Stepping out of the box in science journalism

For science journalists, it’s often hard to come up with stories that aren’t just communicating the findings of this or that study published in this or the other journal. Although that kind of article is important and often manages to add an interesting critical element, it’s nice to step outside of that box every now and again. But it’s not easy.

In the New York Times today, there is a lovely piece that starts with a personal observation and applies a kind of scientific method to that observation. The author noticed something strange about her heart rate during exercise done in the morning compared to exercise done in the evening. She did a few home-brew experiments and then spoke to some experts. Although not rigorous, the results seem worthy of attention.

Anyway, the piece is very nice and interesting and worth a look.

[Hat tip: Rod McGuinness' Tweet]