The Marcellus Shale industry, whose “fracking” practices have been criticized by environmentalists, have been pushing hard with PR campaigns on several fronts. They have been trying to put a positive spin on their practices while reminding everyone of all the jobs they are creating.
The Allegheny County Council decided it would be a good idea to start fracking under Deer Lakes Park. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Governor Tom Corbett issued an executive order saying it was OK to drill under Pennsylvania forests and state parks.
How some scientists – and news – can play with medical data…
A scientific result is considered “statistically significant” if there’s a less than one in 20 chance that it could happen by chance – if you measure 20 different things, you’ll probably get one positive result, as this XKCD demonstrates.
Image: Significant, xkcd webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.
How Scientists Are Doing A Bait-And-Switch With Medical Data, BuzzFeed, Jan. 22, 2016.