La falsificación estadística se ha vuelto más difícil de detectar. Gran parte está oculta en la forma en que los datos se cortan y rebanan en cubitos después del juntarlos o se someten a un análisis que los tortura en busca de resultados significativos. La buena noticia es que los periodistas científicos pueden aprender a detectar muchos de estos... more
For as long as it’s been possible to record interviews with sources, journalists have had to grapple with the decision about whether to transcribe this material, and if so how much. Reporters with abundant financial or institutional resources could hire another human being to type out the interviews, using one of many independent companies that... more
Most U.S. media outlets offer spotty coverage, at best, of science in Spanish, the language spoken by about 40 million people in the nation. The hundreds of publications and two large TV stations that serve U.S. Latinx audiences in Spanish cover science news inconsistently. Significant shifts, going well beyond translations from English, must... more
La mayoría de las publicaciones en Estados Unidos ofrecen cobertura irregular, si alguna, sobre ciencia en español, el lenguaje hablado por casi 40 millones de personas en la nación. Los cientos de publicaciones y dos grandes estaciones de TV que sirven noticias en español a las audiencias latines en Estados Unidos, cubren temas de ciencia... more
Save the date for a party to celebrate the launch of The Craft of Science Writing! On Thursday, February 13, we'll be celebrating at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, a short distance from the AAAS Annual Meeting. Thank you to the Northwest Science Writers Association for co-sponsoring this event and to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for making... more
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Ankita Rao knew from reporting in India that forced sterilization is not just a thing of the past. Around the world, poor young women are pressured or tricked into operations that prevent them from having children. Doctors and government officials act from greed and paternalistic ideas about the “best” family planning strategies for marginalized... more
Helen Ouyang is an emergency physician, a writer, and an assistant professor at Columbia University. She has written for The Atlantic, Harper's, the Los Angeles Times, New York, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and others. She was a 2018 National Magazine Award finalist.
With the advent of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, an increasing number of people are learning that they were conceived using donor sperm. In rare cases, it turns out that their biological fathers are actually the doctors who offered fertility treatments to their parents. A situation like this involving an Indiana fertility doctor piqued The... more