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The Worst-Reported Science Stories of 2017

A useful aspect of Information Literacy:

The Worst-Reported Science Stories of 2017

https://gizmodo.com/the-worst-reported-science-stories-of-2017-1821271490

“There’s just something about science news that makes people really, really bad at covering it. Reporters blow single papers out of proportion, publish their own assumptions that the research doesn’t actually support, or plop a super-speculative headline on top of preliminary results. Then there’s the hype cycle, where writers might opt to cover overblown, one-sided university press releases instead of the actual science.

2017 rewarded us with some amazing scientific discoveries, but also some really awful coverage of basic science. Some of this came from tabloid publications you’d expect to fearmonger or pander to conspiracy theorists. But other bad reporting appeared in otherwise respectable and conscientious publications. Here are the worst offenders, with apologies.”

Stephen

 

 

Posted on: December 20, 2017, 6:50 am Category: Uncategorized