Tagged: hype

Improving health news through press releases - Lately, In Science

Sarah-Jane O'Connor May 18, 2019

In 2014 a study was published that challenged an oft-cited criticism that journalists are to blame for hyped-up health stories. Sensational headlines, breathless reporting, caveats buried so far down the story that most readers never find them. We hear these complaints all the time about the media. But this study, published in The BMJ, turned the claims on their … Read More

Don’t believe the hype - FutureworkNZ

Guest Author May 17, 2019

Dave Heatley   Predicting technology is the first step towards predicting the labour market impacts of technology. But history tells us that technology prediction is like a game of chance. Make enough predictions and you’re sure to get some right… and many wrong, sometimes spectacularly. The president of IBM, Thomas Watson, purportedly said in 1943 that “I think there is … Read More

Forget fake news – the bigger problem in science is PR hype! - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Aug 18, 2017

Thousands of scientific journal papers are being published every week and their authors and institutions are often under intense pressure to generate interest in the research beyond the world of peer review. Research leader Professor Sally Dunwoodie from the Victor Chang Institute with her team. Credit: Victor Chang Institute That can be a healthy thing – it is increasingly … Read More

De-extinction: more hype than hope - Wild Science

Helen Taylor Mar 08, 2017

Efforts to resurrect extinct species could divert funding away from conserving extant species, but a more basic issue with “de-extinction” is the misinformation surrounding the topic. A recent study by New Zealand and Australian researchers puts a price on “de-extinction”. The team also estimate how many native extant species might be lost by directing these funds away from existing … Read More

F1000 Research (squeee!), Higgs hyping and string theory - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 31, 2012

Huzzah, more open science news! Plans were released today for the launch of F1000 Research, an F1000 initiative. F1000, for those for whom the name doesn’t ring a bell, are the ‘Faculty of 1000, which release post-publication peer reviews of scientific literature. They often do big metareviews. And they are, at least to my knowledge, [...] … Read More

Overhyping (Nano)technology - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 12, 2011

The other day I was channel surfing and caught the end of a short clip on nanotechnology on one of the documentary channels. I thought this would be interesting to watch as I am off to A Big Discussion About Small Things at the Christchurch College of Education next week.  However I was very annoyed to hear the presenter make a very … Read More