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Lusty, if erroneous, science communication

“Science journals need not be dull,” writes investigator Xiao Bizi, alerting us to a December 9, 2008 report in The Independent newspaper about a German science journal:

Science journal mistakenly uses flyer for Macau brothel to illustrate report on China

A respected research institute wanted Chinese classical texts to adorn its journal, something beautiful and elegant, to illustrate a special report on China. Instead, it got a racy flyer extolling the lusty details of stripping housewives in a brothel…. There were red faces on the editorial board of one of Germany’s top scientific institutions, the Max Planck Institute, after it ran the text of a handbill for a Macau strip club on the front page of its latest journal.

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