Science2.0

Does Cheese Increase Breast Cancer Risk? Does Yogurt Lower It?

Science2.0 - March 2, 2017 - 2:22am

A new observational study claims that cheese increases breast cancer risk, while yogurt can lower it. Since both are dairy, that means they would be suggesting a dairy process causes or prevents cancer.

The case control study has numerous confounders that will not be noticed by most journalists so media outlets looking for context beware.

read more

Categories: Science2.0

When It Comes To Bees, NYT Has A Fake News Blindspot

Science2.0 - March 1, 2017 - 1:27pm

The line between deliberately manipulating a story and poorly reporting the facts is perilously thin.

During Sunday’s Oscars, what is colloquially called the United States’ ‘paper of record’, the New York Times, launched an advertising blitz positioning itself as the highbrow ethical responder to the spate of so-called ‘fake news.’

“The truth is hard…to find…to know,” the ad, widely circulated now on YouTube, proclaimed somberly.

-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

More Research For Next Level Asperger Enhanced Thinking And Donald Trump

Science2.0 - February 28, 2017 - 5:27am
Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) contribute to enhanced cognition and are therefore positively selected in spite of the problems they also bring along – new evidence has just been published in PLOS Genetics [1]. The problems these genes bring along are the price to pay for relatively rapid evolutionary advancements. It needs a much longer time for further natural selection to smooth the bugs out – this is all obvious, simple science. Another example is the genetic predisposition of Ashkenazim Jews to diseases such as Tai-Sachs, which comes along with their high average verbal IQ, also a relatively recent evolutionary advancement.
-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Brain Images Of Sharing Predicts Which Articles Go Viral

Science2.0 - February 27, 2017 - 10:44pm
A new fMRI study used neural activity in 80 people to accurately predict the virality of 80 New York Times health articles.

Well, it's the New York Times, a top five newspaper in the U.S. so the results are going to be skewed by that, as were the articles selected; the public loves weak observational claims about health and the demographic that reads the New York Times is most inclined to believe claims about miracle vegetables, scary chemicals and diet fads. 
-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Citrus Greening Disease

Science2.0 - February 27, 2017 - 1:16am
Citrus greening disease poses no risk to animals or humans but is destructive to citrus. This bacterial disease is thought to have originated in China in the early 1900s. It's spread by insects which means there is a science opportunity to prevent it from devastating Florida and other countries too. But activists have been promoting concerns that the science might be worse than the disease.

To try and separate real concerns from health scares, we've gathered experts to discuss what it is, what we risk if we fail to act properly, and what solutions may be coming. -->
Categories: Science2.0

The Art Of Great Writing

Science2.0 - February 25, 2017 - 7:51pm

I was not supposed to start this piece using the pronoun ‘I’.

-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

The Ovarian Cancer-Talc Connection Lawsuit Genesis

Science2.0 - February 25, 2017 - 5:32am
Class-action lawsuits were making America Great Again long before it was a thing.  Attorneys actively solicit anyone involved (or maybe might be potentially involved) in a particular event, and get them all in one place to file a chunky lawsuit. 

This gives a little fuel to the lawsuit for obvious reasons, and is appealing to the “victim(s)” because they do not have to shop out an attorney, and they get to commune with others that were also “victimized”.  All they have to do is sit back and collect the check. 
-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Nature: The Original Chemist

Science2.0 - February 25, 2017 - 3:54am

We frequently see a contrast drawn between what is “natural” and what is “chemical.” Sometimes products are described as “chemical-free” even though every physical object is made of chemicals.

As much as this suggests a problem with our science education, it speaks to a missed opportunity for wonder. Nature is not some sort of cosmic mother figure; on the contrary, nature is composed of diverse biological and physical processes, including some pretty amazing examples of chemistry continually taking place.

-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Positively Arguing IQ Determinism And Effect Of Education

Science2.0 - February 24, 2017 - 2:31pm
Many cannot accept that IQ is largely determined by our genes. They do not trust the research. Pointing to such research is an argument from authority. Moreover, the research does not explain the mechanisms in the social realm well, and so the research can anyway only be supporting evidence, but it is alone not convincing and we do have to ask: Can we trust the science?

But it comes worse!
-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Will Eight On A Plate Catch On? Or Will Weak Observational Claims About Food Fail Again?

Science2.0 - February 24, 2017 - 1:40pm
There are multiple food fads trying to catch on per year but as the saying goes in science, if one epidemiology study counted, everything would cause or prevent cancer.

One long-held epidemiology belief is that the more vegetables you eat, the healthier your heart will be.  While vegetarians and animal activists tout such claims, the actual evidence is not clear. In recent decades we've been told bacon, butter and red meat all cause heart disease. But the same groups scaremongering food have also claimed that coffee causes breast cancer, that cell phones cause all kinds of cancer, and that BPA can be an endocrine disruptor, even though they are biological and toxicological impossibilities. 
-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Argument: President Trump Needs To Nationalize Health Care To Honor His Campaign Promise

Science2.0 - February 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
You might think that after the November elections, the last group anyone will listen to for guidance on the American public are partisan pundits. But they are still lobbying for an alternative result, now saying that if President Trump wants to honor his commitment to repealing the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) while allowing more coverage, better benefits, and lower costs, the only choice is a Single Payer system; socialized medicine.

They list now-famous pretend money, the same optimistic estimates that led to the Obamacare system being financially viable, savings of $504 billion annually on health care bureaucracy and profits.
-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Perspectivism, 5 Determinisms And Impossibility Of Defining Free Will, Zen

Science2.0 - February 21, 2017 - 2:54pm
Often, we do not understand because we do not see the issue from the other side. For example, the person who believes in some sort of determinism, the "determinist", wonders why those others, people such as those who believe in ‘free will’, the “free-willers”, make a big deal out of that determinism may be used as an excuse. He exclaims: “Look, determinism does not imply that people stop feeling guilty about their misdeeds and start acting irresponsible. People are just as well determined to believe in ‘free will’.” A determinist naturally looks at what the assumed determinism implies, and in this sense, “what determinism may imply” is that.
-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Zika Linked To Miscarriages, Thin Brain Tissue In Babies

Science2.0 - February 21, 2017 - 1:34pm
Zika virus can cross the placenta, intended to protect the developing fetus, and appears to lead to a high percentage of miscarriages and to babies born with thin brain tissue and inflammation in brain cells, at least in mice.

Mice are not little people, of course, or every disease would have been cured by now and every chemical would be toxic, but it's a starting point for understanding the role of zika in birth defects beyond vague epidemiology.
-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

BPA In Seafood - Is It Safe?

Science2.0 - February 20, 2017 - 3:40pm

It’s not hard these days to find stories in the popular media about the presence of various chemical contaminants in our environment.  Included in this genre are stories about trace levels of chemicals in common consumer products, in the air we breathe, and in the water we drink.  Almost inevitably the stories suggest that even minor exposures are harming our health. 

-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Why Vegetable Farmers Aren't On Board The No-Till Train

Science2.0 - February 19, 2017 - 3:03am
No-till farming uses cover crops to conserve soil and suppress weeds but many vegetable producers haven't embraced it yet.

The reason is simple; small-seeded vegetable crops struggle to emerge through thick cover crop residues. A recent program sought to see how it might work better with string beans, a common staple of many dinners, and possessing larger seeds. In both Illinois and Washington, USDA-ARS agronomist Rick Boydston and University of Illinois ecologist Marty Williams grew vetch, rye, and a combination of the two cover crops before killing them with a roller-crimper—a machine that evenly flattens and crimps standing plant biomass—or with a combination of the roller-crimper and a burndown herbicide.
-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Two Physics Blogs You Should Not Miss

Science2.0 - February 18, 2017 - 12:04pm
I would like to use this space to advertise a couple of blogs you might be interesting to know about. Many of you who erratically read this blog may probably have already bumped into those sites, but I figured that as the readership of a site varies continuously, there is always the need to do some periodic evangelization.

-->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Advanced Racism For Dr Duke And Prof Slattery: Why Hate Jews?

Science2.0 - February 17, 2017 - 5:38am
Never compare between only Blacks (B) and others for example, or only Caucasian Whites (CW) and B. One should consider at least three together instead of only two. For example, consider also the North East Asians (NEA). Why? Without considering NEA, B and CW are merely two different regions in whatever parameter space, say crime rates, and all interpretations are still on the table. But relative to B, NEA are almost invariably on the other side of the CW data points, at even higher intelligence, even less crime, even less sexual dimorphism/rape, even higher GDP, graduation rates, and so on. -->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

Hype Or Health? Sitting Is As Bad For You As Smoking

Science2.0 - February 15, 2017 - 9:17pm
Sitting has been branded the “new smoking” for its supposed public health risks, especially for people with sit-down office jobs.

Over the past 15 years or so sitting has been linked with cancer, heart disease and diabetes and even -->

read more

Categories: Science2.0

The First Known Deuterostome?

Science2.0 - February 14, 2017 - 9:41pm
A few days ago I read an article in the Telegraph Humanity’s earliest known ancestor discovered - and it looks like a ‘wrinkled old sack’, featuring this creature:
 

  -->

read more

Categories: Science2.0