Pew Research Center has found that the general public and scientists sharply disagree on several high profile science-related issues, including climate change, genetically modified foods and human evolution.
Most of the items on Tim McDonnell’s list involve climate change denial, but several also deal more directly with health-related issues
Watch out for “backfire effects” — when telling people that they are wrong only strengthens their belief.
Celebrating science that might seem absurd.
The king met his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, the bloody encounter that ended the long-running War of the Roses.
Using a recently developed search technique, researchers at North Carolina State University have found that everybody appears to host face mites.
Their article says that not only have such clinical trials “led to the infiltration of pseudoscience” into academic medicine, but that they have caused real harm.
CT scans of the monarch’s 500-year-old skeletal remains (discovered under a Leicester parking lot in 2012) show, in fact, that he had scoliosis.
A new estimate finds extinction rates to be 10 to 100 times faster than previous estimates. But researchers take hope in the sophisticated, public databases of species that have emerged in recent years.
A delightful new website explores the (sometimes but not always funny) hazards of mistaking correlation and causation.
A panel of experts examined data from studies involving 68 illnesses and medical conditions.
‘Cosmos,’ the Fox remake of Carl Sagan’s classic PBS series, was seen by 8.5 million viewers across 10 channels on Sunday, according to early reports.
Many, perhaps most, of the truly important issues we face as a nation are very closely linked to science.
Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ and Creation Museum Founder Ken Ham debate the origins of man.
China moon landing: China joined elite company today with the controlled landing of its “Jade Rabbit” rover on the moon. China follows the US and Soviet Union as the third country with a controlled — or “soft” — landing on the moon.
“Drug companies have turned into marketing machines,” Dr. Thomas Marciniak said. “They’ve kind of lost sight of the fact that they’re actually doing something which involves your health.”
Rats eating Oreo cookies appeared to activate more neurons in their brains’ “pleasure center” than exposure to cocaine. But what exactly does that mean, if anything?
As one entomologist put it: “I would rather pick up a handful of maggots than have to get close enough to a spider to kill it.”
“The take-away message of our paper is that a large proportion of the medical practices which are based on little to no evidence are probably incorrect,” concludes Dr. Vinay Prasad.
Research results are often wrong because of something called false positive findings, Dr. Richard Gunderman explains.