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Coronavirus over- and under-reactions

I’ve been seeing a lot of news about the new Wuhan coronavirus, currently named 2019-nCoV, and there are multiple extreme opinions that keep being thrown in my face that need to be confronted. The other day a friend on Facebook … Continue reading

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Adam ruins his show / Bacon will not give you cancer, the hat trick

I actually am a fan of Adam Ruins Everything, but from time to time holy crap does he get some stuff amazingly wrong. Often that happens to be on politically charged issues, and this being a non-political blog I will … Continue reading

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Bacon won’t give you stomach cancer, redux

Two years ago I posted about a story that had gone viral on Facebook, in which the World Cancer Research Fund claimed bacon would cause stomach cancer. When I did actual due diligence to see where they came up with … Continue reading

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Pointless controversy: renewable energy is mostly crap

California is asking people to prepare for the solar eclipse coming in August by, at that time, unplugging anything non-essential so their grid doesn’t barf all over itself when the heavily solar-powered state suddenly has no solar power for a … Continue reading

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Bad blurb advice

It’s been quite a while since I last did a post about book blurbs, and this one is way overdue. It also coincides with another of my favorite pastimes, because it’s a rant. I fall in and out of heavy … Continue reading

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Fast food calories: nobody cares!

A new study has determined that calorie labeling on fast food menus does not impact consumers’ choices in any significant way—which is to say, pretty much at all. What were the odds? 100%. They were always 100%. Let’s leave aside … Continue reading

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Of man and machine

As a sci-fi reader, and writer, I’m fascinated by some technologies that appear to be on the horizon—maybe distantly, but then it’s surprising how fast science fiction tends to become reality in the least expected ways. I didn’t think self-driving … Continue reading

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No, bacon will not give you stomach cancer

A friend of mine shared this story on Facebook today, and the story (and the report it’s based on) is so stupid I feel the need to shred it to pieces. (Not the friend, of course.) Also it maligns my … Continue reading

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Gravity waves prove nothing

I’ve seen a lot of stories today about how gravitational waves have been observed, and this proves Einstein’s theory of relativity correct. No, that is not how science works. Observing gravitational waves proves only that the observation is consistent with … Continue reading

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Cancer doesn’t work that way

This not a political post. The president brought this up, but my issue here is with bad science. Apparently last night—I could not be bothered to watch the speech—President Obama said that we need to cure cancer with a “moonshot” … Continue reading

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