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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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World’s Most Overhyped Science Headline?
14 May 2009 2:18 pm
"WORLD RENOWNED SCIENTISTS REVEAL A REVOLUTIONARY SCIENTIFIC FIND THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING," blares a media alert that crossed ScienceInsider's desk today. The notice announces a 19 May press conference at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among others, will speak. They will "unveil a major historic scientific find" that will "address a long-standing scientific puzzle." The announcement is tied to an upcoming special on the History Channel, the notice says. ScienceInsider is waiting with bated breath.
Update: The "find that will change everything" is a 47-million-year-old fossil found in Germany of a primate that could be the common ancestor of modern apes, monkeys, and humans.