Skepticism

Colon cancer: Could proinflammatory diets raise risk?

New research published in the journal <i>JAMA Oncology</i> explores the link between inflammation-inducing diets and the risk of developing colon cancer.<p>The …

Cancer

Try to argue against lowering DUI threshold to .05 without sounding awful

Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty ImagesThis week the nonpartisan National Academies Of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released far-ranging …

Empiricism

What is the reality of America’s supposed 'corporate concentration' problem?

The US beer industry is a classic case of industry concentration. As journalist Derek Thompson notes in The Atlantic, the Anheuser-Busch InBev and …

Social Justice

Trump's Numbers

<b>Summary</b><p>Now that President Donald Trump has been in office for one day shy of a full year, it’s time to take a look at how well his boasts — and his …

Economy

Roaring Economy: GOP Polling Rebounds as Jobless Claims Drop to Lowest Levels Since...

If you're a Republican Trump supporter, the last few months have offered little in the way of positive polling news. The last few days, however, have …

Conservative View

"People Would Have Asked for Faster Horses:" Henry Ford's Dilemma

Henry Ford is quoted saying, "If I'd asked people what they'd wanted, they'd have asked for faster horses." Does this logic hold up today?<p>According to legend, Henry Ford scoffed at market research and what we now call Consumer Insights, proclaiming, "If I had asked people what they wanted, they …

Empiricism

Durbin's 'History' of Misrepresentations

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue sought to discredit Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin’s account of President Trump using profanity to …

Donald Trump

The Little Society of Children

How do children perceive the world around them, from the circles closest to them – their friends and family – to the most distant spheres – work and …

Sciences Humaines

Republicans’ Convenient Memory Loss on Trump’s Racist Language

“I’ve got a president of the United States whose office I respect, who talks about the country’s origins of my fellow citizens in the most despicable …

Donald Trump

Note to San Diegans: Clean up your dog's poop

The other day, I happened upon a neighbor cleaning up a mess in the middle of our street.<p>I asked Dale what was up.<p>He explained the do wasn’t his …

Pets

Women would be most hurt by Labor Department’s “tip stealing” rule

A new analysis estimates American women could lose $4.6 billion in tips a year if finalized<p>The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a rule that would legally enable employers to pocket their workers’ tips — as long as employers pay their workers at least minimum wage, which is a measly $7.25 …

21st Century

Korea’s “united” flag, modern censorship, and eight other stories you might have missed

1. Say it ain’t so<p>Pretty much everything we thought we were building when we built the internet has turned out to be something else. Often, exactly <i>the opposite</i> of something else. Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to the wildly free speech and always-on transparency we thought would lead …

Joseph Stalin

Disaster Resilience Saves Six Times as Much as It Costs

A new report finds that federal disaster-mitigation grants produce an average of $6 in societal savings for every dollar spent.<p>In financial terms, 2017 was the worst year for natural disasters in American history, costing the country $306 billion. Scientists agree that hurricanes, floods, and fires …

Brock Long

How Do Embedded Cap Rates Affect The Values Of Your Self-Storage REIT Holdings? Part I

Market capitalization rates are useful in the valuation of individual parcels of income-producing real estate, but can we make sense of cap rates for …

Business

#CopyrightWeek – EC Withholds © Evidence (Again)

[<i>Note:</i> This analysis is being published in the context of the 2018 #CopyrightWeek, in light of the theme of 17 January on ‘Transparency”, which …

Digital Media

Melrose could win more from GKN by winning friends

“The very best takeovers are thoroughly hostile.” So claimed financier Sir James Goldsmith in 1989, after a bruising bid for tyremaker Goodyear won …

Empiricism

Catch On To The CCAPM

Douglas Breeden and Robert Lucas, a Nobel laureate in economics, provided the foundation of the consumption capital asset pricing model (CCAPM) in …

Finance

A Dividend Investor Makes Sense Of The Nonsense

Broad market valuations are at historical extremes. It is now the second-most expensive market ever.<p>Yet no one can deny the empirical reasons for …

Business

Scientists find darknet drug markets have little influence on global trafficking

The darknet, cyberspace’s filthy flea-market for forbidden goods, isn’t the global drug network it’s been made out to be. According to Oxford’s new darknet drug map it’s more like your local pusher’s Etsy page than Amazon’s marketplace.<p>The researchers used darknet web crawlers to scrape the …

Darknet

Trump’s Phony ‘Fake News’ Claims

President Donald Trump often dismisses news stories or media outlets that he doesn’t like as “fake news.” How often? A database of his public remarks …

Donald Trump

Deep Reinforcement Fuzzing. (arXiv:1801.04589v1 [cs.AI])

Authors: Konstantin Böttinger, Patrice Godefroid, Rishabh SinghFuzzing is the process of finding security vulnerabilities in input-processing code by …

Deep Learning

Statistical behavior at the end of the world: the effect of the publication crisis on U.S. research productivity

Under the heading, “I’m suspicious,” Kevin Lewis points us to this article with abstract:We exploit the timing of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the …

Data Science

Waiting For CAPEX

I've been hearing that a CAPEX boom is around the corner ever since the GFC was done and dusted. Many causes have been highlighted, from low interest …

Business

There is a tsunami of atheism in the ‘Muslim world’

<b>I was recently interviewed by Thomas Mahler for the French Le Point. The Freethinker is the first to publish the English version of the interview</b> …

Islam

Researchers: Skewed PISA test results misunderstood

Two sociology researchers at the University of Turku say that the oft-quoted results of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment …

Education

Does mindfulness work?

'As human beings, we are shaped by experiences from our past, and we are evolutionarily wired to think about the future – we need to stay motivated, …

Mindfulness

The equality imperative for Minneapolis: Don't force integration

Instead of moving residents into white neighborhoods, target the basic societal structures that limit people — wherever they choose to live.

Opinion

Weekly Fund Wrap: You Snooze You Lose

The market shot out of the gate this week with risk assets performing strongly.<p>Bill Gross has called the start of the bond bear market as 10-year …

Business

Trump's Claim on Diversity Visas

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper reviews President Donald Trump’s bogus claim that other countries are abusing a U.S. …

Donald Trump

Cyriax’s deep friction massage application parameters: Evidence from a cross-sectional study with physio’s

Deep friction massage is one of several physiotherapy interventions suggested for the management of tendinopathy. The objective of this study was to …

Physiotherapy