Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing

Negligence, Not Politics, Drives Most Misinformation Sharing

To do the experiments, the researchers gathered a set of headlines and lead sentences from news stories that had been shared on social media.People were more likely to rate headlines that agreed with their politics, but the difference here was only 10 percentage points.

Scientific Journals Are Denouncing Trump. That’s Normal

Scientific Journals Are Denouncing Trump. That’s Normal

And the international system of scientific journals—including Science, Nature and The New England Journal of Medicine, among many others— came to play an outsize role in this Cold War vision, as the appointed guardians of independent truth.

As Deaths Mount, Trump’s Disinformation Strategy Will Adapt

As Deaths Mount, Trump’s Disinformation Strategy Will Adapt

That included the nation’s most prominent coronavirus truther: “Just stay calm,” Donald Trump said on March 10, “it will go away.” Two months later, as the official death count pushes above 70,000, this approach is obsolete.

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

WIRED's 7 Big Science Stories That Shaped 2019

Another private forensics lab, in Texas, began building its own crowdsourced database exclusively for police searches this year.But when the child rapist Jeffrey Epstein died, and more of his nominally philanthropic donations became public, science faced a reckoning.

Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security

Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security

Monday’s split-screen drama, as the House Judiciary Committee weighed impeachment charges against President Trump and as the Justice Department’s inspector general released a 476-page report on the FBI’s handling of its 2016 investigation into Trump’s campaign, made one truth of the modern world inescapable: The lies and obfuscations forwarded ad infinitum on Fox News pose a dangerous threat to the national security of the United States.

Beto O'Rourke Belonged to an Infamous '90s Hacker Group

Beto O'Rourke Belonged to an Infamous '90s Hacker Group

Security News This Week: Beto O'Rourke Was Part of an Infamous '90s Hacker Group PAUL RATJE/Getty Images This week ended with terror, as a shooting in New Zealand took the lives of at least 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

How to Not Fall for Viral Scares

How to Not Fall for Viral Scares

The Momo challenge, according to breathless news reports and posts from worried parents and law enforcement , is a game circulating on social media that encourages kids to engage in increasingly harmful behavior until, eventually, they’re supposed to commit suicide and upload the video to the internet.

Journalism Isn't Dying. It's Returning to Its Roots

Journalism Isn't Dying. It's Returning to Its Roots

In one scene, the Times ’ CEO asks Abramson to cook up new revenue ideas, to which she indignantly responds, “If that’s what you expect, you have the wrong executive editor.” Our reborn Founding Father journalist would find this disconnect between editorial and business absolutely inconceivable.

Marlon James' 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' Topples Fantasy Tropes

Marlon James' 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' Topples Fantasy Tropes

By now, the person I created in New York was the only one I wanted to be." It is the naked totality, the intense desire for personal truth, that makes Black Leopard, Red Wolf such a worthy read.

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers

After Trump's Speech, Twitter Fact-Checks the Fact-Checkers Last night after President Trump's address on border security, an Associated Press tweet claimed that, in placing blame for the government shutdown, "it takes two to tango." Twitter thought otherwise.

Science Isn't About 'the Truth'—It's About Building Models

Science Isn't About 'the Truth'—It's About Building Models

This is the basis of science.Science Is Not About the Truth; It's About Building ModelsWhen you think of the word "model," do you think of a small plastic thing that looks like a car or a plane?

Dear politicians, get your heads out of the coal pit and into the real world | Peter Holding

Dear politicians, get your heads out of the coal pit and into the real world | Peter Holding

As farmers we’re dealing with increasingly extreme weather as a result of global warming. We’re tough and we manage our resources carefully, making decisions based upon the best available evidence and always keeping one eye to the future.