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UK science journal publishes study by 8-year-olds

December 22, 2010

UK science journal publishes study by 8-year-olds.

This is a quick one that I found interesting for one point the Washington Post failed to recognize:

Biology Letters published a report Wednesday conducted and written by a group of 8- to 10-year-olds from an English elementary school investigating the way bumblebees see colors and patterns…Scientists who commented on the kids’ report in the journal say although the experiments were modest and lacked statistical analyses, they were cleverly and correctly designed and hold their own compared to those conducted by highly trained specialists.

One question – does this speak to the intelligence of the 8-year-olds or the lack of intelligence of the “highly trained specialists”?  Considering what sort of studies generally come out of the UK, I would say it is the latter.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2010 8:14 pm

    Would this be a science journal that also tries to make the argument that global warming is real? At least we know what their standards are now.

    • December 22, 2010 9:40 pm

      Yeah, I think the 4-year old department does the global warming studies.

  2. December 23, 2010 2:53 am

    They were “peer reviewed” so we should believe them!

    • December 23, 2010 5:59 pm

      I believe them without reservation. Of course, I am a moron so…

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