um, are you sure we're talking about the same thing? perhaps you should describe what you mean by "sensationalist & presumptive language". of course, it's a magazine, they don't use the same language as you'd find in a peer-reviewed journal article. the entire point is that they're getting science across to a popular audience w/some modicum of intelligence. every article, for example, cites peer-reviewed journal articles for people more interested in the topic. and it almost never, to my knowledge, "sensationalizes" scientific discoveries.
wow we're off on another interesting but totally unrelated tangent (i thought we were talking about wanking on this thread?)
science mags - i have an issue:
what the fuck is with the astronomical subscriptions and the total lack of accessibility for people outside of academic organisations (i heard that joining the royal society of geographers or some such group only costs you £15 or so and can get you onto ingenta, athens and all that, but otherwise as an outsider i can't get access)
it's like a virtual ivory tower or something, totally blocking the free exchange of knowledge, and leaving us plebs with this sort of semi-digested rubbish in the mainstream press & at the mercy bad science from the corporates...