(( ping ))
There is a lot of money and political power out there if only they can get scientific backing for their schemes and products. On the other hand, valid science doesn’t necessarily pay all that well.
I witnessed this phenom at close hand when I consulted with an R&D company. One of my contractors was a naturalized citizen and spoke a foreign language. He ran into an acquaintance from the old country at the R&D lab, who told him in their language of the pressures to produce, and how he had faked data to get by. We were then tasked with a decision whether to blow the whistle. I admit, I left it up to the contractor, since he was the one who witnessed it, giving him the names of the people to contact.
Research fraud ping.