In fact, it might be appropriate to use some scientific jargon to demonstrate that you know what you’re talking about.
Establish your purpose for writing the essay and then adopt a tone to complement it.
When you read about research in the news media (and, as a taxpayer, you are indirectly a funder of research, too), you should ask what exactly is being measured, and why.
If the exploratory and discovery nature of science captivates you, there may be no better way to share your enthusiasm than to write an essay about a science experiment and share it with others.
Similar prediction markets have been used for many years for elections, mimicking the movement of the betting line in sports.
Basically, the results in this instance indicated that informed scientists were clear from the get-go that what they were reading would not hold up. There has been resistance to fixing it, some of which has come from prominent researchers at leading universities.
The failed replications have been no surprise to many scientists, including myself, who have lots of experience of false starts and blind alleys in our own research.
The big problem in science is not cheaters or opportunists, but sincere researchers who have unfortunately been trained to think that every statistically “significant” result is notable.
But all the careful procedure and all the honesty in the world won’t help if your signal (the pattern you’re looking for) is small, and the variation (all the confounders, the other things that might explain this pattern) is high.
From this perspective, the crisis in science is more fundamental, and it involves moving beyond the existing model of routine discovery.