Aww man a super weird unfolding drama in the physics community, as yet unresolved and involving :
* very surprising claims of room temperature superconductivity!
* datasets that look super faked!!
* some hacker spoofing emails from respected scientists telling investigators to lay off investigating the research group with the super dodgy looking data!!!
You want cyberpunk? Here's cyberpunk!
@natecull WTF, this is WILD.
@natecull this is, surprisingly, very good drama
@natecull .... huh. 🤔
@natecull This is astonishing. I'll have to talk to my sister (who's a physicist, albeit in a different branch) and see what she has to say.
@natecull I think that protonmail was just used as a free email provider here, not because of its encryption.
@natecull the link doesn't mention any spoofing
@natecull the weird thing to me is these are like, respectable researchers and they‘re not backing down whatsoever, so it‘s not a case of random crackpots stuff probably? And the claim is fairly sensational, so it‘s also not a case of sneaking a few faked publications under the radar.
Like, assuming it‘s fake, what is even the goal here?
@natecull (also I really, really Want To Believe because ho ly shit)
@natecull this! is! wild!
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