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Popular Science online comment ban explained

Popular Science magazine has decided to shut down comments on new articles appearing on their website because its editors say the postings can negatively affect funding and scientific progress. CBC Radio's Day 6 digs into the debate.

Hear more on the debate over the magazine's decision on CBC Radio's Day 6

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.

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