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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons – Chinese Epidemiologists Declare Your Barbecue Will Kill You

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons – Chinese Epidemiologists Declare Your Barbecue Will Kill You

The American Chemical Society is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. That doesn't keep their editors from lobbying against science and common sense, like when a team of authors in Environmental Science&Technology, funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, are allowed to terrify Americans by scaremongering the American barbecue grill the weekend before Memorial Day.

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3 Recommendations For Elisabete Weiderpass, The New IARC Director

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Public Health | Comments Off on 3 Recommendations For Elisabete Weiderpass, The New IARC Director

To the relief of the real science community everywhere, the era of Chris Wild is almost over at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). That means maybe they can get back to finding carcinogens rather than manufacturing them.

Or not. The concern about Dr. Elisabete Weiderpass was never about credentials, all of the short-listed candidates have excellent credentials except Dr. Chris Portier, who is clearly too unethical. The concern was instead about perception. Being married to Harri Vainio, clearly a huge part of the credibility problem IARC has, means she will be dismissed as a poitical choice. That is a deep hole. 

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3 Recommendations For Elisabete Weiderpass, The New IARC Director

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Public Health | Comments Off on 3 Recommendations For Elisabete Weiderpass, The New IARC Director

To the relief of the real science community everywhere, the era of Chris Wild is almost over at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). That means maybe they can get back to finding carcinogens rather than manufacturing them.

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Finally, EPA Is Ending Regulation By ‘Secret Sauce’ – And Activists Are Livid

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Environment | Comments Off on Finally, EPA Is Ending Regulation By ‘Secret Sauce’ – And Activists Are Livid

In 1984, activist groups won a stunning victory for political allies they had placed inside the Federal government. Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 gave "deference" to agencies when interpreting statutes Congress required them to administer. The White House, regardless of voters or Congress, could legislate using regulations and be judge, jury and executioner when it came to science. Perfect for activism, but terrible for public trust in science. 

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Cheat Mood: 40% Of The Healthiest Eaters Still Indulge When They Are Down

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Public Health | Comments Off on Cheat Mood: 40% Of The Healthiest Eaters Still Indulge When They Are Down

In the haze of smoke and mirrors about nutrition, it's easy to think that you will lose weight if you eliminate some scary chemicals (Endocrine Disruptors!™) or scary foods (Sugar! Dairy! Meat! High Fructose Corn Syrup! Grain! Gluten!) but the reality is much simpler: You just need fewer calories.

No, really. In 100 percent of studies, people who consumed fewer calories than they burned lost weight. Harvard Food Frequency Questionnaires, with their numerous outcomes and numerous foods, are guaranteed to come up with a food that will cause disease with a .05 p-value. That is how statistics work. It is probably why they chose so many foods for the first one and did even more later.

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If Biased Algorithms Are Everywhere, Does That Mean They Are Ineffective?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Technology | Comments Off on If Biased Algorithms Are Everywhere, Does That Mean They Are Ineffective?

In 2018, you can guess the politics of many people by which newspapers they read, and you could also do that 100 years ago. Certainly some people, like me, read both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times but if someone defaults to MSNBC or Fox News, you can estimate their voting record with high levels of accuracy.

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The Center Is Giving Way, The Left Is Driven In – Germany Abandons Emissions Goal

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Energy | Comments Off on The Center Is Giving Way, The Left Is Driven In – Germany Abandons Emissions Goal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had unkind things to say about America after the country declined to participate in a new agreement, the Paris accords, knowing full well that China had been given unlimited emissions and was not even going to discuss it again until 2030.

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Half Of Women In STEM Have Experienced Gender Discrimination

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Psychology | Comments Off on Half Of Women In STEM Have Experienced Gender Discrimination

A new Pew Research Center survey examining people’s experiences in the workplace and perceptions of fair treatment for women provides just the results you would guess; half of women say they have been subjected to gender discrimination.

The survey was 4,914 U.S. adults was conducted from July 11 to Aug. 10, 2017 and included 2,344 workers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs.

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The Supreme Court Could Make The Endangered Species Act The Most Powerful Law In America – By Doing Nothing

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Environment | Comments Off on The Supreme Court Could Make The Endangered Species Act The Most Powerful Law In America – By Doing Nothing

The definition of "endangered" is vague but in no dictionary does it mean an animal that does not even live in a state must be placed there, with private landowners footing the bill for $20 million, in order to keep a creature from declining in population.

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Computer Scientist Mark Jacobson Can’t Sue His Way To Competence

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Applied Physics | Comments Off on Computer Scientist Mark Jacobson Can’t Sue His Way To Competence

Starting Science 2.0 in 2006, I was as wide-eyed as anyone new to media could be.  My first month I was sure we were about to discover life on other planets, cancer was going to be cured, chocolate was healthy, resveratrol was the one polyphenol to rule them all. Oh, and academic scientists were going to rush to write for the public because I loved science. (1) 

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