• Question: have you ever had something go horribly wrong? (like in an experement or a servey ect.)

    Asked by cocoonut to Tim, Rachael, Damien, Simon, Suzi on 23 Jun 2011. This question was also asked by machew11, boomitsgeorgiasbestfriend.
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      Tim Fosker answered on 13 Jun 2011:

      No I haven’t had anything go horribly wrong. I have done experiments where the results didn’t tell us anything new, but that just makes you want to design the next experiment. The equipment I use to measure brain activity is very safe and it can’t hurt anyone.

      Sorry I haven’t got any horror stories, but most of the time science is very safe.

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      Suzi Gage answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Hi everyone

      I’ve never had an experiment go ‘horribly’ wrong, but I’ve had disappointing results where either I’ve made an error in the design, or I couldn’t get enough people to test, and so my results have been meaningless. And as I may have mentioned in the odd chat, once I got a nasty electric shock from a laptop I was using to run my experiment, but otherwise nothing dramatic!