Eminent biologist E.O. Wilson says that most biologists now reject the "selfish gene" theory. Predictably, Richard Dawkins is upset and says that Wilson needs to re-read one of Dawkins' books from the early 1980s in order to understand what's happening in 2014. » 11/10/14 3:08pm 11/10/14 3:08pm

A Movie About Science Fraud Is Killing At The Korean Box Office

A movie based on the scandal surrounding disgraced South Korean cloning expert Woo-Suk Hwang has been topping box office sales in the region since it debuted last week. » 10/09/14 3:30pm 10/09/14 3:30pm

Did these earthquake scientists deserve to go to prison for six years? David Wolman has a fascinating article in Matter today about the Italian geologists who were imprisoned for manslaughter after residents of a city sued them for not warning them strongly enough about quake risks. » 8/25/14 2:07pm 8/25/14 2:07pm

Sixth-Grader May Have Stolen Credit For Marine Biologist's Lionfish…

There's a new development in the story about 12-year-old Lauren Arrington's remarkable science fair project about the invasive potential of lionfish. A marine biologist is now claiming that the project was based on published work he did back in 2011 — and that the girl is the daughter of his former supervisor's best… » 7/22/14 11:59am 7/22/14 11:59am

Inside a Corrupt Stem Cell Research Lab

The well-funded lab of stem cell researcher Piero Anversa has come under fire following the retraction of one of their papers on the regenerative properties of stem cells. Now, more of their research is under investigation. Over at Retraction Watch, one former lab worker speaks out about the atmosphere of "fear" and… » 6/02/14 9:10am 6/02/14 9:10am

University of Michigan's Risk Science Center offers a quick and handy explanation of the FDA's recent crackdown on personal genomics company 23andme. Some clean, even-keeled perspective to be had here. For more, see these musings from genomics expert (and member of 23andme's Scientific Advisory Board) Mike Eisen. » 11/27/13 4:27pm 11/27/13 4:27pm

How the "data whisperer" uncovered a psychology scandal

What happens when scientists lie about the results of their work? Often, they never get caught. But now, a new breed of scientific whistleblowers are trying to keep their colleagues honest, sometimes working for years to show that data has been fudged. Here are their stories. » 11/27/13 4:25pm 11/27/13 4:25pm

My deadly genetic disease was just a bug

Earlier today, the FDA sent a warning letter to gene-testing company 23andme. And then Spacedeck co-founder Lukas Hartmann, aka @mntmn, decided to publish the following story about the pitfalls of genetic testing — the time 23andme claimed to have diagnosed him with a deadly disease. » 11/25/13 2:26pm 11/25/13 2:26pm

FDA may begin seizing home DNA testing kits

The FDA has given personal genetics company 23andme 15 days to comply with health regulations, before the federal agency begins seizing the company's DNA testing kits. The FDA says 23andme is offering an untested "diagnostic" device in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. » 11/25/13 10:11am 11/25/13 10:11am

Is Jared Diamond racist?

Even Jared Diamond's most avid supporters have been raising eyebrows at his new book, The World Until Yesterday. But University of New Mexico American Studies professor David Correia thinks this book is the most convincing evidence yet that Diamond isn't just played out — he's racist. » 11/12/13 10:59am 11/12/13 10:59am

Academic fraud in China is getting out of hand

In a few short years, China has metamorphosed from a middling contributor to scientific knowledge into one of the most prolific research entities on the planet. But the country's meteoric ascent to scientific prominence – widely attributed to a flawed incentive system – has given unintentional rise to a lucrative… » 9/30/13 12:24pm 9/30/13 12:24pm

This is my favorite new bizarro science scandal on the internet

Last year, a psychology researcher named Stephan Lewandowsky published an article based on an internet survey of climate change deniers. In it, he argued that his evidence strongly suggested that people who don't believe in climate change also believe NASA faked the Moon landing, and that the US government created… » 3/29/13 6:07pm 3/29/13 6:07pm

Nope, these birds are not lesbians

Female Laysan albatrosses have a habit of building nests together and sharing child care responsibilities. Does this make them lesbians? Scientists say no. Still, there have been dozens of news headlines trumpeting the discovery of gay marriage among albatrosses. Now, to fight back, two scientists have done a study… » 8/08/12 12:31pm 8/08/12 12:31pm

The best scientific smackdown about evolution you'll read this week

Over at fantastic blog Tetrapod Zoology, paleontologist Darren Naish tells one of the most bizarre, fascinating stories about the debate over evolution you're likely to read. It's the tale of David Peters, a web designer and amateur paleontologist who made a name for himself in the 1980s and 90s by illustrating a set… » 8/03/12 4:28pm 8/03/12 4:28pm

Scientific journals publish 20,000 fraudulent papers every year

Writing in Nature, science journalist Colin Macilwain exposes a little-known fact about articles published in reputable scientific journals. Every year, 20,000 of them are fraudulent. Scientists fudge their work in these papers about 1% of the time, and it adds up. But now, science institutions are starting to be… » 8/01/12 1:28pm 8/01/12 1:28pm

Shady scientists head up mission to clone woolly mammoths

When Russian and Japanese scientists announced last December that they had recovered bone marrow that would enable them to clone a woolly mammoth within five years, a lot of people called their 2017 deadline unrealistic. » 3/13/12 3:24pm 3/13/12 3:24pm

New report reveals how corporations undermine science with fake…

You've probably heard about how the tobacco industry tried to suppress scientific evidence that smoking causes cancer by publishing shady research, bribing politicians, and pressuring researchers. But you may not have realized that tabacco's dirty tricks are just the tip of the iceberg. In a disturbing new report… » 3/09/12 2:22pm 3/09/12 2:22pm

Science retracts controversial Chronic Fatigue Syndrome study without…

A scientific controversy of operatic proportions has reached a significant turning point today. The drama kicked off in 2009, with a publication in Science that reported a startling link between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and a virus called XMRV. But today, following a partial retraction issued back in September, … » 12/22/11 11:05am 12/22/11 11:05am

The juiciest science scandals of 2011

The Scientist magazine has helpfully gathered together all the weirdest and worst science scandals of 2011, as well as bringing us updates on some ongoing science trainwrecks that started way back in 2010. Here are a few highlights. » 12/19/11 10:22am 12/19/11 10:22am

Psychologist admits to faking dozens of scientific studies

Every branch of science has its share of "sexy" studies—so called for their supposed tendency to provoke media attention, even in the absence of strong or conclusive findings—but investigations in the field of social psychology are often especially popular targets of the "sexy" label. » 11/02/11 4:13pm 11/02/11 4:13pm