Science Can Be Even More Awesome When Everything is Wrong

Science Can Be Even More Awesome When Everything is Wrong April 19, 2012

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory just figured out that gamma bursts have nothing to do with cosmic rays, and that means no one knows where they come from. Via io9:

…the telescope was able to conclusively contradict 15 years worth of previous predictions while still under construction, and now it’s pretty much demolished one of the leading theories of extra-galactic physics. Really, all the IceCube data serve as a good reminder of how much science relies on disappointing non-results just as much as major breakthroughs – without the former to show the limits of our current understanding, we’d risk finding ourselves awash in a sea of indistinguishable false positives.

Oh snap! Science was wrong! How do we fix it?

That’s right. More science.

And I didn’t even have to use my AK.


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