May 16, 2016
Hawaii Is At Risk Of Devastating Tsunami: Is The State Prepared?
In the end, they found that although the occurrence is rare, there is a 9 percent chance that a tsunami could strike Hawaii.
Over what time frame? The article doesn't actually say.
1. Within 50 seconds?
2. Within 50 hours?
3. Within 50 years?
4. Within 50 centuries?
It's kind of important to know! Better safe than sorry! Evacuate now!! And while you are evacuating, I'll do some more research.
After digging through a link to another article, turns out there's a 9% chance within 50 years. Whew!
"They don't happen all the time but there is a chance for them."
That did not calm my fears. I already knew that tsunamis don't happen all the time. My worst case scenario was one every 50 seconds! Hence the warning for you to evacuate! Hahaha!
No idea how science news gets twisted and mangled with each new iteration of the same story. Or wait, maybe I do?
Dammit. I wrote my headline before I found out more information from another article. In hindsight, it looks so alarmist now. Sorry about that! Thank goodness I'm a responsible sarcastic blogger. There's therefore a 9% chance that I'll change my headline to be less alarmist, at some point in the next 50 years. Perhaps even before someone else links to my post and adds Godzilla to the mix. That's assuming I don't just move on to the next story and forget this ever happened, of course.
Science news, baby. That's what I'm talking about.
May 9, 2016
John Oliver explains why so much ‘science’ you read about is bogus
Once upon a time when I was a wee science-writing babe, I actually wrote an academic thesis on how the media handles science. My big takeaway was that it's like some hellish game of "telephone," where results get more and more garbled as they trickle through the media. I can't explain this any better than PhD Comics can, to be perfectly honest.
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