News Articles on Scientific Practice and Scientific Dysfunction (2015)

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News Articles 2015:

 January:

Interior Department Issues Revised Scientific Integrity Policy (Earth & Space Science News, January 5, 2015)

The Crisis of Confidence in Medical Research (Huffington Post, January 12, 2015)

Ex-ISU scientist to plead guilty in AIDS-vaccine fraud (The Des Moines Register, January 16, 2015)

16 research papers of COMSATS professor retracted (The Nation, January 17, 2015)

Oklahoma City-based scientist fired after investigation shows he made up research, report finds (The Oklahoman, January 21, 2015)

How Diederik Stapel Became A Science Fraud (Discover Magazine, January 22, 2015)

Birkbeck College academic investigated after allegations of ‘research misconduct’ (The Independent, January 26, 2015)

David Latchman in investigation into alleged research misconduct (Times Higher Education, January 27, 2015)

The new scientific revolution: Reproducibility at last (Washington Post, January 28, 2015)

BICEP2 Was Wrong, But Sharing the Results Was Right (Discover Magazine, January 30, 2015)

Big-Bang Theory Evidence Claims Abandoned (Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2015‎)

1 in 5 millennials think vaccines cause autism (Vox, January 31, 2015)

So, About That Huge Discovery Last Year About the Young Universe… (Slate Magazine, January 31, 2015)‎


February:

It Turns Out Primordial Gravitational Waves Weren’t Found (Universe Today, February 2, 2015)

How Fraud Underlies Anti-Vaccine Claims (Huffington Post, February 6, 2015)

The Oath Market (The Economist, February 6, 2015)

Scandals prompt return to peer review and reproducible experiments (The Guardian, February 7, 2015)

Are Your Medications Safe? The FDA buries evidence of fraud in medical trials (Slate, February 9, 2015)

In Nevada, a Controversy in the Wind (The New York Times, February 9, 2015)

The FDA doesn’t tell you when it finds scientific fraud (The Verge, February 9, 2015)

News coverage of vaccine controversies drives down support for vaccines (The Washington Post, February 9, 2015)

Failure in real science is good – and different from phony controversies (The Conversation, February 10, 2015)

The Hidden Ways Manipulated Science Harms Our Health, From Measles to Organic (Huffington Post, February 11, 2015)

John Ioannidis has dedicated his life to quantifying how science is broken (Vox, February 16, 2015)

Blight of research misconduct (The Japan Times, February 18, 2015)

Don’t trust your theoretical proof (Medium, February 18, 2015)

What pushes scientists to lie? The disturbing but familiar story of Haruko Obokata (The Guardian, February 18, 2015)

UCSD Researchers Recant Claims of Cosmic Inflation Evidence (The UCSD Guardian Online, February 19, 2015)

Brute-force chemistry study retracted (Science News, February 19, 2015)

The Government’s Bad Diet Advice (The New York Times, February 20, 2015)

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher (The New York Times, February 21, 2015)

Ex-ISU scientist pleads guilty of AIDS vaccine fraud (The Des Moines Register, February 25, 2015)

A Glut of Ph.D.s Means Long Odds of Getting Jobs (National Public Radio, February 27, 2015)

Why one science journal wants to publish negative studies (Vox, February 27, 2015)


March:

University ‘Ethics Boards’ As A Way To Evade Scientific Controversy (Science 2.0, March 6, 2015)

“Galileo’s Middle Finger”: When scholars and activists clash over controversial research, we all lose (Salon, March 7, 2015)

Goodbye P Value: It’s Time to Let Go of One of Science’s Most Misused Measures (Science 2.0, March 10, 2015)

NPR attacks alleged ‘attacks’ on climate-change skeptic (Washington Post, March 12, 2015)

Why you can’t always believe what you read in scientific journals (Vox, March 14, 2015)

Ask Us Anything: How Common Is Scientific Fraud? (Popular Science, March 17, 2015)

Papers from MIT cancer biologist’s lab retracted (Boston Globe, March 19, 2015)

Data Falsification Hits Polymer Mechanochemistry Papers (Chemistry World, March 16, 2015)

How Big Oil and Big Tobacco get respected scientists to lie for them (Vox, March 21, 2015)

Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer (Reuters, March 24, 2015)

Major publisher retracts 43 scientific papers amid wider fake peer-review scandal (Washington Post, March 27, 2015)

Mass Retraction (The Scientist, March 27, 2015)

Hoax-detecting software spots fake papers (Science, March 27, 2015)


April:

Journals And Publication Pollution Denialism (Science 2.0, April 3, 2015)

“Power poses” might not be so powerful after all (Ars Technica, April 6, 2015)

Fracking Study on Water Contamination Under Ethics Review (Inside Climate News, April 6, 2015)

How competition for research funding breeds bad behaviour (Sydney Morning Herald, April 8, 2015)

Unlike a Rolling Stone: is science really better than journalism at self correction (The Conversation US, April 8, 2015)

Is Science Better Than Journalism At Self-Correction? (Science 2.0, April 10, 2015)

Offline: What is medicine’s 5 sigma? (The Lancet, April 11, 2015)

WHO calls on scientists to stop withholding results of clinical trials (The Verge, April 14, 2015)

Rule rewrite aims to clean up scientific software (Nature, April 14, 2015)

Scientists Perturbed by Loss of Stat Tools to Sift Research Fudge from Fact (Scientific American, April 16, 2015)

Withdrawn 11 articles on fission piezonucleare (Wired.IT, April 17, 2015)

Anti-Vaccine Beliefs Raced Around The World While Science Was Putting On Its Shoes (Science 2.0, April 19, 2015)

Fix the Flaws in Forensic Science (New York Times, April 21, 2015)

Why discrediting controversial academics such as Bjørn Lomborg damages science (The Guardian, April 23, 2015)

How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food (The New York Times, April 24, 2015)

Drug companies aren’t telling you the whole truth (Salon, April 25, 2015)


May:

Journal Corrects Fracking Study Over Undisclosed Industry Funding (Inside Climate News, May 7, 2015)

Gym owner sues Ohio State over research (The Columbus Dispatch, May 8, 2015)

This was the biggest political science study of last year. It was a complete fraud. (Vox, May 20, 2015)

As a major retraction shows, we’re all vulnerable to faked data (FiveThirtyEight, May 20, 2015)

A glass-half-full view of academic fraud in political science (The Washington Post, May 21, 2015)

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How (io9, May 27, 2015)

Ethics On The Run (The New Rambler, May 27, 2015)

Study on Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage Is Retracted by a Scientific Journal (The New York Times, May 28, 2015)

New Question Is Raised About Michael LaCour: What Else Did He Make Up? (The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 28, 2015)

The Case of the Amazing Gay-Marriage Data: How a Graduate Student Reluctantly Uncovered a Huge Scientific Fraud (New York Magazine, May 29, 2015)

Study Using Gay Canvassers Erred in Methods, Not Results, Author Says (The New York Times, May 29, 2015)

Guy behind huge scandal over gay marriage study accused of fabricating other data (Business Insider, May 29, 2015)

The latest on the LaCour paper on same-sex marriage advocacy, which has been retracted by Science (The Washington Post, May 30, 2015)


June:

Scientists Who Cheat (The New York Times, June 1, 2015)

Fooling ourselves with science: hoaxes, retractions and the public (The Guardian, June 2, 2015)

Prof. Alice Goffman, ‘On the Run,’ and driving a gang member around, looking for a mutual friend’s killer (The Washington Post, June 2, 2015)

A reply to Professor Lubet’s critique (University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 2, 2015)

Alice Goffman’s Denial of Murder Conspiracy Raises Even More Questions (New Republic, June 3, 2015)

Has science “taken a turn towards darkness”? (Physics Today, June 4, 2015)

Study Finds No Pause in Global Warming (The Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2015)

Scientific Fraud and Politics (The Wall Street Journal, June 5, 2015)

Publishing and being damned in an age of popular media hype (The Australian, June 10, 2015)

Climate sceptic researcher investigated over funding from fossil fuel firms (The Guardian, June 11, 2015)

The image detective who roots out manuscript flaws (Nature, June 12, 2015)

Science, Now Under Scrutiny Itself (The New York Times, June 15, 2015)

Alzheimer’s Disease Analysis Retracted (Genome Web, June 18, 2015)

The Ethics of Scientific Collaboration (Discover, June 21, 2015)

Breast Cancer Paper to Be Retracted– 3 Years After False Data Exposed (Lab Equipment, June 25, 2015)

Scientists Just Published Ambitious New Guidelines for Conducting Better Research (New York Magazine, June 25, 2015)

Journal Science Releases Guidelines for Publishing Scientific Studies (The New York Times, June 25, 2015)

A Cure for ‘Conflict of Interest’ Mania (The Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2015)

Building Knowledge In Science Requires Trust And Accountability (Forbes, June 26, 2015)

Smithsonian Will Tighten Its Guidelines on Disclosure (The New York Times, June 26, 2015)

Smithsonian Revamps Disclosure Rules After Willie Soon Controversy (Inside Climate News, June 29, 2015)

U. revokes hire offer after allegations of publishing falsified data (The Daily Princetonian, June 29, 2015)

Will More Incentives Mean A Return To High Scientific Standards? (Science 2.0, June 29, 2015)

Scrutiny of Science (Deccan Herald, June 30, 2015)


July:

Some new ideas for fixing science (Ars Technica UK, July 2, 2015)

Vaccine Fraudster Gets Jail Time (The Scientist, July 6, 2015)

Three Ways to Spot Junk Science (The National Law Review, July 7, 2015)

‘Fraudulent’ peer review strikes another academic publisher; 32 articles questioned (The Washington Post, July 8, 2015)


August:


September:

Psychology Is Not in Crisis (The New York Times, September 1, 2015)

Alice Goffman’s Implausible Ethnography (The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 13, 2015)


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