What makes red algae so different and why should we care?

From Eurekalert Carnegie Institution for Science   IMAGE: Porphyra clinging to rocks in Germany’s Heligoland. It thrives in the harsh habitat of the intertidal zone, where it is exposed to fluctuating temperatures, high UV radiation, severe salt stress,… view more Credit: By Gabriele Kothe-Heinrich Palo Alto, CA– The red algae called Porphyra and its ancestors…

New Study Claims To Expose The ‘Science Charade’ Behind Some EPA Regulations

From the Daily Caller Michael Bastasch 07/04/2017 A new study highlights how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is able to game the rule-making system to cloak contentious policy decisions as based on science. Susan Dudley, president of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, and Marcus Peacock, executive vice president of the Business Roundtable, published…

It’s All Over For UK Science: University Professors Afraid To Teach Controversial Subjects For Fear Of Being Sacked

Date: 01/07/17 Harry Yorke, The Daily Telegraph Students are now so powerful that university professors are afraid to teach controversial subjects for fear of being sacked, an academic conference was told on Thursday Professor Dennis Hayes, a co-founder of “Academics for Academic Freedom” said that universities were now ruled by a “culture of censorious quietude”…

What happened to the traditional role of skepticism in climate science?

Guest essay by Forrest M. Mims III Traditional science required a skeptical view of one’s own findings until they could be replicated, especially by others. Unfortunately, skepticism has been deleted from the latest edition of “On Being a Scientist,” a widely-read booklet published by the National Academies of Science. When I asked the NAS about…

What’s the Recovery Rate from Extinction?

Guest post by David Middleton It’s at least 67% among the Incilius genus of toads. AMPHIBIANS Frog not sighted in 30 years and declared extinct reappears in Costa Rica Published June 07, 2017 SAN JOSE –  Costa Rican scientists reported Tuesday the reappearance of an endemic frog species that had not been sighted for three decades. It…

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Claim: Climate Increases Diabetes Rates

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new study claims a warmer climate is associated with higher rates of diabetes. But even if the authors are right, obesity, diet, age and heredity remain the dominant factors. Diabetes incidence and glucose intolerance prevalence increase with higher outdoor temperature Lisanne L Blauw, N Ahmad Aziz, Martijn R Tannemaat,…