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
"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... View details ⇨
"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. "
"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. "
"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."
"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... View details ⇨
"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."
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
"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."
"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... View details ⇨