WR 1011: Writing About Science & Technology

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Scientific Studies

Use caution when reading newspaper articles and other popular news sources about scientific studies. These reports may be sensationalized or may leave out important information about a study. When you learn about a new study in a popular news source, look up the original study to see if the news source you read was accurate. Also, consider the research methodology used in a study, and consider who funded the study. 

Last Week Tonight looks at the way popular news can misrepresent scientific studies [Mature Content]: