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Confronting an unhealthy ecosystem

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Science  20 Jul 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6399, pp. 237
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau2085

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A lover of science and a scientist himself, in The Secret Life of Science, Jeremy Baumberg cautiously advocates on behalf of what he sees as an ecosystem under too much pressure. The very success of science, he argues, may pose the gravest threat to its continued effectiveness as intense competition for things such as jobs, funding, publication space (notably, in this journal), and conference slots results in too much bandwagon science and not enough diversity of ideas.