But when the media mill pumps out a story that says, for example, that you’re growing horns because you look down at your phone too much, it’s useful to be able to fact check what you’re reading. And the best way to do that is to take a peek at the scientific paper itself.
Most reputable outlets should be linking to the paper in their article, though sometimes the study itself will be behind a paywall (if you’re still really motivated to read it, you can email the corresponding author, who is often happy to provide interested parties with a pdf).
If you can read it, the good news is that you don’t have to be an expert to glean some key pieces of information, even if a lot of the technical jargon goes over your head.
CLICK HERE to visit the Popular Science website and read 5 easy steps to go straight to the source!