Tackling the ‘credibility crisis’ in science — new PLOS Biology meta-research section

“Widespread failure to reproduce research results has triggered a crisis of confidence in research findings, eroding public trust in scientific methodology. In response, PLOS Biology is launching on January 4th, 2016, a new Meta-Research Section devoted to research on research.” Continue reading Tackling the ‘credibility crisis’ in science — new PLOS Biology meta-research section

Most published medical research is FALSE — 85% of research funding WASTED, says Stanford study

JunkScience.com has been right for 17.5 years! Continue reading Most published medical research is FALSE — 85% of research funding WASTED, says Stanford study

Study: Bias in science distorts scientific literature, clinical trials and misleads public

The authors of this study shrink from describing bias in science as “willful fraud” — we don’t. Continue reading Study: Bias in science distorts scientific literature, clinical trials and misleads public

Junk Science Week at the FP: Unsignificant Statistics

“A statistically significant departure from an assumed-to-be-true null hypothesis is by itself no proof of anything. Likewise, failure to achieve statistical significance at the .05 or other stipulated level is not proof that nothing of importance has been discovered.” Continue reading Junk Science Week at the FP: Unsignificant Statistics

The Atlantic: How Health Research Misdirects Us

While this article is targeted at the pharmaceutical, nutriceutical and dietary supplement industries, it could just as well be applied to the junk science techniques of environmentalists, chemophobes and food nannies. Continue reading The Atlantic: How Health Research Misdirects Us

New Yorker: What Nate Silver Gets Wrong

“Can Nate Silver do no wrong? Between elections and baseball statistics, Silver has become America’s secular god of predictions. And now he has a best-seller, ‘The Signal and the Noise,’ in which he discusses the challenges and science of prediction in a wide range of domains, covering politics, sports, earthquakes, epidemics, economics, and climate change.” Continue reading New Yorker: What Nate Silver Gets Wrong