President Bush Chooses Superstition Over Science

(via What’s new by Bob Park – Friday, July 21, 2006) 1. STEM CELLS: PRESIDENT BUSH CHOOSES SUPERSTITION OVER SCIENCE. On Wednesday, Mr. Bush vetoed the “Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.” The first veto of his presidency was exercised to protect surplus embryonic stem cells in fertility clinics from research, thus preserving their “dignity” so … Continue reading “President Bush Chooses Superstition Over Science”

It’s the reporting that was shallow

I recently posted an article questioning some of the conclusions found in the news story, Roots of human family tree are shallow. I just received the abstract and some relevant excerpts from the original article in Nature. Here’s an excerpt explaining some of the assumptions the authors made: Several factors could cause the time to … Continue reading “It’s the reporting that was shallow”

I think the analysis might be shallow

Roots of human family tree are shallow With the help of a statistician, a computer scientist and a supercomputer, Olson has calculated just how interconnected the human family tree is. You would have to go back in time only 2,000 to 5,000 years – and probably on the low side of that range – to … Continue reading “I think the analysis might be shallow”

Time to throw away those aluminium foil helmets

On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study The helmets amplify frequency bands that coincide with those allocated to the US government between 1.2 Ghz and 1.4 Ghz. According to the FCC, These bands are supposedly reserved for ”radio location” (ie, GPS), and other communications with satellites (see, for example, [3]). The 2.6 … Continue reading “Time to throw away those aluminium foil helmets”

One of Life’s Unanswered Questions gets Answered

You can swim just as fast in a pool of gloop.: It’s a question that has taxed generations of the finest minds in physics: do humans swim slower in syrup than in water? And since you ask, the answer’s no. Scientists have filled a swimming pool with a syrupy mixture and proved it. And some … Continue reading “One of Life’s Unanswered Questions gets Answered”

Bush administration pro-science? I don’t think so…

(via Bad Astronomy Blog) From the February 4, 2004 issue of the New York Times: In October, for example, George Deutsch, a presidential appointee in NASA headquarters, told a Web designer working for the agency to add the word “theory” after every mention of the Big Bang, according to an e-mail message from Mr. Deutsch … Continue reading “Bush administration pro-science? I don’t think so…”

Decaffeinated Coffee Will Kill You

(from the let’s create a sensational headline for this story dept.) Drinking decaffeinated coffee may be harmful to heart health: Decaffeinated — not caffeinated — coffee may cause an increase in harmful LDL cholesterol by increasing a specific type of blood fat linked to the metabolic syndrome, hints a new study presented at the American … Continue reading “Decaffeinated Coffee Will Kill You”