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What happens when science moves too fast? Researchers rush to publish their results, they can make mistakes and exaggerate the importance of their work, cut corners, and sometimes commit fraud, says John Horgan at the Scientific American Cross-check blog. And journalists also rush to publish news, creating hype over "flimsy findings" that should never have been published he adds.

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