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To Have Clean Air, We Need Pro-Human Environmentalists

ACSH - June 24, 2017 - 10:19pm

Over time, wealth makes people desire a clean environment. That’s why environmentalists, if they are to be successful, must be pro-human at heart.

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"Food Evolution": A Tale Of Two Cities

Science2.0 - June 24, 2017 - 4:34pm
Last night was the premiere of "Food Evolution", a documentary on the science in our dinner, and I saw it with a large audience for the second time.

Wait, premiere? Second time? Which is it?

It's both. And that is how it became a tale of two cities. And maybe even a metaphor for the two Americas we now live in.

Two weeks ago I moderated a panel on communicating science and, more importantly, risk, at the University of Guelph, Canada's most prominent agriculture school. In the evening, there was a showing of "Food Evolution" in an auditorium there. I don't know how many people attended, it was packed, and before the movie there was a show of hands on how many people were okay with GMOs, how many distrusted them, and how many were unsure. -->

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"Food Evolution": A Tale Of Two Cities

General - June 24, 2017 - 4:34pm
Last night was the premiere of "Food Evolution", a documentary on the science in our dinner, and I saw it with a large audience for the second time.

Wait, premiere? Second time? Which is it?

It's both. And that is how it became a tale of two cities. And maybe even a metaphor for the two Americas we now live in.

Two weeks ago I moderated a panel on communicating science and, more importantly, risk, at the University of Guelph, Canada's most prominent agriculture school. In the evening, there was a showing of "Food Evolution" in an auditorium there. I don't know how many people attended, it was packed, and before the movie there was a show of hands on how many people were okay with GMOs, how many distrusted them, and how many were unsure. -->

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Wax From Whacks: Pour Hot Water On a Waxed Apple And... the Wax Melts. Aaaaaaaaaah!

ACSH - June 24, 2017 - 3:26am

In what can be considered to be nothing short of a quantum leap in science, it has been discovered that when you add hot water to wax it melts. Who knew? But a cadre of Internet idiots would have you believe that the viral video of boiling water being poured onto an apple is evidence of toxic pesticides being released from the fruit rather than plain old melting wax. D.U.H.

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Lucid Dreams: Exploring The Dark Side

Science2.0 - June 23, 2017 - 4:16pm
No, this post is not about some exotic new physics model predicting dark photons or other useless concoctions which physicists sometimes entertain with, in their frustration for the lack of guidance from experimental data of what really is it  that the Standard Model is an effective theory of. For that kind of stuff, please wait and check out my blog at some other time.
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Lucid Dreams: Exploring The Dark Side

General - June 23, 2017 - 4:16pm
No, this post is not about some exotic new physics model predicting dark photons or other useless concoctions which physicists sometimes entertain with, in their frustration for the lack of guidance from experimental data of what really is it  that the Standard Model is an effective theory of. For that kind of stuff, please wait and check out my blog at some other time.
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Breatharian Couple's Story Tests Media's Common Sense

ACSH - June 23, 2017 - 2:02pm

This past week, a story went viral that calls into question the media's ability to separate fact from fiction. When handed a story about people who claim to not eat and live on the energy of the universe - that is obviously not true - the media failed to keep fiction out of the media which may have dangerous consequences for the people who believe it. 

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Steve Carney, Internet Invertebrate Who Makes Mercola Look Like Albert Schweitzer

ACSH - June 23, 2017 - 11:03am

If you're tired of me ragging on Oz, Mercola, Weil and Adams, it's your lucky day. There is another miscreant in the phony world of Internet health. Meet Steve Carney. He is a real piece of work. 

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Dear CDC, Stop Scaring People Into Thinking They Have 'Prediabetes'

ACSH - June 23, 2017 - 10:16am

WHO and International Diabetes Federation refuse to consider "prediabetes" a legitimate term. So why does the CDC want to convince 80 million Americans they have it?

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How Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Work

ACSH - June 23, 2017 - 7:37am

Initially developed by Archie Cochrane in 1971, systematic review and meta-analysis attempt to examine the literature to find clinical answers. Initially a tool for clinicians, these summaries are now a source of media hype and fodder for policymakers. How do they work and how can you tell you are being hoodwinked?

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How do systematic review and meta-analysis work

ACSH - June 23, 2017 - 7:37am

 

Initially developed by Archie Cochrane in 1971, systematic review and meta-analysis attempt to examine the literature to find clinical answers. Initially a tool for clinicians, these summaries are now a source of media hype and fodder for policymakers. How do they work and how can you tell you are being hoodwinked?

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Steven Pinker: 'Solutions Create New Problems'

ACSH - June 23, 2017 - 1:26am

The Breakthrough Dialogue is an annual meeting of a politically diverse group of scientists, professors, journalists, think-tankers, and others who discuss technological solutions to environmental and social problems*. Referring to themselves as "ecomodernists," they represent everything environmentalism should be: pro-science, pro-technology, pro-human, and bipartisan.

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After 99-Year Wait, US Will Witness Total Solar Eclipse in August

ACSH - June 22, 2017 - 6:23pm

In less than two months, the entire continental U.S. will witness a total eclipse of the sun for the first time in nearly a century. On Aug. 21 those living in a 70-mile-wide band stretching between Oregon and South Carolina will be able to watch the moon completely block out the sun while they are treated with a rare, naked-eye glimpse of the burning star's solar corona.

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Dear CDC, Why Are You Torturing Pain Patients?

ACSH - June 22, 2017 - 3:20pm

It's one thing to read countless stories about pain patients being subjected to indescribable suffering, thanks to a thoroughly misguided, foolish CDC attempt to "address" the opioid overdose epidemic. It's quite another to actually speak with one of them, whose story is haunting and profoundly upsetting. 

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Dear CDC, Thank You for Advocating Regional Approach to Infection Deaths

ACSH - June 22, 2017 - 2:53pm

Recognizing the highly integrated nature of patient sharing between institutions, the Centers for Disease Control rightly aims to make a dent in healthcare-associated infection deaths by using a regional, nuanced approach. Thank you.

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Dear CDC, Thanks For Debunking 'Chronic' Lyme Disease Myth

ACSH - June 22, 2017 - 2:37pm

Sometimes the CDC really gets it right, and let's give 'em credit! That's certainly true in the case of "chronic" Lyme disease. The agency explains that the symptoms some people suffer after successful Lyme treatment may be due to other tick-borne disease. But the chronic administration of antibiotics isn't necessary to treat a non-existent illness.

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NY Attorney General Breaks Up Sham Breast Cancer Charity

ACSH - June 22, 2017 - 12:14pm

There are evil people in this world. Then there are the people who ran the despicable Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, who gave little to charity while taking the majority of the money for themselves as administrative costs.

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Even Piglets Prefer New Toys

Science2.0 - June 22, 2017 - 12:09pm
Kids are stimulated by new experiences. So are pigs. If you watched the 2014 video where a camera falls out of a plane and crashes into a pig sty you saw how intrigued they were by it, even though it clearly was not food.



A new study says that such "consumerism", a preference for shiny new stuff, is universal across the animal kingdom. And they showed it in piglets.
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Even Piglets Prefer New Toys

General - June 22, 2017 - 12:09pm
Kids are stimulated by new experiences. So are pigs. If you watched the 2014 video where a camera falls out of a plane and crashes into a pig sty you saw how intrigued they were by it, even though it clearly was not food.



A new study says that such "consumerism", a preference for shiny new stuff, is universal across the animal kingdom. And they showed it in piglets.
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The New Dark Age: EU Court Issues Insane Ruling on Vaccines

ACSH - June 21, 2017 - 9:27pm

For a continent that (bizarrely) prides itself on turning away from religion, Europe has ironically replaced it with all manner of postmodern nonsense and pseudoscience. Welcome to the New Dark Age.

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