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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.

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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.

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

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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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