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With so much of our news at the moment being dominated by science due to the pandemic, it is possible for details to be misreported or sources to spout incorrect information to support their position.

The Conversation provides six top tips for spotting bogus scientific news stories, courtesy of professor of chemistry at Connecticut College, Marc Zimmer.

"Seek the peer review seal of approval," he writes, as a general rule, sources which are not peer reviewed are as less reliable.

Zimmer adds that it is also important to remember that correlation does not always equal causation: just because you can see a relationship between two things, one does not necessarily cause the other.

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