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Mistakes and Negligence
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... In such an uncertain and fluid situation, identifying reliable data in a mass of confusing and sometimes contradictory observations can be extremely difficult. Furthermore, researchers sometimes have to take risks to explore an innovative idea or observation.
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... Van Maanen's reputation caused many astronomers to accept a ga lactic location for the nebulae. A few years later, however, van Maanen's colleague Edwin Hubble, using a new 100-inch telescope at Mount Wilson, conclusively demonstrated that the nebulae were in fact distant galaxies; van Maanen's observations had to be wrong.
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... . Mistakes in other documents that are part of the scientific record -- including research proposals, laboratory records, progress reports, abstracts, theses, and internal reports -- should be corrected in a way that maintains the integrity of the original record and at the same time keeps other researchers from building on the erroneous results reported in the original.

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