Discussion Post in Science for Everyday Life

Think about how scientists conduct their work and report it to the world, compared to how the media (including newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the internet) broadcast information. In your posts this week answer the following questions in 250 words or more:

How often do you rely on media for scientific information to make decisions in your life?
Provide a specific example of scientific results being reported in media (e.g., a flu epidemic, a projected storm, or fracking). Be sure to include the headline, APA citation, and one sentence summary of the report.
Are there times when it is more appropriate to rely on media-reported science and other times when it is more appropriate to rely on peer-reviewed scientific results? Explain.
What do you think is the primary difference between communication of scientific results in the scientific community (peer-reviewed journals) and news media reporting?
Can the media influence the decisions that you make and how you feel about a topic on scientific research? Provide at least one example.

 
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