Silence on BPA is Deafening - Let's Get Clarity
Guardian Science Blog Deserved Death
On Chance
Encounters With Giant Sharks In The Arctic
A Capella Science At CERN
Do you know the works of Tim Blais, the guy behind "A Capella Science"? I sincerely hope you do, but otherwise this post is for you. Tim has a youtube page where he publishes his amazing works. Tim sings modified lyrics of famous songs, and mixes them with multiple tracks of his own voice ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Peering Into The Void: Cosmic Web Reveals This Part Of The Early Universe Had Almost No Matter!
About 1 billion years after the Big Bang, the gas in deep space was highly opaque to ultraviolet light and its transparency varied widely from place to place, obscuring much of the light emitted by distant galaxies. This opaque quality contains tantalizing mysteries about the universe.That's because ...
By News Staff
Guest Post: Alessandro De Angelis, Multi-Messenger Astrophysics
I am very happy to host here today an article by my INFN colleague Alessandro de Angelis, a well-known and authoritative italian astrophysicist. Alessandro has recently published a beautiful new book on this subject, which I invite you to have a look at (see link at the bottom of the article) ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Appeals Court Wants EPA To Ban Chlorpyrifos, Without Seeing Any Data
Environmental trial lawyers are thrilled that the politically friendly 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California ordered EPA to ban chlorpyrifos but the science is even less settled than the court case is. And this court case is far from settled, because it should never have been heard ...
By Hank Campbell
The Cooling Effect Of Historic Wildfires
Historically, large atmospheric events like fires and volcanic eruptions have had cooling effects. It is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", for example, part of which was inspired by the gloom from a volcanic eruption that led to 'a year without a summer' in Europe of 1816 ...
By News Staff
Not As Scary As It Seems: Planet At Risk Of Heading Towards “Hothouse Earth” State
This is scaring some people - because they describe dramatic things that could happen like floods tens of meters deep, and the world too hot for humans. Most of this is for far into the future. The sea rising 10s of meters would be thousands of years into the future - many of the news stories ...
By Robert Walker
Diversity Of An Ecosystem Is Important, Not Size
Though countries like the United States and Ireland have far more forest than they did a century ago, professional environmentalists insist there needs to be more. From butterflies to bees, some groups insist more of the modern world must be reverted to nature, even when it comes to formerly ecologic ...
By News Staff
Large Antarctic Penguin Colony May Have Shrunk 88%
The National Nature Reserve of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands is home to the world's biggest colony of king penguins and if satellite images are being interpreted accurately, they have seen a massive 88% reduction in the size of their colony, located on Île aux Cochons, in the ...
By News Staff
Epidemiologists Link DDT From The 1970s To Modern Autism Diagnoses
DDT was banned by a politician in the US in 1972 and was banned a few years later in Finland, so how can it be causing autism now?The answer is statistics. The same curve that can show autism is linked to organic food can link autism to anything and if you are at Columbia University's Mailman School ...
By Hank Campbell
Like Shark Week? Thank The Cretaceous Mass Extinction Event
Ground sharks (Carcharhiniformes) are the most diverse shark group living today, with over 200 different species, and they are one of the major groups that survived the Cretaceous–Palaeogene mass extinction which is why we have the Tiger, Hammerhead, and Blacktip Reef sharks and lamniforms by ...
By News Staff
Great Tits Have Same Impulse Control As Chimpanzees
Impulse control is associated with larger cognitively advanced animals like humans and other primates, but there are exceptions, like ravens. Now a recent study shows that the great tit, a common European songbird, has a tremendous capacity for self-control - almost the same as chimpanzees.  ...
By News Staff
Endophytes: Study Shows GMO Corn Has No Impact On Good Bacteria
Bt modification in maize does not affect non-target beneficial microorganisms such as endophytes, according to a new study. This debunks some of the more obscure claims made by activists opposed to genetic engineering (suicides in India being the most bizarre. Genetically modified Bt corn contains ...
By News Staff
Statistics Gone Wild: Secondhand Smoke Causes Arthritis 30 Years Later, Says Questionnaire Result
Secondhand smoke remains controversial because it takes statistical manipulation to link it to any deaths. Yes, it can be harmful to asthmatics, just like perfume or a wine cellar, but a whole advocacy industry has not been built up talking about how wine cellars must be killing people. And the ...
By News Staff
Do Any Supplements Work For A Cold?
Last week I had a shocking cold. Blocked nose, sore throat, and feeling poorly. This made me think about the countless vitamins and supplements on the market that promise to ease symptoms of a cold, help you recover faster, and reduce your chance of getting another cold. When it comes to the common ...
By The Conversation
Metastasis: Broken Cellular Function Mechanism Observed In Mice
Metastasis is the formation of secondary tumors and a leading contributor to deaths related to cancer. The exact mechanism for how cellular function becomes broken in cells far removed from a cancer’s primary tumor have been unclear.But it's been pondered for almost a hundred years. It was postulated ...
By News Staff
Pareidolia: We're Secretly Judging Face Likeness
 If you have seen a face in the clouds or you have been part of a phenomenon called "pareidolia" - a willingness to recognize a non-face object as a human face. Humans sometimes perceive an inherently meaningless object such as a pattern, landscape or object as another object, one that has ...
By News Staff
3 Reasons To Worry If There Is A New Pandemic
One hundred years after the Great Influenza pandemic of 1918, global health leadership stands at a crossroads. The United States continues to expand its policy of isolationism at a time when international cooperation in health could not be more important. The state of pandemic preparedness and ...
By The Conversation
Psychologists Discover Your Personality May Change Over 50 Years
Does your base personality change over time? Psychologists are conflicted over that, but Galileo once claimed the Moon did not impact the tides, so without a science foundation, or with poor data gathering, anything is possible. And we get both in surveys, which is why a new paper by social ...
By News Staff
3700 BC: Embalming Was Taking Place 1,500 Years Earlier Than Thought
A mummy dating from 3700-3500 B.C. housed in the Egyptian Museum in Turin since 1901 has never undergone any conservation treatments - and that provided a unique opportunity for some science.And the results were a surprise. It was assumed the Turin mummy had been naturally mummified by the ...
By News Staff
Young Religious Americans Care About The Environment, Because Religious Leaders Have Avoided Activist Politics
Young religious Americans are more concerned about the environment than older parishioners, and that may be thanks to religious leaders. They talk about caring for the world given to them and avoid the political activism.  Lukas Szrot, a University of Kansas doctoral candidate in sociology ...
By News Staff
HBO No: John Oliver's Awkward Support For The Anti-Vaccine Community
On Sunday evening, John Oliver of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" took a break from talking about Paul Manafort's clothing to talk about public trust in science. Well, sort of. Really, he claimed he wanted to expose "astroturf" groups - fake organizations that look like real "grassroots" ones. You ...
By Hank Campbell
State Attorneys General File To Block Open Source Information - Because The Info Is A Printed Gun
The Attorneys General of Democratic states Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York (plus the District of Columbia) are filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration to block the open source distribution of materials that enable the printing ...
By News Staff
For The Love Of The Internet, Stop Sharing Bullshit
There is very little I love more than the world wide web. No, seriously, I mean it. Internet has changed my life more than any other "thing" around, and it has provided me with an enormous wealth - information, knowledge, simplification of otherwise difficult tasks, ease of access to data, solution ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
A Hoax Academic Paper About How Politicians Wipe Their Butts Was Published - And I Did It
I had what seemed like rather a good idea a few weeks back. Building on some prominent findings in social psychology, I hypothesized that politicians on the right would wipe their bum with their left hand; and that politicians on the left would wipe with their right hand.Ludicrous? Yes – absolutely ...
By The Conversation
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