Top 10 scientific blunders of 2008


Volkskrant science reporter Hans van Maanen came up with a list of the 10 biggest blunders of 2008 in both science and reporting or talking about science (Dutch).

#5, on the news that drinking coffee is not bad for you:

Of the healthy men who drank more than five cups a day, 20% less died than of the healthy men who never drank coffee.

Twenty percent! But healthy men—the phrase gives it away—rarely die, and 20% of nothing is still nothing. (Dutch). Photo by Madeleine Price Ball, some rights reserved.

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