Getting Risk Right
Alan Alda On Science Communication
Death Of A Forensic Science Commission
CBC – Controversy Before Credibility
No Scaffold Needed: Lab-Grown Cartilage Has Properties Of The Real Thing
Lab-grown cartilage grown shows similar mechanical and chemical properties to the natural articular cartilage which allows our joints to move smoothly, according to a new study in Nature Materials. A team biomedical engineers from University of California, Davis, created the lab-grown tissue ...
By News Staff
Fundamental Quantum Uncertainty And Stingy Guitar Tuning
There is a very simple high school homework exercise question that I have kept with me for 30 or so years because of its deep relevance for the understanding of fundamental physics. It teaches about the nature of quantum uncertainty, but sadly also about how terribly wrong textbooks can be, how ...
By Sascha Vongehr
Organic Growing Process Linked To Higher Antioxidant Levels In Onions
A new study has found that found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions are higher than in conventional onions, which disputes a meta-analysis which debunked claims by discredited industry-funded economist Dr. Chuck Benbrook and colleagues who asserted that the organic ...
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Formaldehyde Exposure In Marijuana Vaping
Formaldehyde sounds scary because it is for dead bodies. But it is also produced in our natural cellular respiration. Clearly "the dose makes the embalming fluid" but groups who want to scare people about diet soda whisper about its presence. And it is present, in levels that will be carcinogenic ...
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How Urban Trees Increase Ozone
Though the trend has been to listen to environmental claims about the benefits of trees in cities, in science they have a well-established dark side: in urban cities, they produce a lot of ground-level ozone, the very thing environmentalists spent decades lobbying against.During hot days,  ...
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Association Created Between Texas Weather, Monarch Butterflies And Glyphosate
A paper has linked Monarch butterfly populations to glyphosate - but only when it was first used, and not when it was most heavily used. It also linked the populations to seasonal variation. That is to be expected, except since it's 2017, they try to claim that's climate change rather than wetter ...
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Ideology Of Climate Change: How Activist Journalism At Columbia Led To A Partisan Lawsuit
The court case over whether ExxonMobil may have deliberately downplayed the potential dangers of global warming is heating up. Eleven attorney generals have filed a brief in US District Court in Manhattan supporting a lawsuit by Exxon to halt a probe by their peers in New York and Massachusetts ...
By Jon Entine
The Pollution In Toronto's Subways
Though subways reduce overall pollution emissions in cities, what is good for society may not be good for the poor people who ride mass transportation. A new study finds that Canadian subways personal exposure to certain pollutants, and that Toronto has the highest levels in Canada.Sounds awful ...
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Are New Government Guidelines For Genetically Engineered Products Going Far Enough?
Since 2014, China has spent $4 billion on advanced agricultural science and is approving new technologies rapidly. Meanwhile, our food science regulatory system remains trapped in the 1980s, paralyzed by environmental lobbyists who buy full-page ads in the New York Times claiming they are "unsure" ...
By Hank Campbell
Yes! To Hell With Out Of Africa
Ah, life is good lately; can’t stop winning. Almost never recommend anybody, ‘cuz humans disappoint, but if I do, its winners. Remember that “Erectus walks among us” guy with his “Out of Europe” theory? Yep – that’s the one I recommended, the most despised of the low. I only recommend ...
By Sascha Vongehr
Torrejonia: Early Primates Were Tree Dwellers
The oldest-known primate skeleton, 62-million-years-old, dwelled in treetops, not on the ground, according to a new analysis.The study shows that Torrejonia, a small mammal from an extinct group of primates called plesiadapiforms, had skeletal features adapted to living in trees, such as flexible ...
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CRISPR Gene Editing May Cause Unintended Mutations
A new paper found that the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 can introduce hundreds of unintended mutations into the genome, important as it starts to move into clinical trials. CRISPR-Cas9 editing technology—by virtue of its speed and unprecedented precision—has been a boon for scientists ...
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Osteopaths Overturn Toxicologists, Declare Mice Are Little People And Chemicals Are Magic
A new study from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine has found a connection between common household chemicals, quaternary ammonium compounds or "quats,", and birth defects, despite the fact that experts have never found evidence of harm.Quats are often used as disinfectants and preservatives ...
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20 Percent Of Diagnosed Cancers Are Rare - And That's Good News
Though well-known cancers like breast and prostate cancer are still the most common, America has gotten really good at diagnosing rare cancers, according to a new study. This is a significant achievement, because rare cancers can be challenging to diagnose, often resulting in numerous physician ...
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Hidden Demographic: Young Adult Smokers
In the many efforts to prevent people from taking up smoking, most initiatives have focused on kids.  As the consumer advocacy group the American Council on Science and Health has long phrased it, "smoking is a pediatric disease." Prevent uptake in the young, and addiction rarely occurs. ...
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Do You Know What’s In Your Water?
It’s widely understood that a key reason why life developed on Earth is because of water.  A common definition of a habitable environment is one in which plenty of liquid water is available to sustain life.  In short, we can’t live without water. But there’s more to it than ...
By Steve Hentges
Should Parents Be Supportive Of Children’s Negative Emotions?
Mothers supportive of their children's negative emotions rate their children as being more socially skilled than teachers do. Not really a big surprise, parents often think the way they have chosen to do things is the best way, even if their kids seem like many to be, well, brats.Mothers’ supportive ...
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The Bizarre Relationship Between Environmental Lawyer Stephen Tillery And A Federal Judge Who Helped Him
Attorney Patrick Murphy is representing infamous sue-and-settle environmental lawyer Stephen Tillery, senior partner and founder of Korein Tillery, as plaintiff in the court of Senior U.S. District Judge Phil Gilbert in a lawsuit against Advanced Analytics Consulting Group, who Tillery says he ...
By Hank Campbell
False Argument For U.S. Solar Subsidies: That It Prevents Pollution Deaths
Solar energy, with tens of billions in subsidies to keep it afloat, now employs more people than the fossil fuel alternative it is irrationally pitted against in media - coal. Solar panels are fine for elites, just like organic food is - but like with organic food we shouldn't manipulate data ...
By Hank Campbell
Science Acceptance: Don’t Underestimate The Power Of A Good Cartoon
Though photos are considered more credible, if you are evangelizing a controversial energy type like wind, a cartoon may appear more persuasive. In a recent study, participants were shown one of two versions of the same set of brochures. Each set was designed to debunk a myth about wind energy ...
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Higgs Boson-Inspired Artwork By High-School Students
The "Art&Science" project is coming to the final phase as far as the activities in Venice are concerned. About 100 15 to 17-year-old students from high schools in Venice have assisted to lessons on particle physics and the Higgs boson in the past months, and have been challenged to produce, alone ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
The Future Of Branding
A research firm has just bestowed the title “world’s most valuable insurance brand” on a mainland Chinese company. Other outfits issue similar announcements in diverse industries, despite that in 2014 The Economist made this remark about brands: “Their importance may be fading… no ...
By Fred Phillips
3-D Printed Bioprosthetic Ovaries Produce Healthy Offspring
Ovaries constructed of 3-D printed scaffolds that house immature eggs were successful in boosting hormone production and restoring fertility by actually ovulating - and they produced healthy offspring which mothers also were able to nurse. By removing a female mouse's ovary and replacing it ...
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Free Range Kids: Most Parents Won't Let Kids Swim In Their Backyard Without Supervision
A new national poll says that parents are in a panic about things like swimming pools.Least likely to think their kids can swim; black parents. A slight majority of white parents are fine with kids swimming sans parental hovering. Almost all parents think a natural lake (84 percent) or ocean ...
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I have always imagined a future that is free of disease. However, we continue to suffer from diseases...  more »
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