You guys, there is SO much science out there. SO MUCH. Grrl and I agree, so much to blog, so little time. Anyway, I found this great paper in the latest Table of Contents for Nature, and went “ooooh, must blog!” And then SciAm beat me to it. No fair, I bet they had it with embargo and all. 🙂
Anyway, this article also appeared in various other places, and it, and articles like it, have received a certain amount of unfortunate attention due to the nature of the coverage. I do not deny that reposting the press release (or repurposing the press release without reading the article) is a bit lazy. On the other hand, I feel like this is not just the fault of main stream media or Lab Spaces. I feel like Dr. Isis said it very well when she stated:
One thing that has become abundantly clear to me in the last 24 hours, however, is that neither scientists nor journalists should rely on the university as a source of information.
She is very right. These press releases are not written by the scientists (often they are barely signed off by the scientists), they are written by the university’s PR dept, who knows about as much as anyone else who is not a scientist about what the data actually SAYS. Rather than blaming journalists about what got written about their work, perhaps scientists should first take a look at the press release.
But anyway. Sci’s not going to get further into that fray. I hate frays. But I LOVE SCIENCE. And I liked this article. So. Here’s the press release, if you want to read it.
And HERE is the paper: