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Cosmologists Cling to Ghosts

Dark matter has never been found, but their pet theory needs it. What will secular cosmologists do next?

Science Is Nothing Without Integrity, cont.

This entry continues yesterday's news about scientific integrity.

Big Science Failing Integrity Test

What happens when the purveyors of knowledge admit they are unreliable?

Natural Sources of Methane Surprise Climate Scientists

Methane is 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Look where it comes from.

Big Science Pops its Zits

If you think institutional science has a smooth complexion, look closer. From every angle, serious blemishes are coming to light.

You Can Trust Scientists (to Be Fallible)

With theory overturns like these, one gets to wonder about the privileged status of scientists in our culture.

Origin-of-Life Speculation Goes Off the Rails

Astrobiologists and their accomplices in the media are finding life everywhere where it isn't or couldn't be. Time to call in the science rangers.

Reproducibility Crisis in Psychology, and Other Science Woes

Here's more evidence that human pride, greed and ambition can get in the way of the ideals of science.

Science Replication: An Ideal in Crisis

Journal editors are uniting to confront a crisis of confidence: lack of reproducibility of science results.

Psychology Struggling to Regain Scientific Image

In the wake of scandals and replication failures, psychiatry and social psychology are enduring scrutiny some practitioners call an "inquisition" or "bullying".

Remarkable Cell Processes That Keep You Alive

Within the factories of molecular machines that run living cells, including those in the human body, processes occur non-stop that are designed to meet every contingency. Here are just a few examples.

Chinks in the Scientific Method

V & V. That’s shorthand in project design for “validation and verification.” Does the scientific method provide V & V? We are all taught to think that peer review, publication and replication help science to be self-checking, so as to avoid error. Some recent articles show that ain’t necessarily so. It may sound good in theory, but in practice, the ideal doesn’t always match the real.
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