This usually occurs frequently among non-Scientists who love Science but don't really understand it, but both Chris and I have already cited a few examples of it occurring in science research. Chris cited 20 years of resistance to plate tectonics. The original article upon which this conversation began was about Scientists rejecting the idea of Cancer Immunology as bogus science, and yet now a nobel prize has been given for it. The question of whether Climate Change is primarily driven by human activity is another case where polls of Scientists and funding for science projects is majority opinion driven. In the case of Goodenough's new battery project, there are those who are speaking against his efforts without having access to the research. In other words, prejudice based on what has previously been accepted by the majority.
We are taught that Science is objective but in the world of Science research, prejudice is a real problem.