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(Cornell Library Archive)   Scientists reanalyze the spectral data supporting the existence of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus and claim that it spurious because the methodology generates false positives. In unrelated news: Science is hard   ( divider line
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2020-10-21 1:14:14 PM  
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Science isn't a set of truths. It's a process.

Yay, Science.
2020-10-21 1:28:30 PM  
2 votes:
I was sort of hoping for some exotic chemistry, but if these guys did not screw up that appears not to be the case. This paper is not yet peer reviewed so it is best to wait for relevant experts before jumping to conclusions. If I had to bet, the phosphate hypothesis will die. But i am not going to bet yet.
2020-10-22 8:54:07 AM  
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madgonad: BolloxReader: madgonad: I hope the scientists that rushed to publish are given wedgies at the next convention.

Publishing doesn't mean you are right just that your conclusions are considered reasonable by referees. The act of publishing says that you have reached the limits of your ability to assess things and now it is time for others to try to tear apart your work.

This is literally part of the scientific process.

My recollection was that the suspected chemical composition they detected wasn't published through a peer-reviewed process. They just went straight to some media company. This article does what peer review should have done from the beginning. Still not as bad as the bogus cold fusion in the 1980s.

The paper itself was peer reviewed though and Nature Astronomy is a pretty well respected journal
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