The world’s leading newspaper has just been busted for publishing false news about a major scientific discovery, but the paper’s publisher says it is not a major concern.
“It was a pretty minor issue,” said Andrew Rees, editor-in-chief of The Economist, when asked about the article in The Times of London.
“We’re very comfortable with the way it went out.”
Mr Rees said the paper had not received any reports of “false news” from the government, and he would not speculate about whether the article was part of an effort by the authorities to discredit scientists.
However, Mr Rees stressed that it was the first time he had seen an article that was “sourced” in the news media in which the article described the discovery as “sneaking in” and not being part of a scientific investigation.
He said the article, which said that “a small group of researchers” had made a discovery of new properties of silver in a mineral called tin, had not been a scientific discovery at all.
“There’s no reference to the work,” he said.
The news has been widely reported as an attack on scientists in the field.”
It comes from a bit of the media, from a story in a newspaper and from the paper.”
The news has been widely reported as an attack on scientists in the field.
Mr Ree said he had been told the article would not be published.
“They’ve got this story in The Economist which says that a small group [of researchers] have made a breakthrough in a new mineral,” he told The Times.
“And the paper has said it was not a breakthrough, it was a minor discovery.”
Mr Raes also said that the article had not involved the discovery of anything new.
“The discovery is in tin, and that’s it,” he explained.
“I’m not going to go into the details, because it’s just not relevant.
I think that’s the nature of the world.”
The article in question, titled “The discovery of tin is a minor breakthrough”, was published in The New York Times on February 12, 2017.
The Times newspaper has since retracted the article and said it had not seen the story until Tuesday morning.
The article quoted the research team from a research facility at the University of Washington as saying that they had found “a single atom” of silver and a tiny amount of titanium.
“This is the only known metal to exist at such low concentrations,” it said.
The discovery was described as a “significant step in the quest for a new kind of materials for building materials, sensors and electronics”, and the discovery was referred to as “one of the most important developments in chemistry for years”.
“We know of no other metal at such lower concentrations,” the article said.
The Times article was written by the lead researcher, David Mather, who is also a professor of chemistry at the university.
Professor Mather’s colleagues at the laboratory, Professor Mark Hahn, and Professor Daniel Saperstein, also from the University, were named as co-authors of the article.
“Our findings confirm that the new species is one of the first ever found in the periodic table of elements,” they said in a statement.
“In other words, we have a new class of metals that have never before been reported to exist.”
The discovery has led to calls for a ban on the production of all new metals, and a ban in China of the production and use of any material derived from tin.
“While tin is the most common element in the world, its abundance is rapidly diminishing,” the statement said.
Mr Mather said that he did not think there was a great deal of scientific evidence to support the claim that the silver was being hidden.
“At this point, we’re not sure if it’s true, but it’s something that is certainly worth trying to explain,” he added.
Professor Hahn and Professor Sapersteins own company, Sapersteele Research, was founded by Prof Mather and a team of scientists.
Professor Hahns research group is also described in the article as having “proven” the discovery, which it said was “of the most significant in the history of science”.
“This discovery opens up exciting new ways of developing new materials that will be of significant value to industries and society,” the report said.