I subscribe to a good number of magazines, some fairly specialized and/or technical in nature, although not overly "scientific". I also read the paper every day, check on-line news sources, read here, etc. I have noticed something and was wondering if anyone else has noticed the same thing? I can read an article in, for instance, "Smithsonian Magazine", about an original research project, published for the first time ever, in that magazine. Two weeks to a month later, the very same topic begins to appear in mainstream media, local newspapers, on-line news stories, etc. Of course, the topic has to be interesting enough for the general public, but there always appears to be a definite cause-and-effect relationship between the first appearance and the delayed appearance in other media sources. It's almost as if various writers, reporters, etc. are scanning other periodicals, papers, etc., looking for story ideas.