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Felisa Wolfe-Simon says…

Inspired perhaps by the Star Trekian line “It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it”, NASA-funded researcher Felisa Wolfe-Simon must have known the hype she’d create when she announced the discovery of a new form of life.

Blondlot’s ‘N for never’ rays

We’ve got X-rays, radio waves and gamma rays, so why not N-rays? Because they don’t actually exist, despite what French scientist René Blondlot would have had you believe.

Hwang Woo-suk, ‘Pride of Korea’

Another of our researchers once considered to be a pioneering expert in their field before committing career suicide is South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk.

Obokata’s success turned sour

What’s the world coming to when you have to take every scientific breakthrough with a pinch of salt… or squeeze of lemon!

T J J See’s astronomical arrogance

An enquiring mind, a determination to get to the bottom of a problem and a certain confidence in your abilities are all useful traits in a scientist. Astronomical arrogance, less so.

Pauling and the Big C

Our next entry in the Scientific Hall of Shame is also one of its least likely. A winner of two Nobel prizes no less, Linus Pauling’s later contributions to the world of healthcare left a lot to be desired.

Pons and Fleischmann’s cold fusion flop

Imagine the kudos associated with discovering a source of clean, unlimited energy. Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, two highly regarded chemists from the University of Utah, certainly did. Imagine it, that is!

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