How to spot good science for yourself

In the interest of capturing attention, journalists sometimes exaggerate or misinterpret scientific findings, creating misconceptions of the original discovery among readers. Hopefully, you can identify the reliability of science news if you can:  

1.  Identify the research paper that is mentioned.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Find similarity between the goal and claims of the research paper and the media’s.

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Read the findings of the research paper and make comparisons with the media’s conclusions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Search for other news that are mentioning the same paper(s). 

5.  Find other research paper(s) describing similar findings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Access or observe data from the media. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  Identify the research group behind the findings. 

By clicking this link, you will be able to access the article!
Online news article
Actual scientific paper
Neither the goal or the claims of the actual paper are similar to the news headline.
Online news article
Actual scientific paper
The news headline shows a completely opposite conclusion to the scientific evidence.
Finding one article online
Check other news
Online news
Several research papers pointing to similar findings
Data can be displayed or described.
Alternatively, you could access the data yourself!
You can look up the research group behind the findings
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