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Posts made in January, 2012

Should You Resign Over A Paper You Disagree With?

Klaudia Brix of Jacobs University has resigned from the board of the Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology,  the official publication of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology, because a paper by prominent 'HIV does not cause AIDS' researcher Peter Duesberg of U.C. Berkeley was published. read...

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‘The Atlantic’ Revolutionizes Cancer Research By Ignoring Science

I hope The Atlantic is enjoying its page views - pseudoscience sells and they are pushing it out there.  After an ill-fated no-science-allowed cultural diatribe (by a food critic, no less) against genetically modified foods graced its pages they have clearly seen the dollar signs - so they want to say maybe cell phones don't cause cancer but (*PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE ALERT*) maybe they...

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Russian Academy of Sciences Member Loses His Mind

If you want cool stuff that no one else will believe, look to Russia.(1)  It isn't just the home of rampant piracy and corruption (and trademark infringement, in the case of their ridiculous theft of "Science 2.0" for a terrible television show) it is also the place to find kooky confirmation of odd beliefs. Leonid Ksanfomaliti of the Space Research Institute of Russia's Academy of...

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Redefining Autism For DSM-V

Changes to the diagnostic definition of autism will be published in the fifth edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" - DSM V - but exactly what those changes will be is a key point of discussion. There are still a lot of qualifying issues in a lot of areas for a publication that has already been a long time in the making.At stake? Apparently a lot of money....

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Olive Oil & Crime: 4500 years and counting

Olive Oil & Crime: 4500 years and counting

Olive oil has enjoyed a real resurgence, thanks to cooking shows and media desire to manufacture miracle foods annually (see my Science 2.0 ‘Can you match the miracle food to its year?’ quiz) and there is little doubt that olive oil can be ┬ábeneficial – in moderation. ┬áBut so is CO2. Claiming that something that is beneficial in limited quantities can therefore be beneficial...

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