American Thinker: There is a huge market for fantasies of doom, and some scientists are doing their best to keep pace with filmmakers. Horror films feed an enduring human need to be scared. And now that greenies have thoroughly scared us with tales of impending apocalypse as the end result of our scientific progress, scientists around the world have wised up and taken steps to give the market what it demands.
Unfortunately, the vast rewards for fabricating doom have led to some awful abuses, a few of which are starting to be documented. Take, for example, this article published in the widely read journal Nature. Quirin Schiermier writes:
Two Swedish scientists have been found guilty of “misconduct in research” in a paper that they published in Science and later retracted. Their highly publicized work had suggested that tiny particles of plastic in the ocean harm fish.
The misconduct ruling was made by an investigative board from Uppsala University in Sweden, where the researchers work.
Marine biologist Oona Lönnstedt and limnologist Peter Eklöv originally reported in their 2016 paper that microplastic particles have negative effects on young fish, including reducing their efforts to avoid predators. The duo’s report described a series of experiments on an island in the Baltic Sea.
The investigation involved three separate inquiries, with the first exonerating the scientists after doubts emerged and the second finding against them. The third, conducted by the university employing the scientists, was definitive: MORE