Bad Science

Kratom Association Calls FDA Review of Drug ‘Junk Science’ in Scathing Report

Earlier this year, the FDA announced that kratom — a plant-derived supplement that many users say offers relief from depression and anxiety, as well …

Medicine

How Would We Know If Ghosts Exist?

Can Halloween please get here already? This will be the third post about ghosts I've written in the past few weeks (the first was Do Ghosts Have To …

Physics

Fake academic journals are publishing work from real researchers alongside junk science

Investigating fake academic journals<p>In a time when fakery seems to expand to every corner of the internet (including fake Amazon product reviews and …

Journalism

Labour MP Peter Kyle among speakers at event dubbed the 'Tory Glastonbury'

A host of Conservative big beasts and fresh faces will mingle with some surprising faces to boost youth engagement.<p>A Labour MP and sauce pioneer Loyd …

Great Britain

Monsanto Roundup appeal has uphill climb on 'junk science' grounds: legal experts

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE) unit Monsanto faces long odds on an appeal blaming an “inflamed” jury and “junk science” for a verdict of $289 million in damages to a man who said the company’s Roundup weed killer caused his cancer, according to some legal experts.<p>FILE PHOTO: Monsanto Co's …

Glyphosate

What Scientific Failure Teaches Us About How To Detect Pseudoscience

Physics-y social media is abuzz this week about this Twitter thread from Brian Skinner, a postdoc in condensed matter theory at MIT. This is, as many have noted, a wild ride:<p>The short version, for those who can’t be bothered to click through and read thirty-odd tweets, is that Skinner noticed …

Physics

UWA criticised for Australian Family Association talk by transgender sceptic Quentin Van Meter

The University of Western Australia (UWA) has defended its decision to allow a talk on its campus by an American paediatrician who has argued …

Transgender

Agilent Technologies Earnings Beat, Revenue Inline In Q3

Investing.com - Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) reported third quarter earnings that beat analyst's expectations on Tuesday and reported revenue that …

Investing

Some inconvenient truths about brand image perceptions

Marketers spend quite a lot of money tracking perceptions of the brand. There is some use in gathering this information at least once in a while, …

Kindle Fire

Erdoğan’s Authoritarian Quackery

TBILISI – Why do conspiracy theories and general charlatanism so often receive their strongest support from the world’s dictators? Sure, dictators …

Interest Rates

Is exposing medical pseudoscience unethical?

post for $3+ patronsUnlock it now<p>Is exposing medical pseudoscience unethical?<p>$3+ patrons<p>For doctors to recommend pseudoscientific treatments to …

Philosophy

Meaty issues: does demand for plant-based food pose a threat to meat producers?

Emma Kennedy reports on the growing appetite for plant-based food and asks whether it is a passing fad or a trend that poses a long-term threat to …

Agriculture

Stay cool. TOK teachers can handle this.

Are we on “the path back into darkness, tribalism, feudalism, superstition, and belief in magic”? The apparent upsurge of belief in astrology has …

Pseudo-science

Climate Change Is the Inevitable Consequence of Capitalist Privatization

The notion of the <i>commons</i> refers to shared land, publicly available for all people to access for leisure and when times get tough, for survival. …

Liberal View

Jury orders Monsanto to pay $289 million to cancer patient in Roundup lawsuit

CLOSE<p>Claims state that its most famous weed killer causes cancer.<p>A San Francisco jury ordered chemical giant Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages …

Pesticides

'The Flash' Season 5 Costume Photo Reveals What Barry Wears in the Future

After a low-quality photo of the new Flash suit for Season 5 leaked online last week, <i>The Flash</i> star Grant Gustin shared the first official photo of …

TV

Why It's Time for That 'Fast and Furious' Spinoff

Jason Statham ('The Meg') and Dwayne Johnson ('Rampage') have spent the year starring in high-concept films that likely leave audiences yearning for …

Movies

5 easy ways to uncover your creative genius

How would you describe creativity? Is it an innate way of thinking, or is it more like a muscle that can be developed with regular activity? The …

Creativity

Baton Rouge Advocates Look to Tear Down Institutional Barriers to Safe Streets

Some places make it harder to change car-centric streets than others, and one city where it’s especially tough to implement safety improvements for …

Baton Rouge

Some thoughts after reading “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup”

I just read the above-titled John Carreyrou book, and it’s as excellent as everyone says it is. I suppose it’s the mark of any compelling story that …

Data Science

The Secret Token Exposes the Mythology of the Roanoke Colony

In 1587, 115 colonists established England’s first small colony of the Americas on Roanoke—a swampy, coastal island that would eventually be …

Native Americans

Review: Fear of a white planet in ‘The Danes’

<b>The Danes</b>, Belgian cartoonist <b>Clarke</b>’s suspense-thriller with science fiction tones, takes an accepted apocalyptic trope, a devastating pandemic, and …

Pseudo-science

Science or Quackery? The Study of Hormones Has Been Both, a New Book Suggests

<b>AROUSED</b> <b><br>The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything</b><br>By Randi Hutter Epstein<br>313 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $26.95.<p>This is a well-written and informative book about the history of hormone research. The interested reader will learn how scientists have come to understand what …

The Arts

More Stem Cell Quackery

We’re doing it wrong. We are definitely making an effort to regulate the practice of medicine and sale of health-care products and services to …

Stem Cells

Top 5 Healthy Living Books (for Wellness Nerds in the Know!)

Keeping abreast of the latest healthy living information can feel like a full-time job.<p>Recommendations on what to eat (and what not to eat!), how to …

Healthy Living

Modern mindfulness is rooted in a racist history

Newspaper articles at the time warned of the “clash of civilizations” developing between “uncivilized” Asian and “civilized” White culture.<p>In January 1902, Reverend Clarence Edgar Rice warned Americans of a religion that “both in theory and practice…degrades women,” practices “crass brutality” …

Mindfulness

5 Core Facts About Astrology You Should Know (Other Than Zodiac Signs & Horoscopes)

Astrology is a hot topic today with millions of followers reading up on their daily horoscopes and searching their compatibility with other zodiac …

Astrology

Concept of a White, Blond-Haired, Blue-Eyed Nordic Race Did Not Start With Hitler

Hitler, as well as his henchmen, victimized a whole region. They exterminated thousands in the mission for the Master Race.<p>However, the idea of the …

Regulation

'Miseducation of Cameron Post' Explores the Quiet Torture of Gay Conversion Therapy

Conversion therapy is still legal in 41 states, despite being deeply unethical and pseudoscientific.<p><i>The Miseducation of Cameron Post</i> is an education in the ways toxic ideologies can be weaponized by those who think they’re doing good. The Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner is based on Emily M. …

LGBTQI

Lies, damned lies, and Mark Carney's statistics on Brexit

The Governor of the Bank of England made two Pinocchio assertions on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. One was categorically false; the other was sophistry dressed in pseudo-science.<p>Both give credence to Remainer canards. They therefore become political instruments.<p>Mark Carney has been a good …

Mark Carney