The human race relies on scientific facts to dictate the most important aspects of our lives from medicine to weather patterns; what happens if the data is wrong? Well, it turns out, not much. Science fraud is a dark family secret of the scientific community, but now it’s being brought to light thanks to a team of researchers and a new program. Statcheck is capable of checking the data of thousands of scientific studies, papers, and published trials. According to an in-depth piece in The Guardian, during Statcheck’s first 24 hours online it reviewed published psychology papers. The next day, nearly every academic in the field received an email from the program, letting them know that their work had been reviewed. It’s a first, because there is no one governing body that reviews scientific data in this way.
Finding the Fraud