Somebody I know sent me a link to this news article by Martin Robbins describing a potential scientific breakthrough. I express some skepticism but in a vague enough way that, in the unlikely event that the research claim turns out to be correct, there’s no paper trail showing that I was wrong. I have some comments on the graphs–the tables are horrible, no need to even discuss them!–and I’d prefer if the authors of the paper could display their data and model on a single graph. I realize that their results reached a standard level of statistical significance, but it’s hard for me to interpret their claims until I see their estimates on some sort of direct real-world scale. In any case, though, I’m sure these researchers are working hard, and I wish them the best of luck in their future efforts to replicate their findings.
I’m sure they’ll have no problem replicating, whether or not their claims are actually true. That’s the way science works: Once you know what you’re looking for, you’ll find it!