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Junk-Food Science

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Most science reporters aren’t scientists; they’re talking heads hungry for site hits, ratings, readership and ad revenue. Even reputable journalists sometimes jump the gun when groundbreaking developments fall into their laps. How the media’s rush to scoop the competition promotes dangerously incomplete data as truth, and puts the public at risk.


This sums up so much that bothers me about popular science reporting. One of my biggest pet peeves are science reporters who assume humans are naturally monogamous, then fold, spindle and mutilate study abstracts about animals to support this.


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