It has been my long held belief that science media needs an additional corrective in the form of blogs, similar to the development we’ve seen in the political sphere. Now it seems the news that the BICEP results, that were heralded as Nobel price worthy, may be wrong, originated with this blog post.
Certainly big enough news to interrupt my blog hiatus.
Maybe sometimes some results are really too good to be true, and this may turn out to be this year’s version of the faster than light neutrinos.
As was to be expected there is now some push-back against these claims, and the authors stand by the paper.
It also illustrates that science is a bit like sausages, sometimes you don’t really want to know exactly what went into it. At least that how I felt when I learned that the source for this controversy is the way that data has been scrapped from a PDF copy. One could hardly make a better case for why we need a good Open Science infrastructure.
Irrespective my favorite physics blogger took on the results and puts them into context.