Is transparency bad for science?
As leading scientists question the use and abuse of freedom of information, Index looks at the data wars and the limits of scientific debate. Richard Smith calls for open access; veteran whistleblower Peter Wilmshurst questions a culture of silence; Michael Blastland considers our fear of uncertainty; Sam Geall looks at environmental cover-ups in China and Tracey Brown explains why law can be bad for your health.
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Editorial - Jo Glanville DISPATCHES Lessons for Leveson - Julian Petley An Interview With Louis Blom-Cooper Speed Dating History - Abdelkader Benali Reflections on the Events that Led to Revolution DARK MATTER Choking Debate - Tracey Brown Fear of Legal Action Is Stifling Science Data Trap - Sam Geall Is too Little Being Done, too Late? Secret Trials - Deborah Cohen Lack of Openness In Drugs Research Endangers Lives Daring To Doubt - Michael Blastland Admitting to Uncertainty in Science Takes Courage Saving Souls - Heather Weaver The Creationists Are on for a Battle Burden of Proof - Michael Brooks Scientific Discovery Needs Rebel Stripsearch Martin Rowson Information Gap - Fred Pearce Scientists Are Torn on the Merits of Sharing Data Shooting the Messenger - Michael Halpern Scientists Are Coming under Pressure Smog Rules - Rick Piltz Obama Takes on the Sceptics Articles of Faith - Richard Smith Open Access Is the Way Forward Whistle Stop - Peter Wilmshurst Exposing Misconduct Can Ruin Careers FIRST PERSON A Lesson in Tyranny - Boualem Sansal Torture Is Giving Way to New Methods of Control Wet Night of Deliverance - Alireza Mahmoudi Iranmehr A Woman Is Driven to Desperate Measures How to Make Tea - Mustapha Abdel Dayem Instructions in a Fine Art: Short Story from Western Sahara INDEX INDEX A Round-Up of Science Censorship Stories