#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, December 16th, 2013 10:23
#2 By: Mellivora Capensis, December 16th, 2013 10:59
Great: more buzzwords for politicians to throw about and misapply when they're trying to defend their big donors, or their tribal politics.
#3 By: gilbert wham, December 16th, 2013 11:21
Just the facts, people. Just the facts...
#4 By: Wrecksdart, December 16th, 2013 11:23
Maggie, you're striking at the very heart of information illiteracy--keep fighting the good fight!
#5 By: gilbert wham, December 16th, 2013 11:25
A tough, leathery heart, whose wounds heal as fast as they are struck.
#6 By: Dan Patterson, December 16th, 2013 11:50
The scientifically illiterate I've known don't get as far as the P-test. They're still stuck at 1) conservation of energy (you don't get something for nothing), and 2) accepting that physical reality does not depend on what we want it to be.
#7 By: silkox, December 16th, 2013 12:51
These aren't really rules. What makes judging whether cool news is true difficult is that there are no actual rules. These are more like guidelines.
#8 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, December 16th, 2013 13:00
Insert pirate code joke here.
But yes. You're right.
#9 By: Allen_Taylor_Garvin, December 16th, 2013 13:08
Hey did you read on the Daily Mail how scientists have finally determined what objectively makes the best burrito?
#10 By: Jardine, December 16th, 2013 13:19
Too bad eating that burrito both causes and prevents cancer.
#11 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, December 16th, 2013 14:15
Damn Schrodinger's Burrito.
#12 By: gilbert wham, December 16th, 2013 14:25
I already know what makes the best burrito: Me.
#13 By: Mujokan, December 16th, 2013 15:05
This list leaves out the first step, though that is understandable because it's not really about "cool news". The first step is reading the paper, or at least the abstract. Then you can start judging the logical connection between the evidence and the conclusions. But if you just read a news article, often enough they don't describe the research accurately.
#14 By: Raybert, December 16th, 2013 16:08
If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
#15 By: Genre_Slur, December 16th, 2013 17:03
Like the Big Bang hypothesis? ; )
#16 By: newliminted, December 16th, 2013 22:47
#17 By: Danielle, December 17th, 2013 00:45
I would love to share this ... if I thought it would do any good. I'm so tired of people telling me that drinking diet sodas is going to give me MS and/or brain tumors. I have a lot more trouble with people sharing "science" stories with me that aren't even real than I do with people simply sharing science stories they don't understand.
#18 By: fireshadow, December 17th, 2013 02:09
I just saw that this week! I am so tired of correcting people when they repost these crazy stories that I do not even bother even more.
#19 By: gilbert wham, December 17th, 2013 07:16
I could make more burritos and increase my sample-set?
#20 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, December 21st, 2013 10:18
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