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  • Many Scientific “Truths” are, in Fact, False

    Mar 14, 2016

    Olivia Goldhill
    In 2005, John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, published a paper, “Why most published research findings are false,” mathematically showing that a huge number of published papers must be incorrect.
  • Let's Just Try that Again

    Feb 18, 2016
    The Economist

    Reproducibility should be at science’s heart. It isn’t. But that may soon change
  • Imagine recreating a recipe — say, your uncle Darryl’s BBQ sauce. Without a detailed recipe — including not only the list of ingredients but how long he cooked the sauce and when he added which ingredients — you’re not likely to be able to exactly reproduce his delicious sauce.
  • Not Even Scientists Can Easily Explain P-values

    Nov 24, 2015

    Christie Aschwanden
    P-values have taken quite a beating lately. These widely used and commonly misapplied statistics have been blamed for giving a veneer of legitimacy to dodgy study results, encouraging bad research practices and promoting false-positive study results.
  • If you follow the headlines, your confidence in science may have taken a hit lately