Watch out for clickbait in science journalism


Research and technology are advancing at incredible speeds, with one paper citing that scientific research citations increase at around ten percent per year, and Moore’s Law doubling the number of transistors, and thus computing power, every 18 months. It is a regular occurrence for major breakthroughs and discoveries to be reported. Nonetheless, there is a dark side to the coverage of these events in the less-than-reputable or exaggerated reports that often come out. In more extreme forms, it can simply be considered clickbait, which are titles that make online readers click on the news page despite the fact that the coverage is all flash and no substance.

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