The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists

Julia Belluz, Brad Plumer, Brian Resnick, Vox, Jul 18, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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These problems are nothing we haven't seen before, but this article makes a good case for each, plus some good discussion on proposed remedies (quoted):

  • Academia has a huge money problem
  • Too many studies are poorly designed. Blame bad incentives.
  • Replicating results is crucial. But scientists rarely do it.
  • Peer review is broken
  • Too much science is locked behind paywalls
  • Science is poorly communicated to the public
  • Life as a young academic is incredibly stressful

Science, they say, is "ripe for disruption". But what would that even look like?

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