IN December, Science published a paper claiming that people could change their minds about same-sex marriage after talking for just 20 minutes with a gay person. It seemed too good to be true — and it was.
On Wednesday, the journal distanced itself from the study, after its accuracy was disputed, and one of the authors could not back up the findings. News organizations, which had reported on the study, scrambled to correct the record.
Retractions can be good things, since even scientists often fail to acknowledge their mistakes, preferring instead to allow erroneous findings simply to wither away in the back alleys of unreproducible literature. But they don’t surprise those of us who are familiar with how science works; we’re surprised only that retractions aren’t even more frequent.
Remember that study showing vaccines were linked to autism? The time scientists claimed to have cloned human embryonic stem cells? Or that simple, easy way that was supposed to revolutionize the creation of such stem cells?
Those were all frauds published in the world’s top scientific journals — The Lancet, Science and Nature. The vaccine scare has been associated with a surge in cases of measles, some of them deadly.
Every day, on average, a scientific paper is retracted because of misconduct. Two percent of scientists admit to tinkering with their data in some kind of improper way. That number might appear small, but remember: Researchers publish some 2 million articles a year, often with taxpayer funding. In each of the last few years, the Office of Research Integrity, part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has sanctioned a dozen or so scientists for misconduct ranging from plagiarism to fabrication of results.
Not surprisingly, the problem appears to get worse as the stakes get higher.
Read more: What’s Behind Big Science Frauds?
The Latest on: Science Fraud
via Google News
The Latest on: Science Fraud
- Ayurveda age-old science, not placebo: AYUSH doctors' body counters IMA, gives nod to new coronavirus protocolon October 10, 2020 at 8:52 pm
An AYUSH doctors' body on Saturday gave a nod to Central government's new coronavirus protocol, based on Ayurveda and yoga, to treat mild and asymptomatic patients.
- Federal judge in Pennsylvania dismisses Trump campaign lawsuit on voting, calling fraud claims ‘speculative’on October 10, 2020 at 5:29 pm
The suit sought to block the use of drop boxes as receptacles for mail ballots, require ballot signatures to match voter registration records and allow nonresident poll watchers at polling places.
- Why Doubt Is Essential to Scienceon October 9, 2020 at 4:25 am
The confidence people place in science is frequently based not on what it really is, but on what people would like it to be. When I asked students at the beginning of the year how they would define ...
- Texas voter information: The top voter fraud myths debunkedon October 9, 2020 at 1:24 am
Yes, voter fraud exists. Can you become a victim? We went straight to county officials and experts for answers.
- What vote by mail ballot rejection data tells us about voter fraud, dead people votingon October 7, 2020 at 8:37 pm
Our ABC-owned television stations data journalism team examined data from the 2016 and 2018 elections and found Fresno County rejected about 1.1% of ballots in 2016 and 0.5% in 2018.
- Only Sweden heeded scienceon October 7, 2020 at 5:08 pm
It is interesting how the mainstream media and the Democrats have reduced themselves to COVID-19 shaming. In other words, it is all your fault because you did not wear a mask and hide in your basement ...
- SEC Continues to Prioritize COVID Fraud Caseson October 7, 2020 at 4:43 pm
On September 25, 2020, the SEC filed a civil injunctive action against a microcap company, Arrayit Corp., and its President and Chief Science Officer for falsely stating in March-April 2020 that Array ...
- Malware for Ad Fraud Gets More Sophisticatedon October 6, 2020 at 8:37 am
Facebook says SilentFade campaign disabled notifications that could have warned users that their accounts had been compromised.
- Voter fraud is rare. 2 Indiana cases demonstrate how unusual it is.on October 6, 2020 at 4:23 am
IndyStar spoke to election experts and looked at the data to get to the truth about voter fraud in Indiana. Here's what we found.
- Detecting fraud by using machineon October 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm
To minimize the fraud machine learning plays a vital role. Machine learning is the science that is used for creating and applying algorithms that are capable of learning from the past using big data ...
via Bing News