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Retraction Buzz Starts Around NEJM Article On PM2.5 Air Pollution and Mortality

ACSH - July 5, 2017 - 7:40pm

Stever Milloy, who runs the website Junkscience.com, is first out of the gate telling the New England Journal of Medicine  that they may have been victims of scientific misconduct on the part of the authors behind “Air Pollution and Mortality in the Medicare Population” and the accompanying editorial “Air Pollution Still Kills” in the J

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Cholera in Yemen Rages On

ACSH - July 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

The growing cholera crisis in Yemen has, unfortunately, earned the title of "the largest cholera outbreak in the world." The most heartbreaking aspect of cholera outbreaks is that even though we know how to stop them, we don't.

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We're Doing Better with Exercise, CDC Says

ACSH - July 5, 2017 - 3:36pm

So the good news is that more of us are walking than we were even 10 years ago — over 60 percent of both adult men and women report regular walking. But that still leave a large proportion of couch potatoes. And certain demographic groups do lag behind. Perhaps the message that even moderate activity can benefit needs better targeting.

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We're Doing Better On The Exercise Front, Says The CDC

ACSH - July 5, 2017 - 3:36pm

So the good news is that more of us are walking than we were even 10 years ago — over 60 percent of both adult men and women report regular walking. But that still leave a large proportion of couch potatoes. And certain demographic groups do lag behind. Perhaps the message that even moderate activity can benefit needs better targeting.

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News of the Bizarre: July 5, 2017

ACSH - July 5, 2017 - 10:20am

1. Seeya Nostra - the economy is so bad in the Sicilian region of Italy - the official unemployment rate is 22 percent, and we know that government numbers are bogus - that the mafia has given up on extorting fellow Italians and started moving to Germany. It sounds like the worst Godfather sequel ever. 

2. NASA forced to admit it does not have a child slave colony on Mars

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'Little Black Book of Junk Science' Debuts at Nat'l Press Club & More Outreach Last Week

ACSH - July 4, 2017 - 12:20pm

Any donor may request our latest publication free of charge, and everyone at the event got a copy. If you prefer to avoid paper, it's available as a PDF inside this article. Along with national coverage, the news was carried by regional papers from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Salt Lake Tribune to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Buffalo News.

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Theories On Pulsar Phenomena Aren't Theories

Science2.0 - July 4, 2017 - 11:48am
A theory is a very precise thing in science - yet some scientists can't resist using the term to lend intellectual weight to what may be a hypothesis and is likely just reasonable speculation. It's a large part of the reason why the term has become colloquialized, and 'wellness' is equivalent to gravity in the minds of some.

Physical science is not immune. String Theory put theory in the name, so it gets to skate on the edges of truth, but theoretical physicists are trying to recapture the Golden Age of the 1930s, plus write a bestselling book. Astrophysics should know better. Yet many have still used the word theory to describe the "glitch" and "wobble" detected among pulsars, despite having no basis for it.
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Theories On Pulsar Phenomena Aren't Theories

General - July 4, 2017 - 11:48am
A theory is a very precise thing in science - yet some scientists can't resist using the term to lend intellectual weight to what may be a hypothesis and is likely just reasonable speculation. It's a large part of the reason why the term has become colloquialized, and 'wellness' is equivalent to gravity in the minds of some.

Physical science is not immune. String Theory put theory in the name, so it gets to skate on the edges of truth, but theoretical physicists are trying to recapture the Golden Age of the 1930s, plus write a bestselling book. Astrophysics should know better. Yet many have still used the word theory to describe the "glitch" and "wobble" detected among pulsars, despite having no basis for it.
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Hawking Says Trump Could Tip Earth To Hot Venus Climate - Is It True? What Can Earth's Climate Tip To?

Science2.0 - July 4, 2017 - 3:43am

Stephen Hawking celebrated his seventy fifth birthday on the 2nd July. We can all be delighted that he lived so long, and continues in robust health, after he was diagnosed to survive only three years. May he continue to "live long and prosper" as the fictional Vulcans say in Star Trek (a UK man can expect to live another 12 years if he reaches his 75th birthday, other things being equal). He's a brilliant physicist, everyone agrees, noted for his work in General Relativity and related areas. However he has never done any research in climate change AFAIK.

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Hawking Says Trump Could Tip Earth To Hot Venus Climate - Is It True? What Can Earth's Climate Tip To?

General - July 4, 2017 - 3:43am

Stephen Hawking celebrated his seventy fifth birthday on the 2nd July. We can all be delighted that he lived so long, and continues in robust health, after he was diagnosed to survive only three years. May he continue to "live long and prosper" as the fictional Vulcans say in Star Trek (a UK man can expect to live another 12 years if he reaches his 75th birthday, other things being equal). He's a brilliant physicist, everyone agrees, noted for his work in General Relativity and related areas. However he has never done any research in climate change AFAIK.

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EPS 2017: 1000 Physicists In Venice

Science2.0 - July 3, 2017 - 1:57pm
The 2017 edition of the European Physical Society conference will take place in the Lido of Venice this week, from July 5th to 12th. For the first time in many years -30 as of now- a big international conference in HEP is organized in Italy, a datum I found surprising at first. When I learned it, the years were 26 and I was in a local organizing committee that tried to propose another conference in the same location. Although excellent, our proposal was ditched, and from the episode I learned I should not be too surprised for the hiatus.  -->

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EPS 2017: 1000 Physicists In Venice

General - July 3, 2017 - 1:57pm
The 2017 edition of the European Physical Society conference will take place in the Lido of Venice this week, from July 5th to 12th. For the first time in many years -30 as of now- a big international conference in HEP is organized in Italy, a datum I found surprising at first. When I learned it, the years were 26 and I was in a local organizing committee that tried to propose another conference in the same location. Although excellent, our proposal was ditched, and from the episode I learned I should not be too surprised for the hiatus.  -->

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Panera Bread Celebrates Wasting Food This Fourth of July

ACSH - July 2, 2017 - 12:00am

Preservatives help keep our food supply safe and reduce food waste. Apparently, Panera Bread is unaware of this.

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Don't Forget To Take Your Medicine

ACSH - July 1, 2017 - 9:37am

Adherence to medical treatment involving multiple medications is not easy. Can electronic reminders and financial incentives help?

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Gender-Blind Recruitment Process Leads To More Men Being Hired

Science2.0 - July 1, 2017 - 2:59am
It's been shown that there is no hiring deficit for women in science; women have been hired far more than men for new jobs. Yet women's groups have continued to point to total numbers as the problem, as if to say older men who have been supportive of more diversity and are making it happen on hiring committees should be fired without cause to open up more jobs for women.

Only the weakest candidate wants to be hired as part of a quota. There has to be a better way.
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Gender-Blind Recruitment Process Leads To More Men Being Hired

General - July 1, 2017 - 2:59am
It's been shown that there is no hiring deficit for women in science; women have been hired far more than men for new jobs. Yet women's groups have continued to point to total numbers as the problem, as if to say older men who have been supportive of more diversity and are making it happen on hiring committees should be fired without cause to open up more jobs for women.

Only the weakest candidate wants to be hired as part of a quota. There has to be a better way.
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Latest on 'Obesity Paradox' Controversy; Extra Weight Helps Some Survive Strokes Better

ACSH - June 30, 2017 - 5:48pm

One phenomenon that continues to mystify physicians and healthcare professionals alike is the "obesity paradox," the idea that significant extra weight can actually be beneficial and provide protection in some circumstances. 

For years, studies have been released that produced competing findings – some that supported its existence, others that undermined it – only serving to muddy the waters in this area of research. 

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