Popular Science magazine has decided to shut down comments on new articles on their website, saying they can negatively affect funding and scientific progress. CBC Radio's Day 6 digs into the debate.

Popular Science associate editor Dan Nosowitz says there has been a lot of spam, misinformed writing, racism, sexism, and "basically unsourced nonsense, garbage" in the magazine's online comment section.

Hear more on the magazine's decision from Nosowitz, as well as  University of Calgary science education professor Marie-Claire Shanahan as they talk to CBC's Brent Bambury.