When new discoveries are jealously guarded under lock and key, science suffers.
A century-old case of scientific fraud illustrates how hard it is to untangle the truth when access to new discoveries is limited.
Experiment design affects the quality of the results.
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Embracing more rigorous scientific methods would mean getting science right more often than we currently do. But the way we value and reward scientists makes this a challenge.
I just can’t seem to get my replication studies published.
Only 1% of published psychology research papers are ever repeated. If psychologists want their discipline to be taken seriously, they'll need to get their house in order.
Run a study again and again – should the results hit the same bull’s-eye every time?
The field of psychology is trying to absorb a recent big study that was able to replicate only 36 out of 100 major research papers. That finding is an issue, but maybe not for the reason you think.
What does it mean if the majority of what’s published in journals can’t be reproduced?
Researchers from around the globe tried to replicate 100 published psychology studies. They were successful on only 36.
Reading journals is not fun anymore.
In January, Haruko Obokata and colleagues published two papers in the journal Nature suggesting that a simple acid bath can convert differentiated cells back to a stem-cell-like state. This finding, if…
Are you as sure as the bankers?
Bankers aim to maximise profits. Scientists aim to understand reality. But Mike Peacey of the University of Bristol suggests…