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Posts made in August, 2012

Longevity: Caloric Restriction Doesn’t Hold Up

While caloric restriction had its day in the hypothetical sun a few years ago among the 'longevity' crowd, science has remained a little more skeptical.  Interesting results in some mice weaned at birth on a starvation diet won't really be testable in humans.A 25-year study in rhesus monkeys fed 30% less than control animals represents another setback for the notion that a simple,...

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Zero Calorie Noodles: I Am Willing To Believe You

I am a lot more skeptical than most people who call themselves Skeptics; I am skeptical about more than Bigfoot and religion, I am even skeptical that (a) all Democratic politicians are pro-science while Republicans are not and (b) either of their voters are genetically super smart just by filling out a voter registration form. Skeptics can't violate those pet positions or a few others - James...

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Food Advocates Want Labels For Tenderized Meat Too

Politicians make a lot of promises when they are trying to get elected. So many they probably can't keep track of them of them. That's understandable. Believing candidates is one of the 'sweet little lies' we tell ourselves.(1) read...

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Celiac: The Trendy Disease For Rich White People

Are you white and a little resentful that black people get their own cool disease, sickle cell anemia?  There is good news for you. Celiac disease is all the latest rage and you can be any color at all and claim it.How do you know if you are gluten intolerant?  Elaborate assays?  DNA? At least a blood sample?  Nope, you just have to give up wheat and say you feel better and...

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For Entertainment Only: 3 Social Science Studies

Like with psychic readings, sometimes you need to post a disclaimer that the following is 'for entertainment only'.  No science sensibilities were actually harmed in the writing of the following article by Ross Pomeroy at RealClearScience:Social scientists, he says,  have a hard time being taken seriously because they have a strong penchant for turning out laughable research, the media...

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