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Posts made in October, 2013

It’s National Mole Day – Have A Cigar And Rest Up For National Bologna Day Tomorrow

With 365 days in a year and a whole lot of causes and events and gimmicks, it is no surprise that there are sometimes lots and lots of 'National XYZ' Days on the same day.The National Months get kind of cluttered too. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, American Pharmacist Month, Apple Jack Month, Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Clergy Appreciation Month, Computer Learning...

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When Are 5 Million Scientists Wrong And A Few Dozen Contrarians Right? Food Activism

93 scientists have declared GMO safety a misinformation campaign and deplore the lack of empirical and scientific evidence on which the false claims of “consensus” on safety are being made.Bring your tinfoil hat.They say that there is no consensus at all, there are no studies on the health effects of genetically modified food, the ones that exist are terrible, that government and...

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This Backpack Could Be A Solution To The Achilles Heel Of The Global Water Crisis

Habitat for Humanity International is getting 100,000 PackH2O collapsible water backpacks from the manufacturer, Greif, to use in 8 developing countries. read...

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Are You More Scientifically Literate Than A Tea Party Republican?

Any time you get a majority of people together, there will always be some sensitivity and compassion and outreach for the minority. In science academia, it is obvious; small blips in representation get concern about fixing the problem of how to get more of demographic X. read...

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Priming Studies And A Lack Of Replication Isn’t Just Psychology’s Problem

'Priming' studies, which suggest that decisions can be influenced by apparently irrelevant actions or events that took place just before the cusp of choice, have been a boom area in psychology over the past decade, though what isn't? fMRI, surveys of college students, claims about epigenetics and just about everything have been used by psychologists fame-whoring mass media for publicity.Sure, but...

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