Latest Podcast: Episode #620 – 05/27/2017

Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Julius Youngner; News Items: Nature and Nurture of Numbers, Daryl Bem Follow Up, Smart Meter Hubbub; Who’s That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Conceptual Penis; Science or Fiction

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Latest Podcast: Episode 620 – 05272017

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

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Jeff Enge
Vinny Padhi
Vinny Padhi
"How to infer homology vs analogy is the more interesting question, and is more applicable to the pyramids. The underlying concept is this – are the similarities in structures necessary for function, or are they incidental? Animals are all subject to the same physical properties. The principles of lift and aerodynamics are not different for bats or birds, and therefore some aspects of wing...
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How to infer homology vs analogy is the more interesting question and

NeuroLogica Blog » Pyramid Homology vs Analogy

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Ed Stabler
Steve Browne
Angelo Olegna
This is a different view of Jupiter you are not used to seeing.
This is a different view of Jupiter you are not used to seeing

Juno peers below Jupiter's clouds - BBC News

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Ashley Rigden
Jose Emmanuel Guzman Martinez
Heather Magouirk
Jim McMillan
Ken Moyer
Ken Moyer
"(1) health insurance coverage should be limited to evidence-based practices, necessarily excluding pseudoscience, and (2) CAM providers do not have sufficient education and training to competently provide the vast majority of covered benefits and, where they do, insurers cover them anyway."
1 health insurance coverage should be limited to evidencebased practices necessa

Healthcare reform should ditch mandated coverage of CAM providers

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Mike McGuire
Anthony Bachler
Sam Louie
"The evidence is clear that organic farming on any meaningful scale is significantly less land efficient than conventional farming. That may, in fact, be part of the motivation for organic opposition to GMOs – they know they can’t compete. With increased use of GMO technology, the production difference is likely to increase. Imagine if scientists are successful in tweaking photosynthesis or...
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The evidence is clear that organic farming on any meaningful scale is

NeuroLogica Blog » Organic Farming is Bad for the Environment

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Tyson Adams
Debbie Cottrell
Gary Chase
"Anecdotes lead to conclusions you want to be true, not to conclusions that actually are true. " Barry Beyerstein
Anecdotes lead to conclusions you want to be true not to conclusions
Lyndia Gruntorad
Ricky Pomante
Andy Grandinetti
Stephen Reilly
Tom Locklear
Michael Brian Smallwood
“This is the first clear dip we have seen since [2013], and the first we have ever caught in real time,” says Jason Wright, an astronomer at Pennsylvania State University in State College. If they can rope in more telescopes, astronomers hope to gather enough data to finally figure out what’s going on.
This is the first clear dip we have seen since 2013 and

Star that spurred alien megastructure theories dims again

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John Little
Ed Stabler
Laurence Fitzgerald
"As arguably the showiest climate denier and opponent of environmental regulations in Congress, Smith has orchestrated climate change hearings that are the scientific equivalent of pro-wrestling matches. "
As arguably the showiest climate denier and opponent of environmental regulations in

Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas Has a Problem with Science – and with Voters

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Michael Welch
Mick Carter
Michael Brian Smallwood
"They are also trying to flip the narrative on what constitutes good science. While mainstream medicine is going through a period of self-reflection where it is generally agreed that we need to increase the rigor of science (more replication, less p-hacking, etc.), the parallel CAM movement is trying to weaken the rigor of medical science. They are not succeeding for medical science in...
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They are also trying to flip the narrative on what constitutes good

The Natural Cancer Cure Narrative

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Douglas Black
Ed Stabler
Linda Skolness
"Look, Harry, our patients want to have it all: treatments that are as effective as those of scientific medicine, but also soft, humane and gentle. Ancient wisdom magically free from ancient superstition. Reliability without the trouble of research. It isn’t possible, but they want it anyway. So why not pretend to give it to them? If they believe, then it will be real."
Look Harry our patients want to have it all treatments that are

Confessions of a Quack: Holistic Harry Tells the Inside Story of Alternative Medicine

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Ed Stabler
Roy Najera
Donald Dennis
"If Graecopithecus turns out to be legit, then it would be the oldest human ancestor after the split with chimpanzees, and it would move the likely location for that split from sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean."
If Graecopithecus turns out to be legit then it would be the

NeuroLogica Blog » Graecopithecus – Possible Early Human Ancestor from Europe

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Reagen Dandridge Desilets
Tony Crachiolo
Michael Brian Smallwood
"But eventually, I fell out of love. Or, to be more specific, I changed my mind about organic food after reading the research: It turns out organic isn’t more nutritious or even necessarily better for the planet. So I pretty much stopped shopping at Whole Foods altogether."
But eventually I fell out of love Or to be more specific

Whole Foods Would Look a Lot Different If It Were Science-Based

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Stephen Robinfox
Steve Barnes
Chris Dart
"Besides the enthusiastic embrace of quackery by large, respected academic institutions like the Cleveland Clinic and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, this “integration” of quackery with medicine has manifested itself in medical journals. Once hard-nosed, science-based medical journals have, unfortunately, started publishing what can only be described as credulous endorsements of quackery."
Besides the enthusiastic embrace of quackery by large respected academic institutions like

Quackery infiltrates The BMJ

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Luke Hamilton
Mike Moses
Lori Mentzer Lynch
"Smart meters have a host of benefits and the technology is rapidly being deployed. There are no legitimate health concerns, and the plausibility of such concerns is essentially zero. The technology is basically safe, but of course when you deploy millions of anything into the real world there will be the occasional failure. Existing systems are adequate to deal with them.
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Smart meters have a host of benefits and the technology is rapidly

NeuroLogica Blog » The Smart Meter Hubbub

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Michael Thomas Gerety
Dan McKinnon
Nicklas Johnson
Jeremy Freemantle
Steve Williams
John M. Carr
"Gould became known for this literary streak, which breathed new life into the half-forgotten art of the popular scientific essay, a tradition that dates back to Galileo."
Gould became known for this literary streak which breathed new life into

Remeasuring Stephen Jay Gould

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Luis Rodriguez
Ingrid Brouwer
Ron Rathmann
Darren Evans
James Jon Miller
Marcel Amirault
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Lists Top 10 New Species for 2017
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Lists

ESF Lists Top 10 New Species for 2017

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Ferdo Pungartnik Kraljevi