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Exposing the Link Between Cell Phones and Fertility 112

Posted by timothy
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ApharmdB writes "We frequently gripe about the poor quality of science reporting by the media. A Guardian blogger from the mathematics department at Queen Mary, University of London has made a honeypot press release to see how bad it can get. (Or maybe to have some fun trolling the media?) The statistic used is the strong link between the number of mobile phone masts in an area and the number of live births. Of course, there is no causal link because they are both instead based on a 3rd variable, the local population size. Slashdot readers can keep on eye on news sources over the weekend to see just how much traction the story gets and watch the train wreck in real-time!"
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Exposing the Link Between Cell Phones and Fertility

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  • Re:ruined (Score:4, Informative)

    by madprof (4723) on Saturday December 18, 2010 @12:58PM (#34600866)

    Exactly. Two UK newspapers were found copying wholly wrong information off of Wikipedia.
    Private Eye mentioned that a Times columnist edited the Wikipedia entry for "April 29th" right after the announcement for the date of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. He added a fictitious story about Queen Victoria being rushed to hospital in Inverness after breaking a tow while fly-fishing at Balmoral.
    The next day the Mirror and Telegraph reported it as fact.

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