How to spot good science for yourself
In the interest of capturing attention, the media can sometimes exaggerate or misinterpret scientific findings, creating misconceptions of the original discovery among readers. Often, you can identify the reliability of science news if you can:
1. Identify the research paper that is mentioned.
2. Find similarities between the aims and claims of the research paper and that of the media article.
3. Read the findings of the research paper and make comparisons with the media’s conclusions.
4. Search for other news mentioning the same discovery.
5. Find other research papers describing similar findings.
6. Access or observe the data.
7. Identify the research group behind the findings.