BBC pay inequality is likely to grow worse

BBC pay inequality is likely to grow worse

The BBC has been almost universally savaged since its latest annual report exposed significant disparities in how it pays its male and female staff. The public broadcaster revealed that its highest paid male star, Top Gear presenter Chris Evans, took home more than £2m while its highest female earner, Claudia Winkleman, received between £450,000 and £499,999.

When it comes to science, beating people up with consensus doesn't help

If you have ever tried to correct misconceptions about the harm of trace chemicals, or food science, or nuclear energy, or climate change, you know that more data don't help. Skeptics have a ready supply of talking points, questions and finally 'you can't prove solutions are safe' responses. Science is not enough when opponents claim the scientific method is on their side.

Will a legal rhino market end poaching?

Will a legal rhino market end poaching?

Emmy Award-winning TV legend John Stossel has a video on Reason TV pondering if the free market might be a way to rejuvenate the endangered rhino species in Africa. Concerns have been noted that they might be extinct in 10 years if current rates of poaching continue unabated. Critics have pointed out that making trade in rhino horns illegal is what made poaching so lucrative.

Acid attacks are part of an international attack on women

Acid attacks are part of an international attack on women

A series of five acid attacks in one night in London has created a moment for the British government to take a more public stance on this growing problem.

A teenager has been charged with 15 offenses relating to the incidents, in which moped drivers were targeted. In the course of just over an hour, a series of victims was attacked. At least one person was left with life changing injuries.

More than 30 malaria vaccine candidates - which ones will work?

More than 30 malaria vaccine candidates - which ones will work?

More than 30 malaria vaccine candidates are at various stages of development. The RTS,S vaccine is at the most advanced stage.

Dengue infection does not increase Zika severity

 A study finds that in and around São José do Rio Preto (São Paulo State, Brazil), where dengue is endemic and there was a rapid outbreak of Zika during the 2016 epidemic, prior dengue infection did not lead to a worse illness for those who got Zika.

Low dose radiation could harm cardiovascular health

The controversial linear no-threshold model (LNT) model has long been used by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a conservative model for estimating radiation risk, but it is not without critics. People who visit a beach in Brazil, with extremely high levels of radiation, instead believe it has recuperative powers, and studies have shown similar effects.

Explaining HIV infection disparities by race/ethnicity

Researchers behind a new paper examined the sexual behaviors of a nationally representative group of U.S. women that can prevent against or increase risk for HIV infection and reported the differences in behaviors such as condom use and concurrent sex partners and the changes in these behaviors over 7 years for white, black, and Latina women ages 18-44.

Science groups call out organic food blogger Paul Thacker

Science groups call out organic food blogger Paul Thacker

The war between the science community and organic food marketers has only gotten hotter with the success of the "Food Evolution" movie, which started quietly with a soft New York City opening but has since spread all over the nation, with rave reviews from surprising outlets, such as the New York Times on one coast and a politically similar newspaper,

Perceived morality is biased towards negativity

If you get the perception you are immoral, you may need to change companies, according to a new paper in PLOS One. And if you get arrested, good luck.