Category Archives: Science

Never Throw Anything Away: The Wealth of Science Archives

Our sciences are advancing at a rapid pace. New technologies emerge that help scientists dig deeper into the fundamental particles or peer farther away into our Universe. So I was quite happy when the following news item appeared. It combines two … Continue reading

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The Laboratory Fallacy

Medical treatment is based on data. Clinical data, statistical data and laboratory data are the main points of interest, though laboratory data is a kind of scientific anomaly in medicine. Although controlled laboratory conditions are the most rigorous kind of … Continue reading

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How “May” and “Could” Improve Science Reporting

When reviewing a couple of my past articles, I noticed a trend: in several cases I have lambasted media that reports wrongly or without nuance on science. My recent post about “poop pills” covers a story that’s probably a magnet for less-accurate … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Gift

We’ve known for some time that our Homo sapiens ancestors mated and mixed with Neanderthals in what would later become Europe. As a result of these mixed couplings, up to four percent of our DNA comes from this other human species. What … Continue reading

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Enter the Poop Pills…

Just over three years ago I reported on a very promising scientific result battling C difficile infections. This infection has the debilitating effect of chronic (think years on end) diarrhea. The proposed but experimental way to cure it was doing fecal transplants, … Continue reading

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False Discoveries and True Science

Last month the science sections of various media were ablaze with the “discovery” of a ninth planet in our Solar System. Or at least, that’s the impression one could get when skimming the titles. Some less reputable media I saw … Continue reading

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Should You Make a New Year’s Resolution?

It’s a new year, and this year, like every year, there will be a glut of articles and Facebook posts about New Year’s resolutions: those grand promises we make to ourselves to make our lives so much better … at … Continue reading

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Pop Culture Medical Mistakes

As someone who works in medicine I find it difficult to be entertained by medical entertainments. From Grey’s Anatomy to Robin Cook’s novels I cannot suspend disbelief and live in the stories. This is mostly because I avoid conflating my work … Continue reading

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FDA Smackdown on GMO Fear Mongering

In my estimation, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) incur fear mongering of the highest order, perhaps second only to vaccines, if at all. For reasons that escape me there has been a concerted effort to marginalize or outright stop the use and development … Continue reading

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Rap: Partial Reporting on Partial Rhymes

I just don’t “get” rap music. That is not a value judgment, just my personal opinion, and your own may vary. The bad lyrics, the (lack of) music, the bling… it’s just not for me, I guess. However, one needs to … Continue reading

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