SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This editorial by Investor’s Business Daily centers on a recent study published in Science, which concerns the sources of nitrogen cycling through Earth’s ecosystems. The editorial then claims that this study s
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Was Scott Pruitt's apartment rental about market rate? When Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was getting settled in Washington in 2017, he paid the wife of a gas and oil lobbyist $50
The former first daughter did not posit a huge demographic shift occurring in the space of a mere ten years.
President Donald Trump fired off a flurry of immigration-related tweets beginning on Easter morning, but his messages included muddled and inaccurate claims. Contrary to Trump’s assertion, there is no “liberal (Democrat)” law requiri
Q: Is NASA “spraying Americans with lithium and other chemicals”? A: No. The space agency uses such materials, which are also used in fireworks, in the upper atmosphere – way above where planes fly. Experts say it’s “extremely unlikely” ev
In an op-ed for Fox News, Rep. Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House science committee, made a host of false and misleading claims about climate change and related issues: Smith took a quote by climate scientist Stephen Schneider out of context, clai
President Donald Trump said nearly all of the land once controlled by ISIS in Syria and Iraq has been retaken and “it all took place since our election.” But even the State Department’s senior envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition sai
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article in The Washington Post describes new research on greenhouse gas emissions from thawing permafrost—specifically the balance of carbon dioxide vs. methane released from waterlogged permafrost soils. Sc
The president spaced out while describing Clinton's position on Mars exploration.
During the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton said that one of her goals as president would be to “make human exploration of Mars a reality.” Nevertheless, President Donald Trump mistakenly claimed that NASA “wouldn’t even be thinking about” goin
The best-known theoretical physicist of his time, Hawking wrote so lucidly of the mysteries of space, time, and black holes that his book "A Brief History of Time" became an international bestseller.
In the wake of the Florida school shooting, politicians have raised concern over the influence of violent video games and films on young people, with the president claiming they’re “shaping young people’s thoughts.” Scientists s
President Donald Trump often likes to boast about his ability to negotiate better deals for the government. This week, the boast was the cost of a new embassy in Jerusalem, and it was a doozy. “Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars versus a billion
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article in the opinion section of Financial Post, written by Susan Crockford, claims that rather than being threatened by declining Arctic sea ice, polar bears are “thriving”. Three scientists who reviewed
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, President Donald Trump boasted that “we’re having tremendous plans coming out now — health care plans — at a fraction of the cost that are much better than Obamacare.R
According to popular lore, an assortment of United States presidents from John Quincy Adams to Herbert Hoover shared space in the West Wing with giant reptiles.
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article at CNN reports on a new study that calculates the acceleration of sea level rise that has become apparent in the record of satellite measurements, which began in 1993. Because the satellite record is s
Contrary to a fabricated tweet, the SpaceX CEO responded graciously to Trump's congratulations on the "American ingenuity" of the Falcon Heavy rocket.
Q: Has the International Astronomical Union reclassified Pluto as a “major planet”? A: No. That claim was originally published years ago as an April Fool’s joke. FULL ANSWER In 2006, the International Astronomical Union amended th
The NFL has denied advertising space in the Super Bowl program for a veterans group that declined to alter language about standing for the national anthem.
SUMMARY Many stories were written about climate science in 2017, but were the ones that “went viral” scientifically accurate? To find out, we compiled a list of articles with the most comments, shares, and likes on social networks using data from
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This August 2017 article in The Atlantic covered a study of the greenhouse gas emissions that could be avoided if beef consumption was reduced in the United States. Beef is a particularly resource-intensive food, d
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This March 2017 story in the New York Times described the record low extent of Arctic sea ice at its annual maximum. Scientists who reviewed the article found it to be accurate and informative, with only a couple d
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY In June 2017, an Arctic research cruise had to be postponed because of unusually thick sea ice that had drifted near Newfoundland. Polar field work frequently battles difficult conditions, but several outlets wrote
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY In January 2017, NASA and NOAA released their data for average global temperature in 2016, which ranked as the warmest year on record. This story in the New York Times described the new record and provided some con
A video purportedly shows a small alien boarding a spaceship in a field.
The head of the House science committee falsely claimed the National Science Foundation funds “more than twice as many graduate students in the social and behavioral sciences as in computer science, mathematics or material science.” In fact
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article in The Daily Caller describes a recent study published on the University of Alabama at Huntsville satellite temperature dataset. The study claims that, after removing the cooling influence of two large
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article at Grist by Eric Holthaus examines the risk of greater sea level rise caused by a more rapid loss of glacial ice. It focuses on a process recently added to one ice sheet model (ice cliff instability),
As President Donald Trump listed the accomplishments of his trip to Asia, one example remains a mystery. “Vietnam is ordering at least $12 billion worth of Boeings. And I think they were going a different route. But now they’re going the r
The House Republican tax plan would eliminate a federal tax deduction for state and local income or sales taxes, and it modifies a deduction for state and local property taxes. The Senate bill is expected to eliminate the deductions entirely. These pro
Q: Is the Department of Defense planning a drill that will cause a nationwide blackout? Is antifa involved? A: No and no. The Army is conducting a drill with ham radio operators, and it has nothing to do with antifa. FULL QUESTION I was wondering, d
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article in The Independent describes a study examining one type of “proxy” record for past global temperatures the geologic record. The study found a potential problem with temperature estimates for time p
A day after the FBI announced that George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign, had pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, the president tweeted: “Few people knew the young, low level volunteer n
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This opinion in The Australian by Ian Plimer repeats a number of false but common claims to support an argument that human activities are not responsible for climate change, and that renewables like wind and solar
Does a photograph of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit show that the tread of his boots didn't match the "footprints" he supposedly left on the moon?
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This BBC article describes an as-yet-unreleased report on ocean acidification from a major collaborative scientific project called BIOACID. The report will summarize the state of research on the impacts of ocean ac
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently gave a speech at a climate “skeptic” conference hosted by the UK Global Warming Policy Foundation (led by Nigel Lawson who recently made incorrect claims about temperature evolution in a BBC int
Q: Did climate change cause the wildfires out West? A: Scientists say a hot and dry summer — conditions more likely in a warmer world — caused widespread wildfires in Western states. But land use changes also have played a role. FULL ANS
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article in The New York Times serves as a primer by briefly answering seventeen basic questions about the cause and consequences of—and possible solutions to—climate change. Twelve scientists reviewed the