Colombian Man with HIV Killed by His Tapeworm’s Cancer

That headline slays me. Can you imagine how one person’s life could get any worse than that? First, you contract HIV. Bummer. Then you get a tapeworm. Super bummer. Then your tapeworm gets cancer. Yay! Wait. Not so fast. The tapeworm somehow transfers its cancer to you. Then you die. Wow. With all of that […]

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Is Global Warming Science Falsifiable? If No, Then It’s Not Science …

Few things are more important for the scientific method than verifiability. Scientific models need to be verifiable in order to be scientific, which means that evidence to confirm a theory must be possible (you’d think this was obvious … it’s not). And usually evidence must be plentiful before a theory can reach a state of […]

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Climate Change “Denial” is Worse than Holocaust Denial?

According to the Ministry of Labels over at the Associated Press, I am now officially a climate change “doubter.” Choosing to avoid the inflammatory “denier” label, but not willing to crown me with the honored laurel of “skeptic,” the AP style guide recommends that I be called a climate change doubter instead. Not everyone is […]

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The Tragic Demise of a Rare Moustached Kingfisher, or Why Science Prefers Things Dead Rather than Alive

An ornithologist named Chris Filardi is coming under fire for “collecting” a rare specimen of moustached kingfisher during a scientific expedition to the Solomon Islands. “Collecting” in this case meant killing. And people were not very happy about it: “Killing ‘in the name of conservation’ or ‘in the name of education’ or ‘in the name […]

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Are Most Psychology Experiments Junk Science?

A recent study attempted to replicate the findings of one hundred journal-published, peer-reviewed psychology experiments. The results were overwhelmingly underwhelming: All of the experiments the scientists repeated appeared in top ranking journals in 2008 and fell into two broad categories, namely cognitive and social psychology. Cognitive psychology is concerned with basic operations of the mind, […]

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Our Nuremberg: Nazi Medical Research and Planned Parenthood

I know we’re not supposed to make comparisons between the Nazis and anyone else. Godwin’s Law and all that. I get it. But in this case, I think the comparison needs to be made because the ethical dilemma is quite similar. To the point, if we are squeamish utilizing the (possibly life-saving!) medical research accumulated […]

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NASA’s New Horizons Probe Shoots Past Pluto

I know it’s not a planet anymore, but Pluto is still worth checking out. At least NASA thinks so. The New Horizons probe launched in January of 2006, with the goal of collecting photos and data from Pluto and beyond. New Horizons will continue to fly out into the Kuiper Belt into the 2030s, when […]

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