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Awful science journalism, just terrible

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/pets/news-features/meet-charming-two-faced-cat-taking-internet-storm/

 

It says a chimera is an animal that shares cells from two different species. Simple Wikipedia check would have corrected it. Technically a chimera has the DNA of two different individuals, each cell has the DNA of one or the other. That's very different from saying it's made of two different species. This person has a job writing news?????

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Ah, they've cited a PDF from an academic department describing a different type of chimera, the deliberate laboratory combining of embryo cells of different species. It still isn't hard to work out which is the correct version for a funny faced domestic cat.

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51 minutes ago, Si1 said:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/pets/news-features/meet-charming-two-faced-cat-taking-internet-storm/

 

It says a chimera is an animal that shares cells from two different species. Simple Wikipedia check would have corrected it. Technically a chimera has the DNA of two different individuals, each cell has the DNA of one or the other. That's very different from saying it's made of two different species. This person has a job writing news?????

Just to be clear, this is sarcasm, right?

I'd have thought if one were to level the charge of sloppy journalism at this article, it would more likely centre around the fact that all the pictures are face-on and there appear to be no vids, making faking a synch. Even in the absence of these issues, a little hair dye and photoshop would easily reproduce these effects.

The owner is only known as "Elizabeth", so clearly the author has not met them. They have taken the whole chimera-cat story at - well - face value - no matter what meaning you attach to chimera.

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It's awful journalism, science or not. "... very unique facial markings" - something is either unique or it is not! It can't be more unique than something else.

Mind you she isn't unique anyway - see Venus the two faced cat - and Venus manages to be "more unique" by having odd coloured eyes too!:P

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36 minutes ago, shrike said:

It's awful journalism, science or not. "... very unique facial markings" - something is either unique or it is not! It can't be more unique than something else.

Mind you she isn't unique anyway - see Venus the two faced cat - and Venus manages to be "more unique" by having odd coloured eyes too!:P

There's no way Venus is the most famous cat on the planet. Everyone knows that would be Top Cat.

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Thanks for that Cavey. I couldn't see the cat picture, and after all, that is what the internet is all about.

As for science reporting, I want to now about potato shaped asteroids that are twenty football fields long.

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9 minutes ago, MrPin said:

Thanks for that Cavey. I couldn't see the cat picture, and after all, that is what the internet is all about.

As for science reporting, I want to now about potato shaped asteroids that are twenty football fields long.

Asteroids are shaped like plastic ducks.

Plastic ducks are not shaped like ducks.

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34 minutes ago, Si1 said:

There's no way Venus is the most famous cat on the planet. Everyone knows that would be Top Cat.

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Or "Boss Cat" if you watched it on the BBC in the 70s.

Reason was that "Top Cat" was a well-known brand of cat-food at the time  - and the BBC did not allow any form of advertisement or product-placement in those days. 

Oh how things have changed..!

This well-intentioned - but rather silly renaming of "Top Cat" cartoon - was probably one of the early steps along the road to self-destruction that the BBC has traveled since those days.

The best bit was that the theme-tune remained unchanged  - referring to the forbidden Top Cat from start to finish. As did the rest of the show. 

Confusing or what...?

They meant well - I sincerely believe that - but ultimately their actions have sown the seeds of their own demise...

 

 

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Which Top Cat character are you?;)

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