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Science and medical research are funded through taxes, yet the average citizen has very few options when it comes to accessing the latest research. Furthermore, some research articles are bogged down with methodology and journal-specific technicalities which makes it difficult for the reader to understand the content and significance of the article.

At Libris Ignis, our goal is to bring the latest in scientific and medical research to the general public, for free. By removing stumbling blocks related to accessibility, we hope to contribute to a broader understanding and acceptance of the sciences.

The Pew Research Center’s 2015 study about the public’s interest in science and health revealed that 37% of adult internet users reported having an interest in health and medicine, while 32% reported science and technology among their top three favourite topics (Kennedy & Funk 2015). Many online US news agencies, however, devoted only 2% of their annual news coverage to science and technology and 10% to health and medicine. This suggests that news agencies could potentially be falling short of their readers’ expectations.

That being said, when general online news outlets do report on findings, they prefer more controversial topics that would garner more webpage visitations. We must also consider how the media can influence the public’s opinion of science. For instance, Wakefield et al. published an article in the February 1998 edition of The Lancet which linked the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine to the development of autism in children. The article was only retracted 12 years later after their results could not be replicated and incongruencies were found in their methods (Eggertson 2010). By then the damage had been done as the findings had been widely reported by the media, leading to general acceptance of the findings and the persistent myth that vaccines cause autism which lingers even today (Motta & Stecula 2021). This is, however, not the only example of some denying science. Other topics include, but are not limited to, creationism, climate change deniers, the Flat Earth Theory, and the fake moon landing theory.

At Libris Ignis we are interested in, and concerned about, the latest populist hot topics or controversial headlines, but we will not misconstrue research to gain more page visitations. The idea is to serve interesting science and medical news in as a clear and objective way as possible. The only way to advance as a species is to understand ourselves and the world around us.

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