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Daily Archives: April 1, 2022

Chart: China Home Price Declines Deepen as Slump Shows No End in Sight

Source : Bloomberg

Chuckles of the Day




Jim Is Recovering Nicely

Jim left for work one Friday afternoon. But it was payday, so instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend partying and playing golf with the boys and spending his entire paycheck.

When he finally appeared at home on Sunday night, the old geezer was confronted by his angry wife and was barraged for nearly two hours with a tirade befitting his actions.

Finally his wife stopped the nagging and said to him, “How would you like it if you didn’t see me for two or three days?”

He replied, “That would be fine with me.”

Monday went by and he didn’t see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results. But on Thursday, the swelling went down just enough where he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.

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The Beaujolais Bistro

A group of 40-year-old buddies discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally it is agreed upon that they should meet at the Beaujolais Bistro because the waitresses there have low-cut blouses and really short skirts.

10 years later, at 50 years of age, the group meets again and once again they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Beaujolais Bistro because the food there is very good and the wine selection is excellent.

10 years later at 60 years of age, the group meets again and once again they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Beaujolais Bistro because they can eat there in peace and quiet and the restaurant is smoke-free.

10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group meets again and once again they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Beaujolais Bistro because the restaurant is wheelchair accessible and they even have an elevator.

10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group meets again and once again they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Beaujolais Bistro because everyone’s heard it’s good and they’ve never been there before.




Infographic: 关于中國加强科技伦理治理的意见

Charts: World’s Longest Commercial Passenger Flight Getting Longer

Cathy Pacific plans to reroute its New York-Hong Kong flight away from Russian airspace

Source : ZeroHedge

China Sanctions Hundreds of Researchers Following Fraud Investigation

Dalmeet Singh Chawla wrote . . . . . . . . .

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has sanctioned hundreds of researchers after an investigation concluded that they had published studies using fraudulent practices.

On 1 December, MOST announced the outcome of its probe into 235 allegedly fake papers, with the agency concluding that 119 are definitely fraudulent.

‘That’s a very conservative number,’ concludes Xiaotian Chen, an information scientist at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Chen notes that microbiologist-turned-science integrity expert Elisabeth Bik based in San Francisco, California, has flagged hundreds more fake studies that are produced by so-called paper mills, which churn out fake but plausible papers for cash.

The announcement is the latest development in China’s crackdown on fake-paper factories in the country. In October, two other major research funders in China – the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) – revealed that they had collectively punished at least 23 researchers for using paper mills.

In September 2020, MOST introduced new rules to target paper mills and other forms of research misconduct.

In the latest investigation, MOST says it has already penalised the 293 researchers who collectively claimed to have authored the 119 studies found to be fake, the agency said in its statement.

MOST temporarily banned 255 of those researchers from federal funding, while recovering bonuses from 42 academics to the tune of RMB460,000 (£54,500), and revoking the degrees of nine researchers caught up in the scandal.

MOST didn’t specify which degrees they revoked but Chen thinks they are likely to be doctorates. Additionally, 20 researchers had their professional titles revoked and 155 had their promotions temporarily revoked.

Chen is pleased by the latest announcement. ‘They have been slow in doing this, but a step forward is a good step,’ he says. ‘This is proof that progress is being made.’

But Chen notes that MOST and other funders should also go after those running the paper mills, who are open for business and advertising widely on the web including social media. ‘A lot of paper mills brag about their accomplishments on the internet.’

‘While punishments for the authors on these falsified papers will serve as a deterrent to people planning to do something similar in the future, it would be even better if the ministry would shut down the scientific paper mills themselves,’ agrees Bik. Dropping the requirement for trainee medical doctors to publish a peer-reviewed paper to secure a clinical position at a hospital will also help move away from widespread fraud, Bik adds.

‘It is this rule – which is very hard to fulfill for [medical doctors] who work long shifts in hospitals without time or facilities to do research – that has made a lot of these MDs “buy” an authorship on a fabricated paper, and it is this rule that has created paper mills who sell such papers to these doctors,’ Bik explains. ‘Forcing medical professionals without an interest or time to do research to write a paper was just not a great decision.’


Source : Chemistry World


Caixin reported recently China has named and shamed more than 600 medical workers linked to some 520 faked papers since June 2021 as part of a crackdown on plagiarism and other misconduct in the medical community that has dented the country’s scholarly reputation.

The faked papers were revealed in a string of statements published from last June to March this year on the website of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Investigations into research at more than 240 medical and educational institutions found that the production of the papers involved illegal activities such as trading, ghostwriting and falsifying research processes and data, according to the statements.

Charts: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Households and Nonprofit Organizations