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10 Monkeys and a Beetle: Inside VW’s Campaign for ‘Clean Diesel’ – The New York Times (Jack Ewing | January 2018)

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FRANKFURT — In 2014, as evidence mounted about the harmful effects of diesel exhaust on human health, scientists in an Albuquerque laboratory conducted an unusual experiment: Ten monkeys squatted in airtight chambers, watching cartoons for entertainment as they inhaled fumes from a diesel Volkswagen Beetle.

The animal-based experiment was disconcerting enough, but then it turns out it was invalidated by falsified results. This story also shows that cheating also can occur in commercial research.

German automakers had financed the experiment in an attempt to prove that diesel vehicles with the latest technology were cleaner than the smoky models of old. But the American scientists conducting the test were unaware of one critical fact: The Beetle provided by Volkswagen had been rigged to produce pollution levels that were far less harmful in the lab than they were on the road.
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The results were being deliberately manipulated.
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