Fighting Bias on The Bleeding Edge

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Though scientists are widely accepted to be coldly analytical and impartial, their hopes and expectations can, if not correctly addressed, create a bias, interpreting results from data which do not exist. To combat this bias, a small team at the LIGO gravitational wave telescope was tasked with secretly inserting false data into the observations. It kept everybody on their toes, and ended up streamlining things in the process.

– via Nautilus