The Science Police serves the larger scientific community by:
- Reducing complexity to a series of Law And Order-style guilty / not guilty decisions
- Raining down raw and unfiltered (and probably ineffectual) Justice
- Including animal pictures
The Science Police collect and disseminate dispatches of the following types:
- Neighborhood watch: observations of bad scientific practice in the wild, day-to-day behind-the-scenes type behavior that doesn't pass the smell test
- You can't say that: where bad science and bad peer review meet and explode. as so often happens, The Science Police are forced to clean up the mess
- Who just f***ed up?: why did this bad thing happen, and who the hell is supposed to fix it? you decide.
- Evil or ignorant?: when we know who f***ed up, we ask whether to hate the player or the game -- this is The Science Police guilty / not guilty verdict, modeled on the classic social psychology person vs. situation frame
- Revolution!: dispatches involving frontier justice, delusions of grandeur, talking out of turn, etc
- Self-evidently awesome: things that The Science Police enjoy when off duty, probably involving animal pictures
Keep a sharp eye.