Christian Long

Rachel Pike: The Science Behind a Climate Headline

In TED Talks on April 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Reflection by ALEX S.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Rachel Pike:  The Science Behind a Climate Headline

How many scientists does it take to create or pass a climate headline?

Well quite a few according to Rachel Pike’s talk.

She states that it could take thousands of scientists just to pass one headline. This quite an interesting concept because when I see a headline I get the idea that some editor or journalist had it placed it the paper. But rather than a solo effort such as this, Rachel Pike explains that it is more of a colaboration of many scientific minds. Also this is interesting because, is a headline that is agreed on by thousands of people going to be 100% right? Or is it overall a safe in between that makes everyone or most happy. In most situations it will be a safe in between. Then based on this idea the climate headlines may tend to be a bit more skewed from the truth than most would like to believe.

Also this is very interesting because of how far these scientists like Rachel Pike are willing to go just to find a single molecule of isoprene. In her talk she shows how she went to the Malaysian rain forest. Probably not the cheapest place to travel to in the world to search for a molecule. Although this molecule of isoprene could have a very big impact on the the scientific world because of its rarity in he natural environment.

Overall this video is interesting because of the amount of sceintific input it takes to come out with just one well-written and worth while headline. Also because of how in depth these scientists search for just a single molecule of Isoprene.


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