Have you ever been scrolling through the morning news, or perhaps watching it over a cup of coffee, and wondered why on Earth they would think having more bats in your house causes better health? Well, usually it has something to do with them misstating information they got out of a scientific paper. And while scientific papers might be dry and slow to read, they do have one huge benefit – they are a whole lot closer to the facts. In fact, to be a scientific paper, the paper must be published in a peer-reviewed journal – e.g. a journal that has peers of the author publish rebuttals to the contents of the paper. This means your local news’ special on the link between chocolate and the common cold, or a major manufacturer’s article on the ‘scientific’ efficacy of their own product, are not truly scientific papers.
So consider reading some of the articles below, and gaining insight of your own from them.
Reading tips: read the abstract first, scan through one time to get an overall of the methods and conclusions. After, go back and read in more detail.