Sensationalizing and distorting science: the media and “shared knowledge”

“Researchers Shocked To Discover Hidden DNA Code”!  Anyone even casually interested in the ever expanding pool of shared scientific knowledge is likely perk up at such a headline.  It takes a lot more than casual interest, of course, to keep track of scientific discoveries:  dozens of credible websites (let alone scientific journals) are crammed with articles about yet more discoveries about the human genome—or about yet another exoplanet  or species of bizarre beetle. Barraged with far more information than we ...

Technology on the catwalk

The fashion industry has long been at the forefront of applying technology in the design, manufacturing and marketing processes. The industry has taken this one stage further in the last few years by incorporating technology into the product itself. Fashion is now meeting technology in the form of wearable technology. Wearable technology or wearable gadgets are technology devices that can be worn by a consumer. These clothes frequently include tracking information related to health and fitness. Wearable technology has traditionally ...