Category Archives: Science

Mammography Screening in Switzerland

Tweet The May 22, 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has a perspective piece that is even more instructive than its authors and the journal’s editors realized: ‘Abolishing Mammography Screening Programs? A View from the Swiss Medical Board’. It describes the process that the Swiss used to evaluate the scientific foundation for…


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Quotation of the Day

Tweet The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits. Albert Einstein


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On Climate

Tweet July of this year was the hottest July in US history. This  heat, as usual, was attributed by some to man-made global warming. Interestingly, this July was substantially cooler than last July in Lubbock where I live. Go here for all the data. What does this prove? Nothing other than selectively choosing data can give you almost any…


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The First Artificial Cell?

Tweet Last month the news media heralded the creation in the lab of the first artificial cell. This work was a great achievement, but it wasn’t the creation of an artificial cell. What was done at the J Craig Venter Institute was creation of an artificial bacterial  chromosome that was successfully transferred into a bacterium…


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Sea Levels 81,000 Years Ago

Tweet Climate scientists have used sea levels past and present to help predict those of the future. Temperature affects land ice; increased land ice will lower sea levels while the melting of this ice will raise these levels. Thus increased sea levels (secondary to ice melting) reflect a warmer global temperature. The scientific debate about…


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Skeptical Science

Tweet I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy. Richard Feynman When I sit on a tropical beach I like to read a fat book. Therefore, while recently on vacation, I started a big book on the history of Western science. It’s a good popular account…


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