I see the Daily Mail has picked up the story that “Oumuamua”, the “visiting” rock whose origins lay outside our solar system, might be an alien artefact with a light sail, say a couple of scientists. This kind of “science” is science fake news, tabloid science. Bad enough when it is based on poor reporting by some ignorant journalist, but outrageous when scientists do it themselves. It seems to be happening more and more frequently as scientists chase research dollars and media ntoriety (even if only for 15 minutes(, but it must stop, it is contributing to public distrust of science.
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