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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,…

Science Has a Reproducibility Crisis

Edward Ferrara writes: If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, you may have recently heard about how Bill Nye–the Science Guy himself–“slammed” Tucker Carlson on the latter’s evening show on Fox. THIS. (If you live somewhere else you may have been treated to an equally smug reaction from people claiming that Carlson “won.”) However…

Facts, beliefs, and identity: The seeds of science skepticism

From the SOCIETY FOR PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY San Antonio, Texas – Psychological researchers are working to understand the cognitive processes, ideologies, cultural demands, and conspiracy beliefs that cause smart people to resist scientific messages. Using surveys, experiments, observational studies and meta-analyses, the researchers capture an emerging theoretical frontier with an eye to making science…

Lago Enriquillo Redux

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen In previous episodes:  In January of 2014, the NY Times published an article “Rising Tide Is a Mystery That Sinks Island Hopes” by  Randal C. Archibold, in which the waters of Lago Enriquillo, in the southwest corner of the Dominican Republic, were claimed to be rising and flooding farms and…

Modern Scientific Controversies Part 5: Common Elements

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Prologue:  This is the fifth, and last, in a series of essays discussing ongoing scientific controversies—each one a so-called “science war”.  This essay attempts to illuminate the similarities that exist between the four previous topics and, of course,  the Climate Wars. Warning:  This is not a short essay.  Dig in…