How can a researcher (be it professor or student) combat the pressure to get published? I know that the academics these days are extremely competitive. I feel that many research work now-a-days are driven to get published (It is not a fact just my feeling. I may or may not be right). Not all research work can produce successful results. You either succeed or learn that your approach/method/theory doesn't work (see this).
Also, consistent and frequent publications lead to a successful career even though the research itself may not have much impact in a practical situation (See this).
Is research not about the search for truth anymore? Has it been reduced to number of publications and impact factor? Is it possible for anyone to have a successful research career and at the same time publish(only those that they think are worth publishing) less often?
Edit: I have found a brutally honest answer in another part of this community.(see JeffE's answer)