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Some Cool Chemistry - Using Light To Turn Waste Plastic Into Hydrogen Fuel

Sep 06 2018 - 12:09

Plastic waste is a worldwide environmental problem. So is the generation of clean energy. Two British groups have come up with a method that, at least in the lab, can degrade plastic and generate hydrogen at the same time using light and an inexpensive catalyst. Very interesting chemistry.

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Moral Judgments Are Better Left To Humans Not Machines

Sep 06 2018 - 08:09

Should machines make our moral judgments? They are often smarter and less emotional. But is that what we are really looking for when we make a moral choice?

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Why Good Science Is Hard to Do

Sep 06 2018 - 02:09

According to pharmacologist Ray Dingledine, good science is hard to do because of (1) "our drive to create a coherent narrative from new data, regardless of its quality or relevance"; (2) "our inclination to seek patterns in data whether they exist or not"; and (3) our negligence to "always consider how likely a result is regardless of its P-value." The good news is that this can be fixed.

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Why Good Science Is Hard to Do

Sep 06 2018 - 02:09

According to Ray Dingledine, good science is hard to do because of (1) "our drive to create a coherent narrative from new data regardless of its quality or relevance"; (2) "our inclination to seek patterns in data whether they exist or not"; and (3) our negligence to "always consider how likely a result is regardless of its P-value." The good news is that this can be fixed.

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Thanks, Dr. Gary Tigges, For Saying ‘Female Physicians Do Not Work As Hard,’ ‘Should Be Paid Less’

Sep 05 2018 - 14:09

A male physician says female physicians don’t work hard. Things didn’t go well for him. But, now, we can have an honest discussion, including where are the male physician voices in the backlash?

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Evolutionary Mandate Of Fortnite? Team-Based Play Fighting - And Sports - Built Skills For War In Hunter-Gatherers

Sep 05 2018 - 12:09

Did team sports for kids evolve from hunter-gatherers who needed to practice for war? A new paper suggests that is so.

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Formaldehyde Is So Dangerous That You'd Be Dead Without It

Sep 05 2018 - 12:09

Formaldehyde is one of the most demonized chemicals in the chemical scare universe. Make no mistake, formaldehyde is toxic, but our bodies have not only figured out how to protect us from the chemical but to actually use it. And that's a good thing because every cell in our body requires formaldehyde, which we make from a vitamin.

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ACSH Explains: Odds and Odds Ratios

Sep 05 2018 - 08:09

Probability and odds play a large role in explaining the results of medical studies, they are not the same and knowing how to understand odds will make separating the signal from the noise easier.

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Man's Bipolar Mood Cycles Linked to the Moon

Sep 04 2018 - 23:09

Sleep is governed by the circadian rhythm, which is typically entrained to the 24-hour solar day. As the sun goes up and down, the human body's metabolism responds accordingly. But in this case study, the circadian rhythm of a patient with bipolar disorder was also linked to the 24.8-hour lunar cycle, which contributed to his manic-depressive episodes.

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Thomas P. Stossel

Sep 04 2018 - 17:09

Thomas P. Stossel, M.D., American Cancer Society Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, was appointed to the American Council on Science and Health Board of Trustees in June of 2018. He previously served a term on the Council's Board in 2006.

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If Computer Models Counted, 8,000 New Antibiotics Would Be In The Pipeline

Sep 04 2018 - 12:09

A paper says up to 8,000 new antibiotic combinations could be ready for testing, but there is a big catch called reality.

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Flava Flav Is Not A Food Preservative, But Flavonoids Are

Sep 04 2018 - 08:09

Some people have unfounded fears of food preservatives; after all, they do have chemical names that sound bad. Who would want sodium benzoate when we could have flavonoids do the same job. Just the name is relaxing.

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A Stinking, Pathetic Double Standard at the Heart of Scientific Journals

Sep 04 2018 - 08:09

Scientific journals discriminate against industry scientists, unless they happen to work for the environmental or organic industries. Those scientists don't have to follow the same rules governing the disclosure of conflicts of interest that everybody else does.

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The WSJ Helps Pathologize Infancy

Sep 04 2018 - 07:09

It is normal for a baby to be difficult to get to sleep which is clearly exhausting for new parents. But, expensive "sleep consultants" aren't the answer.

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Sorry, Your Diet Coke Is Not Calorie-Free

Sep 03 2018 - 20:09

Contrary to popular belief, Diet Coke does not contain zero calories. It doesn't have much - the same as about 0.9% of an M and M, but the chemical structure of aspartame, the artificial sweetener in the drink, show us why there are any calories at all.

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Phytoplankton

Sep 03 2018 - 08:09

It turns out that tiny phytoplankton, that can cause massive "blooms," may actually affect our weather. As we will see, there is more to climate than just warming.

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We're On History Channel, NYU Journalism Goes Anti-Vaccine, and More Media Outreach Last Week

Sep 03 2018 - 07:09

Anti-science activists continue to scramble to shore up their clients, who have become increasingly unnerved that we're pushing them back to the fringes where they belong. And then legitimate media linked to us as well.

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Get Checked: Even Fit, Middle-Aged Athletes Can Have Heart Disease

Aug 31 2018 - 14:08

summary needed

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Linking Genetics To Disease - The View From Our Chemical Messengers

Aug 31 2018 - 09:08

There are very few genetic diseases, but there is increasing evidence that our genes can predispose us to specific problems. Our chemical signals provide the linkage. 

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