Tagged: Sensationalism

Sensationalising science: sometimes behind the sizzle is just fizzle - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Jul 25, 2014

If we believe the headlines we might expect to see aliens waving at us via telescopes within 20 years. How much harm does the sensationalism of science do? Image Source: Wikimedia Commons http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast07sep_2/ Accompanying the increasing permeation of science news into mainstream media, there’s an explosion of popular science media sites such as IFLScience. Should we … Read More

Why Pregnant Rats Should Avoid Apples - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 12, 2011

No, that’s not what the headline was on the front page of the Weak-end Herald today – it was considerably more alarmist: Fruit juice, apples linked to fetus harm An expectant mother could be putting her unborn child at risk by drinking as little as three glasses of juice a day or eating five apples. [...] Related posts: … Read More

Not Predictable - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 17, 2010

The Herald on Sunday contains articles on two extremely misfortunate deaths. The first is Lam Xuan Hu, a 24-year-old Vietnamese student who died when a wheel from a truck, traveling in the opposite direction on the freeway in Auckland, came adrift and crashed through a bus. This unfortunate young man, a recent arrival to New [...] Related posts: … Read More