After embarrassing incidents, scientists look to share more data

(Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post)

Centuries after the invention of the scientific method, researchers are recalibrating their requirements.

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    After embarrassing incidents, scientists look to share more data

    After embarrassing incidents, scientists look to share more data

    Centuries after the invention of the scientific method, researchers are recalibrating their requirements.

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    Century-old images of Antarctica discovered

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    Pollution is weakening polar bear penises

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