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The Voynich Manuscript Has Been Decoded. Again. Except It Hasn’t.

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Anthropology | Comments Off on The Voynich Manuscript Has Been Decoded. Again. Except It Hasn’t.

Beinecke MS 408, commonly called the Voynich Manuscript (after Wilfrid Voynich, a book dealer who bought it in Italy), has long dismissed as gibberish by most, but beginning in 1915, and certainly since the 1960s, it has also been a source of fascination for people who believe it must be a code. Or a recipe book. Or something. It is actually a proto-Romance language, according to a new paper. It just had never been written before because educated people used Latin, says Dr. Gerard Cheshire.

So uneducated people wrote in a language from 2000 years earlier?

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FDA Warns Public Of Homeopathic ‘Remedies’ That May Actually Do Something – Like Kill Your Kids With Natural Rat Poison

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Pharmacology | Comments Off on FDA Warns Public Of Homeopathic ‘Remedies’ That May Actually Do Something – Like Kill Your Kids With Natural Rat Poison

Homeopathy, now two centuries old, proceeds from a fascinatingly bizarre premise; that there is a u-shaped curve for dose. Reasonable people know the dose makes the poison; a medicine that can help you at normal levels can be harmful at high levels. 

Homepaths (and the Endocrine Disrupting Chemical community) instead also believe in an upward curve at other end, that chemicals at extremely low levels can also affect people. This u-shaped curve allows all manner of homeopathic "remedies" to be foisted off on people, not to mention allowing anti-science activists to attribute magical statistical harms to chemicals that science can't detect.

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Environmental Campaigns Against Nuclear Science Limits Its Acceptance, Even In Thought Experiments On Reducing CO2

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Energy | Comments Off on Environmental Campaigns Against Nuclear Science Limits Its Acceptance, Even In Thought Experiments On Reducing CO2

Can all nuclear energy be weaponized? It could, according to US politicians in the 1990s, when President Bill Clinton and Senator John Kerry mortally wounded nuclear energy development, to the cheers of their constituents. It was all based on claims by environmentalists that nuclear energy invariably led to nuclear weapons.

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Environmental Campaigns Against Nuclear Science Limits Its Acceptance, Even In Thought Experiments On Reducing CO2

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Energy | Comments Off on Environmental Campaigns Against Nuclear Science Limits Its Acceptance, Even In Thought Experiments On Reducing CO2

Can all nuclear energy be weaponized? It could, according to US politicians in the 1990s, when President Bill Clinton and Senator John Kerry mortally wounded nuclear energy development, to the cheers of their constituents. It was all based on claims by environmentalists that nuclear energy invariably led to nuclear weapons.

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WIRED Promotes Chemophobia About Sunscreen, But At Least The Trial Size Was Bigger Than Andrew Wakefield’s

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Public Health | Comments Off on WIRED Promotes Chemophobia About Sunscreen, But At Least The Trial Size Was Bigger Than Andrew Wakefield’s

A recent paper in JAMA should have EXPLORATORY in giant red letter across every page, or else journalists will use it to promote fear and doubt about sunscreens. Which is already happening.

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FDA Approves IQOS Smoking Cessation Tool

Posted by on Apr 30, 2019 in Public Health | Comments Off on FDA Approves IQOS Smoking Cessation Tool

Just over a year ago I testified before a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel in support of the iQOS device, a smoking replacement tool that heats tobacco but doesn't ignite it.

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IARC Alone: EPA Confirms Again That Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer

Posted by on Apr 30, 2019 in Chemistry | Comments Off on IARC Alone: EPA Confirms Again That Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer

There is a big difference between a trial lawyer convincing a jury in one of America's most anti-science regions that an herbicide that only acts on plants might be able to cause human cancer, and scientists with knowledge of chemistry, biology, and toxicology who know better.

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How Kilian Jornet Trained To Sprint Up Mount Everest In Record Time

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Sports Science | Comments Off on How Kilian Jornet Trained To Sprint Up Mount Everest In Record Time

When we think of Mt. Everest, it's usually imagery like Sir Edmund Hillary and his guide Tenzing Norgay in parkas and with oxygen tanks making the hazardous 29.000 climb. And then there are the dead bodies, nearly 300 of them, those who perished on the trek to the summit.

What we don't think of is a man running, yet that is what Kilian Jornet Burgada did part of the way in famous photos - and then after 26 hours and 31 minutes, the fastest climb ever(1), he came back down, rested, and did it again, all within a week.

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Urban Exposome: The Modern World Has Great Air Quality But You’d Never Know It Reading Environmental Health Perspectives

Posted by on Apr 23, 2019 in Public Health | Comments Off on Urban Exposome: The Modern World Has Great Air Quality But You’d Never Know It Reading Environmental Health Perspectives

Poor people live in areas with more pollution, but pollution is relative in 2019.

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Farmstand: A Celebrity-Backed Bong The Size Of A Phone Booth That Grows Superfoods For Rich Elites

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Environment | Comments Off on Farmstand: A Celebrity-Backed Bong The Size Of A Phone Booth That Grows Superfoods For Rich Elites

Zooey Deschanel, whose picture could be in the dictionary under "adorkable" thanks to starring roles in "Elf" and "New Girl", isn't well regarded in science, and hasn't been since for as long as she's been undermining it, which is as long as people have known her name. That's now a long time, since "Almost Famous" is about to turn 20.

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