A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.
- Overall, we rate The Science Times Questionable due to the use of poor sources, a complete lack of transparency, and failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2014, The Science Times is a website that publishes news on scientific research and technology in a variety of fields. According to their about page “We provide credible news & info., in-depth reference material about diverse subjects that matter to everyone. We are a source for original and timely science and research information as well as breaking news in the various fields we represent.”
The website lacks transparency as they do not openly disclose ownership or editors, and infrequently name authors or provide bios.
Funded by / Ownership
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Science Times publishes news and information related to science in such fields as medicine, space, AI, and the environment. Articles and headlines do not use loaded language such as this COVID-19: Children Might Carry Up to 100 Times More Viral Genetic Material Than Adults. This story is sourced to JAMA Pediatrics. In fact, most articles on the website are sourced to credible scientific journals and research studies such as The Lancet, CDC, and National Academy of Sciences. While most information is credible science they also occasionally run sensational stories such as this An Unknown 15-Foot Creature Washed up on Merseyside, UK Beach. This story is sourced to the Questionable Daily Mail, which frequently publishes false and misleading information. Further, they have also published misinformation regarding the Coronavirus. In general, The Science Times is not a credible pro-science source as they completely lack transparency, occasionally utilize poor sources, and have failed fact checks.
Failed Fact Checks
- “New evidence shows wearing face mask can help coronavirus enter the brain and pose more health risk, warn expert” – Unsupported
- Did a scientific study conclude that women with “big butts” have smarter children? – False
Overall, we rate The Science Times Questionable due to the use of poor sources, a complete lack of transparency, and failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 8/2/2020)