Tag Archive for science journalism

15 Credibility Street #19: Leaping to doubtful conclusions

News items: A news blast from the paleo world made top science headlines this week saying the great and powerful T. Rex is unfeathered. Read the study that caused the news headlines and controversy. Washington Post piece Fantastic feathers Some paleobiologists said “told ya”! Others not so much. Check out this video by Trey the…

A new continent of Zealandia? Wrong. Not new at all to scientists.

Heard the news about Zealandia, the lost continent? Then you probably heard it wrong. It’s not new, we’ve had the bathymetric data for a while. The submerged landmass was known as a microcontinent that included the surrounding land masses. The name “Zealandia” was first proposed in 1995 but it was also called “Tasmantis” (the “Tasmantis complex”…

Australian science journalism show messed up big time on show about statins

In November 2013, we posted about a television program that aired in Australia that was full of information that confused those on medication for high cholesterol. In an update, the show was found to have been unacceptably biased after an internal review prompted by complaints. Catalyst statins show breached ABC code | The Australian. A…