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Scientific Fraud: is it or is it not?

With a Comment on Fluorescence & Bioluminescence

Scientists love to call their profession the most honest there is. But is that so? The claim is based on the fact that scientists are “seekers of the truth” and that a scientist who has cheated is likely to be finished, losing job and reputation (which is not the case for a second-hand car salesperson or a housing agent or the lady who sold cosmetics to my wife). Yet, again we can ask, is that so? On several occasions, I have come across statements that scientific fraud is on the rise and in some subjects like the Life Sciences has reached epidemic proportions. I used to have a colleague, who was an expert in statistical analyses, who exposed several cases in which scientists had either invented data or deliberately left out results that didn’t fit their hypotheses. That is bad and some earlier famous examples made it into the world news. —>—>

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Booze and the Body

But not just that of a human

When I was 16 and spending part of my summer vacation with my aunt and uncle in Chislehurst (Kent), my Uncle Bill felt it might be interesting for me to visit a genuine English pub. And so he took me there. Once in the pub he felt it might be educational for me to experience a sip of genuine Scottish whisky, his favourite drink. And so he poured a glass for me. However, one sip and I had enough (for life!) To me it tasted like horrible medicine and to this day (and I’m over 70) I avoid that stuff. In fact, I only find various wines tasty, gin tonic enjoyable and Japanese sake drinkable. I must be one of the few who never drink beer. But many animals do (if they can get it) and like it (as well as other alcoholic drinks). —>—>

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No Sweat, no Exercise

But exercise, you’ll sweat

The hottest place I’ve ever lived was beautiful Perth. I was even offered a job there after I finished my postdoctoral fellowship, but a whole month of cloudless, blue sky and a top temperature of 45℃ in the shade were too much for me. And yet, despite that high temperature I sweated less than I did at 29℃ in S’pore. How come? Sweating is, of course, a response of the body’s sweat glands to cool the body, but the cooling effect depends on how quickly the sweat can evaporate and that depends not just on the ambient temperature but the amount of moisture (the humidity) in the air. It is the vaporization of the sweat that cools the body and the high air humidity in Singapore slowed down the evaporation process. —>—>