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In 2014 BICEP2 made a very controversial press release. It was rushed, given before any papers where published, because they feared they would be scooped by another similar experiment. In the end it turned out that their analysis of their data was flawed. It was particularly dramatic because if they had been correct it would have been a significant development.

Are there any similar cases in chemistry? Not necessary an identical situation, but a high profile result that was released in a hurry that later turned out to be incorrect.

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closed as off-topic by Todd Minehardt, Klaus-Dieter Warzecha, hBy2Py, bon, Ivan Neretin Dec 13 '16 at 11:49

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    $\begingroup$ You might want to try Retraction Watch. $\endgroup$ – Loong Oct 16 '15 at 19:51
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    $\begingroup$ It looks off-topic here, flagging for migration to Academia SE $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Oct 16 '15 at 20:09
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    $\begingroup$ The Schön affair comes to mind (a fraud on the part of J.H.Schön, but an honest mistake on the part of his coauthors). $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Oct 16 '15 at 20:09
  • $\begingroup$ Since it is only my personal opinion, that your question is not on topic here, I am not going to close it. (@Mithoron Please flag for migration after the question has been closed by the community.) I am absolutely uncertain about how on topic it is at Academia. Please inform yourself about their policies. It could be also on topic on History of Science and Mathematics, same advice applies. $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Oct 17 '15 at 15:12
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about the publication of chemistry results, and not about the technical aspects of the science of chemistry itself. $\endgroup$ – hBy2Py Dec 13 '16 at 5:45