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Baloney Science in The New York Times

Dan Agin | Posted 01.27.2013 | Science
Dan Agin

It's unfortunate when the supposed "newspaper of record," The New York Times, presents the public with errors of interpretation and fact in a special section of the newspaper devoted to science: the so-called Science Times.

Science Journalism and the Inner Swine Dog

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2013 | Science
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

I don't think it's widely appreciated how important high-quality science journalism is and how much effort it requires. Limited resources, time constraints and the pressure to publish sensationalist articles can compromise the quality of the work. Two recent examples illustrated this.

Response to the Organic Debate in the Media

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

Putting a spin on science may grab attention -- but it's not making consumers more informed about their decisions.

Science Writing: The Perils of Pith

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 10.09.2012 | Media
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

I am a fan of Malcolm Gladwell and his brand of writers (their books and articles make entertaining reads and add much to literary journalism and nonfiction); I just have a problem with it being called scientific writing. I read actual science on a daily basis. This is not it.

Evolution and the Tree of Life: How Hyperbole Poisons Everything

Robert J. Asher | Posted 08.29.2012 | Science
Robert J. Asher

In this week's Nature we are told that "tiny molecules called microRNAs are tearing apart traditional ideas about the animal family tree" and that molecular biologist Kevin Peterson's work "changes everything about our understanding of mammal evolution."

The Autism Vaccine Controversy and the Need for Responsible Science Journalism

Seth Mnookin | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
Seth Mnookin

The seemingly never-ending contraction of the media industry has resulted in a shedding of specialists in every journalistic medium. That does not, however, mean that the public's hunger for information about science, medicine and technology is shrinking.

Station Wagon to Space

David Freeman | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
David Freeman

Unless you've forsaken the modern world for a primitive dwelling deep in the woods, science is part of the molecular structure of life. HuffPost Science is here to put it under the microscope.

James Lovelock's Revolutionary Book 'Gaia': Has It Stood The Test Of Time?

The Guardian | Tim Radford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

To re-read the original text is to be reminded, in all sorts of unexpected ways, how far we have come. Its author has since morphed from J E, an "inde...

China Mieville Dishes Opinions On Monsters And Being A Geek

Wired Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In an interview with Wired senior editor Adam Rogers, Miéville gives insights on how readers should approach The City & The City, a noir detective st...

11 Of The Craziest Things About The Universe: 'The Matchbox That Ate A Forty-Ton Truck' (PHOTOS)

Marcus Chown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marcus Chown

I'm a science writer and, as a science writer, I am constantly amazed at how much stranger science is than science fiction.

Ian McEwan: Why 'Solar' Was Rejected By The American Literary Establishment

Telegraph | Lorna Bradbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Americans don't like an unattractive character who is not redeemed at the centre of a novel," he says. "And maybe it's a matter of British humour too...

Science Writing At Its Finest? Richard Dawkins's 'Oxford Book Of Modern Science Writing'

The New York Review of Books | Jeremy Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Jeremy Bernstein The New York Review of Books A Bouquet of Science "The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing" edited by Richard Dawkins Oxford Univ...

Best Environmental Journalism of 2009

Scott Dodd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Dodd

Major news organizations are cutting science reporters, stoking fears that important journalism on environmental issues is in danger of drying up.

Al's Poem

William Petrocelli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
William Petrocelli

Al Gore keeps reassuring nervous audiences that we have the tools to solve the crisis. Time is short, he says, but it hasn't run out yet. And with all that, he had time to write a poem - one that Yeats might have been proud of.