According to news headlines, science says a lot of things, but what do we really learn from scientific studies, and how do these findings impact our daily lives?

Wading through science-related news can be difficult, but science isn’t an elite league of geniuses or a collection of hard facts. Science is a process of gathering evidence from carefully controlled tests to gain understanding of the natural world. Our goal is to empower everyone to investigate how scientific findings impact their daily lives. We’re cultivating a community of science communicators to demystify the scientific process and challenge misconceptions. So what does science really say?

This project seeks to ensure scientific data is accurately represented in the media, by writing timely responses to viral news coverage of new studies. These posts include an analysis of the study cited by the media, comments from the authors of the study and other experts in the field, and the scientific consensus on the topic drawn from review of the scientific literature

There’s a lot going on in your baby’s brain–and diaper – Walters, Johansen, Tucci – 11.22.17

Talking to your dog does not make you smart – Johansen, Walters, Reiter – 8.30.17

No, your baby is not racist. – Davis, Tucci – 6.17.17

Wine won’t make you smarter, but your brain plays a big role in tasting – Ly, Fetter, Shew – 5.20.17

Gluten probably won’t kill you and a gluten-free diet probably won’t either – Gallegos, Ly, Walters – 3.27.17

Fertility and Fraying Tips: What does your DNA say about when to have kids? – Davis, Johansen, Snyder – 03.12.17

A beer a day keeps the doctor away? Here’s the science behind the headlines – Reiter, Moore, Ly – 01.05.17

Think Responsibly: Your Vodka-Red Bull Isn’t Exactly Like Cocaine – Silva, Gallegos, Davis – 11.14.16

What does science REALLY say about vegetable oils & cancer? – Gallegos, Reiter – 09.03.16

Does Intelligence REALLY come from our mothers? – Gallegos, Holm, Silva -10.21.16




Additional Posts by SciSays members


Baloney Detection – White – 8.9.18

An honest discussion on the labeling of GMOs – Tucci – 2.26.2018


Next level science communication: humanization, normalization, illumination – White – 4.20.17

8 bee experts weigh in on pollinator decline & Cheerios’ bid to save them – Gallegos – 4.14.17



Risk assessment, explained: Interview with Dr. Travis Bui – Brittany Anderton – 12.30.16

What are “omics”? – Jenna Gallegos – 05.19.16

Memory and learning in plants – Jenna Gallegos – 05.01.16

What is a GMO? – Jenna Gallegos – 03.21.16


Fungal Genomics – Peter Henry – 10.27.15

Shifting our attitudes toward pesticides – Nir Oksenberg – 09.6.15

External posts and articles featuring SciSays members

Washington Post on “The mystery of ghost trees” – Zane Moore – 10.7.16

FrankFoodFacts interview – Nir Oksenberg – 09.21.15