The New York Times ran an Op-Ed about the wellness industry that asked, "Why are so many smart women falling for its harmful, pseudoscientific claims?" Gee, maybe it's because they also read about the benefits of witchcraft in the very same newspaper?
Other Science News
A few articles from the stack I've created. It's a way to gently open the firehose of information and articles that come across our desks each week.
“Would you like to come up and see my etchings?” may very well be the oldest of all bad pick-up lines. And believe it or not, Its origins can be traced back to the early use of hydrofluoric acid that was used to etch designs on glass.
Summer is upon us. While you're firing up your grills, rest assured that our staff will remain diligent, so that you don't need to worry about IARC telling you that a single hot dog will give you cancer. Here are the media hits we've had in recent days.
A lot of my time -- a lot more than writing on most days -- is spent reading. Here are a few articles I came across this week where the author said it all. So rather than providing a rewrite, here are the primary sources.
The Amazon tycoon has big plans for space. He envisions a future in which a "trillion" (yes, a trillion!) people live in giant, rotating spaceships like that one from the movie 'Passengers." There are some scientific problems with his argument. Let's take a look.
More and more frequently, prior scientific work is not "reproducible." But is it a crisis? And does reproducibility lead us to "truth"? A study of how science may find truth discovers that the diversity of scientific approaches may be crucial.
Years after his TV show, Bill Nye experienced a resurgence in popularity. But instead of the old, nerdy-but-lovable Bill Nye, we got Bill Nye 2.0, a somewhat cantankerous scold who clearly knows less about science than he leads on.
Ships could be floated to developing countries which often lack the capital for large construction projects. And they could simply plug a ship into their power grid, buying electricity like any consumer.
Two studies look at how you can use words to spin non-significant findings into published studies, and how falsified data spreads unchecked from one meta-analysis to another.
Extinction Rebellion, formed in 2018, is a group dedicated to fighting against humanity's imminent risk of extinction. It believes the best way to accomplish that is for activists to block traffic, spray graffiti, smash glass doors, protest naked and glue themselves to street furniture. If that doesn't save the world, what will?
Using a 5G network, Chinese surgeons performed "surgery" at a distance of 3,000 kilometers. Let's separate the hype from our current reality.