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The Science Reporter: Who is ultimately responsible for reporting significant findings to the public?

Are science reporters like other reporters? Reporters are suppose to be objective and independently investigate stories that are of public interest. They are generally proactive and go after the story rather than having the story come to them. They are also knowledgable enough to present the dynamics and content of a story to the public. Who is ultimately responsible for reporting significant scientific findings to the public when science reporters are unable to act as other reporters?

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  • Feb 7 2013: The arXiv.org e-Print archive and MO (Math Overflow) are where the highest concentrations of experts in mathematics and physics exist. A science reporter who is really interested in what is going to be published in a peer reviewed journal can go to these places.

    MO is a good place for mathematical research questions. It is better to answer questions than to ask them because asking a question brings out the worst. Ex. Mathematicians published an article in nature on the existence of wave functions. I used the paper in a question as a test to see how they would respond. They said the paper was riddled with errors and no one in the field takes it serious. This is a potential peer-reviewer. Only one person defended the paper and called the comments irresponsible. The question was immediately closed. The paper was correct and presented with another paper as an attack proof response to the 3-body problem and it worked because they could not close the question. How do you close the 3-Body question? You cannot close one of the most important mathematical questions.

    arXiv.org e-Print archive is the most controlled publishing site. You can never publish frequently enough through the peer review process to be competitive with your peers so without the arXiv you are finished as a professor. You have to be endorsed to post and not everyone can endorse. An endorser can be blacklisted if they endorse the wrong person. Who is the wrong person? Your competition. That's fraud and these are the people who peer-review peoples papers and take the public's money. These are the individuals who tell you to cite other peoples research or you don't get published in the journals. That is fraud, if you did not use those peoples research.

    We need science reporters to stop this garbage.

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