I think that my 2006 was the worst year of my entire life, and believe me, I’ve had several poor years prior to this one, but I am not the only one having a bad time: it appears that science in general has been having a rough time as well;
Astronomers feuded about calling Pluto a planet. Ornithologists clashed over whether a magnificent woodpecker really did come back from extinction.
A top scientific journal made a red-faced retraction over fraudulent claims about stem cells. And the nation’s top food and drug regulator ended up in court, admitting he owned stocks in businesses his agency oversaw.
2006 was a year that science all-too-publicly aired its dirty laundry.
Do you think things will improve for science next year? If so, why?