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Lies, damned lies and statistics (about press releases)

According to the famous saying, there are three types of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. Earlier this month, we had some of the latter, though interestingly the statistics concerned the extent to which researchers exaggerate their findings in press releases, and how that exaggeration filters through to media reports. 817 more words

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Read all about it: from "bench" to newsstand

Did you read the one last week about more complex jobs being associated with cognitive ability in old age? Well, that was one of mine! While it’s generally not our style at… 1,272 more words

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Orpheus Rex

Last time I talked about Erlikosaurus andrewsi, it was Stephan Lautenschlager’s paper with Larry Witmer, Perle Altangerel, and Emily Rayfield discussing the biomechanical aspects of toothloss and beak formation in… 466 more words


DNA discovery – A story almost missed

It took two years for Dr. James Watson and Mr. Francis Crick to solve the riddle of the structure of DNA. Sadly, the media took nine long years to recognize the potential of this breakthrough discovery. 804 more words