Category Archives: Flawed science

Poor_mother_and_children,_Oklahoma,_1936_by_Dorothea_Lange from the United States Library of Congress

Can parental income affect brain development in children?

A recent study published in the prestigious journal Nature Neuroscience claimed that there is a correlation between parental income and children’s brain size. The publication was followed by researchers arguing …

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Glyphosate possibly less dangerous than sunlight, World Health Organization’s listing says

Glyphosate is a common herbicide commercialised by you-know-whom as RoundUp. Last week the World Health Organisation (WHO), classified glyphosate as a possible carcinogen (IARC groups 2A and 2B) triggering the …

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the EU commission and former prime minister of Luxembourg, a country of 500 thousand people which vehemently opposes GE crops. (pic. from The Telegraph)

The EU vs science

Some people still grumble about the inquisition or Galileo’s trial. Optimists will argue that those days are long gone now. After all, even the Catholic Church has embraced evolution and the …

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Organic food does not protect against cancer. And why should it?!

    There are many valid reasons to consume organic food; protection against cancer is not one of them. A recent article in the British Journal of Cancer (the official …

Going for a run after work? You can skip the “organic” from the organic chicken breast you will have later

Organic food, health and ABC1 living

Most of us know that people who eat a balanced diet, exercise and have disposable income live longer. This may sound unfair to unemployed coach-potatoes but it is a blessing …

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Science is based on evidence not authority

The triumphs of science have provided its practitioners with an aura of respect*. Many people would have problems describing what the job of a scientist is. However, if someone can …

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Can markets erode moral values?

They can -claims a recent experimental article published in Science Magazine (1). Armin Falk and Nora Szech from University of Bonn studied the effects of markets on moral values and …

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A guide to detecting bogus scientific journals

Following on a previous post discussing how bogus magazines pretending to be scientific journals can affect the judgement of non-specialists, a brief 5 steps method to pin-point dubious publications is …

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Scientific journals: The risks of a free meal.

  Funding bodies in the US and the UK are pressing scientists to publish their research in open access journals (1). Open access journals are free for readers. The reason …

Figure 1: Types of stem cells, their origin, and kinds of cells they can generate.

Italy’s health minister authorises unproven stem cell treatments for children

Last March, Italy’s health minister authorised the use of unproven “stem cell therapy” for “compassionate” treatment of terminally ill patients. Italy will not only allow the unproved treatments to proceed …

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