Reproducible Results and Baby Planets

When I report science news, discuss new discoveries, and get excited about new results, it can be difficult to hear that little voice in the back of my mind that says ‘reproducible results.’  It’s the voice of the pure scientist that reminds me to be critical of the things I read, and be open to critical review for the things I write and say. Any result isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on unless it can be independently reproduced.  This is a key to scientific advancement.  If the result can’t be reproduced, then something is wrong.  It may be an error with...

Motivation Monday: Candor

Is honesty always the best policy?  Is it better to tell someone the truth, or tell them what they want to hear and keep them happy?  If someone tells you about an idea they are excited about, do you tell them if you feel it’s bad? Or do you pump them up and tell them they can do it, inspiring them?  If a friend is in a bad situation, do you give them the harsh truth, even if they end up hating you for it? Or do you let them discover the answer for themselves? People like to be reassured...