Talk:Varsity (Cambridge)

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Um, surely not[edit]

Other stories have had a more lasting significance. When, following the discovery of DNA, James Watson and Francis Crick produced the first X-ray photographs of the double helix structure, Varsity was the first newspaper in the world to report the event.

So, aren't these Rosalind Franklin's pics? The ones the whole row was about? I don't think Crick and Watson did any X-ray crystallograpy of their own - would they even have had the kit for it? Blimey, no wonder Franklin was livid: her pics turning up in a student newspaper without her knowledge. JackyR | Talk 01:33, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

Have a look at this. Don't know if it shows the paragraph is valid... [1]--Lo2u 08:50, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

It shows it isn't: "Varsity did indeed carry a brief note on Watson and Crick's "X-ray discovery" on 30 May (the day of the second publication), but it included no picture". Since the author of the article is in Cambridge it's reasonable to assume she checked the copy of Varsity she references. Will amend accordingly. And still no ref for "first newspaper in the world". JackyR | Talk 17:12, 22 May 2006 (UTC)


It doesn't actually say that the photos were published in the newspaper anywhere; it just says that it was reported that they existed.

The article itself doesn't actually even mention that any photographs existed - it is only 130 words long.

Suggestions for Improvement[edit]

Needs a few things to make it to B-Class. In particular, I think a good lead in paragraph is a must. Mrh30 (talk) 08:56, 1 September 2008 (UTC)