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Modern Scientific Controversies Part 3: The War on Sugar

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Prologue:  This is the third in a series of several essays that will discuss ongoing scientific controversies, a specific type of which are often referred to in the science press and elsewhere as “Wars” – for instance, this essay covers the War on Sugar.  Kahan, in his recent “On the…

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Weird: Scientists discover oral sexual encounters in spiders

Normally, I would not carry a science story like this, but it is just so weird, it seemed worth noting. Those with arachnophobia need not read this. Matjaz Gregoric, a research associate at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), Jovan Hadzi Institute of Biology, and coauthors studied…

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Aussie Attorney General: “If the [climate] science is settled, why do we need research scientists to continue inquiring into the settled science?”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Australian Attorney General George Brandis has stirred the climate pot down under, by asking a simple yet devastating question. “If the science is settled, why do we need research scientists to continue inquiring into the settled science?” Brandis said on Tuesday. “Wouldn’t it be a much more useful allocation…