The Science News Cycle

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | May 22, 2009 11:16 am

 In Unscientific America, we have a lot to say about the many problems with the handoff of information between scientists and journalists… but perhaps this cartoon is ultimately far more eloquent:


CATEGORIZED UNDER: Culture, Media and Science

Comments (18)

  1. Linda

    Can’t it just drive you crazy!

  2. Jason

    Clearly A did not cause B as it is the work of the liberal media. B is simply the Truth of God and has been intelligently designed for us. This is all the ‘intellectuals’ of these ‘colleges’ attempting to take God out of our classrooms. … 9/11. TERRORISM. It’s amazing that even though we have this documentation thing, whisper down the alley still works.

  3. You totally beat me to this! I had it with a slightly different title set as a post for early next week.

  4. They left out Twitter!

  5. MadScientist

    Swine flu anyone? I see the news still has the swine flu. I wonder how well it actually spreads though compared to the common flu. I also wonder about the fatality rate – which is the more effective killer, swine or normal flu? You just can’t get the important figures out of the news.

  6. Tuatara

    Spot on comic. Just imagine if the organic foods folks found out that those plastic biodegradable cups that they are all embracing so rapidly are made by genetically engineered bacteria.

  7. hilarious and so very true!

  8. JT

    Don’t forget the part where the research is overturned by a later study but the initial report just keeps getting turned out again and again.

    Oh, and Jason….get a life.

  9. Fox64

    Lol! teh intarnets come before the TV networks, I love it!

  10. MrRumfoord

    OMG! i kneew itt!!

  11. talkingcat

    I nearly missed the call out to boingboing, here caricatured as “dingding”.


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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