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Penny Marshall And The Suspension of Disbelief

Dec 18 2018 - 15:12

Why are we always a bit surprised to learn of someone's death?

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Gifts Reconsidered - A Tale of the Season

Dec 17 2018 - 16:12

ProPublica would have you believe that the lunches or speaker fees physician received from Big Pharma are gifts, requiring something in return. But in this holiday season, we should consider the meaning of gifts and realize the ProPublica watchdog is barking up the wrong tree.

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While Branding Infant Stages Sells Books, It Pathologizes Childhood

Dec 17 2018 - 12:12

Marketing normal development manufactures a "problem" in need of a "solution" which typically appears in the form of an expensive product. As a result, the vulnerability and fears of new parents get most exploited.

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Ideas Spread Faster Due to the Source more than their Quality - So Much for Science's Meritocracy

Dec 17 2018 - 07:12

Sociologists have studied the diffusion of ideas and knowledge for decades. A new study shows that the eminence of the source has a greater impact than the quality of the idea. That makes the rich richer and society poorer.

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Anti-Vaxxers Like Congressman-Elect Mark Green Shouldn’t Be in Government

Dec 16 2018 - 15:12

Anyone who believes that vaccines cause autism shouldn't be in a position of authority. The fundamental problem with a person who makes such a claim is not that he is wrong; it's that he is conspiratorially minded and lacks critical thinking skills. That's not the sort of person who should be in charge of anything important.

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How Big Data Has Created a Big Crisis in Science

Dec 14 2018 - 01:12

There’s an increasing concern among scholars that, in many areas of science, famous published results tend to be impossible to reproduce.

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How Big Data Has Created a Big Crisis in Science

Dec 14 2018 - 01:12

There’s an increasing concern among scholars that, in many areas of science, famous published results tend to be impossible to reproduce.

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ACSH in the Media: USA Today, Bloomberg, PBS, and More!

Dec 13 2018 - 23:12

Have you started your Christmas and/or Holiday shopping? If you're like us, you're putting it off to the last minute because you're too busy with other things. Here at ACSH, we've been busy telling the world about science. Here's where we appeared in recent days.

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Whatever Happened To Science?

Dec 13 2018 - 15:12

When science and money mix science suffers. The pressure to publish and get grant money has corrupted researchers who must publish or perish and get grants. This unholy alliance between the popular media and scholarly publications spawned the never-ending flow of sensationalistic results, especially those pertaining to human health effects.

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Words Over Deeds - Lowering Legal Blood Alcohol Levels Alone Does Not Reduce Accidents

Dec 13 2018 - 10:12

Reducing the legal limit on a driver's blood alcohol level is considered a best practice when bundled with enforcement. It doesn't seem to have much of an effect on its own.

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Countering Misinformation About Flu Vaccine Is Harder than It Seems

Dec 13 2018 - 03:12

Many Americans hold beliefs about the flu vaccine that are at odds with the best available scientific evidence. For example, a recent study found that more than two-fifths, or 43 percent, of Americans believe that the seasonal flu vaccine can give us the flu. Scientific research strongly suggests that this is not true. Because most modern flu shots do not contain a live virus, the shot itself simply cannot get us sick with the flu.

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What’s in the Box? Issues in algorithmic medical care

Dec 12 2018 - 14:12

The newfound ability of a watch to detect heart arrhythmias is just one of many forms of algorithmic medicine - where computers play an increasing role in identifying problems and giving medical advice. But algorithms have unique qualities that impact the approval process.

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Dear PROP/CDC - Here's What Happens When You Over-Restrict Pills: More Deaths. Nice Going.

Dec 12 2018 - 12:12

It has been more than obvious that, despite what you hear in the news, it is fentanyl, not Vicodin, that is killing tens of thousands (and growing) of people each year. But a new article in National Vital Statistics Reports makes this more than more than obvious. Just as obvious is the horrible damage caused by deeply flawed policies in the past five years. Here is the smoking gun.

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Are Raccoons More Like Dogs or Cats?

Dec 12 2018 - 01:12

Are Raccoons More Like Dogs or Cats? Trick question! They're more like bears.

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Why Andy Warhol Peed On His Paintings (And Worse) - A Perverted Chemistry Lesson

Dec 11 2018 - 09:12

There are plenty of art critics out there who can babble on about this or that. Right now at the Whitney Museum in New York, a Warhol show is getting rave babbling reviews. Partly because he peed on some of his paintings. (Like you're so perfect?) His urine (and that of others- Ewww) caused the copper paint to turn color. Others can babble about art, but only we at ACSH dare to explain what the pee does. Yellow journalism?

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Eating Our Children - Why Continue To Attack Memorial Sloan Kettering?

Dec 11 2018 - 07:12

ProPublica like a dog with bone, continues to chew at Memorial Sloan Kettering and what they feel are conflicts of Interest. It is time to put down and step away from the bone and have a more honest discussion. Why is one of the greatest hospitals in the world continuing to be a ProPublica punching bag?

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Golf Game Tips Come with Anti-Vaccine, Anti-GMO Propaganda

Dec 10 2018 - 23:12

People who sign up for golf tips probably aren't looking for bad health advice. Yet, that's exactly what they got -- as well as an unhealthy dose of conspiracy theory -- in a recent newsletter sent out by Golf Game Tips.

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Mutant Time Bomb Or Weasel Words, Junk Science and Scare Mongering?

Dec 10 2018 - 11:12

Has the radioactive fallout from Chernobyl created mutant animals? Rich Kozlovich from the
Paradigms and Demographics blog site doesn't think so. Okay, so we're supposed to believe this "fear" scientists have will cause a disaster by this "booming" wolf population breeding with wolves outside their area. I think that bodes well this question: If this area of radiation is so bad, and the potential for mutation is so dangerous - why did this population boom?

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Winter Is Coming: The 1st Scientific Study of 'Game of Thrones'

Dec 10 2018 - 06:12

The last season of Game of Thrones is almost upon us. A group of researchers has looked at the chances of dying in the previous seven seasons. Spoiler alert: Do not sell life insurance to prominent, loyal, males.

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Winter Is Coming - The First Scientific Study of Game of Thrones

Dec 10 2018 - 06:12

The last season of Game of Thrones is almost upon us. A group of researchers has looked at the chances of dying in the previous seven seasons. Spoiler alert: Do not sell life insurance to prominent, loyal, males.

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