News Articles on Scientific Practice and Scientific Dysfunction (2014)

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News Articles 2014:

January:

First Retraction In the Don Poldermans Case (Forbes, January 8, 2014)

Conflict Of Interest? Ethics Debate Intensifies Over Retraction Of Flawed Séralini Rat Study (Science 2.0, January 17, 2014)

New Truths That Only One Can See (The New York Times, January 20, 2014)

Policy: NIH plans to enhance reproducibility (Nature, January 27, 2014)

Research paper by dental researchers from India retracted for plagiarism (Times of India, January 29, 2014)

Scientific Pride and Prejudice (The New York Times, January 31, 2014)


February:

Inconclusive Findings: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t! (Environmental Health Perspectives, February 2014)

Blind eye to scientific fraud is dangerous (CNN, February 6, 2014)

CU-Boulder scientists speak out on research misconduct claim (Daily Camera, February 7, 2014)

When Something As Vague As A Leadership Journal Retracts You For Lack Of Data, You Are In Trouble (Science 2.0, February 7, 2014)

A Valuable Reputation: After Tyrone Hayes said that a chemical was harmful, its maker pursued him (The New Yorker, February 10, 2014)

Grassley seeks answers in Iowa State AIDS vaccine research fraud case (The Des Moines Register, February 11, 2014)

Former member’s misconduct causes third retraction for lab (Times Higher Education, February 12, 2014)

Only On CBS2: Authors Of Controversial New Book Try To Pinpoint What Makes Certain Ethnic Groups Successful (CBS Los Angeles, February 14, 2014)

Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers (Nature, February 24, 2014)


March:

The Shamelessness of Professor Mark Regnerus (Slate, March 4, 2014)

Efforts to repeat controversial stem cell technique intensify (The Boston Globe, March 6, 2014)

When Studies are Wrong: A Coda (The New York Times, March 7, 2014)

Japanese Institute Weighs Retracting Stem-Cell Studies (Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2014)

One Author of a Startling Stem Cell Study Calls for Its Retraction (The New York Times, March 10, 2014)

Japan Lab Weighing Retraction of Stem Cell Paper (The New York Times, March 11, 2014)

Do Science Journals Need an Alternative to Peer Review? (Motherboard, March 14, 2014)

Evidence Mounts Against Reprogrammed Stem Cell Papers (Science News, March 14, 2014)

Head of Japan’s Riken Institute Apologizes Over Stem-Cell Papers (The Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2014)

Probe of stem cell research finds errors, but no fraud so far (Boston Globe, March 14, 2014)

Sloppy researchers beware, A new institution has you in its sights (The Economist, March 15, 2014)

Stem cell debate highlights difficulty of judging contrarian research (Boston Globe, March 16, 2014)

What Science Tells Us About Why We Lie (Scientific American, March 18, 2014)

Contrarians bully journal into retracting a climate psychology paper (The Guardian, March 21, 2014)

Stanford opening new lab to study bad science (The Verge, March 22, 2014)

Scientists Fix Errors in Controversial Paper About Saturated Fats (Science Insider, March 24, 2014)

Pressure Grows to Improve Research Validity (Boston Globe, March 26, 2014)

Stem Cell Controversy Sets Back Japanese Science  (The New York Times, March 31, 2014)

Biomedical research: Are All the Results Correct? (Burroughs Wellcome Fund, March 31, 2014)


April:

Fraud alleged in findings on stem cells (Boston Globe, April 1, 2014)

Rising Japanese scientist faked heralded stem cell research, lab says (Washington Post, April 1, 2014)

Stem cell scientist Haruko Obokata found guilty of misconduct (The Guardian, April 1, 2014)

Publicity Spurs Science Study Retractions 7X More Often (Science 2.0, April 3, 2014)

Circulation Retracts Paper By Stem Cell Pioneer And Its Own Editor (Forbes, April 8, 2014)

Data faulted, Brigham study on heart cells is withdrawn (Boston Globe, April 10, 2014)

Second retraction for ex-UQ researchers (The Australian, April 10, 2014)

Study by Harvard-Affiliated Heart Researcher Retracted from Scientific Journals (Harvard Crimson, April 13, 2014)

Riken affair boosts orders for anti-plagiarism software (The Japan Times, April 17, 2014)

John P. A. Ioannidis (Nature News, April 22, 2014)

Stanford launches center to strengthen quality of scientific research worldwide (Stanford Medicine News Center, April 22, 2014)

Stanford launches new center focusing on improving research accuracy (The Stanford Daily, April 22, 2014)

New Stanford center aims to promote research excellence (Scope, April 23, 2014)

New Center to Improve Research Quality Launches at Stanford (Medscape Medical News, April 24, 2014)

Retracted stem cell papers get public, private scrutiny (Boston Globe, April 24, 2014)


May:

Why Doesn’t Anyone Know How to Talk About Global Warming? (Smithsonian Magazine, May 1, 2014)

How Reliable Are Scientific Studies (KQED, May 2, 2014)

On the “Suspicion of Scientific Misconduct by Jens Förster” (Discover, May 6, 2014)

A formal request for retraction of a Cancer article (Science-Based Medicine, May 12, 2014)

target=”_blank”Why Reporting On Scientific Research May Warp Findings (NPR, May 19, 2014)

Forgive Me, Scientists, for I Have Sinned (Science Careers, May 20, 2014)

Scientists are only human but statins error shows perils of bias (The Conversation, May 21, 2014)

Data problems with Capital in the 21st Century (The Financial Times, May 23, 2014)

Did Thomas Piketty Get His Math Wrong? (The New York Times, May 23, 2014)

Piketty findings undercut by errors (The Financial Times, May 23, 2014)

How reliable are medical research checks? (BBC, May 26, 2014)

Thomas Piketty and Spreadsheets (The New York Times, May 26, 2014)

Everything You Need to Know About Thomas Piketty vs. The Financial Times (The New York Times, May 30, 2014)

Harvard report shines light on ex-researcher’s misconduct (The Boston Globe, May 30, 2014)


June:

Scholarly journal retracts 60 articles, smashes ‘peer review ring’ (Washington Post, June 10, 2014)

Former Novartis Employee Arrested in Japan (Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2014)

Falling for Familiar Narratives (Slate, June 14, 2014)

Let the light shine in (The Economist, June 14, 2014)

Gilles-Eric Seralini Pays Springer To Publish His Retracted GMO-Rat Study (Science 2.0, June 24, 2014)

Researcher Charged in HIV Vaccine Fraud Case (NBCNews.com, June 24, 2014)

Researcher Charged in Major HIV Vaccine Fraud Case (The New York Times, June 24, 2014)

Retracted GMO Study Republished (The Scientist, June 24, 2014)

Zombie Retracted Séralini GMO Maize Rat Study Republished To Hostile Scientist Reactions (Forbes, June 24, 2014)

Study on genetically modified corn, herbicide and tumors reignites controversy (CBS News, June 25, 2014)

In an Unusual Case, a Scientist is Charged with Falsifying HIV Data (The Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2014)

Facebook Study Sparks Ethic Questions (The Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2014)

Everything You Need to Know About Facebook’s Controversial Emotion Experiment (Wired, June 30, 2014)

Furor Erupts Over  Facebook Experiment on Users (The Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2014)


July:

AIDS Scientist Pleads Not Guilty to Faking Study (The New York Times, July 1, 2014)

Electrifying stem cell finding retracted (Boston Globe, July 2, 2014)

Japanese stem-cell ‘breakthrough’ findings retracted (BBC News, July 2, 2014)

Nature reviews policies after ‘sloppy’ stem cell paper retraction (Wired, UK, July 2, 2014)

Scientific journal retracts ‘game-changing’ stem cell report (Al Jazeera America, July 2, 2014)

Scientists Withdraw Report on Simpler Stem Cells (The New York Times, July 2, 2014)

How Japan’s most promising young stem-cell scientist duped the scientific journal Nature — and destroyed her career (The Washington Post, July 3, 2014)

Journal responds after controversial Facebook emotion study (CBS News, July 4, 2014)

Two ‘Earth-like’ planets don’t exist (Yahoo News, July 4, 2014)

Academic Scandal Shakes Japan (The New York Times, July 6, 2014)

Debate Continues on Hazards of Electromagnetic Waves (The New York Times, July 7, 2014)

Two ‘Goldilocks planets’ that might support life are proven false (Penn State News, July 7, 2014)

ISU loses $1.4 million in fraud case (The Des Moines Register, July 8, 2014)

Scientific journal Nature retracts controversial stem cell papers (PBS Newshour, July 8, 2014)

What lesson do rising retraction rates hold for peer review (The Conversation, July 9, 2014)

Crack down on scientific fraudsters (New York Times, July 10, 2014)

This scientific journal just had to retract 60 papers. How does that even happen? (Vox, July 10, 2014)

Academic papers retracted as fraud exposed (Taipei Times, July 11, 2014)

Science Journal Pulls 60 Papers in Peer-Review Fraud (The New York Times, July 11, 2014)

Bad Science Muckrakers Question the Big Science Status Quo (Forbes, July 13, 2014)

Retractions are coming thick and fast: it’s time for publishers to act (The Guardian, July 14, 2014)

Scientific journal retracts 60 papers linked to fraudulent peer-review ring (The Verge, July 14, 2014)

IMTECH: CSIR scientist used faked data in seven papers (The Hindu, July 16, 2014)

Congressmen push NCSU on case of flawed research (The Charlotte Observer, July 17, 2014)

(Scientist, July 21, 2014)

The bias busters (BMJ, July 23, 2014)

Researcher Charged in Major HIV Vaccine Fraud Case (The New York Times, July 24, 2014)

Academia’s seamier side: Lying, cheating and fraud (Washington Post, July 29, 2014)

Dutch Investigation Finds Serious Flaws In Influential New England Journal Of Medicine Study (Forbes, July 30, 2014)

Study linking narcolepsy to autoimmunity retracted (Science News, July 30, 2014)

Why Psychologists’ Food Fight Matter (Slate, July 31, 2014)


August:

Why do some controversies persist despite the evidence? (The Conversation, August 3, 2014)

Scientific Integrity: Please SBoRE Me with the Details (Huffington Post, August 5, 2014)

Controversial ‘Hobbit Species’ Simply May Have Been Early Human With Down Syndrome (The Huffington Post, August 6, 2014)

Why Is There So Much Fraud in Stem Cell Research? (Slate Magazine, August 6, 2014)

Scientists retract narcolepsy study linked to GSK vaccine (Reuters, August 7, 2014)

Fighting Back Against Research Fraud (Asian Scientist Magazine, August 8, 2014)

Who governs science? (The Guardian, August 15, 2014)

Fabricated results, hidden data: The case for criminalizing research fraud (Vox, August 18, 2014)

Research replication in social science: reflections from Nathaniel Beck (OUPBlog, August 24, 2014)

The Role of Deception in Scientific Research (The Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2014)

Social sciences suffer from severe publication bias (Nature, August 28, 2014)

Why null results rarely see the light of day (Science, August 29, 2014)


September:

Asteroid paper to be retracted because of faulty analysis (Science Insider, September 1, 2014)

Everything We Know is Wrong (BBC, September 2, 2014)

When Science Finds Nothing, It Often Publishes Nothing (Pacific and Standard, September 3, 2014)

Brain Genetics Paper Retracted (Scientist, September 4, 2014)

Retracted Papers Stigmatize, Jeopardize Solid Research in Related Fields (Science 2.0, September 4, 2014)

The Raging Controversy Over BPA Shows No Signs Of Abating (Forbes, September 4, 2014)

Japanese Research Scandal Involving Novartis Blood Pressure Drug Widens (Forbes, September 11, 2014)

Scientific Misconduct Should Be a Crime (Slate Magazine, September 15, 2014)

To Get More out of Science, Show the Rejected Research (New York Times, September 18, 2014)

Cosmic inflation: BICEP ‘underestimated’ dust problem (BBC News, Sep 22, 2014)

Criticism of Study Detecting Ripples From Big Bang Continues to Expand (New York Times, September 22, 2014)

New England Journal Of Medicine Declines To Retract Papers From Disgraced Research Group (Forbes, September 26, 2014)


October:

Citizen Science Can Help Reduce Scientific Fraud And Cherry-Picking (Science 2.0, October 6, 2014)

The Quote Of The Week – A Between-The-Lines Accusation Of Scientific Fraud (Science 2.0, October 7, 2014)

How a Now-Retracted Autism Study Went Viral — Again (ABC News, October 9, 2014)

Correcting the scientific record: An introduction to retractions (Scientific American, October 14, 2014)

Why it’s Awesome These Scientists Failed to Replicate Their Research (Popular Science, October 15, 2014)

Epigenetics Paper Raises Questions (The Scientist, October 16, 2014)

Oops, never mind: Why a major university retracted report on charter schools (Washington Post, October 16, 2014)

Not all science is created equal (Chemistry World, October 16, 2014)

Dr.Oz-endorsed diet pill study was bogus, researchers admit (CBS News, October 20, 2014)

The research paper behind a favorite Dr. Oz product was just retracted (Vox, October 20, 2014)

Government prosecutes alleged scientific fraud on AIDS research (CNN, October 21, 2014)

Shake up research rewards to improve accuracy, says Stanford’s John Ioannidis (Scope, October 21, 2014)

Researchers retract bogus, Dr. Oz-touted study on green coffee bean weight loss pills (Washington Post, October 22, 2014)

Inflation, Elation, Deflation (PBS (blog), Oct 23, 2014)

The Ethics of  Experimenting on Yourself (The Wall Street Journal, October 24, 2014)

Montana’s top political cop wants action, apology from Dartmouth and Stanford (Billings Gazette, October 27, 2014)

Professors’ Research Project Stirs Political Outrage in Montana (The New York Times, October 28, 2014)

Stanford, Dartmouth Apologize For ‘Deceitful’ Montana Election Experiment (The Huffington Post, October 29, 2014)

Is Social Psychology Biased Against Republicans? (The New Yorker, October 30, 2014)

Realize that not all journals are good (Vox, October 31, 2014)


November:

Research Re-examined (Stanford Medicine, Fall 2014)

The Rules of Replication (The Scientist, November 1, 2014)

Stanford’s Attempt At Improving Research Accuracy (Canada Free Press, November 2, 2014)

Study: Scientists Witness Plagiarism Often (The Scientist, November 3, 2014)

Science Research Needs an Overhaul (Scientific American, November 3, 2014)

Novartis Dismisses Employee who Fabricated Data in Research Papers (The Wall Street Journal, November 24, 2014)


December:

Scientists push for scientific integrity at bargaining table (Ottawa Citizen, December 2, 2014)

Scientists scammed at least 110 academic papers into publication using fake peer reviews (Vox, December 7, 2015)

Facebook’s Emotionally Manipulative Study Was 2014’s Most Popular Paper (The Huffington Post, December 10, 2014)

The Chinese Publisher SCIRP (Scientific Research Publishing): A Publishing Empire Built on Junk Science (Scholarly Open Access, December 16, 2014)

Obokata fails to create STAP cells; Riken ends all verification tests (Asahi Shimbun-Dec 18, 2014)

Half of Dr. Oz’s medical advice is baseless or wrong, study says (The Washington Post, December 19, 2014)

The shameful final chapter for one of Japan’s most promising stem cell scientists (Washington Post, December 19, 2014)

Science journals screw up hundreds of times each year. This guy keeps track of every mistake (Vox, December 20, 2014)

The Top 10 Retractions of 2014 (Scientist, December 23, 2014)

The 8 most bogus health claims of 2014 (Vox, December 23, 2014)

One of the biggest science breakthroughs of 2014 never really happened (Vox, December 29, 2014)

China sees dip in research-grant misconduct (Nature, December 31, 2014)


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