Articles like this are a blight on any reputable news source which reports them.
Journalists, never the brightest pennies in the bank, treat science as though it were magical mumbo-jumbo that normal people cannot be expected to understand. Some of it is dead easy. Some is dead easy because basic principles can be applied reliably (to quote one of my favorite science fiction novels: ". . . rocket science ain't exactly rocket science, you know . . . "). Some of it is dead easy because it's BS, and a little fact-checking would show it.
If a news organization were contemplating the publication of a story for which they could be sued, you can bet they'll fact-check the story minutely. They treat science, though, as if it were human interest stories from the silly season. A couple of phone calls could have cleared this up before they published this drek.