Will banning highly hazardous pesticides reduce suicides in Asia?

Will banning every method people use to commit suicide prevent suicide? Some people think so. In the United States, over 50 percent of gun deaths are suicide so people want those banned. In Japan, rope would have to be banned. In Sri Lanka, it's pesticides.

The conspiracy is not on the pro-science side

The conspiracy is not on the pro-science side

Netflix has declined to carry the science documentary "Food Evolution", worried that a piece that is not against GMOs will be upsetting to the stomachs of their users. This makes some sense when you look at the content they do carry, like What The Health, OMG GMO and Food, Inc.

Marijuana users have 3X higher risk of death from hypertension

In the absence of longitudinal data on marijuana use, researchers have designed a retrospective follow-up study of NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) participants aged 20 years and above, to determine risk of harm related to marijuana usage. In 2005-2006, participants were asked if they had ever used marijuana. Those who answered "yes" were considered marijuana users. Participants reported the age when they first tried marijuana and this was subtracted from their current age to calculate the duration of use.

Consumer Reports Says 42 Percent Want More Taxes On Soda

Consumer Reports took a survey of 1,010 adults to gauge interest in using “behavior” or “sin” taxes as government weapons against obesity. If you are not aware of the organization and its relationship with food by its stance against conventional agriculture and for the organic process, the title ”Can 'Sin Taxes' Solve America's Obesity Problem?” tells you the answer they seek.

Australian universities have a problem with sexual assault and harassment

Australian universities have a problem with sexual assault and harassment

Universities in Australia have a serious problem with sexual assault and sexual harassment. The Australian Human Rights Commission’s survey, to be released today, documents that large numbers of students have experienced sexual assault and harassment.

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.