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Amusing diversion

Postby Andrew1 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:36 am

Nothing to do with careers, but amusingly accurate nonetheless. ... cientists/
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Re: Amusing diversion

Postby P. Lues » Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:50 am

This is awesome, but sad because a lot of what I hear as "scientific news" turns out to be hype. When you look up the actual paper, most of the time it does't really make the same claims as in the press release. The press release often reads something like "we found X about Y and this is going to help us cure disease Z". But the actual article is more like "people already knew X and all you contributed was X + 0.0001. We still know nothing about Y or how to cure disease Z. And the link between X and Y is also kind of iffy".
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Re: Amusing diversion

Postby P.C. » Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:48 am

Off topic..Off topic!!
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Re: Amusing diversion

Postby Dave Jensen » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:20 am

Andrew1 wrote:Nothing to do with careers, but amusingly accurate nonetheless. ... cientists/

In a way, this does have something to do with careers, doesn't it. There's a tendency for "science and technology" to go the route of the press release I saw something recently, on cold fusion, which led me to thinking how terrible it would be if young scientists were taught that this is the way things work, and if hard science and peer reviews were tossed out the window.

Would this speed up the pace of innovation or trash it entirely?

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Re: Amusing diversion

Postby E. Johnson » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:17 pm

Seriously, when you read the actual articles you are usually disappointed in the actual content. This is why nutritionists make a living for a long, long time! Eggs are good, no eggs are bad, but whole wheat bread is good, no it's bad for you because it's full of gluten and carbs, etc.
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