Science and the media, advice for young researchers

Voice of Young Science is an initiative that aims to lay siege to the academic ‘ivory tower’, by giving young researchers the skills they need to engage with the media and public discourse. Led by the charity Sense about Science, and hosted at the uncharacteristically sunny University of Manchester, the media workshop promised a series…

The scale of problems and the scourge of false positives

I’ll admit, when I started reading Ben Goldacre’s “Bad Science” I did so with the intent of poking fun at the pitfalls and pseudoscience of homeopaths and nutritionists. And whilst this has been enjoyable, the aspects of the book that I have found particularly engaging are the subtler statistical nuisances in situations such as how…