(English intro to Spanish lang post) Before, during and after the soccer world cup there were some stories about science&soccer in the Spanish and Latin American media. We’ve reviewed a few of them, analyzed the reactions of the readers, and we conclude that most of the stories are frivolous, non-interesting at all, and that they didn’t have any impact. They are vaguely shared in social networks, and the comments of the readers use to be skeptical and to make fun of
The New York Times recently added a new feature called Chronicle, which allows anyone to do a keyword search of Times copy back to the paper's founding in the mid-19th century.
That makes possible such questions as this: How often has the Times used "breakthrough," a word nearly forbidden in science writing?
Alarmingly, the use of the word is on the rise. This could also reflect stories about breakthroughs in labor negotiations, in Congressional deadlocks, and in, say, Faulkner studies.
Most people lose their appetites when they hear that a snake or salamander is crawling around near them. Not Japan, though. While it seems taboo in most places around the world, the country is the home to more than one … Continue reading →