A result of zero doesn't always mean zero results

Two recent astrophysics studies found meaningful results in nothing

By Nadia Drake, 13:48 PM April 26, 2012

Forlorn graduate students sometimes turn to a publication called The Journal of Negative Results.* In graduate student mythology, it’s the repository for toiled-over experiments that produced nothing — no effects, no detections, no differences, nothing.

(*This actually does exist for specific disciplines. But it’s not really the salvation most grad students wish for.) 

But: a) that’s how science works, and b) negative results can still pack a punch.

Last week, two astrophysical negativ...

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