One of the publishers who had published fake peer-reviewed papers generated by a computer program has responded aggressively to fix the problem.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One of the publishers who had published numerous fake peer-reviewed papers generated by a computer program has responded aggressively to fix the problem.

And by aggressive I mean positively. They have removed the fake papers and are reviewing everything they’ve published, with the help of the guy who exposed the fakes, to make sure there aren’t any other fakes not yet identified. They also say they are reviewing their procedures to figure out how this happened and to prevent it from happening again.


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  • Cotour

    Here are some interesting proposals, Genghis Khan was apparently an accidental green machine way back in the 1200’s. He apparently killed so many people, about 12 percent of the entire worlds population at the time, that the results of his “cleansing” was to begin the first real effort in the green movement.

    1. Is it possible that such a relatively small number of human beings at the level of technology of the day really detectable at all related to the climate on the planet?

    2. Dosnt this kind of interpretation of “global warming” / “climate change” what ever the newest variant terminology of the day might be indicate the intent of the movement? Are we to preparing for the justification for “cleansing”? Is this where this all ends?

  • PeterF

    Apparently in some instances “peer review” is as useful as “consensus”. Curious as to how many of these “scientists” that singled on to these nonsense works are also included the group that is cited as being in consensus that Global warming is human caused… I wonder if there are lists that can be compared.

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