2018 in Context


Leading into this week, a study was published touting the benefits of drinking a glass of red wine a day, and another that said a drink a day is the key to a long life.  A few days later a new study came out, to groans within every newsroom, saying that you daily glass was now a cancer-causing no-go.  What these headlines all lack is context.

How does the latest headline-grabbing story bandied about on the front page fit in to the greater landscape of researcher, science, and desire to answer all questions?

That’s part of our focus, for this digital magazine, as well as a specific look at our best of 2018 series. As a team, we’ve been working on our Best of 2018 series since 2018 began: every field of science and technology have had such surprising and inspiring breakthroughs last year, it’s sometimes hard to keep every new piece of news in context.

The news of 2018 pointed to a bright future

We’ve tried to include many of the landmark studies published this year, as a way to indicate both the depth of research going on, as well as to make sure one study wouldn’t stand out in a sea of thousands.

Correlation does not equal causation.

Let me know what you think, and hopefully next time you read that latest science headline on Facebook, you’ll be able to put it in context before you throw out your glass of wine.

  • Richard Dias

Feel free to send comments and questions to richard@thisisions.com


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