Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sorry for the sparse posting; life, as you may know, has been crazy in Boston lately. I never got around to posting my Chronicle column for this past week, so here it is: What’s Wrong with Bitcoin? Tweet

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Robert Higgs is frequently referenced for his idea of “regime uncertainty,” which is the notion that economic recoveries can be retarded by a lack of confidence on the part of the investing class in the presiding government. If the investors …

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My column in the Chronicle this week deals with some of the same open access issues I discussed in my last blog post, but this time with more interesting facts on retractions in major publications and the success of the …

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Many of you may be familiar with the story of Henrietta Lacks. Lacks was a poor African American woman who died of ovarian cancer in 1951, and whose cells (specifically, her tumor cells) were taken and immortalized for the scientific …

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Open Access Academia

UC Berkeley and HHMI investigator Michael Eisen posts a speech he recently gave to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on the topic of open access publishing in scientific research. Eisen, who along with others worked to found the PLoS … Continue reading

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A follow-up to my post last night on the assignat inflation in France at the end of the 18th century, my column today is entitled “But It Might Work For Us” (see last night’s post for source material). Tweet

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I’m going to spoil tomorrow’s Chronicle column with this, but it’s too good to keep just to myself. Late one night last week, I found a book called Fiat Money Inflation in France, written by a man named Andrew Dickson White. …

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