Category Archives: Science

Swedish voters elect uneducated politicians too.

We complain about our politicians who ignore science and legislate based upon nonsensical ideas. The Americans, British, and Australians have their share as well. Here’s an example from Sweden, where one Swedish MP launched an official government investigation into the … Continue reading

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Chemical Free and Organic

For people who never paid any attention in chemistry class, if indeed they ever attended any.   It’s all fucking chemicals, and organic has a real meaning, perhaps just not just the one you think.

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Vaccinations and Parachutes

A new paper calls for “double blind, randomised, placebo controlled, crossover trial of the parachute.”  Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials Gordon C S Smith, Jill P Pell Introduction The parachute … Continue reading

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Snake hemipenes

I know, the burning question on most people’s minds is “What do snake penises look like?” Well, I have your answer right here: they have two. Each is known as a hemepenis (plural hemepenes), and are common to snakes, lizards, … Continue reading

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The Five Second Rule

We all know the 5 second rule. You know, you drop some food on the floor and if you grab it before 5 seconds are up, it’s still safe to eat. Well, a news release from Aston University in the … Continue reading

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Your worst fucking nightmare

The fear of a shark attack has many people terrified of going into open water. However, in real life, you are probably 168 times more likely to be eaten by a crocodile than by a shark. This post isn’t about … Continue reading

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The Canadian Government’s War on Science

John Dupuis of York University, writes at Confessions of a Science Librarian. Beginning in May of 2013 and updating several times since, he has been tracking the ways in which the  current Canadian government has been attacking science and scientists. … Continue reading

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Yes Sophie, there is a dragon

Scientists can be amazing people. When asked for a dragon, scientists at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), apologized for their oversight and promised to accelerate their dragon R&D. It all began with a letter: Hello Lovely Scientist My … Continue reading

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Séralini Paper Retracted – GMOs do not cause cancer in Rats

Just a year ago  a paper by Gilles-Eric Séralini published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize created a stir in the anti-GMO community. It was … Continue reading

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Causation correlates

You can put almost any two variables on a graph and visually demonstrate a correlation. One very tongue in cheek chart that is making the rounds this week is the impact of the declining prevalence of Microsoft Explorer in the … Continue reading

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