Latest Podcast: Episode #611 – 03/25/2017

Guest Rogue: Joshie Berger; What’s the Word: Factoid; News Items: Cybersecurity and Neuromorphic Chips, Chiropractic Quackery, ASMR; Special Reports: Animals in the Bible; Who’s That Noisy; Science or Fiction

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The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
An update on an interesting technology

NeuroLogica Blog » 3D Printed Houses
"Arctic sea ice appears to have reached on March 7 a record low wintertime maximum extent, according to scientists at NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado. And on the opposite side of the planet, on March 3 sea ice around Antarctica hit its lowest extent ever recorded by satellites at the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, a...
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Sea ice extent sinks to record lows at both poles
"The new picture is "plausible, but not a slam-dunk," says Stephen Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh, noting that the tree shuffle isn't based on new fossils, but on a new analysis of existing specimens. Researchers need to comb through the characters and evaluate the team's choices, he says. "

T. rex gets new home in shakeup of dino family tree
Another case of death by pseudoscience.

Encinitas woman dead after turmeric IV infusion
"I think that this is what it is going to take – a significant reform of our entire educational system so that explicit education in real critical thinking is woven throughout the curriculum."

NeuroLogica Blog » The Need for Critical Thinking
Anti-vaxxers have unwittingly pitted themselves against the autism community, as they have to portray autism as a universally horrible disorder to further their scaremongering about vaccines.

Anti-vaxxers convinced Sesame Street character Julia is a Big Pharma conspiracy to ‘normalize’ autism
"First, all these statements and other similar health advice is demonstrable misinformation. The misinformation is designed to convince the public to forgo evidence-based medical treatment in favor of pseudoscientific chiropractic care. "

Cracking Down on Chiropractic Pseudoscience
"Here is the next lesson – successfully preventing problems results in a non-event. If you do your job properly, no one notices, or they may even question the need for your job in the first place. No one notices the terrorist attack that never occurred. No one notices all the diseases that are not happening because of vaccines."

NeuroLogica Blog » Y2K and the Year 2038 Problem
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"Natural News is a fake news fixture, with articles on Obama birtherism, HIV/AIDS denialism, and the Sandy Hook tragedy as an elaborate hoax by FEMA to promote gun control. "
"The problem is that it’s not targeting all the universities that offer courses integrating quackery with medicine and that medical academia is embracing CAM in its medical school curricula and residencies, two areas where the ACCME has no authority. The ACME really needs to go much, much farther in enforcing scientific rigor in its CME accreditation process, but, even if it does that, it...
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Is the ACCME cracking down on quackery in continuing medical education (CME) offerings? Richard Jaffe thinks so.
"If something like Trump’s budget gets passed, there will be immediate negative consequences for the scientific infrastructure in the US that will have negative effects for years, and even decades. The worst effects, however, may not be felt for decades, as that is the time scale of reaping the benefits of basic science."

NeuroLogica Blog » The Need for Publicly Funded Science
Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, and our Board of Directors present five recommendations to the Trump administration as it contemplates the future of ...

Bill Nye's Open Letter to President Donald Trump

Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, and our Board of Directors present five recommendations to the Trump administration as it contemplates the future of ...

A new method of producing hydrogen increases its chances of being a sustainable fuel source.

Quantum Dots and Sunlight Could Be the Key to Clean Hydrogen Energy
Latest Podcast: Episode #610 – 03/18/2017

What’s the Word: Fractal; News Items: New Hominid Skulls, Solar Roadway Disaster, Dark Anti-Vax Conspiracies, Fast Radio Bursts and Aliens; Who’s That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Tea and Coffee Follow Up; Science or Fiction

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The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
"When it comes to infection, germ theory is like gravitational theory. You ignore it at your peril. And I would bet that no LAc (Licensed Acupuncturist pronounced, oddly enough, lack) would rely solely on her theatrical placebo for the treatment of any infection I take care of on a daily basis."

Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections. A LAc of understanding.
"To put Scott’s conclusion into a more everyday context – the term “microaggression” carries with it many assumptions about the person making the alleged microaggression and its affect on the recipient, while downplaying the fact that there is a large component of subjective interpretation. The reality is that social interactions are complex webs of dynamic influences. The term...
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NeuroLogica Blog » Microaggressions
"Russia's first manned moon landing isn't scheduled until 2031, but the agency is launching a manned test flight in 2023 from its new spaceport."

Russia's space agency preps for its first manned moon landing