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When science gets it wrong: Let the light shine in

Two big recent scientific results are looking shaky—and it is open peer review on the internet that has been doing the shaking
SCIENTISTS make much of the fact that their work is scrutinised anonymously by some of their peers before it is published. This “peer review” is supposed to spot mistakes and thus keep the whole process honest.

The peers in question, though, are necessarily few in number, are busy with their own work, are expected to act unpaid—and are often the rivals of

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