Lauren K. Wolf has written a nice overview of the stripy nanoparticle controversy for Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society. It starts like this:
AS TRUTH SEEKERS, scientists often challenge one another’s work and debate over the details. At the first-ever international scientific conference, for instance, leading chemists argued vociferously over how to define a molecule’s formula. A lot of very smart people at the meeting, held in Germany in 1860, insisted that water was
OH, while others fought for H 2 O.
That squabble might seem tame compared with a dispute that’s been raging
in the nanoscience community during the past decade. […]