Bronze Age City Destroyed by Bolide

Guest “They nailed this one” by David Middleton Scientific archaeology is essentially forensic history. It is an interdisciplinary effort, involving multiple disciplines, often including: archaeology, geology, geophysics, physical geography, geochemistry,…

Science Journal Demands “Hate Crime” Laws to Shield Scientists from Public Criticism

Could criticism of government science be outlawed? A science journal paper appears to have equated Republican attempts to fire Dr. Fauci with physical intimidation and NAZI oppression of science, and…

Time To Assume That Health Research Is Fraudulent Until Proven Otherwise?

Research fraud is often viewed as a problem of “bad apples,” but Barbara K Redman, who spoke at the webinar insists that it is not a problem of bad apples…

Science, Philosophy and Politics

By Andy May Greg Weiner has written a great essay in Law & Liberty, entitled: “Why We cannot Just ‘Follow the Science.‘” His point is that scientists and science are…

Death spiral of American academia

This climate is eroding free speech, with overt censorship by rejecting publication of results with real (or simply apparent) connection to right-of-center policies, as well as tremendous self- censorship both…

Follow the science, at least on nutrition

Whether it’s nutrition, Covid or climate change, the last thing we need is more sloppy politicized science, and more policies, laws and regulations dictated by “woke” or “cancel culture” agendas…

Irreproducible science and US government regulation

The EPA issues an extraordinary number of regulations, which affect every area of the economy and constrict everyday freedoms. Extensive regulatory schemes can amount to a competitive advantage for large…

Ocean Acidification Effects Research in Doubt

“Munday’s and Dixson’s data on chemical signal preference had a “0 out of 10,000” chance of being real. They left it to the reader to decide what to think about…

How we fool ourselves. Part III: Social biases

Motivated biases become particularly problematic once these biases are institutionalized, with advocacy statements made by professional societies, editorials written by journal editors, and public statements by the IPCC leadership.

Science News vs. Science

Science Journalism is Hard. It is hard to do right and thoroughly in the space provided by publishers. Science journalism (including health reporting) has a special edge to it, as…

Listen To Hard Science, Reject Pop Science, To Lessen Global Catastrophe Risk.

“It is likely that we have to capitalize on the insecurity of the educated elite and make them look silly instead of superior and virtuous. We must remember that they…

A Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics

For decades, physicists have relied on and have been bound by the Standard Model, which successfully explains the results of high-energy particle experiments in places like CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.…

Uncomfortable knowledge

Donald Rumsfeld famously opined on the problems of decision-making in the face of “known knowns,” “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns.” To those three categories Rayner added a fourth, “unknown knowns”…

The Eukaryotic Nucleus May Derive from a Giant Virus

This post reports on an unpaywalled paper in the journal “Virus Research” from November last year, offering support for this Viral Eukaryogenesis hypothesis.

Chemists describe a new form of ice

Scientists from the United States, China, and Russia have described the structure and properties of a novel hydrogen clathrate hydrate that forms at room temperature and relatively low pressure.

UVB Activation of AMPs Production in the Skin and the Innate Respiratory Immunity

Acute viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19, are strongly correlated with vitamin D insufficiency. They are also strongly seasonal, peaking in the winter, when the availability of the UVB component of…

Animal instincts could be inherited expert knowledge

In addition to studying complex human reasoning, I have been observing complex instinctive reasoning in animals for many years. Instinctive behavior is often thought of as simple, perhaps even mindless.…

Plant evolves to become less visible to humans

Scientists found that Fritillaria delavayi plants, which live on rocky slopes of China’s Hengduan mountains, match their backgrounds most closely in areas where they are heavily harvested.

The structure of complex issues

We live in a world of complex issues, which can be very frustrating. I have been doing research on the generic structure of issues for a long time. There is…

Free science is here and growing fast

The good news is that the scientific community is responding big time to this extensive popular interest. We are in the midst of a huge wave of activities designed to…

To survive asteroid impact, algae learned to hunt

Tiny, seemingly harmless ocean plants survived the darkness of the asteroid strike that killed the dinosaurs by learning a ghoulish behavior — eating other living creatures.

Science and politics

I am not happy with either the Democratic or Republican plans for science in the U.S. Both sides seem to want to use and misuse science as a club to…

Do Your Own Research?

Both of these essays are valuable – and contain truths we need to be aware of and accept. But they also represent the problem we see all across human endeavors…

What the pandemic has taught us about science

The scientific method remains the best way to solve many problems, but bias, overconfidence and politics can sometimes lead scientists astray