This is one of the reasons that Google is STILL way better than LOADS of other companies.
Google is continuing one of the coolest ideas I have ever heard of! Last year Google launched:
the first ever global online science competition for 13-18 year old students with the Google Science Fair. Over 10,000 students from 91 countries submitted amazing science experiments. With project topics ranging from “Can I program a robot in English?” to “Can I make a sailboat even faster with a winged keel,” to “How does marinade affect carcinogen levels in grilled chicken?”…
Not only that, they seem to be doing a damn good job of including one the smartest demographics our species has to offer, THE LADIES!
Said the tin-foil-hat-wearing, little-grey-men otaku (siniXster) of the coronal mass ejection (CME) as it passed Mercury and “seemed” to illuminate a near by object:
“It’s cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very obviously, it’s cloaked…”
Before I continue: for a much less snarky response to this (and certainly higher quality) this article goes into a bit more of the specifics as explained by the researchers themselves.
So when the folks who actually analyze this stuff are asked (imagine that revolutionary idea), it turns out that these images are MASSIVELY “manipulated” using “tricks” (as in ‘hide the decline’ kind of tricks [look it up]) to create an effective graphical representation.
I came across an article in the HuffPo a couple days ago by Kathy Freston whose headline rather blatantly claimed that eating vegetarian diet is in fact a cure for cancer. Now you may respond by pointing out that whoever penned the headline used a question mark which may indicate that the website is not making a direct assertion. However, upon reading the article, I am forced to conclude that this is a mere act of keeping up appearances. The article is completely credulous and goes so far as offering recipes.
So why am I up set by this? There are two reasons. First, I feel, along with many other folks on the interwebs (see blog links), that it is important to the collective well being of society for crap science reporting to be called out and dissected in public and as loud as possible. Second, it plain dangerously irresponsible of the HuffPo, and frankly Dr. Campbell as well, to come right up to the brink of recommending to a massive reader base to forgo proven treatments for a bunch of nonsense. I have yet to address such articles, quite frankly, because I have let this blog lay fallow for quite some time. I have been busy trying to keep my head above water in my studies and have since all but abandoned the site till now. This article has woken me back up. I don’t pretend to claim that my response will cause any change by itself. To tell you the truth I don’t claim that any impressive number of folks will even read it. But I feel that it is important for me to at least add one more opportunity for some hapless internet mariner searching for more info on a subject to run into this side of the story.