Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Behind the news

Connecting you with the science behind the news:

1. At last, science discovers why blue is for boys but girls really do prefer pink (The Times).
Girls really do prefer pink, study shows (The Telegraph).
And check out Bad Science's critique.

Here is the lead author. Here is the journal source.

2. Why kissing means more to women (BBC).
Fate of a couple is sealed with first kiss (The Times).

Here is the lead author. Here is the journal source (free full-text access).

3. Chocoholics like drug addicts, scientists say (The Telegraph).
Brain scans pinpoint how chocoholics are hooked (The Guardian).

Here is the lead author. Here is the journal source.

4. Cradling linked to depression in new mothers (The Guardian).
'Stressed' mothers hold baby on the right (The Telegraph).

Here is the lead author. Here is the journal source.

5 comments:

  1. bengoldcre1:24 pm

    this is an amazingly useful resource, it surprises me that journalists don't do this routinely, but there is the possibility that it would make sensationalism harder to get away with.

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  2. thanks for the props Ben :-)

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  3. Dean Morrison5:33 pm

    Great resource - but it would also be interesting to know when articles are produced on flimsier evidence, such as 'yet-to-be published' material, or 'early findings' that never see their way into any journal.

    The recent Times article that suggested that researchers at Loughborough had found that a new type of Rugby shirt boosted performance by 2.7% springs to mind...

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  4. Anonymous11:26 am

    Can you post the original press release, as well as the journal source and main author? Then we could see how much of the newspaper story was taken from the pr.

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  5. A wonderful resource for work /and/ playtime.

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