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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withdraw climate paper after using pseudonyms Climate scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have withdrawn a study they wrote under eyebrow-raising pseudonyms.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…

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Chinese Sunspots

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [See also the new Update at the end of the post.] I see that there is a new paper from China causing a great disturbance in the solar force … as discussed here on WUWT, the claim is that the El Nino Modoki Index, which is an index of sea…

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Two Hundred Million Dollar Scientific Grant Fraud Case

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Federal Prosecutors have launched a gigantic fraud case against Duke University, North Carolina, accusing Duke University of embezzling $200 million in federal research grants, by presenting doctored data with their grant applications. Whistleblower sues Duke, claims doctored data helped win $200 million in grants On a Friday in March 2013,…