Charlie Petit

UPDATED* Reporters scramble as NIH trumpets two assaults against Ebola virus

Yesterday was a frantic day for reporters covering medical science – specifically those following the deadly outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa and the global effort to understand and treat it. In Science magazine NIH, the Harvard and MIT-affiliated Broad Institute, and other researchers reported results of genome sequencing about 100 of the

(UPDATED*) Northern California quake leaves geologists guessing – some media paying attention

The big legitimate news questions after a significant earthquake, including the one early Sunday morning in near the south end of the Napa Valley northwest of San Francisco Bay,  concern damage and injuries or deaths. In this case, no deaths but scores injured as facades fell off older buildings and residents tried to clean up

A reporter’s meditation on scarcity of wildness, on wolf pups, and on a bond with readers

Mash-ups among separate events and streams of consciousness are not standard news writing. They fit easily however in old-style columns and new-style blogs. News writing purports to be objective and often takes a disinterested stance – just the facts as seen and as described by sources. The latter two are often personal messages from writers

(UPDATE 3*) AP Excloo? : Fracking quakes don’t feel as strong..umm, as big of a deal, hmmm, oomphy! Magnitudinous?

A federal scientist, poring through records from a US Geological Survey standard on line questionnaire asking how big an earthquake feels, has found something odd. Manmade quakes, which almost always refers those caused by injecting fluids into the ground as in fracking, tend to feel gentler and cause less damage or other drama than natural

AP etc: What are we, Canada? US Reporters, Editors tell EPA call off message police, free its experts to talk with press.

For years now the conservative administration in Ottawa to the US’s north has systematically sought to bring order and consistency to the message its research bureaus deliver to the public. Canada’s elected leadership has larded on rules that make it tough for gov’t scientists to answer calls from reporters and yak away without a pr

(Updated*) Space press bigshots jump on Rosetta’s arrival out near asteroid belt at in-bound comet 67P

  It’s a great day for gee whiz science news (except there’s hardly any new science yet). It is from an agency usually eclipsed by NASA’s once-common mega-missions to distant solar system locales, the European Space Agency. Its boxy Rosetta spacecraft, toting a small lander, has spent ten years careering around Earth and Mars to

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