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post Jan 8 2007, 07:15 PM
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I have just watched the BBC's report on the newly created 3D map of dark matter using Hubble data; and it made my heart sink.

I applaud the BBC for giving airtime to such discoveries, but for such a respected organisation their research was awful.

It's no wonder the vast majority of people are either bewildered or disinterested the the universe as a whole when the facts they are given are completely wrong.

It's a shame that tonight 60 million or so people in the UK and many other people around the world were told Hubble shone a beam of light out into the depths of the universe and studied how it was bent by the gravity of dark matter billions of light years away!

And this was a report from the BBCs science correspondant!

I remain downhearted that perhaps the most important story of the week was reported in such a shoddy manner.

Does anyone else feel space is being let down by TV coverage?


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post Jan 8 2007, 11:49 PM
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Quite a contrast the BBC online News report about it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6235751.stm

The problem is News networks employ a "science correspondent".... who must cover every aspect of science, which is impossible to do properly. And clearly this one knew absolutely nothing about astronomy/space science.
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- As old as Voyager   Inaccuracy in reporting astronomy and science   Jan 8 2007, 07:15 PM
- - Ames   Yes I do! Don't get me started... Only ...   Jan 8 2007, 09:09 PM
- - Sunspot   I saw that report too, without a doubt the worst p...   Jan 8 2007, 10:37 PM
- - Stu   Absolutely appalling and - after yesterday's ...   Jan 8 2007, 10:51 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   The thing that worries me is that there must be ma...   Jan 8 2007, 11:10 PM
||- - tedstryk   QUOTE (Bob Shaw @ Jan 8 2007, 11:10 PM) T...   Jan 9 2007, 01:39 AM
||- - ugordan   QUOTE (Bob Shaw @ Jan 9 2007, 12:10 AM) T...   Jan 9 2007, 10:07 AM
||- - 4th rock from the sun   It's not just the news that are incorrect and ...   Jan 9 2007, 10:30 AM
|- - ynyralmaen   QUOTE (Stu @ Jan 8 2007, 11:51 PM) Unbeli...   Jan 9 2007, 12:01 AM
- - Sunspot   Quite a contrast the BBC online News report about ...   Jan 8 2007, 11:49 PM
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|- - Tesheiner   QUOTE (climber @ Jan 9 2007, 03:21 AM) We...   Jan 9 2007, 09:48 AM
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|- - Stu   QUOTE (ngunn @ Jan 9 2007, 01:32 PM) Yes ...   Jan 9 2007, 03:50 PM
||- - ngunn   QUOTE (Stu @ Jan 9 2007, 03:50 PM) Yep. I...   Jan 9 2007, 04:31 PM
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