Science News – Since its founding in 1921 as the Science News Bulletin (first issue below), Science News has been covering current and controversial scientific issues to democratize access to knowledge. This newspaper mogul E.W. Scripps and the zoologist W.E. Ritter to build a scientifically literate society through unbiased and evidence-based science journalism. In 1925, our journalists covered the Scopes trial extensively, sparking a debate about whether evolution should be taught in schools. In 1922, we covered news like today’s: New Pneumonia Vaccine Trial.
We are now fighting a deadly pandemic. There remains widespread misinformation about the potential of immunization, masking and social distancing efforts. It is noteworthy that science news survived the Great Depression because it is in these times of crisis that society is most dependent on science. Our newsroom works around the clock to keep the public informed with objective and accurate scientific news and public health guidance.
As we celebrate our centennial, I want to thank our Editor-in-Chief, Nancy Schutt, for her visionary leadership and phenomenal reporting to our newsrooms of talented journalists. Thanks to our readers, clients and members for staying with us. Many of you have become givers by giving more than you need. I am grateful for your support. When I first joined, you bet on my leadership. Thanks for giving you a chance. We look forward to continuing to report on scientific discoveries for the next 100 years!
There are more details and sophistication, but some of the questions remain the same. A century ago, previous Science News articles often focused on astronomy and space, exploring questions such as whether other planets existed beyond Neptune. A century ago, people needed help to understand science. as much as they do today. Then, as now, it was not always easy to distinguish between right and wrong.
The mainstream media, from now on, consider science secondary to other aspects of their mission. And when science made the news, it was often (as then) distorted, credulous, or dangerously misleading. E.W. Scripps, a leading newspaper publisher, and William Emerson Ritter, a biologist, felt a need. He envisioned a service that would provide credible science news to a world dedicated to truth and clarity.
For Scripps and Ritter, a noble goal of science journalism was: To discover the truth about all kinds of things of human interest and to communicate it with sincerity and in a language understandable to those whose well-being it consists of. And so the Science Service was born 100 years ago, soon to give birth to the magazine now known as Science News. In the first year of its existence.
The Science Service distributed its weekly dispatches to newspapers in the form of mimographed packages. In 1922 those packages became available to the public by subscription, giving rise to the science bulletin, the Father of Science News. Then as now, magazine readers were delighted with a smorgasbord of delicious hummingbirds from a menu that spans all tastes in science.
From nuclear power to outer space, agriculture to oceanography, transportation, and for that matter. course, food and nutrition. In those early days, much of the new company’s coverage focused on space, such as the possibility of planets beyond Neptune. Experts share their thoughts on whether the spiral-shaped clouds in deep space were distant galaxies filled with galaxy-like stars.
And or were embryonic solar systems forming within the Milky Way. The articles explored the latest speculations about life on Venus (here and here) or Mars. Regular coverage was also devoted to new technologies, in particular radio. A dispatch from the Science Service informed readers how to build their own radio at home, for $ 6. And in 1922, the Science Newsletter reported an amazing advancement in radio: a device that could operate without a battery. You can simply plug it into an outlet.
It is true that the age of some predictions was not so good. The 1921 prediction that the United States would be forced to adopt the metric system for business transactions has yet to be fulfilled. A simple, common international auxiliary language – “safely predicted” in 1921 to become “part of the team of every educated person” – remains unpopular today.
And despite serious calendar reform considerations by astronomers and church dignitaries reported in May 1922, more than a thousand of the same months have passed without the slightest change.
On the other hand, “the favorite fruit of Americans for generations to come will be the avocado,” as predicted in 1921, is possibly debatable, although toast was not mentioned, suggesting only “a few crackers and a little avocado. sprinkled with salt it makes for a hearty and balanced lunch. ” A delightfully false forecast was a repeated forecast of the eugenics boom as a “scientific” endeavor.