Wednesday Morning Open Thread – skeptical chicken

Another week and another open thread. Here is a space where you can ask questions, share links, or just say hi.

Poly is a very skeptical chicken. Photo by ADT

Poly is a very skeptical chicken. Photo by ADT

This week’s open thread sponsored by Polymerase Chain Reaction, our very skeptical chicken.

A couple weeks ago, lots of people were talking about Rayfish, a hoax website claiming to produce genetically modified stingray sneakers. What other ocean-product claims are you skeptical about?

What steps have you taken to lead a more sustainable life?

It’s the second week of Science and Sustainability month, and this time we want to know what you have done to lead a more sustainable life. Be as specific or as general as you want. Do you reuse items that you’d normally throw away, bike instead of drive, compost your trash? Have you made dramatic changes to your lifestyle in order to live more sustainably? What is your rationale behind these changes?

And more importantly, have you tried to make changes that ultimately failed, either because it was too expensive, too much extra work, or just stopped making sense? Are there changes you want to make that you can’t? How do you balance the sustainability ethic against the pressures and conveniences of modern living?

Open Thread – Ghostwriters, academic integrity, and the Shadow Scholar

The academic blogosphere is bursting with discussion over this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education: The Shadow Scholar. A professional academic ghostwriter spills the beans on how his business works, who buys his services, and how the system enables it. Go ahead and give it a read, we’ll be right here.

So what do educators do in this situation? Is the author right that the problem lies in the structure of academia? How do you catch something like this? Even if you suspected this kind of cheating, how would you prove it?

Stan?

Damn them all, indeed.

Weekend Open Thread

Open thread for the weekend. Feel free to post links, ask questions, or talk about anything that interests you. Here’s some classic Stan Rogers to enjoy.

If you had to shut down all large scale commercial fisheries but one, which would you keep and why?

~Southern Fried Scientist