Assignment: Find a news article (a secondary source) covering a scientific topic. Indicate how you know that the article is or isn’t presenting the topic in a manner that considers real scientific evidence and presents it with the intent to inform the reader. You are not expected to be an expert on the topic covered. Your work product should not be more than 1 pg.

Goal: Begin to think about how you are hearing about science outside the classroom. You will learn how to differentiate evidence-based statements from opinion or “pseudo-science”.

Consider the source: Is the paper/magazine/website reputable? Does the author have the background knowledge to report on the topic? Is alternative information presented? Do you think information was left out of the article? Is the article an advertisement posing as news? Is the article current? Does the author give references or explain where the information presented originates? What else should you consider?

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