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Fake News

Adam Walton talks to a team of Welsh scientists about the rise of fake news and hears how conspiracy theories and the distrust of experts affect their work and research.

28 minutes

Last on

Sun 7 May 2017 06:31

...and scientific truths

The political arena isn't the only place where fake news and "alternative facts" are being debated. Scientists are now speaking out about false information which they say is diluting and harming legitimate research.

In Science Café this week, Adam talks to a group of Welsh scientists about the difficulties of working in what some have dubbed the "post-truth age".  Dr Ed Pope, a lecturer in Marine Biology at Swansea University, recently organised a public talk on the subject with his colleagues Dr Mary Gagen, an Associate Prof of Geography and Physics Prof Chris Allton. Together with Tom Crick, Prof of Computer Studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University, they explore the role of social media in circulating inadequate information and the worrying distrust of experts. All agree that a new way of presenting relevant scientific findings must be found.  

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