Humans can’t tell legitimate science from junk science (Synopsis)

“I’m old enough to remember when the polio vaccine was still new. Also, it hadn’t been that long since most people who caught pneumonia died from it. These medical breakthroughs were practically miracles.” -Pat Cadigan When it comes to health, safety, and how we interact with the world around us, pretty much everyone recognizes the … Read moreHumans can’t tell legitimate science from junk science (Synopsis)

Weekend Diversion: If you hate mosquitoes…

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.” -Anita Roddick There’s a lot to enjoy when it’s warm and tropical, which it is many places this time of year. The flowers are out, the Sun often shines, and there’s no shortage of spectacular music. Have a … Read moreWeekend Diversion: If you hate mosquitoes…

You NEED more science in your politics! (Yes, YOU!)

“One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.” –Frank Zappa One of the most difficult things to talk about, for any self-respecting scientist, is politics. Like all of you, I have my preferences, my opinions, and my … Read moreYou NEED more science in your politics! (Yes, YOU!)

Weekend Diversion: Fluoridated Water: Science, Scams and Society

“Fluoridation is the single most important commitment a community can make to the oral health of its children and to future generations.” –C. Everett Koop Most weekends, I take on a lighter topic, as a way of taking a break from the deep physics, astronomy, and science we share during the week. But every once … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Fluoridated Water: Science, Scams and Society

What Everyone Should Know about the Universe on the eve of Planck

“Scientific discovery and scientific knowledge have been achieved only by those who have gone in pursuit of it without any practical purpose whatsoever in view.” –Max Planck Tomorrow morning, at 8 AM my time, the press conference that cosmologists have spent the past decade waiting for will finally happen, and the Planck satellite — the … Read moreWhat Everyone Should Know about the Universe on the eve of Planck

Real Science and Health News: From a Truth Vigilante

“If people decide they’re going to deny the facts of history and the facts of science and technology, there’s not much you can do with them. For most of them, I just feel sorry that we failed in their education.” –Harrison Schmitt Last year, I asked a simple question with no easy answer: Whom Do … Read moreReal Science and Health News: From a Truth Vigilante