Bad Science

Netflix and be chilled?

The phrase “Netflix and chill” has (in its most literal sense) become common parlance over the past few years - perhaps indicating just how quickly …

Gary Lineker

That 'Man Flu' Study Is Bad Science

Every December, for about the last 30 years, the <i>BMJ</i> (formerly known as the <i>British Medical Journal</i>) publishes a batch of studies and papers that sound …

Research

People losing it over this 'creepy' Netflix tweet really don't understand the internet

Yesterday Netflix freaked out some subsets of internet culture with a relatively harmless tweet some are now calling ‘creepy.’ The tweet read:<p>‘A Christmas Prince,” starring… doesn’t matter, you’ve never heard of them, is a Netflix original about an undercover reporter that… again, doesn’t matter. …

Privacy

'Creepy' Netflix tweet on viewers' TV habits provokes privacy concerns

Netflix has been labelled creepy after publicly shaming 53 viewers who watched a Christmas film for 18 days in a row.<p>The streaming service wrote on Twitter: “To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?”<p>With more than 100,000 retweets, the attempt …

Netflix

Netflix’s ‘A Christmas Prince’ tweet called ‘creepy’

A Netflix tweet that was meant as a joke is causing a bit of a stir on social media.<p>“To the 53 people who’ve watched A Christmas Prince every day for …

Netflix

Joke Christmas medical journal papers make unfunny bad science

Christmas is coming, and so are the cheesy seasonal science stories. For most of the year, the <i>BMJ</i> publishes some of the most important medical …

Research

Steve Connor - Scoops with a smile | News | News and Events

An appreciation by Mike Kenward<p>The loss of anyone in the science writing community is always sad, but the messages on Facebook and the ABSW’s …

Journalism

Pseudo science is now mainstream: panelists at Mumbai Collective

Mumbai: The coming to power of the NDA regime in 2014 brought with it several attempts to re-imagine and reinterpret the history of India. Our …

Pseudo-science

A Rare Large-Scale Acupuncture Study Showed Very Positive Results

"I expect this work to influence medical practice."<p>By on<p>Filed Under Drugs, Health, Public Health & Sports<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll …

Pain

Education nominee for civil rights demonstrates hostility toward Title IX protections

Kenneth Marcus is being considered for the post of head of the Office for Civil Rights.<p>President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Education …

Rights & Freedoms

Spotting Shady Statistics

Please Give to Our Matching Campaign!<p>If you enjoy the free resources <i>The Open Notebook</i> offers, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to …

Research

Why Do Millennials Love Christmas Music So Much?

Millennials may be the generation that “kills” everything, but we’re also cheesy “AF” (to really lean into millennial patois), according to a new study from Neilsen. A recent survey shows that people between the ages of 18 and 34 account for a whopping 36 percent of holiday music fans. For …

Culture

Geek Christmas: 10 best books to entertain a Data Scientist

Oh, the Christmas epiphany: shopping for people we’d like to think we know is <i>hard</i>. To help those looking for a perfect gift for their befriended Data …

Books

Is It Safe To Drink Apple Cider Vinegar While Pregnant? Science Explains

If you've read anything about alternative health this year, you know all about the purported benefits of apple cider vinegar. It supposedly does …

Apple Cider Vinegar

The biggest junk science of 2017

Ecuadorian couple Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castillo claim to live a “food-free” lifestyle, thriving only on the energy of the universe. They’re …

Conservative View

Evidence to House of Commons Sci Tech Select Committee on Research Integrity

Sorry not to be in regular blogging mode at the moment. Here’s a video of our evidence session to parliament, where they are running an inquiry into …

Research

Record-breaking 12m tonnes of endangered pangolin scales seized by police in China

More than 10m of pangolins have been poached in the last decade<p>Chinese customs officials have announced on 29 November that they had seized 12 tonnes …

Wildlife

SBM Progress Report

In a month SBM will have been operating for a decade – 10 years and over 3000 posts. How has the SBM project been faring in the last decade, and …

Evidence-Based Medicine

The 12 best business books of the year, according to Stanford Business School

A good book is like food for the soul. When you want to curl up by the fire with a truly great one, look no further than this list furnished by members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.<p>If you've got an entrepreneur or two in your life, these might make good holiday gifts, too:

Simon & Schuster

New Film Reveals Bill Nye as Lifelong "Science Guy"—and Climate Guy

Inside the longtime Sierra Club member’s quest to end anti-scientific thinking<p>What happens when America’s favorite scientist takes off his “Science …

Climate

What is “integrative oncology”? Even the Society for Integrative Oncology doesn’t seem to know for sure

Longtime readers of Science-Based Medicine and my not-so-secret other blog probably know that I’m not a fan of the specialty known as “integrative …

Evidence-Based Medicine

12 of the Best Business Books of 2017, According to the Stanford Business School

Learn from the best to become your best.<p>A good book is like food for the soul. When you want to curl up by the fire with a truly great one, look no further than this list furnished by members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.<p>If you've got an entrepreneur or two in your life, these might …

Ben Horowitz

Only Half of the Doctors Prescribing Homeopathy Actually Believe It Works

It’s hard to predict which would be more disconcerting: finding out that one of your doctors believes in notions that defy basic science—like, the …

Medicine

What’s worse? Doctors who believe homeopathy or just use it for placebo effect | Ars Technica

New data suggests some doctors need a refresher on basic science, others on ethics.<p>It’s hard to predict which would be more disconcerting: Finding …

Medicine

A Tale of Power Posing: When Millennials Buy Into Bad Science

<b>A psychology science paper goes viral</b><p>In 2010, a trio of up-and-coming researchers published a paper that grabbed the attention of researchers and laypeople alike. It was a psychology study that so nicely illustrated the intimate connection between mind and body. The findings showed that expansive …

Psychology

Big pseudoscience

After independence, the US was 13 states hugging the coast of America.<p>Of course, this represented a massive opportunity: the chance to take over the …

Pseudo-science

A Sagittariun - Pseudo Science / Heavy Manners

With A Sagittariun, Nick Harris has reinvented himself as a purveyor of cosmic techno. He's amassed a mostly self-released catalogue ..

Music

Are Face Scans Resurrecting the False Science of Physiognomy?

Many researchers fear the consequences of training computers to identify a person’s sexual orientation and criminality based solely on physical appearance.<p>On the first day of school, a child looks into a digital camera linked to the school’s computer. Upon a quick scan, the machine reports that the …

Psychology

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games Arrives On PS Vita In Europe On December 15, 2017

Aksys Games has announced that <b>Zero Escape: The Nonary Games</b> will launch for PS Vita in Europe both physically and digitally on December 15, 2017. In …

Nintendo DS

Meet the ‘Intactivists’ Claiming Circumcision Violates Human Rights

Intactivists blame rape culture on circumcision, in a bizarre interview with Fatherly.<p>By<p>Nov 07 2017, 2:19 PM<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>It wasn’t until Anthony …

Circumcision