Science is not what it used to be. A large issue is the press or internet sites printing any garbage a "mainstream" fantasy scientist speculates, usually for notoriety.
Here is one example but there are so many more.
A former Harvard astronomer, Avi Loeb, takes a theory with no evidence, the "Zero-energy universe", states it as FACT, then extrapolates to ludicrous extents.
This then gets this garbage published in Scientific American, that the universe could have been created in a lab.
This is science? Where is Karl Popper?
It seems like these days you can just make up anything and get it published, if it is sensational enough.
There is a lot of this kind of stuff going on with obviously unqualified people here, but this theme rises to the very top of the scientific establishment.
If there is interest in this topic, I would like to give other examples. (Don't let me get started on String Theory" )