Archive for the ‘Controversy’ Category

X-ray source may never be built

January 16, 2014 Leave a comment

The US National Science Foundation has spent millions on the development of a novel X-ray source that may never be built, I reported last month for Nature.


Jamaican dance study found to be fraud

Nature article on evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers’ extraordinary efforts to retract one of his own papers.

US science’s go-to guy

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

My profile for Nature of the most influential non-scientist in US science, Norman Ralph Augustine.

Agencies urged to check for overlapping grants

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment

The results of my Freedom of Information Act project, with Conor Myhrvold, to scrutinize pairs of similar grants is now out in Nature.

US collider flagged to close early

January 29, 2013 Leave a comment

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider has lost out in an evaluation of three leading US nuclear science facilities, and may have to close in a flat-funding scenario. It’s pretty much the outcome mapped out in a story of mine last August.

Forensic fraud scandal leads to review of thousands of criminal cases

October 31, 2012 Leave a comment

I was on Boston Public Radio today talking about state forensic chemist Annie Dookhan and the 1000s of convictions that are in question as a result of her alleged fraud. My investigation of the case for Nature had found that backlogs at forensic labs nationwide in the US are creating organizational pressures that may enable fraud to grow.

Supersolid proponent joins skeptic camp

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Q&A Interview with Moses Chan, who in 2004 claimed to discover supersolidity in helium-4, about why he no longer believes in his discovery.