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Americans' Views on Organic and GM Foods Somtimes Align with Science

ACSH - December 5, 2016 - 12:00am

For years now, we've been writing about and assessing the importance to Americans' nutrition from organic foods (not very) and genetically modified (GMO) or genetically engineered foods (potentially highly). Based on comments from our own website and journalists' reports in the popular media, it's been hard to tell what people (except for activists pro and con) really think.

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CSPI Demands US Government Put A Cancer Warning Label On...Bacon

ACSH - December 5, 2016 - 12:00am

CSPI is demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture put warning labels on...bacon

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Opioid Malfeasance At The CDC- Guess Who Is Getting Hurt?

ACSH - December 5, 2016 - 12:00am

Red Lawhern is at it again, and by that we mean opioid advocacy. Only this time, the Ph.D and prolific writer has uncovered more than simple incompetence at the CDC, the agency that is, arguably, the most responsible for the mess that we're in. It now looks like the agency had an agenda, one pushed by cherry picking data from key studies. Shame on them.

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Dreading a Colonoscopy?  There is More Than One Way to Save Your Behind

ACSH - December 5, 2016 - 12:00am

Understandably, no one looks forward at the thought of drinking a gallon of gag-inducing bowel-prep and spending hours running to the bathroom, which is a prelude to having a tube inserted through the rectum and snaked through the entire intestinal tract, while a camera looks for suspicious growths. ... If you are averse to the idea of getting a colonoscopy, there are other options you can consider- albeit with some caveats

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Junk Science, Voodoo Medicine, And A List We're Glad Not To Be On

ACSH - December 5, 2016 - 12:00am

1. If there's a science and health list, we want to be on it, and if there is a black list I generally definitely want to be on it - but not always. In this case, the list not to be on is the Real Clear Science worst websites for 2016.

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Is The X(5568) A True Resonance ?

Science2.0 - December 4, 2016 - 4:57pm
The DZERO collaboration published earlier this year a search for resonances decaying to pairs in its Run-2 dataset of 2-TeV proton-antiproton collisions, produced by the now defunct Tevatron collider in the first 10 years of this century.
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Is The X(5568) A True Resonance ?

General - December 4, 2016 - 4:57pm
The DZERO collaboration published earlier this year a search for resonances decaying to pairs in its Run-2 dataset of 2-TeV proton-antiproton collisions, produced by the now defunct Tevatron collider in the first 10 years of this century.
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Order Patterned With Chaos - How Climate Is Predicted For Decades - With Exact Forecasts Only For Days

Science2.0 - December 4, 2016 - 5:43am
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How can we predict the climate so far ahead when we can't do an accurate weather forecast even ten days ahead? Well it is remarkable that we can forecast our weather even one day ahead, and by looking at how the forecasters do that we can begin to understand how the models can work over longer timescales. When I was a child in the UK in the 1960s, with our unpredictable weather, a cautious person would take rain gear with them almost no matter what the forecasters said. Even as late as 1987 we had Michael Fish's famous weather blooper. This broadcast is so famous here that it starred in the Olympics 2012 opening ceremony.

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Order Patterned With Chaos - How Climate Is Predicted For Decades - With Exact Forecasts Only For Days

General - December 4, 2016 - 5:43am
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How can we predict the climate so far ahead when we can't do an accurate weather forecast even ten days ahead? Well it is remarkable that we can forecast our weather even one day ahead, and by looking at how the forecasters do that we can begin to understand how the models can work over longer timescales. When I was a child in the UK in the 1960s, with our unpredictable weather, a cautious person would take rain gear with them almost no matter what the forecasters said. Even as late as 1987 we had Michael Fish's famous weather blooper. This broadcast is so famous here that it starred in the Olympics 2012 opening ceremony.

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At High Altitude with Buzz Aldrin

ACSH - December 4, 2016 - 12:00am

Living legend, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, was medically evacuated from the South Pole at age 86.  In this two part series, Dr. Wells shares an experience with him at high elevation while extensively addressing altitude illnesses, prevention and treatment.  

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Time, Wittgenstein And Language Scaffolding

Science2.0 - December 3, 2016 - 6:53pm
There’s a widespread belief that actually existing democracies are in the grip of a fast-paced world dominated by breaking news and all things instant. The following contribution sets out to question this belief. It takes readers on a time journey. It sets out to probe the meaning of time, and explains why time has a malleable quality. It asks why time is a political matter and why, when they function well, democracies do intriguing things to people’s shared sense of time. -->

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Time, Wittgenstein And Language Scaffolding

General - December 3, 2016 - 6:53pm
There’s a widespread belief that actually existing democracies are in the grip of a fast-paced world dominated by breaking news and all things instant. The following contribution sets out to question this belief. It takes readers on a time journey. It sets out to probe the meaning of time, and explains why time has a malleable quality. It asks why time is a political matter and why, when they function well, democracies do intriguing things to people’s shared sense of time. -->

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Hand Sanitizer Can Cause a False Positive Breathalyzer Test

ACSH - December 3, 2016 - 12:00am

New research published in the American Journal of Infection Control suggests that professionals who administer breath alcohol tests should stay away from hand sanitizers that contain ethanol, as they can cause breathalyzers to produce a false positive result. That's because the active ingredient is often some kind of alcohol.

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Another Day, Another Children&#039;s Homeopathic Product Recalled

ACSH - December 3, 2016 - 12:00am

Many homeopathic products have been targeted with warnings or recalled in the last few months, primarily because they contain varying amounts of ingredients -- with some being highly toxic. Here we explore the ingredients in one of these troubling products. 

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Annoying Studies’ Series: Newborn Weight Gain (Again!)

ACSH - December 3, 2016 - 12:00am

Here's the first in a new series called Annoying Studies. These typically include research that is already known, redundant and possibly pushing an agenda. We start with a work just published in the journal Pediatrics on weight changes and regaining birth weight in the newborn period. 

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Jena's Roots In The Tree Of Life

Science2.0 - December 2, 2016 - 12:58am
Ernst Haeckel created the first phylogenetic ‘tree of life’ of organisms 150 years ago in Jena, and published it in his major work, the ‘General morphology of organisms.’ It allowed for us to see diversity and the connections between species.

It was not only Darwin who influenced Haeckel’s creation. He was also inspired by a linguist who was his colleague and friend in Jena. “As early as 1863, the linguist August Schleicher created a first ‘family tree’ to represent the development of Indo-Germanic languages,” says Prof. Uwe Hoßfeld of Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany. “Ernst Haeckel eventually adopted this form of visualization.” 
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Jena's Roots In The Tree Of Life

General - December 2, 2016 - 12:58am
Ernst Haeckel created the first phylogenetic ‘tree of life’ of organisms 150 years ago in Jena, and published it in his major work, the ‘General morphology of organisms.’ It allowed for us to see diversity and the connections between species.

It was not only Darwin who influenced Haeckel’s creation. He was also inspired by a linguist who was his colleague and friend in Jena. “As early as 1863, the linguist August Schleicher created a first ‘family tree’ to represent the development of Indo-Germanic languages,” says Prof. Uwe Hoßfeld of Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany. “Ernst Haeckel eventually adopted this form of visualization.” 
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Five PM? Time for Breakfast!

ACSH - December 2, 2016 - 12:00am

Breakfast, it appears, is no longer to be considered only a morning meal. With consumers wanting their breakfasts at any time of day, restaurants are supplying their eggs and bacon pretty much round the clock. Will that have a negative nutritional impact? Probably not.

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Include Aerobic Fitness in Physical Exams, Heart Association Recommends

ACSH - December 2, 2016 - 12:00am

Right now it's a recommendation, but what a very smart one it is.

Hats off to the American Heart Association for raising the visibility and importance of aerobic fitness, and declaring that the metric be considered a vital sign which should be monitored and measured in physical checkups administered by physicians.

The scientific statement makes it clear that exercising the heart and lungs is essential to an individual's overall health, and that those prone to inactivity are at greater risk for life-threatening conditions.

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Female Vervet Monkeys Assault Males that Do Not Participate in Fights

ACSH - December 1, 2016 - 12:00am

Woe be unto the males who make this grave mistake. New research in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B reveals that males who choose to sit out during such scuffles may be subjected later to domestic abuse.

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