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.