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Study: Bad science is survival of the fittest

Cut-throat academia leads to ‘natural selection of bad science’, claims study Ralph Westfal submits this story Via the Guardian Scientists incentivised to publish surprising results frequently in major journals, despite risk that such findings are likely to be wrong, suggests research. Getting stuff right is normally regarded as science’s central aim. But a new analysis has…

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Climate Skeptics Behaving Badly

I’ve dished out plenty of criticisms here for bad behavior on the part of government scientists, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t carry this criticism from Retraction Watch: U.S. gov’t researchers withdraw climate paper after using pseudonyms Climate scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have withdrawn a study they wrote under eyebrow-raising pseudonyms. The…