Nice to hear it’s not just me……
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Although it has been a few years since I actually stepped foot in a lab to perform an actual, real-life experiment I still consider myself a scientist (and always will).
It is therefore incredibly frustrating when I see how some scientific news stories are reported in the media. It seems that barely a day goes by without certain British newspapers running a story about what everyday food/activity/electronic item* (*delete as appropriate) causes cancer. Having said that, I often wonder if my frustration is yet another sign that I am becoming a grumpy old man.
This excellent blog post from Martin Robbins at The Guardian makes me feel a whole lot better about myself and really highlights why scientific reporting in the media should be taken with a healthy dose of salt.
I would really like to hear your thoughts and experiences with how science is reported in the media.