Nuclear explosions in a geologic repository? Peer review meets politics and the press



When the popular press picks up an article from /Science or Nature, the increased exposure produces a wider understanding about what scientists do and how science is important to society. Although problems may sometimes arise in the translation, in general the results are highly beneficial to both the scients and the public. A murkier case is media coverage of an ongoing scientific debate, where a reporter may be tempted to focus on the controversy rather than educate readers on the underlying science.