Secret Science Under Attack — Part 2

Opinion by Kip Hansen — 24 January 2020 In Part 1 of this two-part series, I detailed how there has been a growing furor over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (E.P.A.’s)  proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule — most often referred to as the Secret Science rule.  A majority of the expressed concern about…

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The Meat Wars: JAMA Stirs the Pot

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen — 20 January 2020   Rita Rubin, Senior Writer, JAMA Medical News & Perspectives,  has stirred the pot on the controversy surrounding a series of studies published last Fall in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “one of the most widely cited and influential specialty medical journals in the world.”  Her …

Life could have emerged from lakes with high phosphorus

University of Washington Life as we know it requires phosphorus. It’s one of the six main chemical elements of life, it forms the backbone of DNA and RNA molecules, acts as the main currency for energy in all cells and anchors the lipids that separate cells from their surrounding environment. But how did a lifeless…

Discovering a new fundamental underwater force

A miscalculated Fluids Lab demonstration leads to a new understanding of how particles accumulate in lakes and oceans University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill VIDEO:  Ocean particle accumulation has long been understood as the result of chance collisions and adhesion. But an entirely different and unexpected phenomenon is at work in the water column.…

Plastics: Science is Winning

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen — 18 October 2019   Science is beginning to win in the long battle over misinformed anti-plastic advocacy.  It has been a long time coming.  The most recent paper on the subject of pelagic plastic (plastic floating in the oceans) is from a scientific team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic…

How the Universe Stopped Making Sense

From Space.com By Rafi Letzter We’re getting something wrong about the universe. By Rafi Letzter 6 Science & Astronomy We’re getting something wrong about the universe. It might be something small: a measurement issue that makes certain stars looks closer or farther away than they are, something astrophysicists could fix with a few tweaks to…

Quantum paradox experiment may lead to more accurate clocks and sensors

University of Queensland More accurate clocks and sensors may result from a recently proposed experiment, linking an Einstein-devised paradox to quantum mechanics. University of Queensland physicist Dr Magdalena Zych said the international collaboration aimed to test Einstein’s twin paradox using quantum particles in a ‘superposition’ state. “The twin paradox is one of the most counterintuitive…

Lakes worldwide are experiencing more severe algal blooms

Climate change is likely hampering recovery efforts Carnegie Institution for Science Washington, DC– The intensity of summer algal blooms has increased over the past three decades, according to a first-ever global survey of dozens of large, freshwater lakes, which was conducted by Carnegie’s Jeff Ho and Anna Michalak and NASA’s Nima Pahlevan and published by…