The worst kinds of science stories are those that get facts wrong – and then those that report null results wrong.
Calling scientists as a community ‘lazy’ is to abdicate the responsibility to make it easier for them to enjoy the fruits of their labours.
Is it so hard to consider the possibility that we might get a better sense of ISRO’s activities if we did not keep comparing it to those of other space agencies?
Making people anxious even to ask honest questions, and robbing them of the opportunity to respectfully disagree, isn’t good for science.
An award of the Indian Science Congress has become subverted into becoming an instrument of negotiation for political agents: “You let me interfere in your duties, I will give you a fancy-sounding award”.
Many science articles in the past year dealt with observations falling short of the evidence threshold but which have been worth writing about simply because of the desperation behind them. Has this prompted science writers to think about the language they use?
Most news publications in India didn’t report on an exciting and significant discovery made by physicists from TIFR, Mumbai. Why not?
Has the prime-mover of our space programme been taken hostage by the consequences of not separating space research from defence research?
‘Life’s Greatest Secret’ focuses on those efforts to explore the DNA that were only a sideshow in ‘The Gene’ but possess intrigues of their own.
If a journalist buys into a UCI press release about some kind of ‘confirmation’ of a fifth force, and which is subsequently found to be simply false, an editor wouldn’t be faced with a tough choice whatsoever about which section she has to axe.