Category Archives: Bad Science

Replication: The Technology Transfer Problem

Steve Fiori on the SCISP listserv called the list’s attention to a blog post by David Funder, a research psychologist at UC Riverside.  Funder’s post discusses a recent NSF workshop that took up the issue of replication of research results. … Continue reading

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The Paradise of University Rhetoric About Science and Innovation

Ian Sample, writing for The Guardian’s ShortcutsBlog, describes how MIT grad students in 2005 created a “fake science report” generator that produced bogus scientific articles for presentation at conferences. Now anyone can download the generator: But this is the hoax … Continue reading

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Moose Turd Pie, and No Good

The Economist ran a cover story last week on “how science goes wrong”:   An argument of the piece is that journals like splashy claims but don’t have room for studies that announce validation of prior reports. The article goes … Continue reading

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Where have you gone, Curt Flood?

It should be clear by now:  universities have no basis to compel assignment of faculty intellectual property.  The basis for faculty assignment of IP is voluntary agreement–either at employment because a faculty member is expressly hired to invent something, or … Continue reading

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Getting Closer to the Heart

What is the purpose of university intellectual property policy?  This question is not idle.  For decades, Archie Palmer worked to get universities to adopt formal patent and research policies, publishing accounts of various university policy statements, together with commentary on … Continue reading

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The Alt Narrative that Refreshes

In Ash:  A Secret History, we get a slant narrative of a history that is almost our received view, but not quite.  The narrative takes place on lands we recognize, with place names that are almost the ones we expect, … Continue reading

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Neophilia

Alok Jha, writing in The Guardian, has an extended article on the growing problem of bad science, with particular attention to psychology and medicine. One bit of worrisome news: There are indications that bad practice – particularly at the less … Continue reading

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Bad Science and University Technology Transfer

Today we see yet another story on the emerging epidemic of bad science, this one from the former head of Amgen’s global cancer research.    Of 53 “landmark” publications in top journals, Amgen could not replicate 47 of the claimed … Continue reading

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More Bad Science = Tech Transfer Changes

Another summary  of “bad science”, this time in bright graphics with emphasis on biomedical and clinical psychology.  If 1 in 3 scientists are cooking their results a little longer than they should, should technology transfer offices be a lot more … Continue reading

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Do Results Really Matter?

Steve Fiore has started an interesting discussion over at Science of Science Policy’s distribution list.  One article he cites shows that negative results are disappearing from scientific journals.  Another shows that a reported effect appears to decline over time as … Continue reading

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