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These days, hype rises in science journals, like yeast in dough

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But there doesn’t seem to be anyone to punch it down*.

From Vox:

“Unprecedented!” “Amazing!” “Novel!”

Punch. Punch. Punch.

A team of researchers from the Netherlands tried to quantify the rise in hype by studying the titles and abstracts of scientific papers published in the PubMed database between 1974 and 2014. They wanted to see how often adjectives such as “unprecedented,” “amazing,” “groundbreaking,” and “promising” were used.

They found a ninefold increase in frequency during the period — and published their results in BMJ.

In half the cases, terms like “breakthrough,” “miracle,” and “cure” were used to describe medicines that hadn’t even been approved yet by regulators. More.

Punch. Punch. Punch.

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* Note:A standard procedure when making leavened bread. by hand, to distribute yeast pockets evenly.

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