20 things media, public should keep in mind when assessing scientific results

11/21/2013 | RealClearScience

Mistakes and hype in media reporting of scientific studies can give false impressions to the public and lawmakers, say three researchers who put together 20 tips for analyzing study results. People reporting on, or analyzing, research should keep in mind that measurements may be subjective, as different people can come to slightly different measurements, even with the same tools. Additionally, research can be biased, and any extremely unusual findings may have explanations other than those the study has identified.

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