News Articles on Scientific Practice and Scientific Dysfunction (2011)

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News Articles 2011:

January:

Journal’s Paper on ESP Expected to Prompt Outrage (New York Times, January 5, 2011)

Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds (CNN International, January 5, 2011)

Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent (BMJ, January 6, 2011)

ESP, and the Assault on Rationality (New York Times, January 7, 2011)

ESP Findings: A Miracle, if True (New York Times, January 7, 2011)

No Need to Panic (New York Times, January 7, 2011)

The Age-Old Struggle against the Antivaccinationists (The New England Journal of Medicine, January 13, 2011)

Now you see it, now you don’t: why journals need to rethink retractions (The Guardian, January 15, 2011)

Resveratrol and Fraud (Forbes, January 16, 2012)

Facilitated Communication: A Price Too High To3 Pay (Science 2.0, January 24, 2011)

A case study in climate science integrity (The Guardian, January 25, 2011)

Scientific Integrity in the Age of Photoshop (Johns Hopkins Medicine, January, 2011)


February:

‘Climategate’ Investigation Clears U.S. Scientists (The Huffinton Post, February 24, 2011)

ClimateGate Scientists Cleared Of Scientific Misconduct…Again (Science 2.0, February 26, 2011)


March:

‘Unethical’ anaesthetics research is retracted (BBC News, March 4, 2011)

Medical journals retract “unethical” research (Reuters, March 4, 2011)

NASA Disavows Scientist Richard Hoover’s Claim Of Alien Life (March 8, 2011)

Fraudulent Medical Research Could Affect Your Diagnosis (Huffington Post, March 18, 2011)


April:

Crash and Burn of an Autism Guru (The New York Times, April 20, 2011)

Vaccine-Autism Researcher Poul Thorsen Indicted For Fraud – So? (Science 2.0, April 22, 2011)


May:

We Wrote What? The alarming problem of forged authorship (Lab Times, May 2011)

2 Studies in Conflict on Growth of Bone (New York Times, May 23, 2011)

Critics weigh in on arsenic life (Nature, May 27, 2011)

Chronic-Fatigue Paper Called Into Question (May 31, 2011)


June:

No academic matter: Study links retractions to patient harm (Retraction Watch, June 13, 2011)

It’s Science, but Not Necessarily Right (The New York Times, June 25, 2011)


July:

Climate change panel in hot water again over ‘biased’ energy report (The Independent, July 2, 2011)

How Bright Promise in Cancer Testing Fell Apart (The New York Times, July 7, 2011)

One Paper by Harvard Researchers Retracted, Another Withdrawn (Harvard Crimson, July 10, 2011)

Setting the record straight almost impossible (ABC, July 10, 2011)

Embattled Professor Marc Hauser Will Resign from Harvard (The Harvard Crimson, July 19, 2011)

LONGEVITY GENETICS STUDY RETRACTED FROM SCIENCE (Wired, July 21, 2011)

Boston University Scientists Retract Report on Predicting Longevity (The New York Times, July 22, 2011)

Paper on Genetics Longevity Retracted (Science 2.0, July 21, 2011)

Poor Peer Review Cited In Retracted DNA Study (NPR, July 22, 2011)

SCIENTISTS RETRACT CONTROVERSIAL LONGEVITY STUDY, BLAMING EQUIPMENT, BUT ARGUE THEY WERE STILL RIGHT (Popular Science, July 25, 2011)

Federal Wildlife Biologist Investigated for Scientific Misconduct in Global Warming Debate (CNS News, July 28, 2011)

Scientific fraud in the UK: the time has come for regulation (The Guardian, July 28, 2011)

Polar Bear Researcher Suspended, Under Investigation for Integrity Issues (Fox News, July 29, 2011)

Arctic scientist suspended over ‘integrity issues’3 (The Guardian, July 29, 2011)


August:

If Science Takes A Wrong Turn, Who Rights It? (NPR, August 5, 2011)

Letter: Harvard’s Hauser Inquiry Undermined Scientific Process (The Harvard Crimson, August 8, 2011)

Mistakes in Scientific Studies Surge (The Wall Street Journal, August 10, 2011)

Researchers don’t mean to exaggerate, but lots of things can distort findings (The Guardian, August 12, 2011)

Medical journals retracting more research (The Chart, August 12, 2011)

Fraud in a lab coat (Boston Globe, August 20, 2011)

High-profile titles lead the field in number of retractions (Times Higher Education, August 24, 2011)


September:

Montreal Heart Institute Researcher Fired After Investigation of Retracted Papers (Forbes, September 4, 2011)

Professor at Tilburg University laid off to falsified research (nrc.nl, September 7, 2011)

Prof. Diederik Stapel Suspended (Tilburg University, September 7, 2011)

Nobel Laureate Retracts Two Academic Papers (Harvard Crimson, September 27, 2010)

Report finds massive fraud at Dutch universities (Nature News, November 1, 2011)


October:

RETRACTION: Deriving The Hypercomplex Gravity Field Equations (4/5) (Science 2.0, October 4, 2011)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Researcher Fired Amidst New Controversy (Science, October 4, 2011)

Levelt: ‘Fraud by Stapel shockingly high’ (Univers.online, October 31, 2011)


November:

Diederik Stapel: Another World Class Psychology Fraud (Science 2.0, November 1, 2011)

Noted Dutch Psychologist, Stapel, Accused of Research Fraud (The New York Times, November 2, 2011)

Committee: Dutch professor faked data for years (Associated Press, November 3, 2011)

Dutch scientist accused of falsifying data (Los Angeles Times, November 5, 2011)

A Star’s Collapse (Inside Higher Ed, November 8, 2011)

The Road to Fraud Starts with a Single Step (Nature News, November, 9, 2011)

Fraud Science Fuels Debate Over Practices of Social Psychology (The Chronicle of Higher Education, November, 13, 2011)

If The Data Is Properly Framed, U.S. Scientists Are More Likely To Engage In Fraud (Science 2.0, November 16, 2010)

Dutch Researcher Poldermans Ousted in Misconduct Investigation (Anesthesiology News, November 17, 2011)

Prominent Dutch Cardiovascular Researcher Fired for Scientific Misconduct (Forbes, November 17, 2011)

Is scientific image fraud a growing problem? (Science 2.0, November 30, 2011)


December:

The Case of Diederik Stapel (APA, December 2011)

Dutch psychology fraudster issues first retraction (Nature News Blog, December 1, 2011)

Scientists’ Elusive Goal: Reproducing Study Results (Wall Street Journal, December 2, 2011)

The Financially Driven Erosion of Scientific Integrity (Real Clear Markets, December 5, 2011)

Rector Eijlander about the Stapel affair (Univers.online, December 9, 2011)

New retraction of paper by husband and wife research team (Times Higher Education, December 13, 2011)

Fatigue Syndrome Study Is Retracted by Journal (The New York Times, December 22, 2011)

Science journal retracts controversial research paper (Chicago Tribune, December 22, 2011)

Journal retracts study linking a virus to ME (BBC News, December 22, 2011)

XMRV Viral Link To Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Paper Retracted (Science 2.0, December 23, 2011)

Scholars Retract Another Study Linking Virus to Fatigue Syndrome (The New York Times, December 27, 2011)

Debunked Science: Studies Take Heat In 2011 (NPR, December 29, 2011)


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