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Editorial Snapshot: Preventing the publication of fraudulent research

- C.C., Editor

Just recently, on January 12, 2022, the co-owner of a clinical research site, Olga Torres, pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing an FDA investigation into falsified clinical trial data. Her firm, Unlimited Medical Research, was among several hired to conduct a clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of an asthma medication in children.

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Science News: Are you an owl or a lark?

– K.J., Editor

Some people have a life pattern that resembles an owl; they go to bed late and wake up late and are consequently more active at night. Others have a life pattern that resembles a lark because they go to bed early and wake up early and are therefore more active during the day. Scientists call this “chronotype”; being alert and energetic or tired and sleepy at a given time of day. I must admit that I am a night owl. While everyone else is asleep, I like to practice my hobbies and catch up on chores (quietly) until the early morning.

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Editorial Snapshot: Audio and visual content enhance research discoverability

- A.P., Editor

Scientific publishing is ever evolving as authors and publishers alike seek new and innovative ways to engage with readers and disseminate research results to broader audiences. Discoverability is the key to reaching that audience, and the digital era has brought with it chances to go beyond traditional print media and explore the use of audio and visual content. Advances in the way research is presented, such as visual abstracts and video abstracts, are making research more discoverable and fostering greater opportunities for scholarly communication.

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Science News: Solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and the risk to modern space and surface infrastructure

– C.C., Editor

It was recently reported that 40 SpaceX Starlink Internet satellites were lost, the cause of which was a geomagnetic storm resulting from solar wind interacting with the Earth’s magnetosphere. While this loss constitutes a minor setback for the planned Starlink network, it is also indicative of a greater risk posed to modern infrastructure by solar activity.

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