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A Superior Court judge seems ready to throw out not only a $250 million punitive judgment against Monsanto, which makes a weedkiller using glyphosate, but even to reduce the $39 million in compensation to $9 million. Most likely she will order a new trial.
Treating heart disease requires physicians to identify a 70% blockage. But it turns out that they overestimate blockages and that results in, perhaps, more procedures than necessary. 
Smokers, like the rest of us, believe that a small reward today is worth a bigger penalty in the future. Smokers also believe that this future is further away than non-smokers. In sum, "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
Errors in our scientific beliefs are not always due to Big Industry and their evil intents. Science is a human enterprise, constrained by human foibles. Sometimes we just get it wrong.
The Trump administration’s proposed to “Blue Aproning” the SNAP food program. We shouldn't let politics, on either side of the aisle distract us from talking about food distribution and how to help small, rather than large American business.
The results of a new study are encouraging for those who wish to continue driving, but have been ambivalent about having the procedure. Older drivers who underwent cataract surgery lowered their crash risk by 61 percent.
As they say, location is everything. Hospital-based outpatient care is far more expensive than the same care provided in a physician's office. It's $2.7 billion more expensive, but why?
For those who have trouble seeing, are gradually losing their eyesight or are already blind, this technological innovation can help dramatically improve lives daily. It can tell you what's right in front of you – by whispering in your ear – even when you cannot read or see it. Amazing.
Does our technology improve in an evolutionary way? Is it a random walk of trial and error, with false starts and breakthroughs? Or can a theory accelerate improvement and eliminate the needless dead ends?
Academia is in meltdown. A new Gallup survey shows that only 48% of U.S. adults have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in academia. That's down from 57% in 2015. And it's not just due to partisanship. Maybe this wouldn't happen if academics were held accountable for their behavior.
Medicine is a skill, and it's impossible to practice medicine without patients. It would be like asking a carpenter to learn how to make a cabinet without wood. Why then are we surprised that students learn from patients?
In a very early science confrontation, Galileo recanted his view about the Earth’s movement. Fast forward to today. “Climate deniers are right-wing nuts” and “tree huggers fear genetically modified foods.” If you nodded your head to either of these statements, then you're using stereotypes to define science skepticism.