Science and the media: a pathological relationship?

Telling Time by the Second Hand
By emphasizing challenges to conventional wisdom, the popular press distorts how science really works.
Very interesting and pedagogical
There’s a debate raging in science about what should count as “significant”


Some think the threshold should be stricter, but others say that’s a bad idea.
IT's Official: NASA's Peer-Reviewed EM Drive Paper Has Finally Been Published


After months of speculation and leaked documents , NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has finally been peer-reviewed and published . And it shows that the 'impossible' propulsion system really does appear to work.
A New Theory Regarding EmDrive: The Fuel-Free Method of Space Travel

There's a new idea regarding how EmDrive, the engine that operates without fuel, actually works. But don't plan on heading to the stars just yet.
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I'm cautiously optimistic about the EmDrive, but I think that I may positively lose my shit if the cubesat that they are launching next year thrusts.  The possible new physics is exciting as hell!
But don't plan on heading to the stars just yet.

Surely not, but the possibilities open is exciting :-)
The Exquisite Balancing Act for Doing Science Right
Science journalist Gary Taubes delivered the keynote address at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony. In his address, Taubes spoke about, “the exquisite balancing act that has to be accomplished in order to do science right.”  

The award-winning author, science journalist, and Science magazine correspondent is the only print journalist to have won three Science in Society Journalism awards, given by the National Association of Science Writers.

Below is an edited transcript of his address to the Schmid College class of 2015 graduates.

Scientific Studies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
by LastWeekTonight on YouTube

John Oliver discusses how and why media outlets so often report untrue or incomplete information as science.

Wil Wheaton speaks to the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival
by Wil Wheaton on YouTube

I spoke to the USASEF about putting Art into STEM to make STEAM, encouraging young people to stay curious and engaged in science and engineering, and the absurdity of not fully funding public education.

"You’re never too young for science – getting children interested in the world around them, and asking them to try and figure out how things work is a fundamentally good idea. Curious children will naturally gravitate towards STEAM subjects. Let’s encourage that and make sure that a child who wants to explore that particular part of our world has everything she needs to get there, and keep learning about and making awesome things when she leaves. This is and will continue to be a challenge. Despite the clear and undeniable benefits of a comprehensive education, including science education, not only to individuals but to our entire society, we have allowed the funding of our schools to become part of the culture wars. This is as disgraceful as it is predictable. When so many of our poorly-named “leaders” deny scientific consensus on everything from climate change to vaccines, a scientifically literate and well-informed populace can be tremendously inconvenient to them and theiir corporate owners. Well … good. Let’s be inconvenient to them. Let’s educate and empower a generation who will be real leaders, and carry our nation into the future."
4 new elements complete periodic table’s seventh row | PBS NewsHour


Four new elements have been added to the periodic table. One will soon become the first named by Asian researchers.