You can’t believe everything you read.
This becomes even more important when you’re reading about ‘groundbreaking’ scientific and medical discoveries.
While there is a lot of excellent science writing out there, it floats among other work that isn’t so great. Some stories overstate the importance of the research. Some make incorrect assumptions based on the research. And in rare cases the reporting may be designed to mislead us. This is why it pays to be an educated consumer of science news.
Over the past couple of weeks there have been a number of excellent stories written about how we can spot bad science. The discussion was sparked by this incredible graphic by compoundchem.com.
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Vox.com also posted a piece on this topic and added a few more warning signs:
What do you think? How do you spot bad science?