IFL Science, short for I F#cking Love Science, began as a Facebook page in 2012. It then became a popular website that publishes light popular science stories. The website does not have an about page, however, their Facebook page simply reads “The lighter side of science.” The founder and editor of IFLS is Elise Andrew who holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sheffield.
Funded by / Ownership
The website is owned by Elise Andrew and is funded through a combination of advertising and sale of merchandise from an online store.
Analysis / Bias
In review, IFL Science is challenging to place into a category. For the most part, the information contained on the website is pro-science and sourced fairly well to credible science or other popular science sources. However, IFLS has also published false information that falls into the realm of pseudoscience. Finally, IFLS has strong political opinions that align with the left such as this: Here’s A List Of All The Science That Donald Trump Denies: Second Edition or Science Knowledge Has Almost No Effect On Republican Beliefs, According To Survey. In general, a survey of stories that relate to politics shows a left-leaning bias in story selection and political association.
When it comes to science, IFLS is generally in support of the consensus with Vaccinations, Climate Change, and GMOs. However, some stories are ridiculous and speculative such as this: Pieces Of A “UFO” Fell From The Sky And Landed In Remote Cambodian Village.
Failed Fact Checks
- The smell of a rare mushroom causes women to have spontaneous orgasms. – Unproven
- NASA has confirmed that marijuana contains “alien DNA” from outside of our solar system. – False
- “New Report Warns “High Likelihood Of Human Civilization Coming To An End” Within 30 Years” – Low Scientific Credibility
Overall, we rate IFL Science a Mild Pseudoscience website based on the publication of unproven and misleading information related to science. We would also like to clarify that most information on this website is scientifically sound, however, caution is needed based on a track record of occasionally publishing misinformation. (12/12/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 08/30/2020)