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Earthquakes and the (non-)science of risk prediction

By:  Rebecca Cerio One of the more scientifically bizarre stories lately has been the conviction of Italian scientists and engineers in the L’Aquila earthquake trial.  To summarize, during a swarm of small earthquakes, a government-sponsored panel told the people of the … Continue reading

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The Higgs-Boson Explained

A great video explaining what the Higgs-Boson is and why it’s so interesting, done by the same folks that bring us the PhD comics.  Please ignore the cruddy audio in the first part, as it gets much better about a … Continue reading

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Science: It’s an Everyone Thing

So.  This is a thing making its way around the science blogosphere: …you know, this is like one of those commercials for expensive jewelry or perfumes:  I watch the whole thing and have NO IDEA what it’s trying to sell … Continue reading

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Make an Appointment…Whenever You Need To?: Are Annual Exams Obsolete?

We have gradually come to realize that the routine physical did little or nothing to improve health outcomes and was largely a waste of time and money. Today the emphasis is on identifying factors that can be altered to improve … Continue reading

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23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

“A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way.  Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, … Continue reading

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HPV Vaccination: Not Just For Girls Anymore

By: Rebecca Cerio Vaccines are one of the great triumphs of modern medicine.  The ability to give someone an injection and protect them from  diseases that used to claim millions of lives each year at low cost is a huge … Continue reading

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Synthetic Biology and Biodefense: Regulating the Unknown

By Rebecca Cerio The field of synthetic biology–most broadly described as the design and construction of new biological functions and systems not found in nature–has been quietly advancing ever since the discovery of restriction enzymes in the 197os.  Being able … Continue reading

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Slime Molds: Pretty, Smart, and Hungry

  Ancient, mysterious, and sometimes strangely beautiful:  slime molds are a kind of soil-dwelling amoeba that spend part of their lives as plain old single-celled organisms.  However, they can also band together to form fantastically alien-looking forms like those here. … Continue reading

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What Science Says About Some Common Food Myths

A recent post on Lifehacker made my little scientist heart go pitter-patter.  The authors take on 10 common food myths and then give actual scientific explanations of why they're not true.  For instance?   Eating after a certain time in the … Continue reading

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