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Category Archive: Science

Mar 29 2014

Now that’s good skepticism!

It’s a forlorn hope, though. Isn’t that what daytime television does all day long, promote frauds and phonies like Theresa Caputo, the “Long Island Medium”?

Mar 28 2014

Friday Cephalopod: Frolicking in blue

Ilan Lubitz

Mar 26 2014

Can we get it as a cosmetic surgery option?

skullcap

This poor woman in the Netherlands had a bone disorder that caused her skull to continuously thicken, pressing on her brain — so the doctors had a copy of her cranium made out of plastic on a 3-D printer, cut off the top of the skull, and replaced it. It worked, and she’s apparently feeling …

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Mar 25 2014

Epigenetics ain’t magic

I just got a notice of an Epigenetics Conference in Portland, Oregon. It made me cringe. It’s infuriating because epigenetics is actually a very important concept in development, but there’s this terrible misperception among the public that it’s a magical shortcut for evolution. I was also a bit primed for it by the mention of …

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Mar 24 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: I have been, and always shall be, a worm

worm

And I’m quite proud of it, even if, admittedly, I’m not quite as flamboyant as these worms.

Mar 24 2014

Guess who’s speaking at the NSTA National Conference

amyfarrahfowler

The featured speaker at this year’s National Science Teacher Association conference in Boston is…Mayim Bialik. The lucky ones among you are saying right now, “who?”. Others may know her from her television work, but maybe don’t know the full story behind her ‘science’ activism. She’s an actor who plays Sheldon’s girlfriend on Big Bang Theory. …

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Mar 22 2014

Potential disasters pimpling the whole country

Your must-read article for the day is When the Rivers Run Black, the story of the Kingston, Tennessee coal ash spill. The walls of a gigantic reservoir pond containing toxic waste produced by a coal-fired power plant ruptured, pouring 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash into the environment. It was the largest industrial accident …

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Mar 21 2014

The paper they don’t want you to read!

The climate change denialists are a bit thin-skinned; they’ve also been exposed as a bit on the wacko side. The journal Frontiers in Psychology is about to retract a paper that found that denialists tend to have a cluster of weird beliefs (NASA faked the moon landings, the CIA was in charge of the assassination …

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Mar 21 2014

Friday Cephalopod: Flamboyantly poisonous

Perth Scuba

In case you’re wondering how anything could be this gaudy and survive, it couples the color to a nasty toxin saturating its flesh. “Eat me and die,” it’s saying.

Mar 20 2014

Not for the arachnophobes

For the rest of us, though, this is adorable.

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