doesn’t it? If that’s the case, then how did that error pass the review? How did it go unnoticed by the reviewers? Maybe that’s not an error after all? Can someone read it and tell us whether that’s an error or not? Thanks. BTW, note the article shows who reviewed the given paper and how long it took for the paper to get through peer-review. PS. If the pointed observation is confirmed as an error, could a possible explanation for it to have gone under the peer review radar be that the reviewers were experts that could read the given paper fast, without paying attention to details? Then it may take an ignorant outsider to detect the potential mistake, right? Dionisio
peer review issue? https://uncommondesc.wpengine.com/peer-review/can-too-much-publishing-be-bad-for-science/#comment-595947 Dionisio
Seriously funny. :) I like this. Thanks. Dionisio
4 U News, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-4-gLlF0uw ;) Andrew asauber
Sure, asauber at 1, but that isn't a die, it is technically a diatribe. ;) News
I can see some more sides to the die: "Inappropriate Conclusion" "Add AGW Genuflection" "Remove Design Reference" "Too Male" "Offensive To Muslims or Gays" "Not Even Wrong" Andrew asauber

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