Category Archives: Science

Consensus Changes on Salt

CDC says Americans still consume too much, but studies show no benefit in reducing salt Richard Feynman said that one of the advantages of the scientific method has over religion is that science has the freedom to be wrong. Religious … Continue reading

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Go Visit, and a Different Theory About Easter Island

Too busy to blog much right now, so go visit Lots of good seminars there on a variety of topics. The videos are subscriber-only, but the summaries are good and you can listen to the MP3 version under the … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Bionics/Biomimicry/Biomimetics

From Wikipedia: Bionics (also known as biomimicry, biomimetics, bio-inspiration, biognosis, and close to bionical creativity engineering) is the application of biological methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology.[citation needed] The … Continue reading

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Help! My ph Meter is Broken

My pH meter is broken. I can’t afford to get it fixed until payday and I need to know the pH of lemon juice. Which leads to this week’s poll question What’s the pH of Lemon Juice?  0  1  2 … Continue reading

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“How ‘Breakthrough’ Medical Findings Disappear”

How “Breakthrough: Medical Findings Disappear: A Relative Risk (RR) of 1.0 would mean there was no benefit, and a number less than 1.0 indicates a health benefit, and a number greater than 1.0 indicates that the intervention is actually harmful. … Continue reading

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This is why I’m always dubious of dietary studies

The BBC reports on a study of the health consequences of eating processed meat: One in every 17 people followed in the study died. However, those eating more than 160g of processed meat a day – roughly two sausages and … Continue reading

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Is Jack Andraka One of Those B.S. News Stories on the Internet?

Remember the thing about 5 Easy Ways to Spot a B.S. News Story on the Internet? A couple of hours later someone posted this on Facebook: Jack Andraka, the Teen Prodigy of Pancreatic Cancer. From his Wikipedia entry: Jack Thomas … Continue reading

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Professor Selman A. Waksman, Bullshit Artist

Or, how to cheat your pupil for fame and fortune. NY Times – Notebooks Shed Light on an Antibiotic’s Contested Discovery: As word of the discovery spread, reporters flocked to Rutgers to record the amazing event. But in telling and … Continue reading

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More Dangerous Than Cigarettes

Sleeping Pills are Very Dangerous: Do you know how dangerous prescription sleeping pills are? I didn’t, and I do sleep research. Sleeping pills are astonishingly dangerous for something that is treated as more or less safe. In some cases, they … Continue reading

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Re-thinking Breast Cancer Screening

New York Times op-ed – Cancer Survivor or Victim of Overdiagnosis? So here is what we now know: the mortality benefit of mammography is much smaller, and the harm of overdiagnosis much larger, than has been previously recognized. But to … Continue reading

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Study: H. Pylori Infection May Boost Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Some Cancers

FuturePundit: Bacterial Infection Boosts Insulin-Resistant Diabetes Risk? H. Pylori is the bacterium that’s linked to the development of gastritis and certain ulcers of the stomach. Barry Marshall and Robin Warren won the 2005 Nobel Prize for discovering that link. Prior … Continue reading

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Hell Damn Fart! Infection May Cause Tourette’s-like Condition

Mail Online – Could an infection be behind mysterious Tourette’s-like syndrome affecting teenagers?. Nirvana – Tourette’s (Live at Reading 1992):

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Two Hurricane Experts End 20 Years of December Hurricane Predictions

Hurricane experts admit they can’t predict hurricanes early; December forecasts too unreliable: OTTAWA Two top U.S. hurricane forecasters, famous across Deep South hurricane country, are quitting the practice of making a seasonal forecast in December because it doesn’t work. … Continue reading

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Climategate II – Longer, Harder, Uncut Emails

More emails, more bitchy scientific gossip, and more white labcoat backstabbing: You know what you get when you mix science and politics? You get politics, period. Hockey Stick Charlatan Michael Mann gets the worst of it from this batch of … Continue reading

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Math Joke

Math joke from Anna, the civil engineering student and bartender at Brackins Blues Club: an infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one tells the bartender he wants a beer. The second one says he wants half … Continue reading

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