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Updated by Victoria Metcalf on Dec 22, 2014
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Top 10 Science 'Fails' of 2014

What are the top 10 science 'fails' of 2014? In no particular order:

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#shirtstorm- way to overshadow the biggest event of the year & continued problems with inequality in science http://w...

#shirtstorm- way to overshadow the biggest event of the year & continued problems with inequality in science http://w...
CSIRO cuts in Australia & similar strategic fails around the world

Dr Paul Fraser, CSIRO's head of oceans and atmosphere, has taken a voluntary redundancy. Photo: Photo: John Woudstra The government has been accused of having little regard for science, a claim illustrated by it having made significant cuts to CSIRO and other science agencies. How much has it actually reduced CSIRO funding?

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Stem cell fraud http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/08/fraud_in_stem_cell_research_japanese...

Stem cell fraud http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/08/fraud_in_stem_cell_research_japanese...
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Big Bang Gravitational Waves or not http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/krauss-big-bang-gravitational-waves-tru...

Big Bang Gravitational Waves or not http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/krauss-big-bang-gravitational-waves-tru...
Stefan Grimm- the pressures of academia, bullying http://www.dcscience.net/2014/12/01/publish-and-perish-at-imperial-...

Now Stefan Grimm is dead. Despite having a good publication record, he failed to do sufficiently expensive research, so he was fired (or at least threatened with being fired).