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Just when you think you've read enough bad physics reporting in the mass media, along comes Reuters and lowers the bar even further down.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62T1EQ20100330

I'm really puzzled by how they can let something like this through, considering that one can easily google many of these things and find out such mistakes or rather poor definitions to some of these terms.

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This one is especially rediculous:

"STANDARD PRINCIPLE - The standard theory of modern physics, based on two other theories -- general relativity and quantum mechanics. Its main weakness is that it cannot yet fully describe gravity or mass."
 
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"Protons and electrons are types of hadrons." :rolleyes:
 
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Just a guess, but with tight deadines, poor edit, quality control, you get a bad product.

Phrases like:
A mysterious, invisible material that has an anti-gravitational power
scream high school or college intern to me, combine that with lackadasical review and you get what you see in the article.

I followed the link to the blog page of the editor, David Stamp, see http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS...eedName=everything&virtualBrandChannel=11563".
Sample from the RSS Feed below:

Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende, whose country is even more fiscally conservative than Germany, said help from the International Monetary Fund should be considered as a possible solution for Greece. <^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Europe's fight with debt [ID:nLDE6211JD] Graphic on euro zone debt crisis r.reuters.com/fyw72j Q+A on European Monetary Fund idea [ID:nLDE6280CY] Story on credit default swaps [ID:nLDE62A1J0] ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^> Germany and France, the two leading euro zone economies, strongly oppose IMF involvement, arguing that it would suggest the currency bloc was unable to solve its own problems.

More bad examples. This speaks volumes, at least to me. Shame on Reuter's management for letting this happen.

Rhody...
 
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Just when you think you've read enough bad physics reporting in the mass media, along comes Reuters and lowers the bar even further down.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62T1EQ20100330

I'm really puzzled by how they can let something like this through, considering that one can easily google many of these things and find out such mistakes or rather poor definitions to some of these terms.

Zz.

Well, I'd give you my opinion, but after a few lines my vision was obscured by my own tears of blood... :cry:

"Protons and electrons are types of hadrons."

That's just plain upsetting! :tongue2:
 
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"Protons and electrons are types of hadrons." :rolleyes:

Maybe the writer meant Protons and Neutrons. >_>

I really hope the writer meant Protons and Neutrons...
 
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Just a guess, but with tight deadines, poor edit, quality control, you get a bad product.

Of course I'm more sensitive to their errors on biological topics, but when such easily researched topics are so badly mangled, I have a hard time believing anything these news sources publish anymore. While politicians are no rocket surgeons, how do we know the reporters even get the political stories right when they can't even fact check something that is a LOT more based on facts than opinions?
 
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Ya know, I always find these kinds of mistakes in the media. But seeing how they present this information the masses, and most people dont even know what an electron IS, I applaud them for even trying, even if they fail miserably!
 
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Yea, I don't think politicians are anything like Dr. Tenma.
 
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Ya know, I always find these kinds of mistakes in the media. But seeing how they present this information the masses, and most people dont even know what an electron IS, I applaud them for even trying, even if they fail miserably!

But in this case, not giving out any information is better than giving out the wrong information.

Zz.
 
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But in this case, not giving out any information is better than giving out the wrong information.

Zz.

In this case it would be kinder to give the reader a "dual hemispherectomy" and get it over with than to essentially empower *explative deleted* "people" such as Chopra. *wince*
 
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"KNOWN UNIVERSE - The planets, stars and entire galaxies that give out light and can be seen from Earth -- but which scientists say account for only 5 percent of everything in the universe."

Ow.

"DARK MATTER - Invisible matter that scientists believe makes up some 25 percent of the universe and whose presumed existence accounts for how the trajectories through of visible stars and galaxies are bent."

This doesn't even make coherent grammatical sense, notwithstanding the jumble of concepts.

Compare with my recent comment on a one paragraph squib on the LHC. Reuters seems to have a particular inability to deliver science journalism.

diogenesNY
 
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Just when you think you've read enough bad physics reporting in the mass media, along comes Reuters and lowers the bar even further down.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62T1EQ20100330

I'm really puzzled by how they can let something like this through, considering that one can easily google many of these things and find out such mistakes or rather poor definitions to some of these terms.

Zz.
Ack! :yuck: This is the pits!
 
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Ack! :yuck: This is the pits!

Good lord, fetch a doctor (NOT a physicist... lol) or a rabbi or a priest or SOMETHING!... this junk has turned Gokul into Bill The Cat!!! "Ack, Ack Thpppbbt!". :wink:

That said, I kind of felt like hacking up a hairball of misery when I add DiogenesNY's Rueter's quotes to ZapperZ.

We have an internet! We have this wonderful "series of tubes", so why the hell don't people try to use it for more than porn, misinformation and hate speech?! (yes, I'm exaggerating... a little...)
 
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Good lord, fetch a doctor (NOT a physicist... lol) or a rabbi or a priest or SOMETHING!... this junk has turned Gokul into Bill The Cat!!! "Ack, Ack Thpppbbt!". :wink:

:rofl: Great visual! :rofl:
 
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:rofl: Great visual! :rofl:

You are too kind Moonbear. :) naaaaah, you're right, it was good! :biggrin:

Kidding aside, lets all hear it for Bloom County!
 
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Hey, see how many errors and inaccuracies you can find out of THIS one!

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/What+name+Large+Hadron+Collider+could+reveal+origins/2910326/story.html [Broken]

It's not as bad as the previous one, but again, any good undergraduate physics student could spot and point out these errors easily. These news agencies could do well by hiring these students very cheaply and get them to do some copy editing.

Hey, we could turn this "spot the mistake" into a nice little educational game! :)

Zz.
 
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Hey, see how many errors and inaccuracies you can find out of THIS one!

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/What+name+Large+Hadron+Collider+could+reveal+origins/2910326/story.html [Broken]

It's not as bad as the previous one, but again, any good undergraduate physics student could spot and point out these errors easily. These news agencies could do well by hiring these students very cheaply and get them to do some copy editing.

Hey, we could turn this "spot the mistake" into a nice little educational game! :)

Zz.

Ohhh.... that just hurts. I can't wait until the LHC reveals a solution to violence and inhumanity! :cry:

One good turn deserves another...

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071224010814AAt3fEc

Enjoy! I recommend having a stained hankey to wipe away bloody tears and sputum (I know I needed it). Don't worry btw, I also found that my heart started beating again after a minute or two.
 
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Just when you think you've read enough bad physics reporting in the mass media, along comes Reuters and lowers the bar even further down.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62T1EQ20100330

I'm really puzzled by how they can let something like this through, considering that one can easily google many of these things and find out such mistakes or rather poor definitions to some of these terms.

Zz.

It was published just before April 1, though.
 
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No errors http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/~siegel/parodies/sam/sam.html" [Broken]

Waiting for Dogot

Everyone is eagerly awaiting the discovery of the Kibble boson (known colloquially as "The Dog Particle"), which was missed at the Fermi National Labrador. There have been speculations that it is too light to observe with available accelerators because it is really a gallstone boson, but such claims are unfunded.

:biggrin:
 
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No errors http://insti.physics.sunysb.edu/~siegel/parodies/sam/sam.html" [Broken]

:biggrin:

spherical cow: 4π steeradians

ahahahhaa....
 
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Ought ohhh, now I am very worried, I googled this phrase: "stupid physics sites" and got,

Results 1 - 10 of about 5,250,000 for stupid physics sites. (0.30 seconds)

There are some real zinger's in there.

I think we have ample enough evidence already, enough to make me wince, twitch or otherwise gesticulate all over the place... lol

Rhody... :rolleyes:
 
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Ought ohhh, now I am very worried, I googled this phrase: "stupid physics sites" and got,

Results 1 - 10 of about 5,250,000 for stupid physics sites. (0.30 seconds)

There are some real zinger's in there.

I think we have ample enough evidence already, enough to make me wince, twitch or otherwise gesticulate all over the place... lol

Rhody... :rolleyes:

Yeah... reading those sites essentially makes me want to drink and smoke... and I don't drink or smoke. It also makes me cry bile and vomit blood. :biggrin:
 
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Ought ohhh, now I am very worried, I googled this phrase: "stupid physics sites" and got,

Results 1 - 10 of about 5,250,000 for stupid physics sites. (0.30 seconds)

There are some real zinger's in there.

I think we have ample enough evidence already, enough to make me wince, twitch or otherwise gesticulate all over the place... lol

Rhody... :rolleyes:

This is not unexpected when you have a free-wheeling internet. You'll find dumb things on almost any subject, simply because people WILL say anything and everything, and think the rest of the world should read them. They have no reputation to uphold.

However, we expect a little bit more quality control from the media. The article that I cited originally is from Reuters, not some drunk who decided to write about LHC glossary. It is disappointing when such sources make such blatant mistakes. It shows that they have no respect for the subject matter, and can't be bothered to have some expert double-check what they wrote. It certainly calls into question the accuracy of everything else that they are "reporting".

Zz.
 
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One good turn deserves another...

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071224010814AAt3fEc

Enjoy! I recommend having a stained hankey to wipe away bloody tears and sputum (I know I needed it). Don't worry btw, I also found that my heart started beating again after a minute or two.

WOW! What mastery. I especially liked:
Electrons are the smallest real Element of the Atom's components. Hence they are made up of a the same real tangible substance which was assembled during Creation of basic Masses of the Universe by our Creator.

Therefore ,based on the observation of the Hydrogen Atom we can conclude that its made of Mass structure being a very small volume of the atomic containment volume, and the rest of the volume is a Space Structure. This Space Structure could be called massless. So the Electron composition is both a Mass Structure and a Massless Structure. Hence it takes two types of structures to make up the atoms as listed in the Periodic table of elements.
 
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This is not unexpected when you have a free-wheeling internet. You'll find dumb things on almost any subject, simply because people WILL say anything and everything, and think the rest of the world should read them. They have no reputation to uphold.

However, we expect a little bit more quality control from the media. The article that I cited originally is from Reuters, not some drunk who decided to write about LHC glossary. It is disappointing when such sources make such blatant mistakes. It shows that they have no respect for the subject matter, and can't be bothered to have some expert double-check what they wrote. It certainly calls into question the accuracy of everything else that they are "reporting".

Zz.

Zapper,

I emailed the guy at Reuter's who edited the article, along with a link to this thread and a comment on another piece of work (with blatant errors) he did for Blogs at Reuter's. Unlike the guy who worked for another major Science Publication, who answered BTW with a polite correction to the article with the error, this guy never responded. I stand by my original comment, that it is a management problem at Reuter's, and that there is no standard "process" in place with checks and balances to keep it from happening again, because the editor had another piece with a similar error not being corrected. Everyone can have a "bad day" now and then, but if you take a moment to accept criticism and make corrections, then move on. Sadly, this is not the case with Reuter's.

Rhody...
 
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WOW! What mastery. I especially liked:

Yeah, I love how he mixed sophistry with creationism to form a stupidity greater than the sum of its parts. :biggrin:
 
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Yeah, I love how he mixed sophistry with creationism to form a stupidity greater than the sum of its parts. :biggrin:

:rofl: answers.yahoo is a great source of entertainment! You never know which is going to be dumber - the question or the answer. I was recently flamed for stating that the earth was not created during the big bang. :yuck:
 
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:rofl: answers.yahoo is a great source of entertainment! You never know which is going to be dumber - the question or the answer. I was recently flamed for stating that the earth was not created during the big bang. :yuck:

Wow, that's stupid by the standards of science AND religion. :surprised:
 
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The best part of Yahoo Answers is that the person who asked (and hence doesn't know) gets to decide the "CORRECT" answer.
 
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The best part of Yahoo Answers is that the person who asked (and hence doesn't know) gets to decide the "CORRECT" answer.

Oh now THAT explains a lot... I did not know that. What the **** is Yahoo thinking?! *imagines the vast emptiness of the Yahoo corporate intellect* :yuck:
 
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No yahoo answers is way fun best thing on yahoo honestly.
 
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Phrases like: scream high school or college intern to me, combine that with lackadasical review and you get what you see in the article.

How would you define dark energy? That definition seems very good to me.
 
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RE:
A mysterious, invisible material that has an anti-gravitational power

I think this is misleading for several reasons:

1) "Mysterious" as a word adds no scientific descriptive value but serves to sensationalize the definition.

2) "Material" implies matter rather than energy.

3) "Anti-gravitational" implies that there is such a thing as anti-gravity.
 

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