There’s a puzzling embargo-related story playing out about someone whose name I didn’t really ever expect to see grace the pages of Embargo Watch: Billionaire Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.
The abstract page for the paper, “Relativistic boost as the cause of periodicity in a massive black-hole binary candidate,” included this note: Read the rest of this entry »
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early today on a paper scheduled for release Monday, after learning that some of the results would be part of a feature being published today.
PNAS tells Embargo Watch why they lifted the embargo early on “Evidence for superconductivity in Li-decorated graphene:” Read the rest of this entry »
If, like I do, you subscribe to daily emails from the press release service EurekAlert!, you may have noticed this boilerplate at the top of those emails:
Please note further that anyone using embargoed information for trading purposes may be in violation of the Securities Exchange Act.
If you’ve ever wondered what that was about, an Associated Press (AP) story explains in mind-blowing detail today.
Here’s the lead of the story from the AP, about what Federal authorities called “the biggest scheme of its kind ever prosecuted, and one that demonstrated yet another way in which the financial world is vulnerable to cybercrime:” Read the rest of this entry »
A bit more than a month ago, I wrote about a 29-hour embargo for a Nature paper on the Kennewick Man that made a number of reporters pretty angry. Today, the embargo lifted on another Nature paper — also involving the origins of peoples in North America — just 29 hours after the paper was sent to reporters.
What made this case a bit different was that the embargo ended up lifting on a Science paper (the DOI
seems to not yet resolve is now working) on a similar subject at the same time. I’ll let Science explain how that happened: Read the rest of this entry »
For the fifth time this year, PNAS has lifted the embargo early on a paper today because of a story published before the embargo was scheduled to lift. About an hour before the 3 p.m. Eastern embargo, the journal sent this to its press list: Read the rest of this entry »
It took 9,000 years for the remains of Kennewick Man to be found in 1996, nearly a decade of legal wrangling with the government for scientists to gain the rights to study him, and almost another decade for researchers to reveal his secrets.
But this week Nature, in a move that irritated a number of leading science journalists, decided that the news just couldn’t wait several more days so that reporters would have time to digest the details of what one journalist accurately described as “an incredibly complicated subject.”
As usual, we’ll leave the analysis of the results to the stories by journalists focused on the paper itself. Here’s some of the abstract, to provide a bit of context: Read the rest of this entry »