DailyDirt: Bad Science Is Coming to Get Us

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Scientific publishing has been a lucrative industry in recent years, even though scientists have faced increasing competition over limited funding. The publish-or-perish academic model may be contributing to an increase in scientific fraud, but maybe the increased accessibility of digital journals is simply making it easier for honest mistakes to be caught. The scientific method is supposed to weed out incorrect conclusions, but there may be a lot of wasted effort as scientists try to replicate experiments that are just completely fictitious. It gets harder and harder to make decisions based on evidence -- if there is growing uncertainty that any evidence can be trusted.... If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Nov 2012 @ 5:04pm

    academia as we know it now may perish...

    The Khan academy and all the other online educational tools are making meatspace lecturers a bit obsolete. Who needs to sit in a huge auditorium and listen to some old person trying to talk and write on a chalkboard at the same time?

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