Scientific research has been badly infected by commercialization and celebrity. An increasing amount of what is studied in the nation’s laboratories can best be described as junk science. A downward trend that has also affected the editorial content of scientific journals which have significantly lessened standards for peer review in a competition to publish studies that for all practical purposes seem to have no other value than as clickbait.
Here’s a typical example: a study recently released in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Two years in the making, the investigation was undertaken to test the hypothesis that food dropped on the floor for less than five seconds is “safe.”
Note: beware of watermelon.
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