• ‘Scientists Are Mostly Wrong’: Or Why Published Research Is Untrustworthy

    • Date: 29/07/17
    • Gunnar Lose & Niels Klarskov, Editorial, International Urogynecology Journal

    “The attitude that scientists are always right should be changed; they are most often wrong. Instead of trying to make cosmetic changes to their results, they should openly and frankly recognize the weakness of the results.” As much as 90% of the published medical information is flawed according to John Ioannidis, one of the true […]

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  • Solar Activity Linked To Periodic Climate Change During The Holocene

    • Date: 28/07/17
    • Mohammed Allan et al., Climate of the Past, 11 July 2017

    Several intervals of significant rapid climate change were detected during the Holocene at 10.3, 9.3-9.5, around 8.2, 6.4-6.2, 4.7-4.5, and around 2.7 ka BP. Those intervals are similar to the cold events evidenced in different natural paleoclimate archivers, suggesting common climate forcing mechanisms related to changes in solar irradiance. Abstract. We present a decadal-centennial scale […]

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  • Science Scare of the Week: Spermpocalypse Now

    • Date: 27/07/17
    • Reason Online & Science Media Centre

    Are human beings about to become extinct due to falling sperm counts? The BBC headline blares, “Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct’.”   The story is based on a new systematic review and meta-regression analysis of recent trends in both sperm concentration and total sperm count. The study, published in Human Reproduction Update, reports “a significant […]

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  • Rational Optimist: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Blasts Elon Musk-Style Fear-Mongering

    • Date: 26/07/17
    • BizJournal

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday blasted Elon Musk-style warnings against artificial intelligence (AI) as “pretty irresponsible.” Zuckerberg took various questions via a Facebook Live broadcast over the weekend that showed him in his Palo Alto backyard. While slow cooking a brisket, the CEO fielded a user’s question about the future of AI. Mark Zuckerberg “I watched a recent interview with Elon […]

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  • Scott Pruitt May Invite Former Obama Official To Lead A Climate ‘Red Team’

    • Date: 25/07/17
    • Hannah Northey, Science Magazine

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is considering a former official in President Barack Obama’s Energy Department to lead the agency’s debate on mainstream climate science, according to a former leader of the Trump administration’s EPA transition effort. Steve Koonin, a physicist and director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at […]

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  • Trump Administration Lining Up Climate Change ‘Red Team’

    • Date: 24/07/17
    • John Siciliano, Washington Examiner

    The Trump administration is in the beginning stages of forming an adversarial “red team” to play devil’s advocate in a plan to debate the facts behind global warming and take on what skeptics call climate alarmism. The White House and the Environmental Protection Agency are recruiting scientists by enlisting the help of the Heartland Institute, […]

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  • New Study: Sea Level Rise Revised Downward

    • Date: 22/07/17
    • Roy Spencer

    A face-value reading of the two main studies together results in the conclusion that sea level rise since 1993 has been revised downward. If I had not looked past the headline of the press report on a new study, I would have just filed it under “It’s worse than we thought”. A new study in Nature reported […]

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  • How Capitalism Saved The Bees

    • Date: 20/07/17
    • Shawn Regan, Reason

    A decade after colony collapse disorder began, pollination entrepreneurs have staved off the beepocalypse. Photos: iStockPhoto; Illustration: Joanna Andreasson You’ve heard the story: Honeybees are disappearing. Beginning in 2006, beekeepers began reporting mysteriously large losses to their honeybee hives over the winter. The bees weren’t just dying—they were abandoning their hives altogether. The strange phenomenon, […]

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