The science behind the headlines


As technology advances at a seemingly exponential rate, it can be hard to keep up – and journalists don’t always get it right.

A report from 2017 found that over half of newspaper articles surveyed on scientific studies were factually incorrect. This was mainly due to journalists writing on initial findings without checking back for follow-ups or meta-studies, which could put a new spin on those first results.

That’s a shame. When done right, science journalism is a regular provider of Upside news, revealing the technologies, medicines and other breakthroughs that promise to make life more thrilling, intriguing and agreeable.

Just this week, Nasa’s InSight probe sent back its first images from Mars, while our reporter Oliver Holmes investigated the burgeoning nanosatellite industry and the promise it holds for research in space.

Read the feature in the Guardian.

[This piece was published on 30/11/18]