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Hi. This is an . I'm Jack. I'm the science editor at CNET.com, a good website on the internet. I write science stories for a living. I like to call out bullshit science and science reporting.

I'm ready to jump ship from The Bad Bird Site.

You can find all my stuff here: cnet.com/profiles/jacksonryan/

NEW: This week's newsletter is all about some really whack marketing/press/science PR that ended up on at least two news bulletins...

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Ended up on ABC's MediaWatch last night after delivering a ... rather heated newsletter last week about "dowsing" and "structured water" ...

You can subscribe to that newsletter to be way ahead of the game, right here: nobreakthroughs.substack.com/

This week's newsletter is out!!!! Please read!!!!! If you like monsters!!!!!

It's about a couple of stories going all in on the Loch Ness Monster being "plausible" ...

The One About Sea Monsters: nobreakthroughs.substack.com/p

Yesterday, the Sydney Morning Herald had a piece in its lifestyle section about "structured water"... which is a whole load of pseudoscience nonsense.

So I dug a little deeper and what do you know? It's written by the media relations officer of a company that sells a device to magnetize water... or something like that?

This is The One About Magic Water: nobreakthroughs.substack.com/p

Remember the story about the "oldest galaxy ever seen" -- well, it's already very old news and it's only been six days!

We have a handful of new galaxy candidates that are further away, so the record JWST just potentially smashed.... might already be smashed!

cnet.com/science/space/jwst-mi

Really begging everyone who writes about science to ... leave the uncertainty inherent in cutting-edge research ~in~ your headlines, please!

This, on , is why:

cnet.com/science/space/did-the

For fans: CNET's going to be dropping Space Telescope fun every Sunday morning at 5 a.m. PT.

Here's one from yesterday, on the next JWST projects we can expect to see data from...

cnet.com/science/space/feature

Now that the hype has passed (it hasn't but) ...

I really think you should read this pretty incredible feature about "Dark Extinction"

What happens to species that go extinct before we even knew they existed...? Wild to think about.

cnet.com/science/biology/featu

These photos are probably going to be underappreciated because they're not as dazzling as the big release day ones...

but hiding in the commissioning document were two images of Jupiter. Pretty interesting.

cnet.com/science/space/two-web

100 years ago, we thought the universe ended at the edge of the Milky Way. That was it. Then we built bigger and better telescopes and they altered our horizon, time and again.

Now we have this. That's pretty fucking phenomenal.

cnet.com/science/space/nasas-w

Hello. Do you want to cure your hangovers? Have you read that you might be able to do just that.

Then, join me as we tear down Twitter and breathless reporting about "Myrkl" -- a new pill designed to prevent hangovers........

nobreakthroughs.substack.com/

For the past three years I've been searching for a man named Mitsutaka Uchikoshi.

In 2006, he was found on the side of a Japanese mountain after missing for 25 days. His doctors believe he may have entered a hibernation-like state.

The isn't all that clear... so I wanted to find him and understand how this might be possible. This is the story of my search:

cnet.com/science/biology/featu

Back in action with the newsletter tomorrow after flu kicked my ass. This week I am taking on some of the breathless reporting about "The Hangover Pill"... yes, I know, I've definitely been here before.

Subscribe here: nobreakthroughs.substack.com/

My dudes: The flu absolutely properly kicked my ass. I am usually pretty vigilant with my jabs but life got in the way this year. Went out for a few hours on a Saturday two weeks ago and have been knocked on my ass since. Get the vax.

If you've been reading the "China may have discovered signals from an alien civilization" discourse, can I just say: Please. Stop.

China has not found radio signals from an alien civilization.

cnet.com/science/space/no-chin

Hello! Grab a and get a load of this: A new newsletter on some of the stories last week about 4.6-billion-year-old asteroid samples and aliens... yes. Glowing green folk.

Sign up/share/send to friends if you enjoy (and also if you don't)

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It's friends ⚛️

I think my favourite story from this week is about another fast radio burst being discovered in deep space -- it's one of the most extreme yet and it might make us rethink about how these signals travel to Earth.

cnet.com/science/space/most-ex

This is one of those times where I am literally like... "Why is no one talking about this?" 😂

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One of the most significant papers from Japan's sample return mission to asteroid Ryugu was published in Science today.

It's a monumental result, according to other planetary scientists. Essentially, we now have access to pristine materials from the very earliest days of the solar system, some 4.5ish billion years ago and we can study them on Earth.

A big deal.

cnet.com/science/space/scienti

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