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Literary fiction, not so improving after all ...

'Scientific' studies purporting... well, lots of things... anything... tended to be reported rather breathlessly (and pretty much uncritically) in the popular press and online (well, the latter is pretty much a given: everything gets 'reported' uncritically online...). One reason I don't often report these is because, even where there is 'proof'... well, it seems better to wait for more proof.
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