Tuesday, January 24, 2006

a sniff test for science?

Nicholas Wade has been covering the recent revelations of scientific fraud in stem cell research for the New York Times, and in today's Science Times cover article, demonstrates with words and pictures just how photos can be altered -- and how some journals are using Photoshop to detect fraud in images. In addition to checking for edits and enhancements in images, at least one journal's considering software checks that use algorithms as a detection tool for other changes. The technology has drawn interest from eBay customers, people answering personal ads and more. We say: while technology gives you the power, don't get caught using it for fraudulent means.

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