Tagged: newspaper

Taming inaccurate health and science news: could editors help? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 07, 2019

A recent study found most of the 10 most popular ‘health’ articles of 2018 were inaccurate. Similar but less skewed results were seen for the top 100 articles. I dislike pointing fingers. For these things, they tend to point at journalists and social media. Instead, I’d like to highlight something less talked about when discussing inaccurate health and science news: … Read More

Newspaper warns of human-induced climate change in 1912 - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 17, 2018

We’ve had more than 100 years of warnings of human-induced climate change now. It’s nearer 200 years, really. Before records were taken they would be extrapolations rather than observations. Extrapolations are harder for those outside of science to trust, but extrapolations are part of what science does. Looking to where things might go is useful. This pithy, insightful newspaper article … Read More

O Occam's - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 29, 2012

Occasionally science bloggers make it to the mainstream. I’ve been too busy lately to bring this news to you sooner but one of my favourite crowds of science bloggers have cornered space at British newspaper stawart The Guardian’s website. Occam’s Typewriter clearly takes part of it’s name from the well-known principle of parsimony, … Read More

Major newspaper opts for science blogging - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 01, 2010

British newspaper, the Guardian, already home to the column of Bad Science writer Ben Goldacre, has gathered a small but very good collection of science bloggers to present as Guardian Science Blogs. [caption id="attachment_3786" align="alignright" width="350" caption="Stromatolites from Bolivia (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)"][/caption] The science-writing internet has seen a lot of developments … Read More

In good health or not? – "natural health" advertising in newspapers, magazines - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 17, 2010

Should newspapers take care to not place advertisements with dubious claims alongside sound medical advice? My local paper is the Otago Daily Times. Today the ODT – as it is known locally – contained a supplement,* good health, which I think is let down by including advertising of some rather dodgy services and products. Read More