A good topic.
I don’t think this is a debacle – it’s just science – with the blogosphere over-reacting partly because of a clumsy media alert from NASA that overpromised.
I liked this comment from the blog you cited.
“If question remains about the voracity of these authors findings, then the only thing that is going to answer that doubt is data. Data cannot be generated by blog discussion… Talking about digging a ditch never got it dug.”
Science is messy, peer review is messy and sometimes it’s good for us to be exposed to that.
Science in Public has moved to:
82 Hudsons Road, Spotswood Vic 3015
Our postal address is PO Box 2076 Spotswood VIC 3015
Our landline stays the same - 03 9398 1416.
Niall’s mobile: 0417 131 977
Sarah’s mobile: 0413 332 489
Full contact details at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/blog
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Susan Kirk
Sent: Saturday, 11 December 2010 1:49 AM
Subject: [ASC-list] Bacteria spits out arsenic and scavenges P
OK well all is good. Jessie Shore assures me this is the place to communicate. So lets get started.
There has been much said this week about the arsenic eating bacteria that apparently means we are inhabiting the earth with extra-terrestrials. There’s a whole # devoted to it over at twitter. My question to the whole debacle was, “If the controls were flawed WHY was the experiment published?”
Here’s a pretty good timeline of the event http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2010/12/10/arsenic-bacteria-a-post-mortem-a-review-and-some-navel-gazing/
Susan Kirk Bcomm
MEAA ASC HMAQ QWC
39 Shamley Heath Rd,
KUREELPA Q 4560
P: +61 7 5478 6761
M:+ 61 0414 645 953
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTE: This message may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any disclosure, copying, distribution or any action taken in reliance on it is prohibited and unlawful.
No virus found in this message.
Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
Version: 10.0.1170 / Virus Database: 426/3306 - Release Date: 12/09/10