This article came from Micro Persuasion.
This is a fascinating research project that's long overdue. According to a study conducted by a physics researcher at Notre Dame, an online news story will be barely read by anyone 36 hours after it was first posted. The PhysicsWeb article (thanks digg) says that "the short life of a news item -- combined with random visiting patterns of readers -- implies that people could miss a significant fraction of news by not visiting the portal when a new document is first displayed." Rocket scientists can download the full research here (PDF)