Science Literacy

Web journalists churn out articles with abandon. The result is poor fact checking. Look at this excerpt from an article (EDIT: article has been fixed) on thestreet.com,

Downing a cup of black drip coffee pumps about 100 to 140 milliliters of caffeine into your system. Drinking a double latte will add another 100 milliliters.

Oh really?

The author meant to use milligrams. Some might say this is a small error, perhaps even a grammatical slip. I say its a fundamental misunderstanding of what the hell this author is trying to say. 100 ml of caffeine would kill a horse (if we put aside the fact that you don’t measure a drug by its volume and assume we have some magical “serum” caffeine). Shucks, at any reasonable concentration, that’s enough caffeine to kill anything, even the mighty T-Rex.

There’s nothing revolutionary or finding an error like this on the web. I just question how our society will solve the “science literacy” crisis when we are fed this hastily written smut.

UPDATE: HA! MY SARDONIC EMAIL TO THE AUTHOR PROMPTED THEM TO FIX THE ARTICLE. YOU’RE WELCOME, AMERICA. I’M HAPPY TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

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~ by wcuk on August 27, 2007.

2 Responses to “Science Literacy”

  1. I like scientific journal articles cuz they have pictures. Literature journals don’t have pictures.

  2. YARLY!

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