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Sex and sensationalism

Researchers accuse press of ‘licentious’ coverage of animal studies

“The media loves to sensationalize research” on same-sex sexual behavior among animals, according to an analysis published this week in... More

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The science of performance

Reuters writer reviews the research amid London Olympics

Does sex diminish athletic vigor? Does athletic tape enhance it? These are just a few of the questions that one... More

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Muller’s media circus

Did the press fall for a climate-change publicity stunt?

UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller was all over the media last week talking about his “total turnaround” from global-warming skeptic... More

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The bright-young-things hypothesis

Jonah Lehrer’s mistakes are not our fault

The downward spiral of Jonah Lehrer’s career over the last month has shocked his peers and instilled in them a... More

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Diet wars turn family feud

Why the Times’s Gina Kolata has it out for the Times’s Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes is one of the most interesting health writers in the country. He is an exhaustive researcher, an astute... More

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Lehrer resigns from The New Yorker

Tablet busts the writer for fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works

Science writer Jonah Lehrer has resigned as a staff writer for The New Yorker following revelations that he made up... More

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InsideClimate out front

Investigation of Kalamazoo oil spill calamity led the pack

In early July, the media covered a long awaited report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which blamed the... More

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‘I don’t bluff’

Michael Mann’s lawyer says National Review must retract and apologize

Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann is demanding that National Review retract and apologize for a July 15 post that... More

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Quest for science debate continues

15 top science organizations press Obama, Romney for answers

The quest for a scientific tête-à-tête between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney continues. On Thursday, 15 top science and engineering... More

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ABC News: armchair psychologist

The network offers irresponsible speculation about the Colorado shooter

Here we go again. A gunman fires on an unsuspecting crowd and the American media leap to conclusions about the... More

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Flames, causes and context

As Western wildfires rage, reporters grapple with stories beyond acreage burned and homes destroyed

When faced with the explosive fury of multiple wildfires torching hundreds of homes like so many Roman candles, journalists can... More

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The heatwave debate

How the science of probability affects science coverage

We can all agree that the weather has been unseasonably warm this summer. But fewer people, including media types, agree... More

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The Palm Beach Post exposes a hidden menace

Government cutbacks and the worst TB epidemic in 20 years

Reporting on tuberculosis is not most reporters’ idea of a glamor assignment. It’s an ancient disease, drug companies aren’t keen... More

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Like steam, ping-pong balls, and Omar Sharif

The media has an entertaining struggle trying to explain the Higgs boson

On Wednesday, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which runs the world’s largest particle accelerator and collider... More

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The expectations game

Blogs drive MSM speculation about Higgs announcement

Excited speculation about the discovery of one of physics’ most sought-after particles is coming in waves now, with media outlets... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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